I don’t want to exclude anyone here, but I know I will. Not everyone is a coffee drinker.
If you’re not, I don’t want to offend you. . . but if you’re not, you should be. (This is my purely objective opinion, of course): You’re missing out.
There’s something funny about coffee that I’ve never experienced with any other beverage.
Please, if you disagree with me here, feel free to tell me.
If you are a coffee drinker, you know what I’m talking about.
It has special powers.
With that first sip in the morning, it’s like the world opens up. It pulls you out of a sleepy haze and pats you on the back and says, “OK now. Let’s get on with it,” and you don’t even grumble at it because its flavor and decadence is telling you that this day is going to be a-o-k. In the afternoon when you’re feeling like all you want to do is curl up in a little ball in the corner and catch up on some z’s, it passes under your nose like smelling salts and jolts you back awake. It reminds you that even during this notoriously hectic time of day, it’s OK to take a moment to regroup.
It’s delicious. It gives you an energy boost. It can be sugary and creamy enough to be dessert. . . or not. It can be added to entrees, or ice cream, or cake, or sauces, or alcohol. It can be mood altering. It’s liquid indulgence, and it’s legal.
Now here’s the truly beautiful thing about coffee. Its health pros and cons have been debated for years, and what they keep coming up with is that, consumed in moderation, it is perfectly fine (Um, duh. Hello, rule of life ) and surprisingly beneficial. What a study published in the September 26, 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine found though, is worth a happy squeal.
According to this particular study, women who consume two to three coups of coffee on a daily basis are 15% less likely to develop depression over a decade than those who only occasionally drink coffee – as in one or fewer cups per week.
I am no scientist. I am no doctor. I am just a female coffee drinker, and my personal opinion is that these depression fighting benefits might not come specifically from the coffee alone.
I think they may come from the combination of the coffee itself and the fact that perhaps these women who were less likely to develop depression were willing to let themselves indulge in something small each day – maybe even a couple of times each day – and that freedom they allowed themselves (to enjoy a “guilty” pleasure) kept them out of a dark cloud.
Just my own theory. There is no science behind it, but I think it’s quite possible.
So I will encourage you to allow yourself two or three cups of coffee each day.
When things are feeling crazy at three o’clock in the afternoon and you are dragging, brew a hot cup and allow yourself a little cream and sugar if that’s how you like it. Sip your cup, close your eyes, and enjoy this tiny little moment of pleasure just for you.