For years I stayed away from coffee. I was told that it would irritate my already irritated digestive track, so I listened to the doctors, and drank water for so many years. I forced myself to believe that coffee was one of the worst things you could put into your body because, to be honest, it was my way of keeping away from the drink I craved and loved the taste of. That’s right. I wasn’t addicted to coffee. I truly loved the taste of it.Hazelnut was my favorite. I would brew it and put International Delight Hazelnut creamer in. Talk about overdosing on hazelnut flavor. I started with decaf. I figured since it’s decaf, it wouldn’t upset my stomach and I could get away with it. After all, true coffee drinkers would turn a cheek to decaf coffee drinkers. We, those who drink decaf, aren’t real coffee drinkers, anyway, right?
Fast-forward many years, driving up North for Thanksgiving through the night. It’s 1:00am and it’s my turn to drive. I got a large cup of regular coffee, with hazelnut creamer, of course. 35 minutes later there was a full out dance party going on while I blasted Sugarhill Gang as everyone else slept. It was really funny. And then it happened. I had another cup of coffee during the week while in New York. And then another. And another. I was hooked on coffee. Real coffee. And my stomach wasn’t very happy with me…at least for the first few sips of every cup. And every sip after that. And then it occurred to me. The doctors were right. Coffee, or rather, caffeine, wasn’t good for me. I really should have stayed away from it with my colitis. So I quit coffee completely. Until I had a cup of decaf coffee with hazelnut and then regular. It’s a vicious cycle.
OK, what’s the point here? The point is that coffee, although delicious, could be harmful depending on the severity of your gastrointestinal issues. Coffee beans themselves are naturally gluten free. So there is no harm in drinking coffee if you simply need to steer clear of gluten. However, you do need to be sure there is no contamination with gluten when they are being processed and ground up in the factory, store, or gourmet coffee shop. If you are like me, and need to stay away from caffeine, however, then you need to rethink your coffee. And here’s what I found.
Bulletproof coffee. A clean coffee, offered in regular and decaf, where your body, mind and nervous system work together to perform at high levels. I was introduced to this amazing product by my husband. He always shunned me for drinking coffee, but when he finally accepted that it is my guilty pleasure, he found Bulletproof and told me about it. My first cup was incredible. I have never experienced such clarity and focus from a cup of coffee before. It’s not only about the actual coffee, but the clarified butter and brain octane oil that is mixed in with the coffee, blended to a frothy drink, and poured into a perfect cup of coffee. I know, this sounds like a commercial, but I promise you, it’s not. It is only the most productive and delicious cup of coffee you will ever drink. To boot…my stomach was fine. I mean, not one feeling of pain, or uneasiness, or the need to run to the bathroom right away. None of that. And I am completely addicted to it. Not only for the taste.But what it does for me.
So, when you think about your diet of gluten free living, and whether or not coffee is a good thing or bad thing, think about how your body feels. And think about whether or not your daily cup of coffee is something that makes you happy. My feels is…you only live once. So if your worst thing ever in your diet is a cup of coffee a day, then make it a good one. I choose Bulletproof regular coffee. What is your go-to coffee?