Mugshot Monday - “Happy Face” mug with Twin Cities Blend by Peace Coffee .
That smile on my face – and on my mug – is because I’m so happy to be drinking coffee again!
I went the last 5 weeks without coffee and the last 4 weeks without caffeine.
“Why the hell would you want to do that?” asked everyone I mentioned it to.
I’ve been fully caffeinated for the last 20+ years and wanted to see what it felt like to give my body a break from processing coffee beans and caffeine. Plus I was drinking 3 to 4 mugs of coffee every day which seemed like too much.
I was worried about sleep deprivation and not being able to function while going caffeine-free. I was dead wrong about that. Here are some things I noticed during the experiment:
🔸 I slept better. Not a surprise, but cool to confirm.
🔸 After week one of no caffeine, it was easier to wake up. I was more alert. I could not believe it! This. Did. Not. Make. Sense.
🔸The “quitting caffeine” headaches are real. They only lasted 48 hours for me, but it felt like I was wearing a brick bandana on my head. I weaned myself: Went from 4 mugs per day to 1 mug per day for one week, and then green tea for one week before going totally caffeine-free. That worked great.
🔸I enjoyed exploring new flavors of caffeine-free tea.
🔸Montana Gold by @TeaSource was my favorite morning tea. Something about the spicy cinnamon helped me start my mornings the best.
🔸The Turmeric Ginger tea at @Peace_Coffee Shop was my favorite afternoon tea. Smooth and comforting, yet spicy.
🔸Drinking booze the night before made me want coffee and caffeine more severely in the morning. So, I stopped drinking booze the night before.
🔸By the final week, I was missing the taste of coffee more than the effects of caffeine.
🔸I got a very familiar and satisfying feeling sipping hot caffeine-free drinks. I think it wasn’t just the caffeine I was craving, it was the ritual.
My conclusion is pretty damning: I thought I needed caffeine to stay awake and be alert, but I didn’t. In fact, I felt more alert for longer periods of time than when I was using caffeine, probably because I didn’t have the crashes.
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