Why I’m Quitting Coffee

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Coffee has become a little too much of a habit for me. I’ve noticed that lately when I get up the first thing on my mind is coffee. Waiting for the sounds of the beans grinding, then the gurgle from the coffee maker as it gives it’s last push. Coffee’s ready!

Being a proper tea drinker, we never made coffee at home.  Then we received some nice beans as a gift and bought a little grinder for them. It all seemed so sophisticated! Beans ground freshly in front of me? It doesn’t get fresher than that! Then we began making pots of coffee, justifying it as saving money. “Look at the money we save making our own coffee! We would have spent close to 10 dollars at Starbucks!” More pots of coffee were then brewed. Then the pots starting being brewed in the morning. First thing. It became my fuel before the gym. It seemed so efficient. I need a little energy before exercising, but find that food doesn’t sit well in my stomach and it effects the quality of the workout. Coffee doesn’t feel heavy in my stomach and puts a bit of pep in my step.

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All that being said, I know that it isn’t good for me. At all. I am currently studying Natural Nutrition and it’s been made pretty clear through the texts and all the studies that have been done that caffeine is damaging in many ways. And don’t think decaf is any better … the chemical process that is done to the beans to extract the caffeine from them is also troubling, unless of course it is a certified organic coffee.

I’ve had to quit coffee before. A couple-three years ago I was totally overloading on coffee at work. It was a very busy atmosphere with not a lot of time for a  proper break, so I would just drink coffee. Well, first a long espresso, then a coffee, then 3 more coffees ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was also a time where I wasn’t dealing well with stress. I don’t think I need to tell you that stress and caffeine are not an ideal combo. For the first time in my life I understood anxiety at a personal level. Quitting coffee made a world of difference and helped in learning to manage stress.

Now, the seductive temptress has returned and it’s time to face her head on, before any unwanted problems arise.

So, I’m on my quest to give up my joe! My cuppa joe that is, not my fella, Joe ๐Ÿ˜‰ And speaking of him, he has agreed to go cold turkey with me. What a guy ๐Ÿ™‚ Things seem easier with support from a loved one.

It all starts today, so wish me luck!

I’ll keep you posted …

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9 Comments

  1. I’ve never been a coffee drinker! I only like it with lots of cream but I don’t think it’s worth the extra calories. That, and I am very sensitive to the acid in it. I usually drink iced green tea if I’m not drinking water.

    Good luck with quitting it! I’m sure after a week or so, it will be easy to forget about.

    1. Thanks Sarah ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been surprisingly easy! I think Joe quitting with me has been very helpful. We’re not looking back!

  2. The Husband (who does shift work) recently gave up coffee. He had frankly become addicted and often complained of a mental haze that would go away once he had his morning cup of joe.

    The change wasn’t easy at first but he’s now replaced his coffee habit with pots of organic lose leaf green tea. He tells me he feels much better, and is particularly happy knowing the tea is so much better for him.

    Best of luck to you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m making the same switch, using green tea instead of the coffee. My nutrition text book classifies caffeine from coffee as a drug and I’m not surprised considering how addicting it truly is! Thanks for the encouragement ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have done it before and it became surprisingly easy! (lemon water first thing in the morning REALLY helped because the last thing I’d want after that is coffee!). I plan to give it up again for a period of time … but I know myself well enough now that it won’t be a forever thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope it goes well for you my friend!

    1. Thanks Monica! I didn’t have too much trouble the last time I quit but I think my ‘habit’ is a bit bigger this time … I’ll definintely do the lemon water in the AM ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Good Luck Sharon! I am drinking coffee right now lol, but I know it’s important to practice mindful eating/drinking in our lives. Giving up coffee would be tough for anyone! Good for you!