I swapped coffee for green tea here’s what happened

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Meet Rose… Master Trainer and Buyer at BOOM Cycle, whose mantra is that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Whether she’s whooping off the bike or making you surge that little bit faster she is always there to motivate, encourage and make you feel more confident than ever.

But is she still one big ball of energy without her daily coffee fix? See what happened when we challenged Rose to go green for 10 whole days…

Why do you love coffee so much? I don’t function until I have my first coffee in the morning.

How many cups do you have a day? 2 – 4 cups per day.

What scares you most about taking this challenge? Maintaining my energy levels to teach classes and balancing my week at work.

What excites you about taking this challenge? To work out if there’s an alternative for not relying on coffee for energy.

How do you feel right now? Looking forward to taking on the challenge, I can’t remember a day when I didn’t have a coffee!

How do you want to feel at the end? Hopefully refreshed. It would be good to have an alternative to drinking coffee and still get the energy I need to teach spin classes.

Day 1

What time did you go to bed last night? 11pm

How well did you sleep? Heavy sleep but broken, I woke up a few times in the night.

What did you have for breakfast? Porridge from Pret with honey & nuts, and Pukka Ginseng Matcha Green Tea.

Were you hungry by 1pm? Yes, post spin class.

What did you have for lunch? Chicken Pad Thai.

Any snacking in-between? No

What did you have for supper? Salmon with pistachio and breadcrumb crust and green vegetables.

How’s your general mood today? Tired and low on energy so fuelling my body with food. Definitely missed the coffee with two spin classes!

Did you have enough energy to exercise? Just enough. I didn’t feel full of energy as I usually do.

Any headaches? No

Were you tempted by sugary snacks or alcohol at all? No

Can you notice any changes to your skin? None

Day 2

What time did you go to bed last night? 10.30pm

How well did you sleep? Really well.

What did you have for breakfast? Two boiled eggs and Pukka Ginseng Matcha Green Tea.

How hungry are you by 1pm? Very, especially after my lunch spin class.

What did you have for lunch? A berry protein shake and tomato soup with 1 piece of toast.

Any snacking in-between? Yes – Chicken and peanut butter.

What did you have for supper? Nando’s (olives, salad, chicken and pineapple pitta and peri peri chips) followed by chocolate ice cream.

How’s your general mood today? Tired. Friday’s are always the day I feel most tired with the end of my week.

Did you have enough energy to exercise? Yes

Any headaches? No

Were you tempted by sugary snacks or alcohol at all? Yes… ice cream.

Can you notice any changes to your skin? No

Day 3

What time did you go to bed last night? 1am

How well did you sleep? Very heavy sleep.

What did you have for breakfast? Cooked breakfast (scrambled eggs, beans, toast and bacon).

How hungry are you by 1pm? Not hungry as I had a late breakfast 11.30am.

What did you have for lunch? I didn’t have lunch.

Any snacking in-between? Sweet potato fries.

What did you have for supper? Chicken and green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, sugar snap peas)

How’s your general mood today? Exhausted – probably due to a late night and woke up early.

Did you have enough energy to exercise? I didn’t exercise today.

Any headaches? No

Were you tempted by sugary snacks or alcohol at all? No

Can you notice any changes to your skin? No

Day 4

What time did you go to bed last night? 10.30pm

How well did you sleep? I woke up a few times during the night.

What did you have for breakfast? Banana pre work out snack.

How hungry are you by 1pm? Yes, starving because I taught a morning spin class.

What did you have for lunch? Chicken roast dinner including parsnips, potatoes, carrots and green beans. I also had rhubarb and apple crumble with icecream.

Any snacking inbetween? No

What did you have for supper? Coconut chicken with potato and green salad.

How’s your general mood today? Pretty good although a little tired from the spin class. I did have an afternoon nap (30 mins) that helped!

Did you have enough energy to exercise? Yes

Any headaches? No

Were you tempted by sugary snacks or alcohol at all? Yes!

Can you notice any changes to your skin? Skin is slightly clearer with less blemishes. I would say I have less darkness under my eyes but maybe that’s due to my increased water intake.

Photo: @rose_childerhouse
Day 5

What time did you go to bed last night? 11pm

How well did you sleep? Really well

What did you have for breakfast? Pukka Ginseng Matcha Green Tea. I missed breakfast as didn’t have time. I expected to feel queasy drinking green tea on an empty stomach but because Pukka teas are organic without the tannins there’s no bitterness.

How hungry are you by 1pm? Starving.

What did you have for lunch? I had chicken and pesto flatbread from M&S.

Any snacking inbetween? Yes, protein shake before my spin class.

What did you have for supper? Sausages and mash with green vegetables (broccoli and green beans) followed by treacle pudding and custard.

How’s your general mood today? Really low energy. This was the first day I really craved coffee to start my week.

Did you have enough energy to exercise? I lacked energy.

Any headaches? No

Were you tempted by sugary snacks or alcohol at all? No

Can you notice any changes to your skin? No change against yesterday.

Caffeine: How much is too much? (Shuttershock)
Day 6

What time did you go to bed last night? 12am

How well did you sleep? Ok

What did you have for breakfast? Bacon and scrambled eggs on toast and piece of marmalade on toast and Pukka Ginseng Matcha Green Tea.

How hungry are you by 1pm? No, as I had a late breakfast.

What did you have for lunch? Late breakfast.

Any snacking inbetween? Biscuits and pre workout protein shake.

What did you have for supper? Pret tuna mediterrian flat bread and crisps!

How’s your general mood today? Really sluggish, found it really hard to get myself going.

Did you have enough energy to exercise? Yes

Any headaches? No

Were you tempted by sugary snacks or alcohol at all? No

Can you notice any changes to your skin? My skin is definitely clearer, with less darkness under my eyes.

Day 7

What time did you go to bed last night? 10.30pm

How well did you sleep? I went into a deep sleep but woke after 5am and found it difficult to fall back to sleep.

What did you have for breakfast? Bacon and tomatoes on toast.

How hungry are you by 1pm? No

What did you have for lunch? Noodles and cheese on toast.

Any snacking inbetween? Yes, chocolate biscuits

What did you have for supper? Chicken and green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, sugar snap peas)

How’s your general mood today? Pretty good, more energy today

Did you have enough energy to exercise? Yes

Any headaches? No

Were you tempted by sugary snacks or alcohol at all? No

Can you notice any changes to your skin? Similar to the day before.

Day 8

What time did you go to bed last night? 11.30pm

How well did you sleep? Heavy sleep.

What did you have for breakfast? One boiled egg.

Are you hungry by 1pm? Yes, especially after a lunch spin class.

What did you have for lunch? Chicken and cheese Panini.

Any snacking inbetween? No

What did you have for supper? Lamb chops and salad.

How’s your general mood today? Tired

Did you have enough energy to exercise? Yes

Any headaches? No

Were you tempted by sugary snacks or alcohol at all? No

Can you notice any changes to your skin? My skin is clearer and less dry.

Day 9 

What time did you go to bed last night? 11pm

How well did you sleep? Pretty well

What did you have for breakfast? Scrambled eggs, bacon and tomatoes on toast.

Are you hungry by 1pm? Yes, because of my spin class, but I wasn’t starving.

What did you have for lunch? Chicken, bacon and avocado salad.

Any snacking inbetween? Dark chocolate bar.

What did you have for supper? Chinese takeaway…

How’s your general mood today? Again, exhausted, I have taught eight spin classes this week so my body is really feeling it.

Did you have enough energy to exercise? Yes

Any headaches? No

Were you tempted by sugary snacks or alcohol at all? Yes, sugary snacks

Can you notice any changes to your skin? My complexion is definitely clearer but I have dark circles under my eyes due to me being really tired and probably not drinking enough water in the last couple of days.

CONCLUSION 

How do you feel at the end of the challenge?

Pretty good. Prior to taking the challenge I was nervous about dropping coffee as I really rely on it for teaching classes and maintaining my energy levels. However, what this has shown me is that coffee only makes a fraction of difference to my energy and only gives me high energy in small bursts.

Will you be swapping coffee for green tea longer term?

Yes definitely and I would recommend Pukka green teas to anyone looking to wean themselves off coffee.

How’s your overall wellbeing after the challenge?

The biggest thing I have noticed is my mood/energy levels have remained quite neutral. Usually I have big highs and then huge crashes. I have had a busy week as I have been teaching quite a bit so I am generally quite tired, however, my moods have seen the biggest improvement. Normally I am prone to headaches so I was surprised that I didn’t get any headaches.

Any changes to your skin?

My skin is definitely clearer, less dry and I have less darkness under my eyes. I think this is due to me drinking a lot more water and not relying on coffee for energy hits.

What is the biggest learning to take away from this challenge?

My mood/energy levels. Sometimes when I drink loads of coffee I get quite a bit of anxiety, most probably as a result of the caffeine. This stopped altogether. The biggest learning is that I don’t need to rely on coffee!

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