Caffeine - should I or shouldn't I?
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!
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.
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 each morning.
I usually have my second cup mid-morning. Again its that energy boost to keep going.
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 caffeine free... I am on day 5.
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.
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