Why I Stopped Drinking Coffee

Hey guys!

I just wanted to pop in and talk about a question that I’ve received a ton of times in the past several weeks and months. It’s related to my iced coffee habit, which has changed to a Teechino habit.

This is not a sponsored post. I don’t work with the brand; I just really like their products. A reader actually told me about Teechino awhile back, and it sounded great, so I tried it and immediately loved it. That’s what I’ve been drinking in the morning. It’s an herbal, coffee-flavored tea that comes in different flavors. I order it on Amazon. You can also find it at Whole Foods.

Teechino comes in tea bags as well as grinds, similar to ground coffee. I buy the grinds and brew it just like coffee in our coffee maker, and then put it in the fridge to chill overnight. I add Nutpods and collagen, and mix it all up in a shaker bottle in the morning.

Ok, let me talk about why I’ve given up my regular morning iced coffee. You guys know I lovveee iced coffee. I still love iced coffee and still drink it on occasion, but it’s more like a special treat nowadays.

Why I gave up coffee

What initially made me stop drinking coffee was the caffeine. With having ulcerative colitis, it wasn’t helping my gut issues, so I switched to decaf. Having too much caffeine can obviously cause GI distress, but the caffeine was also kind of stressing me out. I had anxiety from it, especially on the days when I’d drink a cold brew in the morning. I would feel so amped up and overly stressed out all day long. I also noticed it affected my sleep.

Related to anxiety, I was starting to have acne breakouts from all of the caffeine in my system. Knowing what I know now about hormones and the liver, my body was probably stressed and overloaded with trying to detox the caffeine. Caffeine also can dehydrate you, so that’s another reason why my skin probably wasn’t looking its best.

I drank decaf for years and years. You might even remember my daily decaf habit. But then I developed a weird phlegm-producing cough that would not go away. I eventually learned that a lot of coffees have mold in them. Even organic coffees have mold. It has to do go with the processing and how they are stored. Mold is not an issue for most healthy people, but if you have an autoimmune disease and a chronic cough, it could be an issue for you.

I don’t want to be the “fun police” and tell you you shouldn’t drink coffee, but if you’re interested in cutting back on your consumption, here are some simple strategies:

  • Try decaf or half-caf coffee
  • Enjoy a smaller portion
  • Try Teechino or other coffee alternatives

I hope you guys found this post helpful. I know some of you guys have been curious about what I’ve been drinking, so if you have any additional questions, please let me know!


  1. Since you were a former iced coffee drinker, how close in flavor would you say Teecino is to that? I appreciate all of your information on the blog.

    Have a great day!

  2. The same thing happened to me! Coffee was causing me anxiety big time. It only started after I was exposed to mold in my house, which weakened my adrenals (leading to cortisol imbalances and a general sensitivity to LIFE). I drink a decaf mold-free coffee about twice a month. It was (sadly) one of the best things I’ve done for my health. Props to you for making the change! It’s a difficult one but so worth it.

  3. I’m a big coffee drinker and I’ve been struggling lately with chronic diarrhea. Do you think the two could be related? Your comment about having mold in the coffee really makes me think maybe it is related, especially because I drink cold brew about 5 times a day and I would guess that cold brewing doesn’t kill the mold. I feel like I need the coffee to keep going during the day, though. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve lost a lot of the energy and the mental sharpness I used to have. I just don’t think as fast on my feet as I used to, I forget things, and coffee seems to help. But… the diarrhea. Every day, diarrhea. I guess I’m looking for your advice in two ways. Do you think I should stop drinking coffee? And if so, do you have advice on how I can not lose a step mentally or in the gym or frankly in the bedroom if I stop drinking coffee which has helped in those areas. Reading this back it makes me sound like an addict who would rather have diarrhea all day than stop drinking coffee, but I’m asking because coffee really is important to me and I just don’t want to give it up if I don’t have to.

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