This is the challenge I have avoided for years.
I love coffee so much. I love the taste, the feel of the warm cup, the little lift I get from the caffeine.
Everything about coffee makes me happy.
But I have been drinking it for 16 years and only took a break when I was pregnant with my son.
I feel like I need a reset and a break from coffee.
So September is my month to give it up for 30 days.
My first cup of coffee was in December of 2005 at a diner near the Amtrak station in Osceola, Iowa.
That first cup I shared with Kevin. ❤️
I had taken the train from Chicago to visit him, and when he ordered a coffee I was stunned.
Who is this person?
He let me try a sip, after I stared at him in shock. It was delicious and I promptly ordered my own cup.
Our shared love of coffee began!
Since then, Kevin and I have probably tried over 100 coffee shops.
We have taken the bus, trolley, bikes, and walked to get coffee. When we travel we usually have a detour or two to find a good cup.
I also shared many cups at Dennys with my dad. Many cups with Kevin’s dad and grandma.
My mom and I have shared countless cups and even worked at Starbucks together.
And my friends always knew there was a pot brewing at my house if they stopped by.
Despite all these wonderful associations with coffee, I am still giving it up for 30 days.
I want to know my natural energy
Coffee creates a false sense of energy.
With my thyroid condition, I think it will be valuable to discover my real natural energy. I don’t want to mask my low moments with caffeine.
I want to appreciate it again
Anytime you have something everyday you lose appreciation for it.
I believe a month without coffee will make me appreciate it more when I have it again.
I want to prove I can do it
This is the challenge I have avoided and dreaded…so now I want to prove to myself that I can do it.
I want to feel my best
The notecard challenge has revealed that even when I pull all other health levers, I am still not 100%.
So I feel an obligation to at least try cutting coffee. If I can commit to all these other changes, I should be able to give up coffee.
It’s not forever (I hope)
This is just a 30 day reset to make my coffee drinking more intentional and controlled.
I don’t plan to give it up forever, but if the benefits are astounding I just might.
I am documenting how I am feeling in videos each day. This keeps me accountable and gives me a task to do during my usual coffee time.
If that interests you, here is the link:
Day 1 almost done!!
Good luck!! I have never liked coffee at all, but I know it’s lure is strong. Hang in there!
Thinking of you. This is something I’ve been wanting to do too, but have yet to really put my mind to it. Spring is a better time for me to try to quit. Anyway, I have read that B Vitamins help boost energy and mood so I have been trying to make meals with at least one of these foods daily: eggs, salmon, black beans, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, kale, yogurt, chick peas, lentils, sunflower seeds, swiss chard. Salmon is naturally rich in all of the B vitamins, and one egg contains a third of the recommended daily value of vitamin B7, while also containing small amounts of many of the other B vitamins. Fresh farm eggs only have 1/3 of the cholesteral that store bought eggs have, so I try to eat at least 1-3 eggs daily.
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I really think I need to do a coffee fast also. It has become too important in my life. I find myself thinking of excuses for why I deserve a iced coffee treat. Spending too much and consuming too many calories.
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Brittany – this has helped me a lot with regard to my thyroid condition. I’m sending the link just in case it’s useful for you too. Tracie x (uk) https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/feel-better-live-more-with-dr-rangan-chatterjee/id1333552422?i=1000405288077. ( Episode 8 about hormone health)
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Good luck on your 30 days! I gave up coffee nearly 10 years ago when I had a stomach ulcer. It hurt too much to drink it. I miss the smell of the coffee and the ritual of drinking it, but not much else. I turned to tea instead. Mostly herbal teas but a daily cup of strong black tea starts my morning. Not so much for the caffeine, but for the ritual morning practice.