I am a self-declared coffee addict.
I love coffee. I love the taste. I love the buzz. I love the routine of preparing and drinking coffee in the morning.
But Iâ€™m not so sure coffee loves me back.
The Husband (in all his infinite holistic medicine wisdom) has been urging me to eliminate â€“ or at the very least, cut back â€“ on coffee for years. He argues that coffee stresses my body (especially the adrenal glands) and is hard on my digestive system. I always retort, â€œBut I only have a cup a day!â€ And he shoots back, â€œThatâ€™s 365 cups a year. Do you really think thatâ€™s drinking coffee in moderation?â€
I hate it when heâ€™s right. Hate it! When I put aside my stubbornness (â€œBut I donâ€™t WANNA give up coffee!â€), I realized that I totally use it as a crutch. Coffee allowed me to stay up ridiculously late watching trashy reality TV and perk up right away in the morning. Maybe if I didnâ€™t have coffee to lean on, Iâ€™d be forced to actually get the seven or eight hours of sleep I needed. And I really donâ€™t think itâ€™s the best for my body. I know many people can regularly drink coffee with no ill effects (in fact, for some people, it can be beneficial), but I donâ€™t think itâ€™s jiving with me lately!
So Iâ€™m trying to cut back â€“ I donâ€™t want to say Iâ€™m quitting â€“ the coffee. I just donâ€™t think Iâ€™m a cold turkey kind of person. Cutting back seems more manageable. Some mornings have been hard, but I havenâ€™t strangled myself with a dish towel yet. Hereâ€™s how Iâ€™m slowly giving up the java:
- I replaced the ritual of drinking coffee. So Iâ€™ve been drinking tons of green tea. I bought some organic loose leaf tea and bust out the pretty tea pot every morning.
- When I do drink coffee, I wait until at least an hour after breakfast. Iâ€™ve found that I donâ€™t really need coffee as often as I thought I did. A lot of my coffee consumption was out of habit.
- When I do drink coffee, I make it conscious choice. I try not to drink it out of habit. But if I truly want it, I drink a cup without the guilt. Like tonight â€“ I REALLY needed a latte tonight!
- I pour coffee into my smaller tea cups instead of my big coffee mugs. Itâ€™s a visual trick, but it really works. I feel just as satisfied!
Any former coffee addicts out there? How did you quit? Help me!
PS â€“ The Healthy Living Summit Cocktail Party was tonight. It was a blast.