As the clock struck midnight on 1st January, I not only ushered in a new year and a new decade, but also a new me. A more positive me. I vowed to begin on my quest to take time to take care of myself as well as those around me. I want to feel good!
Last year, I had an epiphany (a rather obvious one I know). That in order to head out of the slump I had fallen into in the previous few years, I had to start to better myself from the inside out. So this year, I have been thinking carefully about the foods and drinks I put into my body. How do they make me feel? Are they for the benefit of my body? Will they help me to achieve my ultimate goal of self-happiness? It wasn’t until I was asked to try Feel Good Coffee, that I began to consider the amount of caffeine I put into my body. I want the coffee to assist me in my quest for self-improvement! And Feel Good Coffee does precisely that.
What Makes Feel Good Coffee Different From Other Brands?
Today coffee is usually made by roasting coffee beans. This means that during the roasting process, the natural benefits of the coffee are lost. Feel Good Coffee differs in that their coffee is made by using green or unroasted coffee beans.
Feel Good Coffee is filled with caffeine and Chlorogenic acid. Yes, caffeine is found in more conventional types of coffee, that gives us that increase in alertness, the energy boost and the general caffeine fix so many of us chase. However, too much caffeine is bad for our bodies. Feel Good Coffee contains a reduced level of caffeine making it much friendly on our bodies. But levels of Chlorogenic acid are often lost or reduced significantly in the coffee roasting process.
Chlorogenic acid is a great weight loss aid. It works by reducing fat absorbed through foods. It also assists in the fat burning process and has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.
The Taste Test
Feel Good Coffee comes in a bag. I was incredibly excited by this! Surprisingly, I have never had coffee from a bag before!
I was sent all three of their current flavours, Original, Peach and Strawberry and Raspberry. First I tried the original flavour.
As per the instructions, I added the coffee to a cup of boiling water. I then let the coffee infuse for 4-5 minutes.
I was really surprised by the flavour. It tasted so fresh! But also had that coffee taste to it. I always take milk with my coffee (a pain because I am dairy free so I have to use Lacto free milk). This means the taste of the coffee is always overpowered by the milk. This coffee tasted wonderful on its own. An excellent cuppa!
Next, I tried the Strawberry and Raspberry flavoured coffee.
I had expected this to taste like flavoured tea. Like tea! Yet I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour.
I could tell it was coffee that I was drinking, but with a sweet, yet not overpowering flavour. This flavoured coffee was incredibly refreshing on the pallet and would be delicious after a heavy meal.
My favourite of all the coffees was the peach flavour.
This particular coffee has a really subtle flavour. Yet it leaves a lasting and delightful taste in the mouth.
The liquid turned into a beautiful colour! Again, my mind was expecting flavoured tea, but instead, it got a really delicate and tasty flavour.
It felt great to be drinking caffeine yet knowing the beverage will be for the benefit of my body. There is no doubt that I will be ordering more of these coffees to enjoy with all my family. They will make a great addition to my coffee mornings will my friends!
Other Ways to Feel Good
As I mentioned above, feeling good is at the top of my priority list this year. And I have been making some subtle and drastic changes to my lifestyle. The first thing I am changing is my diet.
I’ve increased the number of fruits and vegetables I eat, in particular, leafy greens. There are so many benefits to eating the foods that nature provides us with. And after giving this a proper attempt for the past 3 weeks, I have really noticed a difference. My stomach felt a little tender at first, but once my digestive system was accustomed to the influx of healthy foods, I ‘ve started to notice the difference on the scales.
I’ve also cut down on processed foods and have returned to making meals from scratch!
Four years ago I shredded 4 stones (which has crept back on since). One of the major ways I achieved this was by increasing my water intake. 5 days ago I returned to drinking 3 litres of water per day. In that 5 day period, I have shed 5 pounds! Water is great at flushing out all the nasty toxins in the body. It also makes you feel fuller for longer and thus eliminating the urge to snack.
Taking Care of Me
So I’ve been working on the inside in terms of food and drink, but I’ve also been looking at my stress levels. I suffer from high blood pressure (a result of a combination of obesity and stress). Whilst I’ve been trying to shift the weight, I’ve also been considering my stress levels too.
Meditation really seems to work for me. A few evenings a week, I take myself off for half an hours meditation. There are some excellent guided meditations on Youtube, but you can also let your mind wander and be your own guide. I’ve noticed a decrease in headaches since I’ve started this practice and I’ve been sleeping much better too.
Another step I’ve taken is to read more. This sounds like a simple activity but making time to lose myself in a book has really helped me to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work.
I’m incredibly grateful to Feel Good Coffee for sending me a sample of their delicious products. I really loved the delicious flavours of their coffees and I’ll be on the lookout for more flavours in the future! Click here to find all their incredible coffees.
*This is a collaborative post, however, as always, all opinions are my own.
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