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What happens when a ClassPass junkie with a coffee habit tries to give up java


How to quit coffee for juice
Photo: Clorissa Comer

Recently, Suja Juice gave six Well+Good readers a free week’s supply of handcrafted, cold-pressured organic juice for arguing best that they needed a juice intervention (who doesn’t?!). Over the next few weeks, we’ll be telling their #itsthejuice stories, and sharing what surprised them most about their super-juiced week.

Nothing makes Clorissa Comer happier than a new fitness class and a new challenge. The ClassPass fan has standing dates all over Chicago in classes like Go Cycle and Go Row, and on trips she samples new and different workouts (on a weekend in New York, it was Swerve Fitness and Pop Physique). “I am also newly obsessed with Pilates on the reformer!” she says.

The 25-year-old also has a demanding career in advertising, where the day can extend into evenings without much notice. And, yes, coffee has been a big part of her life.

“I go through phases with coffee and trying to cut back—if I could have one coffee drink a week instead of two to three cups a day, that would be my goal,” Comer told us before starting her week’s supply of juice.

The results: What were the three most surprising things about her week-long #juicervention?

1. She’s not actually as hooked on coffee as she thought.

“Having the juices made me realize more that I don’t think I actually need the caffeine, it’s just a habit—I grab a coffee before I get to my desk. After working out every morning, with the endorphins, I actually don’t really need the coffee,” she says.

2. Caffeine withdrawal headaches didn’t happen.

“From a pure energy standpoint, the only time I really need coffee is in the afternoon,” she says. By replacing a juice for her coffee break, she feels that it helped cut down on withdrawal headaches. “I’ve quit coffee before, and it was miserable. I definitely got headaches.”

3. Having a juice in the afternoon pre-empted late-day hunger.

“By having juice in the afternoon, I didn’t reach for the bagels or crackers we have in the office. It’s so easy to reach for carbs but it’s not sustainable. You get that burst of energy and it’s gone,” she says.

What kind of nutrition does someone need when cutting out coffee?

“It’s important to hydrate before, during, and after your workouts and consume anti-inflammatory foods to help heal and nourish your muscles,” says Amy Shapiro, RD, the founder of Real Nutrition

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Shapiro also suggests these ingredients:

Chia seeds for their high fiber content, sustained energy, and super hydration abilities.

Spirulina, which helps regulate blood sugar regulation, preventing energy dips.

Tart cherry to ease muscle soreness for all those workouts.

Find these ingredients and more in Suja’s selection of juice blends: always organic, handcrafted, non-GMO, chemical-free, and preservative-free.