My love for coffee started at a young age. I enjoyed everything about it; the taste, the smell, the warm embrace. From dipping toast in coffee with Nonna to afternoon espressos with Zia and Mama. For me, coffee symbolized all-things comfort. For me, coffee felt like home.
The gluten & coffee connection
I was about two years into my wellness journey, and the chronic gut and skin issues continued. I felt defeated and discouraged. I was doing everything "right," and couldn't understand why I was still experiencing these debilitating and embarrassing symptoms. So I did what most people do; I turned to Google. I found tons of articles (like this one) linking coffee and symptoms related to gluten. It turns out my body was reacting to my daily dose of comfort the same way it responded to gluten. I was devastated.
I tried countless coffee alternatives, and none measured up. Giving up coffee was harder than removing gluten, corn, dairy, soy, and sugar from my diet. I found comparable substitutes for those, but coffee was different; it was irreplaceable.
Fast forward three months, my skin cleared up, and my gut was less inflamed. I still missed coffee, but I sure didn't miss the symptoms that came with it.
Today, I sip on green and herbal teas.
I still love the smell of coffee, and I'll probably always miss the taste, just not as much as I love waking up with a happy gut and clear skin.
Here are the coffee alternatives I'm loving right now:
Have you experienced side effects from coffee? What are some of your go-to teas?