But first….coffee

I have never enjoyed coffee as much as I have over the past three and a half years and counting.   Maybe it’s because it’s easier to drink than water. Maybe it’s because it wakes me up. Maybe it’s because it helps me poop.   You may be thinking TMI but you know it’s true.

I mean, other people love coffee too, but there’s just something about drinking coffee without a stomach.   The caffeine goes to your brain fast, real fast.    Curious to know if it was just me or if it was a stomach-less thing, I decided to do a mini-poll among my stomach-less friends and we all decided that coffee is just great.  By the way, I don’t have a huge sample size to back this up (four people to be exact) but I’ve also seen on the support groups that I follow that those who can tolerate this wonderful beverage also love coffee.

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Breville Barista Touch with a shout out to “My Gut Feeling”

In November of last year, Brandon and I decided to treat ourselves to a semi-automatic espresso machine as an early Christmas gift to each other.  Since then, I have developed a greater respect for baristas and better understand why my Starbucks coffee may cost $6.  Thanks to YouTube, I have been able to become my own barista – spending countless hours learning about tamping, grind size, brew time, frothing, and or course latte art.

Besides the benefits I listed earlier, consuming coffee has other health benefits.  A recent study published by the British Medical Journal concluded that consumption reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke (1).  It also reduced the risk of developing specific cancers such as prostate, endometrial, melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer and liver cancer (1).   Consuming coffee also reduced the risk of developing type II diabetes, gallstones, gout, and renal stones (1).  Heck, it even reduces your risk for developing liver conditions such as cirrhosis by half! (2).  When it comes to your brain, it may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer’s disease (1).  Women post total gastrectomy should be aware that it may increase the risk of fractures due to calcium absorption; however, if you add calcium (milk or cream), you may help reduce the effects (1).

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Cheers!

Besides the physical health benefits, there are other psychological benefits associated with coffee. It’s associated with many good times.  I’ve had many great conversations over coffee with friends and family.  I will also rarely blog without a coffee beside me.  Oh and it played a large role in getting through six years of university.

So for those who have made it through their total gastrectomy, can tolerate coffee, and love it as much as I do – go reward yourself with a sweet coffee machine. You deserve it!

References:
  1. Poole R, Kennedy OJ, Roderick P, Fallowfield JA, Hayes PC, Parkes J. Coffee consumption and health: umbrella review of meta-analyses of multiple health outcomes. BMJ [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 Nov 22];359j5024. In: Ovid MEDLINE(R)[Internet]. http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&PAGE=reference&D=medl&NEWS=N&AN=29167102
  2. Kennedy OJ, Roderick P, Buchanan R, Fallowfield JA, Hayes PC, Parkes J. Systematic review with meta-analysis: coffee consumption and the risk of cirrhosis.   Aliment Pharmacol Ther [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2016 Mar];43(5):562-74. In: Ovid MEDLINE(R) [Internet]. http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&PAGE=reference&D=med8&NEWS=N&AN=26806124

 

 

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8 thoughts on “But first….coffee

  1. I enjoy cappuccino throughout the day, even more than prior to total gastrectomy. Occasionally I can even have an espresso.

    I also find it difficult to drink water. Sucking on hard candy helps keep my mouth moist. I like Worthers.

    I have enjoyed your blogs, especially helpful and encouraging in the early days.

    Sent from my iPhone Brenda Williams📫 Heather Hayden’s aunt (surgery inJune 2015).

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  2. I’ve always been a fan of coffee, pre and post TG. The only thing is post TG, I get this burning feeling in my throat (as if bile were coming up) after I drink coffee, but its totally worth it. My coworkers tell me I drink too much of it, but the only time I get worried is when my urine smells like coffee (sorry TMI) Its just so hard to drink water!

  3. I used to love coffee prior to my TG. Would always start my morning off with a nice cup of coffee. But since my TG, I have completely gone off the taste and smell! It’s very strange! I’m obsessed with tea though now. I just can’t get enough of it!

  4. 7 years Post TG and coffee is my saviour, my obsession, my hobby, my art, and my favourite drink. I have and espresso machine which is only filled with the best coffee beans I can find, and I’m always searching for something better. I have even been to Central American coffee coops to see how it’s grown. I can drink alcohol and I am limited in food, so with coffee I can excite and indulge my taste buds. By the way Starbucks coffee is to be avoided if you want good quality coffee.

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