An obsession. A ritual. This is how we’ve labelled coffee.
Well the time has come and we’ve decided to shake the morning routine (the caffeinated part at least) and quit coffee. Like many, our mornings consist of certain routines and one of them was a jug of freshly roasted filter coffee. Ooh the taste, the smell and if you buy decent freshly roasted beans, it really is a nice treat! But people function quite normally without the ‘energy’ hit of coffee in the mornings.
A decision was made: we needed time out. Our autopilot mode of turning on the filter jug machine and waiting for the aroma to spread around the home was making us feel ‘automatic’.
Why give up something you love, you’re already healthy people? Everything in moderation?
I’m confused either way, is it good for you or bad? It definitely feels as though coffee in the morning and a wine with dinner is an unhealthy cycle – one fuelling the other even in small quantities. Regular coffee drinking everyday, means we’re hooked, just one, two or three cups. Not good.
OK so we braced ourselves, quitting coffee meant the headaches were waiting just around the corner to lure us back into that habit!
It’s a Thursday and I’m off to Edinburgh for a couple of days work.
We’re committing – our coffee supplies are finished and the old filter jug (which has done some mileage) is in the rubbish bin. By late morning the forehead aching had begun, foggy concentration and tiredness. Has this been a wise choice? Keep it going they say – only lasts a few days right? A few days later had passed, and it’s now just tea in the mornings – Charlotte was the first to decide ‘NO, i’m either in or out’. And seeing as it’s definitely working for me, I’m taking that route too.
Wanna quit coffee? Read on some more
We’re continually reminded of the ‘benefits’ and ‘hazards’ of coffee, you can quite easily google them, we’re just sharing our experience here.
Here’s a quick fact anyway: the drug caffeine actually makes up only around 1 or 2% of the bean itself, hmm.
Anyway I must admit, I still enjoy the smell – you can’t really escape it working in an office environment, but the benefits of not drinking are becoming apparent:
- No yearning for a stimulant each day to get you going, mentally that feels quite liberating.
- If you’re having one of those hectic mornings at home, I found sometimes my cuppa was being gulped and not actually ‘enjoyed’!
- Definitely starting to notice the body’s own energy kick in as the fatigue in the afternoon has slowly disappeared.
- My stomach’s appreciating no more of that harsh acidic hot liquid, let’s be honest a tea or hot lemon water is more gentle!
- We have no dependance on coffee and it’s availability whenever going outside the home – travel/appointments etc.
- It’s a money saver – good coffee (especially in the UK) isn’t cheap!
TIP: Have some Swiss-Water decaf in the house, you’ll get the great smell and lovely taste without the hit! This will help you a lot, trust us – we did it.
See, we’re not that unkind.
What we wouldn’t advise:
- Going cold turkey if you’re really into your coffee on a huge scale – go easy, cut down to a good single cup per day or the withdrawals will be just hell and you may not continue. You can then progress from there.
- Cutting out the coffee if you’re just about to travel for pleasure/business and you could do with sorting that temporary jet lag out, keep it moderate. You’re in control remember.
So why? Here’s some good reasons to kick it – even if it’s for only a month!
- The caffeine in coffee can increase stress hormones, and if you’re prone to stress and/or anxiety it could really help you manage this considerably by cutting it out.
- The acidity can cause digestive discomfort.
- Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium have been known to be excreted through the urine of coffee drinkers…
- It makes you dehydrated. Aren’t we all supposed to be drinking more water anyway?
- The urges are only temporary – so don’t get too bogged down with how you feel in those first couple of days.
- Having a couple of weeks off resets your caffeine tolerance, so if you introduce it again – you can be gradual, and of course moderate.
A healthy replacement habit if you’re not doing so already is clearly…tea.
- We feel much healthier drinking tea.
- Why? Because it’s lighter in taste and caffeine (unless it’s caffeine-free altogether).
- Tea is calmer and a more gentle way to enter each new day, the morning is such a sacred time where nature’s waking with you – treat that moment with a calming drink.
- It’s satisfying and makes you feel strong, clear headed and prepared – you’re now using your body’s own energy.
To continue or not? It’s going very well, so why break the new habit. The smell of coffee will be missed but this is a good thing now we have which has taken some willpower to earn.
Coffee-free mornings are now the new habit in our home.
Coffee lovers, have a go and try a month. Or quit coffee altogether… 😉