It was all okay back when you only needed one cup a day to get by. But now that your coffee intake has tripled and you’re spending more on coffee than you do on food in a week, you have finally realized that your coffee obsession has turned into an unhealthy addiction.
But how can you cut down on coffee when it’s pretty much your soulmate in beverage form, you ask? These 3 tricks are a good place to start.
1. Find an alternative beverage
We’re not saying you should cut out coffee from your life altogether, but what if you limit your intake to 1 cup per day and find an alternative beverage to sip on whenever you start to crave a familiar cup of joe? Tea is a great alternative option that tends to have less or no caffeine. And with so many varieties to choose from, you are sure to find a blend of tea you’ll love. Chamomile and mint are both great caffeine-free tea options. But if you’re looking for a caffeinated tea to try, you can’t go wrong with English Breakfast or Earl Grey.
2. Get an accountability partner
When it comes to breaking a bad habit, accountability is everything. Regardless of whether you’re trying to quit cold turkey or just lower your daily coffee intake, having an accountability partner will prove to be a tremendous advantage. But who will you ask? Well, anyone really. It could be a friend or family member who once had a coffee addiction of their own. Or maybe you could ask your friend who never quite understood your love of coffee to begin with. Regardless of who you decide on, be sure that they’re willing to check in on you daily for the first couple weeks to see if you’re meeting your goals– even if that just means shooting you a quick text or email.
3. Form healthy sleeping habits
It’s impossible to kick a habit when you don’t know the root of the problem. And for many coffee drinkers, sleep deprivation is the route of the problem. But even if a lack of sleep wasn’t the reason you started drinking coffee, it might still be negatively affecting your sleeping habits. Caffeine remains in your system for up to 6 hours after you drink it, so that afternoon cup of coffee could be the reason you find it difficult to fall asleep at night. If you are having trouble sleeping, you should consider cutting yourself off from coffee and other caffeinated beverages around noon. You should also be sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night, as an ample night’s sleep can keep you from relying so much on coffee the next morning.
Combine these three tips with a little bit of self-discipline and you officially have everything you need to kick your coffee addiction. Why not get started today?
Halloween is a wonderful holiday — it’s difficult to hate it. Even if you stay inside every year, you don’t trick-or-treat, and even if you don’t hand out candy, it’s a fun day of the year. Plus, it usually coincides with the change of the season, assuming you live in a climate that has seasons (sorry, California). Beyond the fun costumes and wild decorations, one of the best parts of the holiday is the candy. Even if you didn’t spend your Halloween going door-to-door with a plastic pumpkin (or a pillow case, if you aren’t looking to get fancy), there’s no reason not to enjoy the sweets of the season. Who can turn down a bat-shaped Reese’s?
With all that said, it’s good to know how this candy impacts your health. Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean you should totally sacrifice your health. Still, everything is OK in moderation, so just keep the nutrition of what you’re eating in mind and don’t go overboard. Read on to find out how many calories are in each piece of the most popular types of Halloween candy, ordered from least to most.
Starburst Fun Size Pack – 40 calories
Sour Patch Kids Fun Size Pouch – 55 calories
Skittles Fun Size Pouch – 63 calories
M&M’s Fun Size Pouch – 73 calories
Snickers Fun Size Bar – 80 calories
Reese’s Cup – 110 calories
Candy Corn (19 pieces) – 140 calories
These calorie counts may seem low, but remember that most of the time you’re not just going to eat one candy then be done, especially since these are generally small servings (i.e. “fun size”). Keep yourself in check as you try to “get rid of” your leftover Halloween candy — your body will thank you.