Breaking up with Coffee-My Experience.

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 🙂

  • Shannon Paige

    I am on the same journey girl! I actually just got a fibroadenoma cyst removed from my breast (benign) partly because of my genetics, my mom and grandma had one too, but mostly because my doctor said- because of COFFEE!! I knew I was drinking way too much and have cut down significantly since. I find drinking less alcohol during the week (or at all) helps too because then I find I don’t need as much coffee the next day… Todays a weird day because it’s Monday and I am busy, but I only had 1 coffee and feel fine. Other days I get more sleep and feel not fine- it’s very random! Good luck on your no coffee journey and thanks for the inspiration!

    • Woah, thanks for sharing your story! I never knew coffee could cause cysts, I’m happy you’re okay now! I agree with drinking less alcohol. The day after drinking I feel like I’m in a different world, even if it’s just a beer or a glass of wine. I would drink coffee to snap out of it and then would feel anxious and couldn’t concentrate on anything! It’s so weird how coffee affects the body.

  • Amy

    This is so timely for me! I actually tried to quit coffee this morning, but after taking a few sips of my matcha latte and feeling like my brain was in a fog, I gave in and brewed me a cup! :/

    • At first it was really hard for me too! I think easing into would help. Maybe start on a day when you know you have nothing important! A lazy day! And then I’m sure it’ll get easier from there 🙂

  • I’m totally with you on coffee! I LOVE coffee and exploring new places, but I definitely was far TOO dependent on it in the past. Now I truly savor it when I do have it, as opposed to downing it all day every day.