Not Coffee Ramblings…

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I’ve not had coffee now since the 25th of July…

I know this might not seem like a big deal, but I haven’t not had coffee for a long time. The longest stint with out would probably only be 2 1/2 days… and it wouldn’t have been by choice. I remember there was an aspect of brutality about fighting the inner coffee demons off during that time which at this point seems pretty silly and possibly irrelevant.

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Here’s a picture I whipped together earlier this yeah which was a loving moment between coffee and I. I’d woken up to an empty coffee jar and thought I’d refill it and instead I just poured from the tin into my cup. (Because who needs sleep right?)

When I stopped drinking coffee a little over a week ago now, I did it mostly because I had gotten sick and switched to tea, lemon and honey. (I’ve always loved tea as well, but coffee has always been my first reach drink.) I never thought about giving up coffee, I just kind of stopped drinking it. But here are a few things that I am noticing since me and coffee unconsciously broke up….

  1. I am in fact sleeping better. I hate to have to admit it, but maybe some of the problems I have had over the years with insomnia, crooked sleeping patterns and sleep deprivation might be (maybe) self inflicted by the over use of coffee.
  2. My skin looks healthier. No kidding, I’ve been suffering a lot of dry skin this winter (yes, ew!) and since I haven’t been subsisting on only coffee, the hydration quality of my skin is marginally improving!
  3. I have MORE energy. Yes, seriously. I don’t feel like crashing in the afternoons, I don’t feel as sluggish as I did when I was relying on coffee for the energy or stimulation. I’m not saying I have bundles of energy as I’m still getting over being unwell, but I think this ties in with getting a better nights rest and therefore having more energy during the day because I’m not working against myself.
  4. I am slightly less irritable. I still need more time to assess this as I can be quite naturally a moody, crabby sort of person. But I don’t feel as cloudy and caught up in my head as I usually do. This would likely be directly related to #1.
  5. I am smoking less. Yes, I’m one of those people. I have been quitting and restarting for the last 5 years of my life. The longest stint I have quit for is probably about 18 months and I am still actively finding ways to reduce and erase that as a habit. Surprising my moving away from coffee I don’t have the same indicators to smoke throughout the day. So maybe I had to give up my coffee addiction….

 

So yeah… these are the not coffee ramblings….

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