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Friday, July 12, 2019

I Gave Up Coffee For A Week With The #MATI30 Challenge

Could you give up coffee for a week? For a month?


I received samples of MATI to facilitate this post. 
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 I love coffee and my day is not complete without several cups of delicious coffee. That delicious brown caffeinated drink is my favorite drink and it is the best part of waking up. I drink coffee mostly for the taste but also for the wonderful energy it provides. I don't think I am addicted to coffee for the energy but more for the taste and habit. There is just something about a warm cup of joe that inspires me to write. Ok, maybe I do use caffeine in the morning when I want to go running but that caffeine comes in the form of an energy drink when I go running first thing in the morning. That morning caffeine gives me the energy to workout and it helps open up my lungs so I don't have an asthma attack. I discovered that caffeine helps with asthma and exercise last year before I discovered through a blood test that dairy was the cause of my asthma. So maybe I justify my coffee addiction to the amazing health benefits that I get and that is why I am fine with my 2-3 cups of daily cold-brew coffee. Coffee does have antioxidants and can help with many diseases so I will not give up my coffee, ever!



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 I thought that I would never give up my daily coffee until a company reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to do the #MATI30 Challenge in exchange for better health. The company wanted me to drink their natural energy drink instead of my daily coffee. MATI wanted me to break free from the crash that comes with the typical caffeinated beverage choice and make the switch to the certified organic energy drink for one month. I thought to myself, these natural energy drinks were made with simple natural ingredients and had no added sugars, so I needed to give them a chance. I knew that these organic energy drinks would be great to drink before I went running as I already drink an energy drink then but I was not too sure I wanted to drink a MATI instead of my sweet coffee.



So many delicious flavors



 So I did some research before I said yes to the #MATI30 Challenge. I discovered that the sparkling energy drink was brewed with three, clean, organic ingredients: guayusa, fruit juice, and carbonated water. I also discovered that MATI came in lots of delicious flavors and had a naturally occurring caffeine in it that had nearly double the antioxidants of green tea. This caffeine came from the guayusa an Amazonian super leaf that also contains theobromine, which acts as a natural time release for the caffeine (i.e. no spike, no crash).


Challenge accepted
 Since the organic energy drink sounded so much healthier than my coffee and it was summertime, I said yes to the give up my coffee challenge. A cold can of an organic natural energy drink sounded so refreshing on a hot day. So with the promise of some delicious drinks, I knew that I could put my warm cup of coffee aside for thirty days.


Day one and two were so easy
 The energy drinks arrived to my house and I was ready to start the no coffee challenge. I received three different flavors of organic energy drinks with different levels of calories. MATI comes in 9 delicious flavors and you can select from 0, 40, or 90 calorie levels. The calories per can represent how much juice is in each can. So I liked that I had choices. I started day one with excitement as I was excited to try the different flavors of the energy drinks. The energy drinks had a nice taste to them and had some sweetness to them without being over sweet. Since the day was hot, they were refreshing to drink. I did not notice any changes in my energy on day one or two. Then day three arrived and I started to crave a cup of coffee. I was busy helping my daughter move that day so I did not have time to give in to my craving for coffee. That was until I got home later that afternoon and I just had to have a cup of coffee. I caved in and had a cup of decaf coffee as I just wanted the coffee taste. I justified my decision for coffee with the fact that I was not having any caffeine. I drank my decaf coffee.

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Day four and beyond got easier
 Day four was easier as I was enjoying the cold refreshing energy drink over ice in my favorite cup with a straw. I started to notice that I did not feel tired in the afternoon and my brain was working better. I felt like writing even though the house was hot. I even felt like heading to the gym later that day. I think the heat of the summer was helping me with this give up the coffee challenge as I usually like my coffee warm. So the next couple of days were manageable as I kept my fridge stocked with the cans of MATI organic energy drinks.  I think having more than three flavors would have made things easier as I like variety in my drinks. I did add some of my CHERRISH Tart Cherry Juice to the natural energy drinks a couple of days for a different flavor. The 100% tart cherry juice also helped my muscles recover after I went to the trampoline park with my boys. The Cherrish Cherry drink also has lots of antioxidants in it and helps with inflammation. If you have never had Cherrish Tart Cherry Juice, you have to try it as it is 100% juice with some amazing health benefits. I am excited that CHERRiSH is available in Albuquerque's Albertsons Markets, as well as additional Market Street and United Supermarkets throughout New Mexico and Texas.


Will I give up coffee completely?
 I was able to complete the #MATI30 Challenge for 10 days before I had to have another cup of cold brew coffee. I was glad that I proved to myself that I did not need coffee to get through the day and I loved the natural energy that I received from MATI organic energy drinks. My mind did not have the jittery feeling that I sometimes get from drinking too much coffee. I will not give up coffee completely as I love the taste of coffee. I am fine with drinking 1-2 cups of coffee a day but I will be incorporating delicious MATI into my day along with coffee. I will be drinking a can of MATI in the morning before I go running as I love the energy that I get from these delicious organic energy drinks. I find that a cold refreshing natural energy drink is easier on an empty stomach than coffee so that is why I love drinking MATI before running. I may also switch up my afternoon cup of coffee for a can of MATI for the health benefits as I liked how it made my brain work better. The MATI energy drink would give me some amazing energy before my strenuous workout at the gym.


Would you be willing to take the #MATI30 challenge?
 Get more details about the #MATI30 challenge HERE and you may have a chance to receive a 30 day supply of MATI organic energy drink so you can take the challenge.


This July, avid coffee drinkers are challenged to declare independence from their primary caffeine source and make a switch to the certified organic energy drink MATI for one month. Yes, 30 days without coffee. The reality is, not all caffeine is created equal. Several go-to caffeinated beverages like coffee drinks and diet sodas are often packed with added sugars, traditional energy drinks contain questionable ingredients, and all of them create an energy spike and crash that can cause the jitters and counteract the reason for consuming caffeine in the first place. 

The beverage brand is working to break the stigma that comes with what many people think of traditional energy drinks and wants to serve as an option for people that are taking a closer look at their daily routines to make healthier choices little by little.



Check out the slate of refreshing MATI flavors to get a taste of the variety you can choose from when you make the switch.




       

14 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I have to try this. I'm a huge coffee drinker, so avoiding the crash is perfect for me.

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  2. This is definitely a nice challenge! But I don't know if I would be able to give up coffee!

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  3. I've never heard of those before, but they look good! Then again. I could never give up coffee...

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  4. I don't drink coffee but I do drink pop and energy drinks for the caffeine boost. I would definitely try these. It would be nice not to experience that crash.

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  5. Annemarie LeBlancJuly 13, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Oh wow. You have determination! I don't think I am ready for that challenge to give up drinking coffee for 30 days, but I would still like to give these organic energy drinks a try.

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  6. I am a huge coffee drinker. To give it up, would be a real challenge. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I drink coffee every now and then. It is the ambiance, the feel, the smell that entice me into a cup of joe. The MATI company is clever to ask the coffee drinkers to give it up for their drink for 30 days. Ha ha, I don't think it's gonna happen, though.

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    1. I so agree with the ambiance, the feel, the smell. I do love coffee for the taste.

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  8. I don't know if I can every give up my coffee. I am glad that you completed the challenge

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  9. I'm a massive coffee drinker but can easily do without it. I have in the past taken months between cups and sometimes feel like I need three a day, I'm a bit in between at the moment with having one every morning but no more than that. I'm glad you completed the challenge, these drinks sound really good.

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  10. I love challenges that push the limits of determination and ambition. I like coffee but I don't drink it everyday, plus ever since my baby has arrived I drink decaf. But congrats to you for completing the challenge.

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  11. Great post, I've never heard of this brand before, I'll have to check them out for this summer season.

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  12. guess what I dont even like coffee so this is a easy challenge for me! I like the concept of organic sparkling water.

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