Upping my chia bowl game and kicking my caffeine habit (for the day at least) with this delicious Golden Turmeric Chia Bowl. I’ve been on a kick lately and it’s not quite serving me, yet I continue to choose it (sound familiar)? That is until I make conscious and empowered decisions to break the habit. That was my intention with creating this Golden Turmeric Chia Bowl. The truth is I love all types of warm beverages but got strongly pulled into the mega lift that coffee gives. To my unpleasant surprise, I discovered that when I’d take a day or even three off from coffee that I felt low, like really miserable, irritable, and negative thoughts came flooding in- Hello Withdrawals! Wow, what a powerful realization to see how strong caffeine had an effect on me. Going through withdrawals is serious business, I for one could barely stand the person I was during this time and certainly didn’t want to be around others this way.
The experience was necessary not only to kick the habit and dependency but to see what I was trying to cover up with caffeine in the first place. I suddenly remembered that I gravitated toward it as plant medicine it helped me on terribly hard days of early motherhood around the time of my book launch and Nova turning one. Trips to Europe escalated the habit and turned it into a social experience for me. Then I bought a machine for my home and had to remove it after six months as I began to feel I was going down a road I long knew to stay away from. However, that didn’t stop me because then I just frequented my favorite local shop and again got swept away by the charm of being out in my community sharing a coffee high with neighbors and getting that major boost a tired mama depends on to get through the day. I began to realize I was just trying to get through my day as opposed to actually thriving. As much as I was enjoying my days, the way I was consuming coffee merely as a fix to do more, push harder, and cover up a problem.
During the dark days of withdrawals I wrote myself letters, I napped a lot, I tried to meditate and redirect negative thoughts, and tried hard to nurture myself but I’m not going to sugar coat the experience it was and still is hard being faced with the reality I concealed which was sleep deprivation. Now I still enjoy coffee but I am making a point to not make it a daily habit, I alternate tea, a high-quality water processed decaf, turmeric lattes, kombucha, green juices and so much more. After realizing the underlying problem I have been working to address my sleeping issues by transitioning Nova to his own bed. I decline the offer of taking trips to my favorite coffee shop and when I do go I often order decaf. When I brew at home I make half calf and I try to stay clear as to why I am choosing to have it. As you know it’s all too easy to fall into habit, however, breaking a habit in itself is simple just not necessarily easy.
This recipe unlike breaking a habit is both simple and easy. You don’t need to give up caffeine to make it, but you could use it as another tool in your caffeine kicking kit if that’s what you’re aiming to do. The colors and aliveness alone will hopefully lift you, doesn’t this bowl look like sunshine?!
Let’s get lifted!
First make the turmeric latte in a small pot over medium heat, add:
5 slices ginger
4 cups rice milk
1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tbsp honey
Stir all ingredients and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Pour into a heat resistant glass or Pyrex bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cool add in the chia seeds, stir well and let sit for 20 minutes or overnight if making it the night before.
8 tbsp chia seeds
Garnish with fruit and sprinkles of your choosing. I personally love the combo of berries, chocolate, buckwheat, hazelnuts, and coconut flakes.