Don’t have coffee—and only coffee—for breakfastigorstevanovic/Shutterstock
So, you’re running late for work and you manage to guzzle down a cuppa before heading into your first a.m. meeting. Fast forward to mid-day and your stomach is growling and you realize that—whoops!—you completely forgot to eat breakfast and now it’s past lunchtime. Though drinking coffee is healthy, Adina Pearson, RD, says that because coffee can suppress your appetite and is a stimulant, some people use it as a meal replacement. “Coffee’s stimulant properties may mask the fact you’re undereating, but it’s only temporary. Good self-care means eating enough—not just being buzzed. You can’t run on caffeine you need food—carbs, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, and fiber—for overall health.” Here are seven signs you’re drinking too much caffeine.
Try sparkling coffee for hydrationKanitChurem/Shutterstock
Looking for a replacement for your diet soda? Try sparkling coffee. Called Aqua Java, it contains organic coffee, a bit of cane sugar, and a sugar alcohol called erythritol, and clocks in at just 20 calories. But why is it better than your traditional cup? “It comes in a glass bottle, so no pesky chemicals from plastic are leaking in,” says Bridget Swinney, MS, RD. Also, it contains less caffeine than coffee, so it’s a way to dial down your caffeine intake in a cool, refreshing way,” she explains.