While i’d like to say i’m more of a coffee ‘enthusiast,’ or a ‘coffee snob,’ it really comes down to the fact that i’m just plain obsessed with it. I’m not just obsessed with the taste, although that’s great. I’m obsessed with the whole coffee experience.
When I hear the coffee pot brewing, it’s one of my favorite sounds in the world. No, i’m really not kidding. In the morning, i’m PUMPED about my first cup. I practically dance my way to the cupboard to pick out one of my huge “coffee-only” mugs (currently, it’s a Santa mug even though it’s February. Go figure.) The bigger the mug, the better. That means more coffee ‘per cup’ and I don’t have to feel guilty when I refill.
Oh, but you can’t just brew any coffee. You have to put the thought into what KIND of coffee you want. Oh, there are SO MANY FLAVORS. So many tastes. Do I want a strong, bitter, robust coffee or a light, blonde, morning blend today? Do I want cherry flavored, or organic fair trade fancy-pants coffee? Maybe i’m feeling like an all star and I want french-press coffee. Who knows. It’s the first choice I get to make during the day, and it’s a fun one. Then there comes the creamer choices, or no creamer, or ….
Starbucks. Don’t even get me started on Starbucks and other coffee shops, because they are heaven for a coffee addict like me.
My addiction to coffee never bothered me, up until I had big problems with adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. I heard that drinking caffeine exacerbated symptoms drastically, but I couldn’t stop. I didn’t want to. In fact, I was disgusted and offended someone would ask me to give up COFFEE. Don’t they know I have things to do, people to see, places to get? Apparently not.
This was all until one day when I decided to give up coffee. Bye bye.
Day One: one word can describe the first day off coffee, and it is simply “Slug.” I slugged around my house not communicating with human beings because my fingers were too tired to text.
Day Two: Feeling foggy. Feeling sluggy. Wanting coffee.
Day Three: Things are changing. I can sleep. I can nap. My heart isn’t pounding and my blood sugar seems to not be going nuts.
Day Four: Sleep is wonderful. Still really tired and sluggish, but my mind is more clear. My body is detoxing, but my brain is off the coffee.
Day Five: Green Tea is best friend. I wasn’t going ‘caffeine free,’ simply coffee-free. Feeling good. Thinking i’ll never drink coffee again.
Day Six: Coffee-relapse
What did I learn in my five days off coffee? Well, while one might assume that not enough time passed to know, I realized how hugely caffeine was affecting the speed of my life. Not drinking coffee even for just five days allowed me to slow down. It didn’t mean I wasn’t productive, it simply meant that when I was exhausted, I didn’t drink another cup of coffee so I could go to my friends house. Instead, I took a 20 minute nap in bed. Being coffee-free allowed me to reconnect to my body in a way that was really unique and eye-opening. If only five days could have that impact, imagine what a whole month could do!
While I did give in to coffee, I went from 3-4 cups a day to 1 cup every couple of days, and drinking green tea other days. I listen to my body, and my body now tells me “tea” instead of coffee. Usually. Now that i’ve gotten a taste of that peaceful, grounded, in-touch-with-my-body feeling of being off the coffee, it’s much easier for me to turn down excess caffeine. It simply doesn’t feel good anymore. And now, I can truly say I am more of a “coffee enthusiast” because I drink it for the taste instead of for fake energy. Now I can focus on getting some high quality coffee, and maybe even buying my own french press. Who knows. A short five days off coffee has allowed me to view it as a treat, not a necessity. Pretty groundbreaking.
ALSO ~ during this time, I also changed up my diet a bit. I have been eating a lot cleaner which has really impacted my energy level, which has drastically reduced the amount of caffeine I crave. Very interesting to see how your body can adapt so quickly to new methods and experiments!
What’s your relationship with coffee? Have you tried to give it up? What was it like for you?
I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Lots of love,