Saturday, May 25, 2013
Here I am, mid 40's, and my body is telling me that things have got to change. Not sure if it is my body telling me, my brain telling me, or me deciding that it is time for a change. Right now I am drinking about 4 6oz cups of coffee a day - it was up around 7 6oz cups of coffee for quite a while, but I have intentionally cut back. I started realizing that I could not function without my morning coffee, my mid-morning coffee or my after lunch coffee. My life should not revolve around how/when am I getting my next caffeine fix. So......I am making a change!! I am reading the book, "Caffeine Blues: Waking Up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug". It is frightening how caffeine is affecting me -- difficulty sleeping, low energy, anxiety, muscle pain, clenching teeth, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating. All of the symptoms that I try to alleviate with yoga is caused by my caffeine consumption. I have been drinking coffee since I was in high school. I am a first generation Swede so coffee is part of our culture. It makes it very hard to change when there is pressure all around you to keep the family tradition. BUT - I can have decaf coffee! I can keep the tradition with decaf coffee!!
So, I am half-way through the book right now. They suggest cutting back on coffee intake one week at a time. This lets your body slowly get use to life without the drug. I am now at 2 cups of coffee in the morning (2 6oz Keurigs so they are measured) and one black tea (about half the caffeine of the coffee) after lunch. The book says I will not truly feel the benefits of being off coffee until I have gone 60 days without caffeine - something about it takes the body that long to get the caffeine out of the system.
My goal -- to wake up in the morning, do some light stretches, have a glass of water or decaf coffee breakfast and start my day feeling great!! I want to rid my brain of anxiety, gain the ability to focus, and get rid of the grumpy feeling I carry with me so often. It sound like a wonderful life to me! I will keep you posted on my journey!