Oct 18, 2019

Ditching Coffee - Coping With Living Caffeine-Free

Here's a hint. I'm not

I'm in denial. I'm drinking a small cup of decaf every day to pretend that I'm still drinking the real deal. While decaf ins't the same thing as "Caffeine-free" it's basically just as good. My decaf coffee grounds have 0.03% caffeine in them and if I'm being honest, that's not enough to worry me. 


Before I get into it, there's something you should know about me. 



*Ahem* 

"Hello, my name is Ramona and I'm a coffee addict." 

Before, all of my friends and family knew me as the crazy coffee obsessed woman. If a conversation had the gall to not include coffee, I'd do my addiction a solid and make sure it came up. And all of those coffee memes out there? Yea, I had a conspiracy theory they were all about me. 

 I started drinking coffee when I was a child and before we pick up pitchforks and go after my momma, it was heavily watered down coffee. As in one tablespoon of actual coffee in a mug of water sort of watered down. But I got a taste for it early on. High school was when my coffee drinking days really kicked off and then I was hooked. 



The Dilemma 

Fast forward to my early 30s and my body is just not having it anymore. It's throwing in the towel on coffee weather I want it to or not. 

Now that you get the picture on how cracked out on caffeine I was, maybe this'll come off as it should. Like I'm dying. 


Okay, okay. I'm being a bit theatrical, but the point remains. It's an adjustment. I made the move to give up coffee when I realized that I was starting to get intense heartburn after drinking half a mug. Or I'd feel bloated and just gross right away. I was having trouble finishing one cup, while usually, I drink at least 3.


I kept trying to drink it despite knowing it was making me feel sick, but I could only last a week feeling like that. I had less energy after trying to drink coffee than what I woke up with. And we all know, you need energy when you're running after a toddler all day. 



Taking A Stand

For the first two weeks I went cold turkey. No caffeine of any kind or dosage. No decaf either. Just a lot of water and herbal teas. Since I'd already been through a week of being unable to tolerate my coffee I had unintentionally gotten myself used to less caffeine each day it so this made my withdrawals much more bearable. I was tired and had the afternoon blues, sure, a few headaches. But I also felt healthier. My body felt great, just tired. That feeling of doing what my body needed was all I needed to stick it out.




I haven't had coffee in a month now, and my natural energy levels have balanced out. I've got sustainable energy all day and don't suffer from crashes or feeling physically unwell. 



Finding My Compromise 

The last two weeks I have been incorporating in some instant decaf coffee, which I know. sounds like the worst of two worlds. Instant AND decaf?! But I use a brand of instant that doesn't have that gross aftertaste, so I'm happy. As someone who spent most of her life drinking coffee, I got picky on what I accept as "the good stuff." 


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Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY. I may be a little harder to wake up in the morning and growl at my husband when he tries now, but at least I'm listening to my body and doing what I need to be my best self, which is ultimately my entire goal. 

What tips do you have to survive without coffee?

Do you know any natural energy boost remedies?

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