Guys, I have a confession to make.
I love coffee.
I love hot mugs of coffee from the diner or to-go cups from the cute coffee shop down the street. I love waking up to find that my fella has made a pot of coffee and already has a dose all doctored up and waiting for me on my desk. I love drinking glass after glass of milky, sweet iced coffee in the summertime.
So when I decided to break myself of my caffeine addiction, I knew it was going to be rough. Coffee and I were such good friends…but I hated on the days when I couldn’t get my fix that I got that blinding, eyes popping out of my face, ready to kill someone kind of headache. I don’t really like taking medicine, and here I was with a full-blown physical craving for caffeine. So here’s what I did:
Erin’s 7-Step Program to Breaking A Debilitating Caffeine Addiction
- My first step was to eliminate my afternoon cup of coffee. Definitely the easiest step to take.
- I then tried to see how long I could go before I needed my morning cup of coffee. This was a mistake, because by the time I realized I needed the cup of coffee, the headache had already set in. Do not try this step.
- So I went back to the single cup of coffee in the morning.
- And then switched to black tea.
- And then started adding herbal tea to the black, slowly upping the herbal tea amount and lowering the black tea. This was the longest step, for sure. I was terrified to lower my black tea amounts, but I stayed strong.
- After a week of basically peppermint tea, I just stopped drinking a hot drink in the morning. I switched over to my water and smoothies, and stayed away from coffee and tea altogether. No headaches, nothing!
- But then…I went to brunch with the fella, and couldn’t resist ordering a latte one Sunday morning. I was a little anxious about it, worried that the one hit was going to make me jittery, or leave me with a headache Monday when I didn’t have my coffee.
But it didn’t! There were no physical side effects, no overwhelming desire for a cup of coffee the next morning, and best of all, no headaches. I’m so stoked to realize that breaking the dependency on caffeine doesn’t mean that I have to shun coffee forever. It means it’s turning into one of those “special occasion” beverages, like champagne. Sure, I like champagne, but it’s not my go-to drink every night. It’s for celebrating and savoring. And now coffee is too.
Do you guys suffer at the hands of coffee or another caffeine-laden drink? Are you okay with it or trying to cut down? How much do you really love coffee? 🙂