Health

No Coffee til Brooklyn

Just kidding, I’m not going to Brooklyn, but I am trying no coffee. Again. I wasn’t a consistent coffee drinker until somewhere around 2009. I have always enjoyed tea and coffee both and I never really needed the boost.

Then I started working at a studio and our only true escape from the silence and shade of the office was a twice a day pilgrimage to Starbucks (when Influx opened that’s where we went instead). At first I would always buy a large iced green tea without sugar. I would get 50Β’ refills and I loved them. Then iced double espressos. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you where it went from there.

I don’t go out to coffee as often as I used to (see Jora in Italy for 7 months), but I have a pretty regular morning hot coffee habit and the occasional afternoon cold brew iced coffee with coconut milk. Needless to say I have a habit and I feel pretty tired, so this morning I switched to green tea at the suggestion of Moon Juice’s Tumblr. Right now I feel very sleepy. In fact as I’m typing this I’m struggling to keep my eyes open and I’ve only been awake for 4 hours! I’m going to try it for a week and see how I feel. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Have any of you quit coffee? Was it a success? How did you feel? Tired minds want to know.

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    180360
    July 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I've only quit when I was pregnant, so that doesn't really count. I drink 1 super strong cup first thing every morning. The rest of the day I drink water or caffeine free tea (until happy hour) which works well for me.

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    SuchSmallSteps
    July 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I can't see quitting anytime soon. Especially because I'll soon be on my feet all day and will have to fight that early afternoon sleepiness hard! I drink two cups in the morning and that's it, but I have to say, I genuinely love coffee. I'm addicted, too, it's true, but I get a lot of pleasure out of starting my morning with it! Good luck πŸ™‚

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    Desi McKinnon
    July 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    lol. pregnancy doesn't count.

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    katie//salt+pine
    July 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Here's the funny thing with me: I didn't start drinking it until I was pregnant with Iris! I stayed away from it for 34 years and then it all went to hell when I couldn't stay awake to take care of the other two. πŸ™‚ I tried quitting in January for a "cleanse" (although it was just eating super-duper healthy) but even though I only drink 1-2 lattes a day, it was too hard. Like Erin, I just get too much pleasure out of it. And too many headaches if I don't drink it now!

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    Anna F.
    July 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I've been craving coffee while pregnant, especially in the late afternoon and evening. This works and is healthy with no caffeine but a bit of coffee flavor, Dandy Blend, heard of it? It's a dandelion root blend, I've found it at People's in OB and of course, amazon. I find it especially tasty sprinkled on ice cream πŸ™‚

    http://www.amazon.com/DANDY-BLEND-INSTANT-COFFEE-BEVERAGE/dp/B005P0XDJK/ref=sr_1_2?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1374721488&sr=1-2&keywords=dandy+blend

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    Desi McKinnon
    July 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

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    Desi McKinnon
    July 25, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I hear you. It does help with the running around. I wish the caffeine affected me in the same manner as tea. I don't get the crash from tea. I love tea, but in a double blind taste test including smell and satisfaction coffee would win out everytime.

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    Desi McKinnon
    July 25, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    I didn't start drinking it as a regular habit until 35. Although I didn't start getting up at 6am until 35 either. I think they could be connected.

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    Shelly
    July 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Good to know, I won't bring you coffee from Costa Rica when I see you πŸ˜‰

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    Desi McKinnon
    August 2, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    The marmalade was super yummy. Thanks for smuggling for me πŸ˜‰

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    curiouscovetous
    August 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    I have been a hardcore coffee addict for a while now. But suddenly, it has been making me shaky and nervous and sick. I can't explain it, but it's quite a dramatic change. However, I love the taste and the ritual…so I've downsized to a small coffee with a ton of milk, just in the morning. And then either iced tea, chai, or almond mild blended with strawberries for the rest of the day. I don't know if that answers your question, but it was funny timing that you posted this so I thought I'd share πŸ™‚ xx

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    Desi McKinnon
    August 7, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    I will get nauseous if I drink too much cold brew, so I know what you mean about feeling sick.

    Quitting gave me the worst headache that lasted for two days (even with anti inflammatories), so I have a cup in the morning and that is it.

    I will considering easing off again, but not doing it cold turkey.

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    Alice Q. Foodie
    August 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    That's exactly how I am too Kim – one strong cup in the morning. When it's super hot and I find myself sleepy in the afternoons I will sometimes make cold brew on the weekend – but the vast majority of days, it's one and done. πŸ™‚

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