Hello friends 😀
Happy Monday!!! The weekend just flew by as usual and here we are again in the madness of the workweek, oh well…So this post is all about a little experiment of mine (occupational hazard LOL) that I conducted on myself. A few months ago a friend of mine commented on my coffee intake, which I thought was on quite normal levels to be honest, and I didn’t really put too much thought into it. A few weeks after this incident, and while @mymamus was away travelling I decided to spent Saturday night at a friend’s house. Since I had to work in the morning I didn’t get there till late evening around 7pm. Where am I going with this story? Well, it was such a busy day (and I had run out of milk – can’t drink my coffee without it) and I just didn’t have time to grab my daily caffeine dose, and honestly I didn’t think much of it, until around 6pm that evening. I got home and got ready to get to my friends but I realized that all day I was feeling totally “off” and had a K-I-L-L-E-R headache… I thought to myself “bravo girl, you are getting sick :(” and decided to just sit on the couch for a bit relax, get some rest and… a coffee!
That 10 minutes after my first few sips I felt like a different person. I felt completely fine and totally myself… well, obviously, that got me thinking. I don’t like to be dependent on things (or people for that matter but that’s a post for another time…) and I thought I wasn’t since after I quit smoking 3 years ago. That was the moment when I decided I need to kick that caffeine habit away and start to really enjoy my coffee again. So what was the plan?
Go off coffee for 1 week and then reintroduce it back to my system slowly and keep my intake to 1 cup a day (2 cups only when I really need the extra caffeine). Well let me tell you how did that work out for me:
Kept a log of how much coffee I normally drink in a day. I was dumbfounded… It all added up to 4-6 cups…. That is a lot of caffeine for one person!
I FELT LIKE POO.
Woke up and got to work, had one of the worst headaches of my life and I tried to really avoid people since I felt like I didn’t want to speak with anyone. Looked totally zombie like for the whole day. Drunk as much water as I could and some warm water with lemon.
Felt a tiny bit better, but by now I was convinced that this headache will never go away… I was totally still dragging my feet around and avoiding people. Had a cup of Jasmine green tea along with tons and tons of water.
So at this point the headache was reduced to an annoying buzzing on the back of my head (i don’t know if it was me getting the hang of it or the fact that I was taking 2-4 paracetamols a day…don’t judge) but I have to admit that I felt more rested when I woke up in the morning. Now a bit of TMI here, I was shocked when I went to pee that morning. SHOCKED! I never thought that human pee could be so (how do I put this LOL…) bright/neon yellow??? hahaha… Keep in mind I ‘ve been drinking quite a bit of coffee since I was 16 years old so I guess my body never new any different.
I felt pretty good – granted not as on edge and running around as usual but still pretty good! The headaches were gone, I would sleep really good at night and wake up rested, my pee continued to be as bright as ever LOL hahahaha 😛 and even my skin felt a little better.
So what did I learn from this little experiment of mine:
- Caffeine addiction is a -VERY- real thing!
- Those headaches are brutal!
- Your sleep pattern will get all disruptive even if you don’t drink the coffee later int he evening.
What I am doing know:
- I get 1 cup a day 1.2 to 2 hours AFTER i wake up (2 only if it is an emergency aka I have tons of work and I am sleepless).
- Try to drink more water and/or green tea than coffee.
- Have no caffeine past 1pm.
- Try to consciously enjoy my one cup of coffee and not just chug it as fast as I can for the fix.
So, this is what I learnt from this little experiment of mine. I dare all of you caffeine addicts out there to try and go a few days without it (especially if like me you think you are not addicted…) It ‘ll be hard but it ‘ll be worth it I promise. For me now, savouring that one cup makes all the difference. It’s like a treat to myself, a little 10-15 minute break where I can relax and regroup before I kick off my day 😀
So have a great day everyone and an awesome start to your week!