Some well earned insight and coffee wisdom from holistic nutritionist, Denby Royal. I love this human. She came to me during my time living in a new city - a new journey beaming with light not knowing our friendship would continue to unfold and blossom and she's here to share a warming recipe on a cold winters day. You're welcome!
"I gave up coffee once.
It was for about a year and a time of deep mental and physical healing. And I am talking deep here. Every inch of my anima, atma, essence, and entity was scrubbed clear through a process of meditation, introspective work, and most importantly, eating and drinking nothing even remotely entertaining. I rationed myself down to the foodstuffs that would leave me squeaky clean and poppin' green. I rewired my adrenals, revived my liver, and fortified my intestinal system. I consumed all fresh greens and veggies, zero refined or high concentrated sources sugar, no grains, no processed foods, and diddly-squat when it came to dairy.
Sounds amazing, right? It was amazing for my being, but it was also amazingly isolating and limiting. Although cutting out all the things were necessary for me to do the work and find my personal flow, it cut me off from a multitude of treats and good times. In doing this physical experiment, I knew full well that I would be reintroducing everything that I cut out. But with a catch, I needed to see what worked for my body on it's own, and what could be tweaked to meet my personal constitution.
Maybe things never really fit back in entirely. Grains are a once-every-few-months food, almonds are an absolute adversary, and alcohol has never really been my jam anyways, so I more than happy to stick to the odd glass of wine here and there.
By mixing it with creamy fats, I found a way to keep coffee in my life without sacrificing myself to the jitterbug jive. Besides being delicious, added fats slow down the release of caffeine into your system, giving you a steady supply of energy as opposed to a rapid high and a possibly nasty burnout. All I am left with is a beverage capable of increasing mental clarity, stimulating my metabolism, and arousing my taste buds."
The other goodies I like to include:
- Cordyceps for their added brain boosting potency and adaptogenic prowess
-Cinnamon for flavour, anti-inflammation, and it's ability to improve insulin sensitivity (needed since excess caffeine can throw off cortisol levels, in turn, effecting how your body responds to insulin)
-Turmeric as a needed antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Also, the smoky FLAVOUR of turmeric in coffee is mind-blowingly complex and delicious. It is also reputed to amp up the Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor needed to increase the growth of new neurons. I prefer turmeric paste as it takes away some of the bitterness in the turmeric and helps release the ample flavours and lush aromas of the spice.
-Collagen gelatin not only adds a thick and creamy texture, but is in essence, the glue that holds the body together. It is needed for healthy skin, bones, hair, nails, teeth, muscles, and digestive organs.