I really enjoy a morning cup of coffee. I’m actually one of those people who love the taste and smell, not just its’ effects. Actually, sometimes the effects of coffee, or caffeine, can put me in a bad mood. If you drink coffee or probably any caffeinated beverage, I’m sure you’ve been there. You feel great from the caffeine, super pumped up and ready to go, then a couple hours later you suddenly become incredibly irritable and a joy to be a around :).
That has definitely happened to me. Another way caffeine has disrupted my day is by revving me up too much. My heart rate soars which totally distracts me from anything I’m doing since I’m convinced I’m having a heart attack. Needless to say, that overly jittery feeling is not my favorite.
But, I don’t want to push coffee out of my life. We’ve had such a long, beautiful relationship together I’m just not ready to shove him out the door. I simply don’t want to. My life is basically a Folger’s commercial: coffee really is the best part of waking up.
So, I’ve decided to go decaf. That’s right, decaf. I’m sure all the coffee connoisseur’s of the world just gasped, but they’ll live. I’m quitting caffeine for the reasons I listed above, but also because I know I’m addicted to it. I don’t drink a lot of caffeine either that’s what’s amazing about it. I have one cup of coffee (usually) everyday, but that is clearly enough to make you (me) an addict. I know this because if I skip out on coffee, I welcome a raging a headache. No bueno.
Last Tuesday I went to the grocery store and bought decaf coffee for our Keurig machine. I was ready to start, cold turkey, on Wednesday. To my surprise, I never turned into a lunatic, just a lethargic blob. I didn’t get any headaches either which was puzzling to me (I know decaf has trace amounts of caffeine but it’s very small especially in comparison to real coffee. Generic brewed coffee has about 95-200 mg of caffeine (in 8oz) and decaf brewed has 2-12mg of caffeine).
So far so good! But if you’re looking to cut out caffeine for real, not just “kinda” like myself, or if you drink significantly more caffeine and want to cut down, here are some tips for you:
- Start with half caf/decaf. I think this is the best idea if you want to ween yourself off of caffeine. It’s not too harsh (like my cold turkey method) so you won’t feel the adverse effects of caffeine withdraw.
- It takes time. From what I’ve read, it takes about 2 weeks to get over a caffeine addiction which really isn’t too bad, but I suppose they could feel like the longest two weeks in your life. You can do it!
- Try tea instead. Certain tea, like green tea, have significantly less caffeine than coffee does so this could be another healthy alternative to fully caffeinated beverage.
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated helps your kidneys flush out all the toxins in your body possibly riding it of caffeine sooner.
- Get some sleep. If you’re like me, you may feel a little foggy from sudden lack of a pick-me-up. Make sure you’re getting enough rest at night so you’re not overly sleepy during the day.
- Get outside! Let some sun into your life. The sun gives you a natural boost of energy so getting up and moving around-outside-will help you battle your fatigue.
Like I said before, I really like the taste of coffee so I think I’ll continue to have my cup of decaf in the morning. It’s almost a morning ritual for me now that I really enjoy. Even though I’m not technically caffeine free, I’m pretty darn close (I don’t drink soda or anything, just coffee) and I’m happy with that step for now. Maybe someday I’ll be a tea lover, but until then, decaf is my new best friend!
Are you a coffee lover? What are your thoughts about caffeine?