I’ve done something I never thought I’d even consider doing before. I’ve cut my coffee addiction in a million pieces.
I honestly used to look with suspicious eyes on people who don’t drink coffee. How can you possibly wake up in the morning and not think of coffee? How can you have a meal not followed by coffee? How do you survive the afternoon without a caffeine kick?
Parallel thoughts and questions used to appear though. Why am I always feeling like my brain is on sleep-mode? Why is my skin always so damn dry? Why do I get so easily anxious and jittery? Why do I often wake up tired after 8 hours of decent sleep? Why do I lack motivation when I really need it?
Never once did I blame the coffee for these issues. You simply assume that there is a natural reason for these somewhat small daily struggles, such as lack of vitamins, hydration or maybe it’s because I’m not eating the right foods etc
Only when someone mentioned that a hormone or thyroid imbalance could cause these symptoms did I read up about the effects of coffee, because it’s pretty much the first thing that appears when you google above problems. That’s when I saw a link and I decided to cut coffee from 3-4 a day to 0-1 a day.
The first few days were bad, I won’t lie. You can choose to go easy and cut down bit by bit or you can decide to quit cold turkey. Withdrawal symptoms are not fun, trust me, and they are very real. I suddenly found myself knocked out on the sofa at 3pm, beyond tired, major headaches and a really shi**y mood. After the first week however, everything felt so much better. It’s now been over a month and I’m still amazed by the fact that I’m feeling awake, I’m alert, the fog has left my brain and I sleep better which means I wake up less tired. The afternoons are also fine, my skin is better and my mood is more stable. And no, I don’t miss it. I do take a small cup around 10ish, just out of habit, but never in the afternoon and I never exceed more than one. The thing is, if you do stop and you do experience the withdrawal symptoms, it means that you are addicted. It means that you are depending on a substance to keep you going through the day. Even if that doesn’t bother you, it’s a good thing to try out, if only to challenge yourself. I promise, if you can just get past that first tough week, you will without a doubt notice a positive over-all change!
Read here about the benefits of coffee detox