Experiment: I Quit Coffee

Okay, so that’s not entirely true. I just drink decaf now.

I wrote recently about wanting to experiment more in 2017, and this turned into the first one. I started this late last year, and have stuck to it so far.

I had help. My wife, Joeleen, quit regular coffee when she found out she was pregnant with our daughter. I wanted to follow her, but never had the guts to take the leap. Two-plus years later, I hated how I felt when I missed getting my regular coffee. I got headaches, and felt horrible – all expected when you’re hooked on caffeine.

I’ve been on decaf for a month now, tapering off slowly by mixing decaf with my regular blend when grinding beans each morning. I don’t miss it because I still get that ritual of drinking coffee. Plus, I’m drinking less coffee, and trying out tea occasionally too.

This isn’t the biggest or most ground-breaking personal experiment. But it has given me the freedom to try other beverages, and feel better if I miss my morning cup of joe. I’m hoping to stick with it.

4 thoughts on “Experiment: I Quit Coffee

  1. I haven’t noticed any measurable benefits in terms of work and the cold turkey cutoff in 2014 was the most miserable 6 weeks of my life, but I’m also completely off of the reliance of coffee. The flavor of it is undeniably delicious. Ice creams, chocolates, cakes, coffee-infused anything is always a treat for the senses. But that caffeine high and low never felt great.

    Science on this goes back and forth so I’m finished pretending to know what is best for anyone but me. My acid reflux and sour stomach and nausea are totally gone (skipping a coffee day used to feel like torture). But the psychological benefits of the ritual are also gone.

    The brew. The pour. The scent overtaking the house. The hot mug in hand that connected me to my dead father who also held a deep love for coffee. For many of us maybe coffee isn’t just coffee but coffee and then some?

    It’s been a while since I had a cup. 13-14 months maybe? And 3-4 years since I’ve cut it out as a must have. I miss the ritual of it more than the actual ingestion of it, so maybe I’ll have to find a strong and fragrant tea to recreate that story.

    Keep it up and try to ignore the fatigue if it hits. Lord knows it floored me for weeks.

    1. Congrats on completely ditching it. I think I’d like to do that, but in the future. It’s funny, as a journalist, my colleagues use to give me a hard time for not drinking coffee. Then I started, and now I’m back to trying to ignore it.

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