How I (accidentally) gave up coffee

by Crystal on November 29, 2008

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series early rising

Coffee is a drug and up until 3 weeks ago, I was an addict.

I was planning on giving myself a couple of weeks without it, so I could get to the point where I was having it from choice again, but since I was doing a 30 day trial of getting up (very) early, I thought it would be better to wait until after that finished.  Except…

One of my blogging idols is Steve Pavlina.  I love getting his latest post in my rss reader (google), and at the moment I’ve been following him on a Juice Feasting trial – no solid foods at all.  Two days into my early rising routine, I opened his post and read about how strange it was to be using coffee as part of his cleansing routine.  He wasn’t drinking it.  He hasn’t drunk it in quite some time, it seems.  (Look for the 3rd Subheading down.)  Anyway, he made the comment in his post about coffee being a natural form of pesticide, designed to interfere with the nervous systems of anything that ate it.  I thought that was incredibly funny, since that self defence has turned it into a cultivated crop, but over the next few days every time I looked at or thought about coffee, my mind was calling it pesticide.  I even joked about going to get a cup of pesticide.

It didn’t take long, and I started noticing I wasn’t feeling particularly keen on getting it anymore.  After I went two days without it, unintentionally, I figured I might as well bite the bullet and keep going.  That was over 3 weeks ago now.

The one single time I was tempted back towards it was when I realised that no coffee also meant no Irish Coffee – one of my favourite flu cures (it’ll kill anything, I reckon).  Twitter came to the rescue, though, with someone mentioning trying grand marnier in chai – I realised it didn’t have to be coffee to be an alcoholic hot drink.

So, three weeks down the track, what have I noticed and learnt?

  • I’m losing weight.  I can’t say how much, but my clothes are getting noticeably looser.  I haven’t actually jumped on the scales to check, though, since that wasn’t the point when I started.
  • I’m sleeping better than ever, and have been since about day 3.
  • I’m not wanting as much dairy as I used to, and even my cheese addiction seems to be backing off
  • I’m wanting more healthy foods – my preferences are changing
  • I’ve discovered that most cafes have lots of alternatives, and I’m developing a taste for green tea, so I can still meet up with friends.
  • Having a bottle of juice in the morning – especially pineapple based – is often a better pick me up

In short, I haven’t actually found any drawbacks for giving it up.  I imagine there’d be social situations where it might make things a bit awkward – it’s a very accepted habit – but I haven’t found any yet.

PS – did just realise it means no tiramisu for dessert, but I’m feeling strangely undisturbed by that!

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Elisa February 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm

What a great post!
Funny how it only takes a little shift in the way we look at something to completely change the effect it has on us.

Thank you for sharing this! Very cool. And congrats on giving up coffee and enjoying the rewards :-)

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