Coffee that is!
Are you shocked? I sure as hell am. It has been 6 days, 3 hours, 21 minutes and 5 seconds since my last caffeine intake, but seriously, who is counting?! Not me!
I don't miss it! I mean who would miss that savory smell that overtakes your house in the morning? Or the warmth? Not to mention, that jolt you get that makes you feel like you can conquer the world.
Why did I give my daily cafecito or cup of Joe? Well, for a lot of reasons. I love coffee. I really, really do. I have been drinking cafe con leche, or coffee with milk, for as long as I can remember. Then I started drinking American coffee. It came to the point where I was relying on coffee to get me going daily.
Did I mention I suffer from migraines? Well caffeine is a trigger. It's a fine line between drinking too little coffee and too much coffee. If I drink to little or skip a day, I have withdrawals. If I have too much then I trigger a migraine.
It's a hot mess. I am surprised I made it this long. It's hard to give up some of the things you love the most. And I love everything that comes along with coffee. It boiled down to- coffee wasn't right for me anymore, maybe never was.
It has been difficult to give up. I won't lie. I randomly started the process a little before the New Year. I had experienced a tension headache that lasted about 10 days. I know the headache was because of stress. During those days, I also got a few migraines. Try having a migraine and tension headache at the same time. No bueno.
I started over thinking things and wondered if the caffeine, which sets off all sorts of things in your body was helping my cause. This thinking led to my thoughts of quitting.
I went at it cold turkey. Obviously that didn't work for long. I ended up having some sips of Diet Pepsi here and there, or medicine with caffeine in it a few times to ease some of the withdrawal symptoms. However I have not had one drop of coffee since January 1. I even ordered decaf at Starbucks?! Ludicrous I tell you!
The symptoms are finally starting to go away.
It is crazy to see how little headaches would pop up out of no where and a bit of caffeine would miracously make it disappear. I don't have an addictive personality. I imagine I felt close to what a druggie feels. I did not like knowing something had control over me like this, at all!
Since I quit I have noticed some changes.For example, I have been less hungry. I was extremely tired at first but I am starting to feel my energy more level throughout the day. I haven't had as much of those afternoon slumps. It's weird. I don't know all the science behind this but these are some of the benefits I have been reaping.
I don't know how long I will be able to stay away from coffee. Or whether I will be giving up coffee for the rest of my life. But as of right now, I am staying away. I need to let my system find its own balance right now without any caffeine assistance.
Have you ever attempted giving up coffee? What benefits did you experience?