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.
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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.

Summary:
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… 😉

6 comments on “It’s time to quit coffee”

  1. I too got off the coffee.I was up to two pots a day when i went cold turkey.Had headaches for three days but it was worth it .Now i don’t need that kick of coffee to get me started in the mornings . I am a much calmer person now.I don’t have the coffee smell in the house now but i do have all kinds of herbal tea smells.Coffee or any stimulant doesn’t really give you energy it just borrows from your future energy; )

    • Hi Scott, thanks for dropping by and checking out this coffee post!
      It was something we just had to do and sounds like you know all about it. So far it’s definitely going very well and we do enjoy having more tea and feeling like a hold on us has been released!
      😉

  2. Best decision I’ve ever made (after not eating more meat!).. They keep telling us that coffee is good for you.. how’s that even possible? I went cold turkey and haven’t missed it at all.. not even the smell. I drink tea (one cup a day)as a social thing in the am.. I don’t even think it’s energizing me at all.. it’s just to read the morning paper with hubby!

    • I’m right there with you, Rosanna! If you look into coffee at all, you learn that it’s a drug and one of the most widely accepted one at that! The risks, to me, outweigh the benefits. Tea is a great alternative, especially herbal ones like peppermint and rooibus 🙂

  3. I worked at a fair-trade, family owned coffee shop after college and it’s how I got hooked on coffee. Every day, I’d drink coffee. I’d down espresso just for fun if it was slow. Maybe I’d have a con panna (whipped cream & cinnamon on top). As I started to tap more into my own body and really heard her, I realized how much my body despised coffee. Anxiety, digestive problems, higher blood pressure. My naturopath even suggested I stop drinking it due to it’s affect on my lymphatic system. I was addicted to the ritual! Finally, I experimented with drinking only kombucha for one month. Now, I only drink healing and medicinal teas in the morning and have experienced more level-headed and clear-thinking. I never relied on coffee for the caffeine: only the ritual, so it was easy for me to replace coffee with something else in the morning 🙂 Now, I only drink coffee if: 1) it’s high quality, fair trade, organic coffee and 2) it’s some sort of special occasion. It really helps me stay committed to healing my body from the inside out.

    • Hi Kristen, thanks for a lovely and insightful story about your journey to withdrawing yourself from coffee!
      I admit myself, am the same when it comes to being selective about drinking the right coffee at the right time and no glugging it back habitually each day (particularly mornings!).
      We don’t have any coffee at all in the cupboards now, so I will only have one if it’s a special occasion and the right time. I miss the smell but I don’t miss knowing how it affects the body and trapping you into a false sense of feeling awake and alive?

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