Caffeine Detox: It Made Me Do It | caffeine detox, adrenal fatigue

Let me start this off by saying that there was once a time in my life that I never had caffeine because I didn’t like coffee.  Then I discovered creamy, sugary, coffee creamer and we fell in love.  I’ve gone back and forth between going months without coffee to cut my sugar and never suffered the withdrawals of caffeine.  Drinking coffee in the morning became my morning ritual and it just felt good to hold that hot cup in the morning.  Since coffee never gave me that boost of energy I would even drink it at night to fulfill my sweet tooth craving.  Yea, weird right?

Then I started my job at Life Time Fitness and my entire lifestyle change. I went through periods of barely eating because I didn’t have time or the money to keep up with my regular diet and supplements, my schedule constantly changed from either an early morning shift to the late night crew, working weekends that weren’t planned, having random months without a day off and constantly worrying about making the paycheck to pay my bills #TheGlamorousLifeOfATrainer.  I was progressively getting more tired as each month went by and now my morning workouts were no longer effective for the boost in energy and I started relying on energy drinks to get me through the day.

caffeine detoxTowards the end of my employment, I decided that it was time to do something for myself again no matter how challenging it may be and that was to compete for my second show. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy and it certainly wasn’t going to help my energy situation but I needed this for my soul. I needed to focus all my free time on me and this was my way of doing it.  So now on top of my crazy schedule, I’ve added in harder workouts and the physical stress of putting my body through a demanding weightloss regimen. It was probably stupid timing but I would do it all over again.

Naturally, as you get closer to the show, your energy drops. Between the lower carbs and the caloric deficiency, there is just no way that you aren’t going to experience fatigue which is why show prep can be so hard.  So what do you do? Up the caffeine, take fat burners, consume anything that could possibly give you a boost. FYI I did take fat burners for about 3 weeks and had to stop. This was my second time and whatever is in them blurs my vision almost like my eyes are jittery, noooo thank you!  Anything that messes with my eyes I stop.  And I know I said coffee didn’t give me that boost in energy but at this point, I will willing to drink anything to help me with even the slightest boost to get through my long hours of work.

The show is over and now I start my new desk job. My entire lifestyle changed for the better but I was now really feeling the consequence of show prep and the high-stress job I had for almost two years. I was drained; I could barely get through the day without consuming an energy drink and the only way I could manage in the gym was taking a pre-workout.  My weekends were shot and I bummed around napping in between because I could never get the energy I needed to want to do anything fun (not to mention the post show funk I was conquering through).

It wasn’t until recently that I decided I need to stop with this caffeine dependency. Caffeinated was literally in my system from 7am till my work out at 6pm; I was a caffeinated mess.   The path I was heading towards was not going to be a good one and I knew I needed to make a change before I continue to damage my body and fall into adrenal failure. Thank god for the timing of my mini vacation to Florida, where I lounged around and only had a 1/2 cup of a coffee day just because I didn’t have the taste to finish the rest.  I didn’t need to have energy drinks because I was partially distracted with family and we didn’t do anything terribly exerting.  I came home to an unanticipated highly stressed week where I didn’t have time to take care of my responsibilities, go to the gym and sleep in my own bed for more than two nights. Stressed?! My body was beyond stressed and felt like a zombie my entire way through. Strangely enough, I didn’t have a desire for coffee or energy drinks. Well, I didn’t have an appetite at all and barely ate for a week, but I was using that to my advantage when it came to my coffee detox.

I’m 4 days of no caffeine and 2 weeks in on my adrenal supplements. I can’t say I notice an extreme difference in my energy levels yet, but that will come with time.  My skin has begun to clear up and I notice a difference in my digestive system. It is not surprising that I have a sensitivity to caffeine and  I feel confident in saying that I’m on my way to conquering this one monstrosity of a habit and preparing to tackle my next; SUGAR! 

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Breakfast Quesadilla

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Need a new breakfast meal? Try this delicious Breakfast Quesadilla!

Ingredients

Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup of chopped Onions
  • 1/4 cup of low fat Four Cheese Mexican Blend
  • 1/3 cup of Egg Whites
  • 2 Bacon Strips
  • 1 Tortilla
  • Your favorite Salsa

 

Directions

    • Chop the onions and bacon strips into small pieces.
    • Heat up your pan and use a nonstick spray.  Sauté the onions for about 5 minutes.
    • Turn the heat up to high and add bacon to the onions.
    • Once the bacon is cooked, strain the grease from the pan and add it back in. Mix your egg whites into the bacon and onion mixture.
    • While the egg whites are cooking, heat up your second pan and spray with your nonstick pan.
    • Keep temperature on low and add your tortilla to warm up.
    • Add half of the Mexican cheese blend to one half the tortilla.
    • Add your egg mixture to the tortilla on top of the cheese and top it off with the other half of the cheese.
    • Fold tortilla in half and heat up until cheese melts or until your tortilla browns.
    • Serve with your favorite salsa


**3 servings were cooked in the video

Enjoy!

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Cinnamon “Sugar” Protein Donuts

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I live by this cook book (The Ultimate Protein Powder Cookbook: Think Outside the Shake) and swear Anna Sward is an absolute genius!  Every recipe I’ve tried I have absolutely loved and I highly recommend it so that you can start adding all things protein in your diet with delicious alternatives to substitute the crap we live on.

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup of vanilla whey protein powder

1/4 cup of vanilla pea protein powder (I use Jarrow Formulas Optimal Plant Proteins, Supports Gastroinestinal Health, 545 g which is plain, but the donuts still came out tasty)

1 cup of liquid egg whites

3 tbsp of cottage cheese

1/4 cup of coconut flour

1/2 cup of coconut milk

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup of date syrup

2 tbsp granulate stevia

2 tbsp of cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Blend the protein powder with egg whites, cottage cheese, coconut flour, coconut milk and baking soda.
  • Pour the batter in a Donut tray if you have one.  If not, you can use a muffin tin too.
  • Bake for about 20 mins or until a knife/toothpick comes out clean.  If you overbake them they will come out dry and crumby.
  • Once baked, let them sit and cool.  Then pour the date syrup on top of the donuts.
  • Mix the stevia and cinnamon and sprinkle over the donuts.

Makes 8 Donuts

Serving Size 1 Donut: 106 Calories / 10g of Protein / 7g of Carbs / 6g of Fat

ENJOY!

 

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Low-Carb Protein Brownie For Your Sweet Tooth

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We all have that day where we crave that chocolate dessert to satisfy us after a long day of adulting.  We want to indulge but we want to be good.  We really, really, really want a tiny bit of chocolate but know there is a good change we won’t stop at just one bite.  The struggle is real. Well,wipe the sweat-induced, sugar craving anxiety off your forehead and dive right into this low-carb protein brownie!

(Recipe inspired by The Ultimate Protein Powder Cookbook: Think Outside the Shake)

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup of coconut flour

1/4 cup of chocolate whey protein powder: I used Dymatize Nutrition ISO-100 Fudge Brownie

3/4 cup of liquid egg whites

1 tbsp of vanilla stevia or sweetener of your choice

1/2 cup of almond milk

original recipe suggest 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 1/3 of melted dark chocolate for optional toppings.  The nutritional facts listed does not include toppings. 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat over to 325 degrees
  • Use blender or food processor to blend all ingredients together except the toppings
  • Pour into small brownie pan  and bake for about 30-35mins or until knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Be careful not to over bake.
  • Optional: add toppings after it’s baked

 

Makes 4 Brownies
 Serving Size 1 Brownie  /  Calories 74  /  Fat 2.2g  /  Carbs 6.8g  /  Protein 8g

 

I hope you love them as much as me! Let me know what you think…Enjoy!

 

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Sweet Potato Fries

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  • Olive Oil, for tossing
  •  5 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch long slices, then 1/4-wide inch wide
  • 1 tablespoon House Seasoning (recipe follows)
  •  1/2 teaspoon paprika

House Seasoning:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a sheet tray with parchment. In a large bowl toss sweet potatoes with just enough oil to coat. Sprinkle with House Seasoning and paprika. Spread sweet potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd. Bake until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes

 

Enjoy!

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