I love coffee. The taste the smell, I love it black or with any nut milk. Latte, cappuccino, espresso you name it. But it got to the point where I no longer listened to my body and asked myself do I really need a coffee? Instead coffee blended itself into my routine. Daily, I would wake up and start off with a homemade coffee. Later, on my way to work I would grab a soy latte from Starbucks. I would then have a coffee after I’d eaten my dinner and sometimes I’d have refills. That’s three to four a day. This past November I figured enough is enough. I decided to challenge myself and give up coffee for two whole weeks. Mentally I knew that there was no way drinking that much coffee could be good for anyone. Once I stopped I thought maybe I had been feeling crappy and never realized. Here’s my experience…
At first I felt very tired. The first couple of days were rough. I found myself yawning too much and taking a couple of naps. But that was good, for once my body was giving my brain a signal that I was tired, something that rarely happened when I drank 4-5 cups a day. I actually felt sleepy for once.
Then I had more energy. Yes coffee gives you the initial boost, but after that boost you have a dip in energy. This has to do with your adrenal glands. Drinking too much coffee can cause your adrenal glands to burn out causing adrenal fatigue. Without coffee my energy levels were very balanced. I was less stressed and more relaxed!
The little things didn’t bother me anymore. I found myself being more patient. Those who know me say that I’m a very patient person. Although I don’t always show it some things would make me annoyed and impatient. When I stopped drinking coffee I noticed I was more relaxed and not as worked up about the little things.
No more dehydration. For someone who’s naturally dehydrated drinking coffee right when I woke up wasn’t the best idea. I would feel heavy, shaky and energized at the same time. Now I always start my day with a litre of water before putting anything else in my body. If you find that hard to do first thing in the morning try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime!
I found out green tea does the trick. Green tea gave me a relaxed energy which I now prefer over coffee. Green tea is very high in antioxidants, it’s proven to lower cholesterol, improve brain function and is good for your teeth.
My skin looks less dull. Maybe it’s from the green tea? Or from no coffee? Coffee, especially for the ladies is known to cause premature wrinkles and dehydrated skin.
Now I feel like I have a healthy relationship with coffee. I don’t drink it everyday but I do have some ‘rules‘ so I don’t fall into my old habits. Sunday is the only day I start my morning with a cup of joe. Besides that, I let myself have coffee when I go out to a cafe because trying out new cafes is one of my favourite things to do. I don’t want to feel like I’m restricting myself too much because coffee makes me happy. It’s all about moderation 🙂