Monday, August 20, 2012

How To Break the Coffee Habit Easily...No Kidding!

With everything we try to fit into our days, is it any wonder so many of us depend on coffee?! If you are anything like me, coffee has been a big part of the ability to get up and go...and go and go and go!


I have wanted to reduce and ultimately get off of coffee for some time. While the aroma of a brewing pot helps me drag myself out of bed at an early hour, with the allure of a steaming cup awaiting me, it just hasn't been making me feel so great for some time. It's interesting how the ritual behind holding and sipping a hot cup, containing it's big dose of caffeine, can become so addictive making it quite hard to stop!


Until now. The doctor I've recently begun seeing, who also agreed I needed to get off of the stuff stat, suggested I replace my morning cup of coffee with a steaming cup of Dandy Blend. When she described it, sharing I'd be able to avoid the headaches and withdrawal symptoms typically associated with cutting out coffee, I was extremely skeptical. First, how could that be and plus, it didn't sound so tasty. So she made me up a cup right then and there. And after a couple sips I found myself saying, "Hum, not bad, I'll give it a try."


And it worked. I haven't had coffee in a couple months now and I don't miss it a bit. I was able to switch from coffee to Dandy Blend without any negative symptoms such as the horrible headaches! And probably equally important in being able to break the coffee habit, I didn't have to forgo my morning ritual of sipping on a steaming beverage. The end result is that I feel a great deal better and don't find I have the significant energy lulls in the mid afternoon that had me wishing for a cat nap! Plus it's a beverage with many health benefits.

What it tastes like: I like the layer of froth at the top of the cup when it is first made, with the taste reminding me of an espresso. You could certainly add milk or soy milk to the mix, but I've found plain is just fine.

What it is made of: Extracts of roasted roots of dandelion, chicory and beets, and the grains of barley and rye. 

Health benefits: While the company avoids making many distinct health claims for the product, Google Dandy Blend or dandelion root and many posts and studies on how dandelion root can help with liver and gallbladder detoxification, digestion, high blood pressure and improve heart health with pop up.

So, if you've been looking for a way to cut back or eliminate your coffee intake, I'm pretty sure you'll find this as helpful as I have. But if you love your cup...as my husband still does, enjoy!! Each to their own I say.

23 comments :

  1. Good for you! I tried Postum (basically the same thing) at my grandmother's house as a child, and I've loved the flavor of those grain-based coffee alternatives ever since. It's what people drank during WWII when coffee was so scarce! Love it! Love coffee too, but it's my go-to when my tummy can't handle coffee (everything in moderation, I guess).

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  2. I definitely want to try this!I hate having coffee withdrawal headaches!

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  3. I only have 1 cup of coffee a day & don't want to give it up. What I should give up is the packet of Splenda I put in it.

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  4. I gave up coffee about twenty years ago.... but that craving lasted for about five full, long years! But I switched to tea. Yes, real, loose, caffeinated tea. I order on line. I make about 3 cups a day, and it has none of the effects of coffee! And now, I much prefer tea over coffee (but not the bags, or the Lipton varieties.....)

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  5. Hmmmm...I might have to give that a try!

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  6. I will have to try this!! I need to go off coffee before we have anymore little ones...

    I wonder though, if you stop drinking this would you get a headache?

    Everytime I've gone off coffee I end up with a migraine for a week! Sigh.

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  7. Good for you. I have been caffeine free for over 20 years now. It's the best thing. I have to show my husband this one...maybe he can break his coffee habit.

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  8. This is just what I needed to read today. I have been wanting to figure out an alternative in hopes of feeling better but the headache issue is too much for me. Thanks, girl. Will try this.

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  9. i am a huge coffee addict and this gives me hope! thanks for the great info.

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  10. Congrats!!! Such a milestone. Thanks for the info on the alternative. I will recommend it to my friends!

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  12. Where do you buy this...sounds wonderful and would love to master the afternoon brain slump. We switched to half decaf half regular a year ago but still have a real cup around 1pm. Would love to get down to one cup a day or less.

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  13. I ordered mine from Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=dandy+blend&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=4031765411&hvpos=1t2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9653918981497942297&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&ref=pd_sl_426nd9t4xh_b

    But you can also get it directly from the Dandy Blend website:

    http://www.dandyblend.com/Dandy-Blend-Dept/1/

    Thanks for asking, good luck! Janell

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  14. Good for you for cutting back on coffee! I have never tried the dandy blend, looks interesting. Though I understand loving the ritual of a hot cup of something in the morning...

    Liz

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  15. You would want to watch intake of that if you had any dandelion allergies. S'pose it goes without saying. GOOD for you Janell...I do a cup of homemade Iced coffee with stevia a day. I have a hard time with hot anymore! Funny that!

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  16. Really? I wonder if my mother in law would be intereseted in this. She has been "saying" that she wants to stop drinking so much coffee. She drives school buses which means she's up at 4am. Hmm, this would be great for her, I think.

    Thanks for the tip!

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  17. You know, coffee has a lot of health benefits as well! ;-) I have no desire to stop drinking my morning cup of java, but I'm glad you found an alternative that works for you.

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  18. I actually just bought that to drink at night since they've discontinued Postum. However, coffee is chock full of anti-oxidants and the caffeine from coffee has been positively linked with a decrease in ovarian cancer. The more, the better. This was a peer-reviewed repeated study published in Science, not some flaky magazine. Not sure why you need to quit. Straight roasted chicory can also be brewed like coffee and is caffeine-free. CTD; think New Orleans

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  19. If you're not ready to go this route I've found that gradually adding more and more decaf to my blend helps. It's still coffee of course but it helps with the headaches.

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  20. For those who can handle coffee, good for you and please please please enjoy a great cup for me! The acidity I just can't handle, after a cup or two in the morning, any stress I might encounter in the day then goes straight to my stomach with a great deal of pain by the end of the day. Definitely needed to figure out how to eliminate this from my day! Interesting how each of us has our own reactions, what we can and can't tolerate and what work best!

    Thanks for everyone's comments, Janell

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  21. OK...in theory....yes that sounds realistic...but I am just not sure I want to give it up that badly. I so enjoy the social aspects of it....and the aroma of it brewing is heavenly to me. Hopefully my doctor never tells me that I must quit. If anyone can give it up...you can :)

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  22. Are you noticing any change in your sleep giving up coffee??

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  23. This is very essential blog; it helped me a lot whatever you have provided. watch

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