“Can I still drink coffee while juice fasting?”
Let me just set you free right up front: Yes!
I love coffee and when I first started juice fasting, this too was one of the first things I wondered about. Thankfully, as I did some research, I found that coffee is actually good for you, (in moderation and not with loads of sugar and cream added to it).
Now, I will say this: There was a fast I remember very clearly where I was prompted to ween myself off of coffee completely. Honestly, I was very addicted to it. I didn’t just enjoy a cup of coffee every now and then, I couldn’t survive without it. So, starting with the first day of my juice fast, I began a process to slowly wean myself off of it and my goal was that by the time I hit mid-point of the fast, I’d be coffee-free. And it worked.
I started by gradually mixing decaf in with my regular grounds and by slowly reducing the amount of coffee I drank, from 3 cups down to 2 then 2 to 1, etc.. You get the picture. And you know what I found? The more I juiced, I began to feel so great, I found I didn’t even want coffee anymore.
That has remained true for every other juice fast, even when I don’t necessarily feel prompted to exclude coffee completely. After the first few days, I typically find I just don’t crave it like I usually do.
So, it’s really up to you. If you’re feeling like maybe this is something you need to cut out or get back under control, then be encouraged. It is possible. And with juicing, you’re going to find it much easier to let it go. I would just say, be kind to yourself and maybe allow yourself a gradual process like I did for cutting it out completely.
Lastly, for those of you who would like to keep drinking coffee throughout your juice fast, be sure to check out today’s Featured Recipe: Turbo Coffee. This is my favorite way to enjoy coffee in a healthy way without experiencing the infamous caffeine crash. Give it a try!
Be sure to join me for my next post: Equipment, The Essentials. What kind of appliances, tools, etc. do you need to have on hand for a successful juice fast?
Here’s to your health,
Linda G. Riddle