I love coffee. Okay, okay, let’s face it, most people love coffee, but moms also need coffee. Well, I know I do. I call it Mom Fuel. However, I do realise that it’s not the healthiest option. And decaf … well really, what is the point? Tea is another popular Mom Fuel and ironically I only really ever drank tea when I was pregnant both times, take with sugar too!
If you search the hashtag #MomFuel on Instagram it’s basically pictures of coffee mugs, cups of coffee, moms drinking coffee, with a few glasses of wine and some strange healthy cereal pictures. But mostly it’s about the tea or coffee, in whichever way shape or form they need it.
Here’s one of my contributions.
I think I tick two boxes with this one, I’ll let you guess the second one …
The fact that I am NOT a morning person (ask my mom, husband and kids), is also a good enough reason to make sure that I get the chance to at least hold the cup of coffee before anyone in my house attempts to enter into any form of dialogue which they require an actual human response to.
Unfortunately, most mornings I have to share my coffee with my youngest.
Call The Parenting Police!
No! Back off ‘Parent Police’. I don’t let my four-year-old drink mugs of coffee, but I do let her dunk her morning biscuit in it. Is that a ‘slap on the wrist’ offence or a ‘fine’?
Also No! I don’t like having to sift through the floaties the last mouthful of the cup, but in all honesty I am so busy running around getting them ready for school, pack their lunch boxes etc, and trying to get myself halfway presentable for the school run that I might have a sip here and a sip there, but by the time I get to drink it properly the last few sips are ice-cold anyway (yuk!) so I don’t even get to the chewy, gross bit anyway.
After I get home from school drop-off and finish some superficial tidying, I make the cup of coffee. The one I will drink in peace and get to savour. It’s the one I don’t have to share, the one I get to inhale the aroma of. The one I get to enjoy.
I might have another one around 10.30am, but that’s mostly just in winter. In summer it’s too hot and I opt for fruit infused water instead.
At a push I will have consumed 2 & 1/2 cups of coffee by lunch time, and then I cut myself off. Any more than that and my heart starts racing and my hands start to shake – no joke! My body can’t handle any more caffeine than that.
The Cut Off!
I could probably push past the shaking if I really wanted to, but the other reason I don’t drink more after that is because I have a problem actually falling asleep at night anyway and I find if I drink coffee after midday, even if I’ve only had 1/2 a cup until then, I find it even harder to fall asleep that night.
This also includes a self-imposed ban on all fizzy drinks as they make me feel ridiculously bloated, and any and all energy drinks because they make me pass out thanks to a bad reaction and low blood pressure! (This has happened twice now – again, no joke!)
What Other Mom Fuel Is There?
So what do I drink, other than coffee … and the other well-known Mom Fuel – Wine?
Well as I said above, I love infused water. My favourites ‘ingredients’ are:
- ruby grapefruit
- salt – don’t judge – I’m a low bp sufferer!
And don’t you love my infuser bottle by Typo? In fact the coffee mug in the first picture above is also from them. I do Love Typo!
Mom Fuel – Cold Infused Tea
My other drink of choice is fruit and herbal infused tea. Twinings have some amazing options for infused iced tea. Have you tried them? My favourite is the Passionfruit, Mango and orange cold infuse tea.
So there you have it. Those are my four main Mom Fuels: Coffee, water, tea and wine … sleep and repeat!
What’s your Mom Fuel? What keeps you going?