I have quit drinking coffee. It’s been a harder decision than picking who you like more – your mum or dad.
But the decision has been taken all the same.
This little brown, caffeinated, psychoactive wonder drink has seen me through some serious times. Whether it be an all-nighter in uni, a morning rush to get my head in the game at work or even just to pump me up for the gym, coffee has been right there beside me like the trusty steed it truly is.
Unfortunately though, coffee has a dark side.
Here’s why I decided to stop guzzling cups of Joe – and why you probably should too.
Why I quit drinking coffee
There were many reasons.
Primarily, because I was absolutely obsessed with it.
I was addicted to coffee and I was dependent on it to give me the energy I needed. By using caffeine as an energy mask, it makes you take less notice of quality nutrition, sleep and stress levels, meaning these fall by the wayside just because they can.
It will catch up with you though. All coffee does is mask your tiredness, it doesn’t actually provide energy – so eventually, there’s going to come a time when the caffeine cannot mask your chronic exhaustion – as it did with me
Other symptoms that I experienced (to varying degrees) were;
- Shortness of breath
- Stained teeth
- Upset stomach
Some people also report anxiety which I didn’t really experience, but shortness of breath and palpitations may as well be in the same bracket.
Who knows? Anyway, it’s not ideal.
B-b-b-but, what about decaf?
As much as we’d love to believe decaf is the answer to all our problems, it simply isn’t, is it?
Decaf coffee isn’t actually caffeine-free. There is still up to 15mg per cup. It also tastes much worse than a standard cuppa and it still costs a bomb to order from your local coffee shop.
And to decaffeinate the beans in the first place, they bleach the beans (unless labelled as ‘naturally processed’ which is still probably bogus) – not ideal for anyone who is remotely concerned about their health then…
In short, decaf sucks chode – just quit it.
My alternative (how you can wean yourself off coffee)
Well, maybe you don’t have to quit it.
I have started drinking a coffee alternative made from barley, chicory, malt, rye and figs. ‘Chicory Coffee’ as it is being dubbed, is actually extremely healthy for you thanks to its strong ingredient/nutrient profile.
Not only that, but it tastes amazing (like a creamier Americano) and comes with none of the negative side effects of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.
You can get yours from Holland & Barrett or pretty much any local health store. I personally got mine from Mattas in Liverpool for anyone that gives a hoot. The one made by Whole Earth is organic so I assume that’s the best…
Benefits of quitting coffee
When you decide to quit drinking coffee, you’ll likely get the usual withdrawal symptoms people report. But once they’re gone, you’re likely to experience a lot – if not all – of the following;
- More natural energy (no need to rely on exogenous sources)
- Deeper and more restorative sleep
- Less headaches
- More hydrated
- Better mood
- Brighter, healthier teeth
- Lowered blood pressure and heart rate
- Huge savings (up to £2,000/year)
- Less jitters (thanks to steady energy throughout the day)
- You’ll become more nutrition conscious (you will start eating high-vibrational foods)
Listen, coffee has been shown to potentially lower diabetes risk, contain lots of vital nutrients and even prevent erectile dysfunction, but do you know what else does all of that?
Fruit and veg.
Just because coffee offers some benefits, doesn’t mean you should ignore all of its downsides.
Instead, start to concentrate on the pillars of good health; eating healthily, getting proper rest and lowering stress. These may well be easier said than done, but if you’re able to dial them in, you’ll be a far better human this time next year.
Let’s be honest, I will probably enjoy some more cups of coffee between now and my deathbed, but for the most part, the absence of caffeine will continue to work wonders on my wellbeing.
Why not join me? Quit drinking coffee and see what happens. More than likely, you’re going to feel like a bag of excrement for about 2 weeks.
But once the withdrawals have passed, you’ll be a new person.
It’s time to take back control of your energy, your health and your wallet.
Quit drinking coffee.