Life Lately + Mold-Free Coffee

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Hey there! Happy Hump Day!

WHERE has this week gone already? Holy cow, I can’t believe it’s already more than halfway through Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday were a total whirlwind with the boys off from school, so now I’m boogieing to get things done. (“Boogieing” is a word, right? It just looks super weird.)

Yesterday morning, I ate the most delicious breakfast hash. It was made with roasted broccoli, Brussels sprouts, air fryer onions, chicken sausage, and some leftover bacon. Mmm! I actually ate it again for lunch today! 🙂

I’ve started to leave my cell phone in our guest bathroom overnight. I used to have it on my bedside table (in airplane mode, of course), but it would always be the last thing I’d look at before I fell asleep and the first thing I’d see when I woke up. Being “on” for my job is often all-consuming, so I’m trying to distance myself a bit more from technology and social media. I figured this was an “easy” way to disconnect. Two nights down so far – let’s hope I can keep it up!

I did my first OTF benchmark mile today! It definitely wasn’t fast, but, hey, it leaves room for improvement, right? 🙂

Since sharing about testing positive for candida overgrowth, I have gotten a ton of questions about what I’ve been doing about it, mainly what changes I’ve made to my diet. In fact, I’ve gotten so much interest, I created an Anti-Candida Meal Plan + Prep Guide (includes recipes and grocery list) to give you some ideas. You can also check out this recent post with examples of What I’ve Been Eating On The Anti-Candida Diet.

Why am I avoiding conventional coffee?

Before learning about candida overgrowth, I really had no idea that coffee had mold in it – say what!? I mean, I drink iced coffee every single day (even all winter long)! But now that I’m following a 3-month anti-candida diet to try to kick this never-ending mucus-y cough (candida and mold can be linked to respiratory issues) and GI flare to the curb, I’m skipping coffee and sticking with my go-to Teechino. It’s typically advised to avoid coffee all together on the candida diet, so I’m really trying to limit my coffee consumption right now.

“Coffee, in excess, is a well-known irritant to the gut lining. Coffee can also be high in molds, which can stress a compromised immune system and encourage Candida overgrowth. And decaf might actually be worse when it comes to both mold content and acidity. Make sure to search for high-quality organic coffee beans, and drink coffee in moderation.” — Dr. Will Cole

What is mold-free coffee?

Mold in coffee? Yep, that’s the rumor I’ve heard. Apparently, mass-produced coffee and poor production practices can create toxins in our coffee. It’s not in the actual coffee bean itself, but in the growing, processing, storage, and shipping. These toxins include: Ochratoxin A (mold), Acrylamide, and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs).

I’m definitely not an expert on the subject, but you guys know how much I love coffee, so I needed to know more. I’ve done a bunch of research and have started to pay more attention to the coffee that I consume, especially since making the connection between mold, candida, and my gross cough. For most people, the levels of these toxins is pretty low to be of real concern, but if you’re dealing with health issues like I am, it might be something to consider, especially if you’re consuming coffee daily.

Here are some additional resources that you might find helpful:

How do you know whether or not coffee is mold-free?

Good question! I’m actually not sure – unless a brand specifically says that their coffee is mold-free. If you know, please fill me in! 🙂 I actually did some crowd-sourcing on Instagram Stories to see if followers had favorite brands of mold-free coffee. Here’s what they came up with (below).

If you have other favorites, please send them my way. Right now, Mal is drinking Bulletproof, and I’m sticking with Teechino. I thought about purchasing the decaf Bulletproof, but, apparently, decaf coffee tends to be higher in mycotoxins since caffeine actually slows the growth of the molds. Blah. Again, this is not a big deal for healthy folks, but I’m trying to reduce as much exposure as possible.

What are some mold-free coffee brands?

Purity Coffee


Natural Force Clean Coffee


Do you have any favorite mold-free coffee brands? Please share!



  1. I can relate to like 100% of the posts lol. And I absolutely LOOOOVE coffee! Now I need to find mold-free coffee.

  2. So just because a coffee is organic does not mean it is mold free? I have bought Purity in the past and like it but it is not my favorite. I’m using Charleston coffee co now which is organic but no idea I’d mold free!

  3. I’m curious to learn where is the process the mold tends to come from. My husband lovesss coffee and has a small roaster and purchases the beans green and roasts them himself. I’m curious to know if this would decrease the mold in the coffee at all!

  4. Question…do you ever think the more healthy you are the more health issues you have? I have noticed that a lot of healthy living bloggers that I follow have different health issues that makes their already restrictive diets even more restrictive. I have also noticed on my own health journey that I have had more health-related issues since adopting a healthy lifestyle and losing 100+ pounds.
    Or is it that we are just more aware of the issues when we are healthier?

    Food for thought…maybe this could be a vlog topic?

    1. Great question, and I was just talking to Mal about this the other day. I think if you have health issues, you become really in tune with EVERYTHING you body is doing, so you focus a lot on what is happening. You brain and body are highly connected, so I think sometimes I overthink my symptoms and what I’m doing as far as food choices, exercise, sleep, etc. I know when I’m my happiest and NOT thinking about my health all the time, I’m actually healthier too! I just need to get myself back to that point.

    2. I would also love this topic addressed more. 🙂 But exploring also exploring the fact that healthy living people sometimes have big health issues, while some not so healthy living people sometimes having no issues (we all know the stories of 80-90 yo who smoked and eat deep fried all their life and are perfectly fine 😆 ).

      I’m not a blogger, but I switched to a more healthy lifestyle and I don’t have any health issue. Any digestive issue I had before, big or small, has almost disappeared. I barely get colds, even my seasonal allergies got better. But I know people who do their best and still gave issues. Even minor things; for example my bad/good cholesterol level are fine, I can eat meat everyday or 2-3 eggs a day; but I know someone with a very high bad cholesterol who can’t even have an egg, on a strict diet from her physicians and on her best day can get even my worst cholesterol.

  5. Yikes! I’m a big coffee lover, but I never think about mold.
    At home I usually drink organic coffee (Mount Hagen or Anthony’s), but at work I just grab coffee from the cafeteria. I simply now assume the one from the cafeteria is full of mold.

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