Why would anyone in their right mind give up coffee?
That is the same question I had asked many times over than many years I drank coffee. Then one August 1st, a couple years ago I had decided that I was going to do just that – give up coffee. I had stuck to that for close to a year, then over the course of time coffee and energy drinks had slipped back into my life to be about a weekly occurrence.
The past few weeks I have really been feeling the adverse side effects of all the coffee and energy drinks I have been putting in my body. I haven’t been feeling as good. I have had headaches, been restless and jittery, and just felt off. It came to a point this evening, after having had a soy latte this morning. I was restless, feeling a little off and like I just needed to go out and go hiking.
I know black tea still has about 47 mg of caffeine (about half that of a cup of black coffee), and when I would get a blackberry rebel from Dutch Bros I would get anywhere from 80 – 160 mg of caffeine, which is crazy.
I am tired of the adverse side effects between the caffeine and sugar in coffee and energy drinks I have been putting up with for far too long.
I have been off caffeine for a week now, and I actually feel really good. It really has not been as hard as I thought it was going to be. The first few days were the hardest.
Over the past week I have been drinking a lot more water, just because I have actually been really thirsty. Before going off coffee I was doing good at drinking one tall cup of water a day, but this past week I have been drinking at least 3 or 4.
I have also found that I really like the Tazo Passion Tea. It is an Herbal tea, so there is no caffeine in it. It is so good. Normally I have a hard time going through an entire box of tea, but I doubt I will have any problems with this as well.
Since giving up coffee and caffeine I have notice that my sleep schedule has changed. I am going to bed earlier and waking up a bit earlier. I have also noticed that it is not as hard for me to fall asleep. I have also been eating a bit more throughout the day, and I am no longer going from full to hungry to the point of eating anything I can get my hands on pretty much and still not being full.
The general consensus is that I feel like a normal person. For years I knew that if I were to get married and then have kids that I would have to give up coffee during pregnancy and during breastfeeding. By going off caffeine now, the whole process will be done before I get another job, and long before I really have to think about it for having kids.
I am going off coffee and caffeine in general. I have been an avid consumer for years, and it is finally catching up with me. I know that going off coffee won’t be easy, but I am hoping that in about a month or so, that I actually have found a new normal.
I was totally expecting the whole grumpy, tired, not wanting to be around people thing to happen, and it has hit. I am definitely an emotional train wreak at times, and it is not fun. I also have not been hungry really today. That is kind of weird, I am normally getting really hungry by 4 pm, and that is with having a late breakfast. Today I had a normal breakfast at a normal time, and was not hungry at 4:00, and I had not even had lunch. I had to force myself to eat a salad and some breakfast links, because I knew I needed the calories. I could get used to the reduced appitite, and I know it would do my body good to lose some weight.
I have also been tired and moody today, which I totally expected, as caffeine is a stimulant and a drug and I knew going into this it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park (as I have been drinking coffee daily for more than a decade). I have also noticed that I have been drinking way more water than I had even a couple days ago. I have also slept better the last couple of nights. Of late I would wake up with a head ache, but I have been virtually headache free for a good 36 hours.