I’m writing this in the hope that there are others out there like me who can share their stories and support. I’ve been on and off with coffee. I’ve been a coffee snob to a coffee whore to a coffee hater who got my kick out of peppermint tea instead (*sigh* those were the days). Enough is enough. It seems like every time I allow this substance back into my life it plays with my health, and I’m TIRED of it!
Firstly here’s why I gave it up:
I was craving it, then feeling sick and horrible after having it, then craving it again… (Not a relationship I want to have with anything in my life.)
I noticed that after I drank a coffee I very quickly felt weak and depleted, I had dark circles under my eyes and all the colour disappeared from my face and from my inner eyelids.
No matter how nutritious and delicious the food I was eating, I would ruin it by drinking coffee afterwards, dehydrating me and making me bloated, burpy, and a bit nauseous.
I could see and feel that this wasn’t good for me, but just to quench any doubts I took a look at this and well, I can’t lie to myself any longer. One small cup seamlessly evolves into two, then three, then into a toffee-nut-gingerbread-caramel-shaped-disaster.
It pisses me off in so many ways: why must we be adrenalised all the time? Why must it be so acidic? Why are there all these beautiful, trendy, irresistible coffee shops with no herbal tea options anywhere?? Why are there so many milkshake-like varieties?! It’s like after I drink it the world is beautiful for 20 minutes and I feel great until it brings out everything that’s bad in me for the next 3 hours…I want to nourish myself not starve myself of proper nutrient absorption and hydration – why am I drinking this stuff?!
So, here goes…
I’ve had headaches, constipation (sorry guys), I’ve felt the moody blues, I am sometimes a bit shaky and anxious out of nowhere, and I feel strange. It’s a weird feeling, a bit like very subtle paranoia, or just some inexplicable insecurity.
It’s not nice.
In the meantime, green tea has been kind to me in the darker times when I need something to ease the headaches/general feeling of doom.
I hope there’s someone out there that feels my pain and can enlighten me!
My yoga practice has taught me to keep it real. It’s taught me to listen to my body. It’s taught me that my body will thrive under a natural rhythm. I want to thrive. I’m giving this a good shot for 2 weeks. Any advice would be much appreciated!