Emily DiDonato Shares Simple Energy-Boosting Lifestyle Change

Here’s a hint: it has something to do with swapping out a popular caffeinated beverage.
Emily DiDonato

Emily DiDonato.

When it comes to a morning or midday energy boost, many of us are inclined to reach for a hot cup of coffee or an iced latte for a quick dose of caffeine. However, Emily DiDonato recently cued us in on a secret that we might just have to try in place of our daily latte.

In an Instagram story earlier this week, the 32-year-old model and mom of two shared a subtle, yet effective, lifestyle change with her 2.9 million Instagram followers.

“Still off coffee,” she wrote. “I’ve been doing iced Yerba mate every morning and it’s so much better. Still has caffeine but way less of a buzz and way less anxiety. Not to be dramatic but giving up coffee really did change my life and energy levels for good! If you are thinking about it you can do it!”

Since the switch has seemingly worked so well and provided several benefits for the model, mom and entrepreneur, we’re considering incorporating a Yerba mate beverage into our own morning routines.

Earlier this week, DiDonato returned to the runway for the first time in five years. She walked the catwalk for Brandon Maxwell’s New York Fashion Week show on Feb. 14. The SI Swimsuit star briefly took time away from runway modeling to raise her family. She and her husband, Kyle Peterson, share two young children—they welcomed a daughter in November 2021, and DiDonato gave birth to their son last April.

Read more about her triumphant return here.

Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.