I’ve never been a diehard coffee drinker. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried. I’ve had many mini love affairs with the stuff: I like the routine, the accessibility, the Americanness of coffee, but it never makes me feel as great as I want it to. Enter pregnancy and breastfeeding and, well, I’ve since learned to live a life that’s relatively devoid of caffeine, and tbh, I don’t miss it that much (have I waxed on about my love of Teeccino to you yet?). If you, too, are sensitive to caffeine and looking for a way to cut back, or if you're feeling super fatigued and coffee just ain't cutting it anymore, here’s the scoop on energizing alternatives that’ll help make mornings (and afternoons and evenings) a little easier.
If you’ve been wondering why you’re suddenly seeing mushroom coffee and turmeric-infused everything popping up, here’s the deal: these buzzy ingredients known as adaptogens are part of a highly select group of plants and fungi which increase the body’s resistance to physical, chemical or biological stressors.