Maybe, to you, drinking coffee means catching up with friends, or spending quiet time in the morning with your spouse before the kids wake up. Or maybe it's just out of necessity for staying awake.
Whatever the case may be, coffee is addictive in many levels.
Though I am sure tea can be as addictive as coffee, since a lot of them have caffeine in them, I would much rather "switch" my addiction from coffee to tea.
Why is that? Because I have no problem drinking tea as is, without adding any sweetener or dairy (or dairy replacement). But don't ask me to drink black coffee... yuck! It's just not how I like it.
I tried to quit coffee cold turkey yesterday. That's right. I thought I would go from drinking 4-5 mugs a day, to nothing at all. Oh, how wrong I was! By 9am I had a very foggy brain, by 10am a headache, by 12pm a migraine and by 1pm, I was ready for bed. I also had extreme chills. Basically, I was experiencing detox. I've heard of people going through detox when they go from SAD to raw, but I didn't think it would be that bad just from quitting coffee alone... well, come to think of it, I have not had junk food in a few days now, or sweets (another addiction of mine). Lets just say, I was not mentally prepared for such an extreme physical reaction.
By late afternoon, I had such a hard time functioning, I decided to make a small cup of java. I have not used regular cups for coffee in so long, always my gigantic mugs. But not this time. I made a small cup, and poured the coffee cream.... down the drain!
That's right! I know my body can't handle the lactose, especially not right now, so I got rid of it to not be tempted. Instead, I used my son's Lactaid milk. (I've never liked the taste of anything else in coffee other than a dairy product :( Well, the coffee tasted OK, but I very quickly realized that I did not want it. So I poured the remaining half a cup down the sink. The half cup I drank was just enough to get rid of the headache for the rest of the day.
And I was just really proud of myself, for not wanting to drink the whole thing. So while quitting cold turkey seemed like a great idea at the time, to go from 4 mugs to 1/2 cup for a week or two before completely stopping, is going to be the way to go for me. I still need to function during the day, take care of my kids, work part-time, take my son to preschool, etc. It's hard to do all that if your suffering from massive migraines. I had just a half a small cup again this morning, and it was enough to keep the migraines at bay all day... and just like last time, I did not really enjoy my cuppa.
I am not going to say no to coffee for ever though. For a while, I am still going to allow myself a cup from my favourite coffee place when I go to the city (which is once or twice a month). But that is it. I suspect that after a while, my taste buds will change and even my favourite occasional coffee will not taste as good as it does at the moment. I am feeling very confident that I will succeed, since I have a clear vision of what I want to allow myself, and what I want to achieve.
And quitting coffee, is just a start.
photo via planet-coffee.net