Oh how I love coffee. The sound of the coffee maker cheerily brewing in the morning as the comforting smell fills the air. Grabbing one of my favorite mugs and pouring a hot cup of coffee to sip throughout the morning. I love the routine of it. While I was pregnant, I cut coffee out completely for the first trimester, only having the occasional cup of decaf. Now, with a seven week old, I’m back to drinking two cups a day (maybe three on days when I feel particularly sleep deprived).
It seems like the research about coffee’s effect on health is constantly changing. One study will imply that it’s horrible for you and you need to STOP DRINKING COFFEE RIGHT NOW, while others say it actually reduces risks of certain conditions or diseases. Googling “The Benefits of Coffee” makes me feel better about my two cups each day. According to them I’m actually helping my health, right?
And then there was my dentist appointment on Monday. I was overdue for a cleaning, and excited to finally be able to make it in to see the dentist. We moved in late 2014, so this was my first time visiting this dental office. After the x-rays and exams had been completed, all looking good, the cleaning began. Midway through, the dentist asked me “Are you a coffee drinker?”.
“Mmmm-hmmm,” was all I could manage as he continued cleaning my teeth. I could see a lecture coming on when the dental hygienist, whom I had chatted with earlier in my visit, quickly chimed in:
“She has a seven week old!” I could see all traces of admonishment vanish from the young dentist’s face as he said something along the lines of “Wow. 7 weeks! Can’t imagine.”
After he left, the hygienist said he scolds the staff each morning as they drink their coffee.
As much as I appreciate a bright smile, I don’t see myself giving up on coffee anytime soon, though I will be diligent with brushing. And I may phase in a cup of green tea (an old favorite of mine with many of its own health benefits) to replace one of the cups of coffee. Maybe…
What daily routine do you enjoy?