The Results are In: 40 Points
Good Food for Me!
Little Sips: The Impact of Coffee
I’m shocked by the results! Honestly, there was a lot going on at work this week that made me feel crankier than normal. I assumed I could attribute this to the coffee, but this drink just squeaked into the Good Food pile! I couldn’t be more delighted…and confused.
My anxiety symptoms were actually low. Considering how keyed up caffeine can make people feel, I expected a huge spike in anxiety symptoms. Go figure!
Depressive symptoms in general were low, but irritability/frustration caused an upswing in the numbers. As stated before, this could have had to do with changes at work.
While I also expected problems with sleep, I slept like a rock. However, I did notice a lot more tearfulness this week than I have in the weeks past. I’m wondering if caffeine is known to have a significant impact on hormones (but I have a sneaking suspicion that it does).
Go with the Flow: Ways to Enjoy Coffee
I didn’t cook any recipes this week, but I did try a few different preparations of coffee. I had regular coffee – specifically, blonde roast. Did you know that lighter coffee beans actually have more caffeine than darker roasts? Some people associate the strong flavor of the dark roasts with more caffeine, but flavor does not speak to potency here. I may or may not have worked for a certain well-known coffee company back in the day where I learned that…(The Siren called and I answered).
Lattes and cappucinos both contain espresso and milk. Espresso beans are the same as coffee beans, just prepared in a different way.
Americanos are espresso and water.
And Frappucinos are not coffee. They’re caffeinated milkshakes.
My personal favorites are Americanos, but I put a little cream or almond milk in mine because I seem to have less stomach discomfort when I do that. My dad swears by the same method when he drinks coffee.
The Last Drop: Closing Thoughts on Coffee
I was careful not to overdo the coffee intake; I would have about 24 ounces total in a given day and that was usually when I had to work an overnight shift. Otherwise, I kept the intake to 12 ounces or less. It really does seem like a little can go a very long way with this drink!
I try not to have any coffee except on days when I do go to work. It does feel a little too easy to get dependent; like with a lot of “less is more” foods and drinks, consciousness seems to be key.
Going into the week, I was more anxious than coming out of the week because I was sure that all of my symptoms would skyrocket. Luckily, this night shift worker can keep a mug close by during future shifts and not have to worry about it!
Come back next Monday to read about the next Food of the Week!