Add Some MOjo to Your Morning

::: Let’s talk ☕ coffee ::: I love it. It’s a ritual I look forward to EVERY morning, and have spent lots of time figuring out how to get the MOst out of it {stay tuned for my MOjo Coffee recipe below}. It’s also something that I want to continue to love, but not *need*. You know what I mean? 

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Before I had my son Will (now almost 2), I would drink a cup of coffee a day. Beyond its buzz, coffee has quite a few benefits — but too much can increase stress + cortisol in the body {too much being more than 8 oz./day}; working against your metabolism and stable energy levels. If we find ourselves in a situation where we crave it or need it, its a sign that our body is actually calling out for authentic forms of energy: like rest, sleep, better nutrition, more supportive exercises or decreased stress, to name a few. See, coffee is kind of this catch-22: it makes us feel alert and on top of our game, when in reality, (when we drink too much) we’re further depleting energy stores we didn’t have to begin with – like over-drafting your bank account and covering up our true exhaustion versus doing something proactive about it.

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If we want to feel our best (which ultimately is the goal), understanding what boosts versus drains our energy is key; and it’s unique for all of us (plus always changing with age, seasons of life, stress levels, etc.). Since Will’s birth, I have drank a lot more coffee, usually at least 2 cups in the morning. I knew to feel better that I needed more sleep, but for a long time, that was out of my control – the “season” I was in. With the possibility of more sleep off the table, I did two things: first, consciously chose to drink more coffee to increase my alertness and ability to feel like a normal, functioning human {#mushymamabrain is no joke} while knowing that ultimately, I was still exhausted regardless of coffee making me feel otherwise; and second, I engaged in daily practices that authentically boosted my energy + health like weekly acupuncture or massage, physical therapy, lots of naps, a diet rooted in whole foods, drinking bone broth + taking grass-fed collagen, Epsom salts baths, practicing stillness + meditation, walks outside + connecting with others, and eventually, gentle movement and working out.

Fast-forward to now and Will’s been sleeping through the night for about 9 months. It’s taken me about that long to take advantage of this new sleeping pattern and not just use it to “do more” {like work more and hack away at the never-ending amount of household tasks}. I’ve also re-implemented a solid morning wake-up and evening wind-down routine that helps focus my mind in the morning and prepare my body + mind for sleep at night – which helps sooo much.

So, as I’m nearing 2 years of motherhood under my belt, I feel as though I’m entering into a new season. A season that requires a heck of a lot less coffee, with more time for rejuvenation and self-care. Maybe you’ve just recently entered into a new season yourself?: New mom or “seasoned” mom, new house or new move, new job or work project, more stress or less stress, new level of connection or awareness to your body and daily actions. Or perhaps you can see yourself deeply rooted into a specific season. Whatever the season, know it is a gift {seriously}. And then get real. First figure out what, at this point in your life, is out of your control (because there’s usually something: be it schedule, commute, sleep when you’ve got a new baby, eating out when you’re on working trips, etc.). Second, decide how you want to FEEL and action from there. I wanted to feel energized and empowered into my new role as a mom and while sleep was out of my control, self-care and other forms of boosting my body were not.

Every season of life is an opportunity to see your path in a new light, with a new perspective and a new challenge. Don’t shy away from the discomfort of a new season or challenge, instead – ask what you can learn, where you can grow, expand or live bigger. Examine what you can “shed” that isn’t/hasn’t been serving you and what you can add-in to boost your energy, stamina, connection and nourishment. Our life is one big experiment to flow with constant changes while drawing closer to our most authentic, energized and vibrant self.

In case you’re wondering, I’m still going to be all about my coffee over here; just filling up cup up with extra sleep and other forms of self-care versus one more pour. 🙂 If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve probably seen the ways I “soup-up” my coffee {with grass-fed heavy whipping cream + collagen peptides plus organic + cold-pressed coconut oil  – either blended with a milk frother or blender}. But there are a few other things I’ve been doing that helped to make my transition to less coffee easier while additionally boosting my energy + brain power.

20170224_154154.jpgEnter: mushroom extract powder {I use Narturealm’s Sacred 7 Mushroom Powder} and the Anti-Coffee by wolves & sage. The Anti-Coffee is actually a non-caffeinated herbal blend that you can use to gradually to {or eventually, fully} replace some of your coffee grounds. Just start by replacing 1 Tbls. of coffee with the Anti-Coffee and you can slowly add more from there if desired. It has a similar taste to coffee, but includes herbs that energize, boost immunity, promote skin healing and hormone balancing, while helping detoxify the liver. {And BONUS: Sandra of wolves & sage has offered Macks Mo clients at 20% discount off their total order with the code 123MACKSMO – seriously friends, all their stuff is AMAZING}. Mushrooms have so many benefits, a few of which also include boosting energy + brain function, providing Vitamin D {aka coping with winter blues!}, while supporting immunity and skin health. I brew the mushroom powder into my coffee with the grounds {just stir it in and no, you can’t taste it this way!}. Check out my MOjo Coffee recipe below for a How-To on how to soup-up your morning brew!

20170223_184735.jpgMOjo Coffee: This builds off the bulletproof coffee concept, but with the addition of grass-fed collagen peptides and medicinal mushroom powder extract. You can blend everything in a blender (best option for multiple servings), OR for a less loud option, use a handheld milk frother (available on Amazon). Last and best news – this isn’t just for coffee. You can do it with tea too! For an afternoon (less or non-caffeinated boost), brew your tea per usual, then blend (I do recommend blending versus frothing tea) and enjoy! My faves are adding the “individual cup” ingredients below to matcha tea, Yerba Mate or peppermint tea with raw cacao for a peppermint mocha feel!

INGREDIENTS:
FOR BREWING:

  • 1+ Tbls. of the Anti-Coffee {optional} to replace equal amount of coffee beans
  • 1+ Tbls. of medicinal mushroom extract powder (I use Naturealm’s Sacred 7 Organic mushroom powder)

PER INDIVIDUAL CUP:

  • 1 Tbls. organic, cold-pressed coconut oil (option to also add grass-fed butter – between the two, totaling around 1 Tbls.)
  • 1 scoop of 100% grass-fed collagen (I like Dr. Axe or Vital Proteins brand)
  • Organic, grass-fed heavy whipping cream (could also use ¼ can of organic, full-fat canned coconut or almond milk or dollop of coconut cream)
  • 1 cup freshly brewed organic hot coffee
  • Optional: a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg; a touch of raw honey or maple syrup; raw, organic maca or organic, raw cacao powder (mocha anyone?) #endlesspossibilities


DIRECTIONS:

  1. Replace 1 Tbls. {or more} of your coffee beans with the Anti-Coffee, then grind per usual.
  2. Add grounds to coffee filter and stir in the mushroom extract powder.
  3. Brew coffee per usual.
  4. One coffee is finished, add “individual cup” ingredients to blender (increase servings as needed; best for multiple servings) and blend for one minute OR place ingredients in a cup and use milk frother to blend and create desired amount of foam.

NOTE: Sometimes (if I remember), I also heat my heavy whipping cream in my mug for 10-20 seconds on the microwave, then add my coffee, then pour in the blender. Pre-heating the cream can help keep the coffee hotter for longer.

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About Whitney Mack of Macks Mo

Whitney Mack is a holistic nutrition health coach, fitness + movement specialist, feel good fanatic and founder of Macks Mo - a healthy living business that empowers busy women and mommas to connect to their desires and they want to feel daily in order to macks-imize joy, freedom, vibrancy, energy and ease. Through her programs + services, she uses real food, movement and signature health coaching strategies to guide clients in creating a more meaningful and fulfilled life (soulful, joyful, healthful) through nourishment and love. And turns out, as their love grows (for their life, themselves, their spirit), their body intuitively sheds the mental + physical weight holding them back from a life and body they're excited about.

2 responses to “Add Some MOjo to Your Morning”

  1. Stephanie Cahill says :

    Great post Whitney! I love how you touched upon the seasons of life and how there are certain things we can’t control. Rather than dread them, work with them, and self-care it up! I totally agree, though I struggle implementing it. I too love my morning cup of joe and love these suggestions. I currrently “Bulletproof” with Irish Kellygold and MCT oil but have heard about the health benefits of collagen and mushrooms, and that herbal mix sounds amazing!! Thank you as always. You are such a gifted writer!

    • Whitney Mack of Macks Mo says :

      Hey Steph, thanks for reading and your sweet words! I appreciate them so, so much.

      I couldn’t agree more – the most effective AND hardest way to weather difficult seasons is offering ourselves more love, grace and nourishment!

      If it sounds intriguing to you, you should totally check out the mushrooms + collagen, they’ve made a huge difference for me! Thanks for your love and support ways, xo!

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