Why I Stopped Drinking Coffee and Started Again
A couple of years ago my morning would always start with a cup of coffee. And not just a cup, but the entire French press. If there wasn’t coffee in the house, my morning was ruined. I was rushing to Starbucks or a local coffee shop to get my dose of caffeine
After having my morning coffee, I would be always getting more cups throughout the day to keep my energy on top. Without it I couldn’t wake up, operate and stay in a good mood. This seems crazy to me right now.
The reason is that after a cup of coffee you feel energized...for just some time. What seems to start off with a blast, ends in a crash. Straight after the coffee intake caffeine rushes into your nerves and blood, causing spikes in glucose, adrenaline, and insulin levels, which in turn increase anxiousness, jitteriness, and nervousness.
After that first morning cup I felt like a superman, and without it, I was a completely different person. Clearly, I had a caffeine addiction. Realizing that helped me decide to quit drinking coffee.
So two years ago I decided to go cold turkey and stopped drinking coffee completely. Was it hard? For a coffee-addict person, like I was, you think it would be hard. But it actually wasn’t!
I think the key here is to commit to it. When you realize, that it is not good for you, it does not make you happy, causes energy imbalance and lack of natural drive, it is time to make the change. Even if it seems hard to kick an old habit, you can do it, just stick to your commitment.
WHAT TO DRINK INSTEAD OF COFFEE ( MY TOP 3)
1) Hot water with lemon
First thing in the morning, this feels refreshing, plus it increases your metabolism.
2) MATCHA MATCHA MATCHA
My green love
Matcha lovers know that one cup of this green elixir brings as many benefits as 10 cups of green tea. It contains much less caffeine than coffee and a lot of L-Theanine, which helps process caffeine differently, without causing jitteriness, but giving you just the right amount of energy with no crash at the end. Matcha is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it also improves focus and helps you concentrate.
3) Green juices
(My favorite: celery, green apple, lemon, ginger, cucumber, zucchini, spinach)
It is so healthy and good for you, it contains many great minerals, vitamins, detoxes your body and also keeps your energy level on top without caffeine.
The decision to get off coffee helped me come to realize that I do not need it, it felt good to get rid of the addiction. After a year without coffee, I started drinking coffee again here and there. However I do not drink it on a daily basis, but only when I feel like it. I just love the taste of it and the aroma of freshly grounded coffee. I even bought a coffee machine, because I really enjoy the process of making it. I like having a cup of good espresso with gelato after dinner at an Italian restaurant or whenever I crave the taste. But to me, coffee is a treat now, just like dessert. I indulge coffee every once in a while, savoring each sip.
I love that I don’t have coffee addiction anymore. I know whether I drink it or not, it's not going to change anything or impact me. This approach feels right to me. And what is your relationship with coffee?