With mainstream coffee culture becoming more and more overbearing by the day, it’s no surprise many of us are afflicted with a full blown caffeine addiction. In fact, around 3 in every 4 adults in the U.S. suffer from coffee addiction (Source).
While we don’t want to take your bean lover away from you, it’s important to consider the practice of everything in moderation when it comes to your coffee intake, as too much caffeine intake can cause “mood swings, insomnia, increased tension in the muscles, and also impair your digestion and nutrition absorption” (Source).
As a general rule, it’s ideal for adults to consume around 250 mg of coffee per day or around 2 cups (Source), and not exceed 400 mg of caffeine per day, which is around 3 - 4 cups of coffee (Source). Coffee is not all bad, as there are health benefits to getting your daily cuppa, but it's important to consume it mindfully, as it is an addictive substance.
We’ve listed some of our favourite tips for cutting down your caffeine intake without allowing you to unleash your inner rage monster:
The first and easiest thing to do is familiarise yourself with the caffeine content of common foods, and keep track of your intake to cap it at around 250 mg per day. Here are some for your reference (Source):
If it’s an energy kick you’re looking for, then it may be good to replace at least one of your needed cups of coffee with a natural antioxidant-based beverage, which are noted to provide that natural boost. At the same time, they can also help ward off illness and help maintain a healthy immune system. Win-win! Some of our favourites are (Source):
The afternoon slump we usually experience can also stem from factors associated with our lifestyle. Getting your 8-hours of sleep and taking regular breaks throughout the day (ideally to breathe in some fresh air outside) are essential for keeping your energy levels up naturally, rather than turning to caffeine.
Also, it’s common knowledge that a carb-heavy lunch fuels the afternoon slump; instead, try incorporating more protein in your lunch to stay energetic all afternoon. We love a good nut-butter shake, find some recipes here.
Okay face it, sometimes you only drink coffee to be social, or maybe you only started drinking coffee because that’s what adults do. We understand it’s difficult to separate oneself from the prevailing coffeehouse culture, but it’s important to understand that you can still be social without drinking coffee.
Try out some herbal teas to find one that you prefer, or opt for a fresh juice instead. Coffee camaraderie is all in your head, and you may just start a health kick within your friend group!
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As part of our #BeTheChange series, we sit down and discuss how people and business have evolved, with change-makers in our Garage Community.
This week, we sit down with Michelle Hong, co-founder of Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise on a mission to introduce the joys of urban farming to the city folk of Hong Kong.
Rooftop Republic has been part of the Garage Community since 2018, and they have a rooftop farm on the terrace of our Wan Chai Lockhart space.
It was great to catch up with Michelle over sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and the joys of growing your own food.
The advent of user-friendly e-commerce tools has made starting your own small business easier than ever.
With so many people embarking on their entrepreneurial journey, we thought we’d give you a reminder on how to support small, local business owners.
We encourage everyone to be conscious consumers - whether this means voting with your dollar for locally farmed vegetables, or writing a positive review for the indie coffee shop in your neighbourhood.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
As part of our focus on growth, we asked the Garage Community what areas they would like they spend more time developing. It was very clear that you all wanted to dedicate more time to your mental and physical health!
Considering that Hong Kongers have some of the longest working hours in the world, it’s important to carve out some time for yourself.
Here is a comprehensive wellbeing toolkit with guides, recommendations, and resources for bettering your mind and body.
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