I LOVE coffee! Any kind of coffee will do, but
I really like it when it’s strong and bitter, with just a hint of milk.
I like instant coffee, filter coffee, coffee
that’s got extras in it, little coffee’s, big coffee’s. Anything goes really!
The problem is I don’t think it loves me, which is a shame because I am constantly battling with myself on whether I should or shouldn’t drink it!
So what is it about coffee that messes with my
body? In a nutshell its the caffeine. That tasteless, nutritionless ingredient
can cause a whole host of problems and it can be found in lots of other things
like food and some medications.
Okay I can hear you switch to decaf… yes I have tried, and I will no doubt try again but it does fall short of giving that really full-bodied coffee taste that I love so much.
The problem I seem to have is how Caffeine
affects my body. Now everyone is different, we can all tolerate things
differently, so this is my perspective on how I feel. I’d love to hear other
views though so please do message me!
For many years I have reduced the amount of
coffee I have to no more than 2 cups a day. That isn’t even near the standard
recommended daily intake for caffeine (which is 400mg – approx 4 cups of
coffee). I rarely have a cup after 2 pm as I know it can affect my ability to
get to sleep.
On the face of it this doesn’t seem like a lot
but let me tell you how these 2 daily cups affect me.
I start my day with a large strong coffee, it
gives me a boost, really wakes me up and lets me push on with my to-do list
I usually have my second cup mid-morning. Again its that energy boost to keep going.
Then I notice a headache, just small niggling
one, not harsh enough to stop me in my tracks but annoying enough to make me
wonder why I have a headache!
My energy levels gradually begin to drop and I
wonder (most days) if going to bed earlier will help (like 9 pm is too late!)
Then, I start to procrastinate, I feel like my
brain has fogged over and the ideas just don’t flow and I struggle to complete
even the simplest of tasks with any enthusiasm.
How do I know that caffeine is the culprit? By
listening to my body that’s how!
This week, a mentor I am working with set me a challenge to go at least 3 days of caffeine-free.
I feel less tired.
So far I have managed to complete SEVERAL full days of work rather than snatched moments between fog.
I haven’t had a daily headache yet.
However, I do feel a little irritable, and I
still have an all-consuming craving to taste that lovely, bitter, deep coffee
flavour! I know these will pass in time.
But for me, the benefits of avoiding caffeine
far outweigh the small tasty hit of a ‘proper’ coffee.
I shall continue my search for a decent decaf alternative and expand my herbal tea chest even more!
**Update, I have been caffeine-free for 6 months now and I have to say I feel 100% better for it!**
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