Yes. I did it. Those who know me must know this was not an easy thing to do.
Why did I stop drinking coffee?
1. First reason being I realized how dependant I was on it. I’d wake up and anticipate my morning coffee at the office from the moment I got out of bed. Once I’d arrive at the office, I’d beeline to the machine and pour myself a cup. I’d sip it down black and quick… Sometimes even going for a top up. After lunch was over I’d have a cup of coffee before brushing my teeth and on some afternoons I’d even have 2 cups depending on how tired I was feeling or I’d step out for an espresso.
2. Oral health. I’m obsessive compulsive when it comes to brushing my teeth. I can’t remember a day where I’ve brushed my teeth less than 3 times. I strictly brush them after every meal and even snacks… Sometimes even when I’m bored. I know how destructive coffee can be on your teeth so… It was time to give it up once and for all.
3. Anxiety. Anxiety is an issue I have… I tend to over think all the little things and I know my caffeine consumption only fuels the annoying fire. Anxiety also messes with my sleeping patterns (can’t seem to shut the brain off!) and I can tell you since giving up coffee I have much better sleeps at night and falling asleep and staying asleep isn’t so hard anymore.
Did it suck?
No, it wasn’t so bad. Typically if I didn’t have a coffee by 2-3 PM I’d have a massive headache.. I had some headaches, but for no longer than 3 days and then it was over. The only thing I missed was the taste, but I had tons of teas to substitute for the cravings.
What are the results like?
I actually have so much more energy. I wake up and don’t feel cloudy until I have a coffee – I am already ready to go. I fall asleep better at night and don’t have a problem staying asleep because my anxiety has gone way down. As for my teeth, I haven’t had a check up yet, but I’ll keep you posted – I’m sure they’re happy little campers though.
After stepping away from coffee and having a month to evaluate the addiction I am glad to say I’ve let it go. Bottom line, I feel a lot healthier.
Challenge yourself and try it. If you have any issues with energy levels/tiredness, oral health, anxiety, sleeping patterns or just want to save money. Do it. Make it a New Years resolution.
Here are a few of my favourite teas to sweeten the process:
Try Overnight Teas from one of my previous blog posts! They’ll give you something to look forward to when you wake up in the morning – just like coffee!