Why I Quit Coffee

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Reasons to quit coffee – there aren’t any are there?

After all, coffee make the work go round!

For those who know me personally, you will be shocked to learn that I have quit drinking coffee – yes, I found reasons to quit coffee!

Yep, ME, a devout coffee drinker whose preferred brewing method has been an Italian automatic coffee maker or a french press  – I have kicked the habit!

This is a subject I would not even have discussed because after all, coffee has antioxidants – right? Well, yes BUT, the antioxidants in coffee are so weak they are of little benefit!

Reasons to Quit Coffee – What made me start thinking about it:

It all started at a recent appointment with a  doctor I really respect. He and his wife also have a large family, she drinks lots of coffee (like me) and it has been a joke that coffee makes the family run smoother. As we talked, he looked at me and said, “It would help tremendously if you cut out all coffee. But, I know the kids would be miserable so, I won’t even mention it!” We laughed and went on, but …

That one sentence plagued my mind.

Then to add to it, John asked if I was going to be like the rest of America – take a pill and continue with a potentially harmful habit – coffee? That did it!

I had found my reason to quit coffee!

I had seen the book from my affiliate parnter, Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America’s #1 Drug but had not given it another thought. Now however, I ordered it, read it and am converted. If you are thinking of quitting coffee, you should read this book. The author, Stephen Cherniske gives an “Off the Bean” program to help guide you in tapering off without experiencing symptoms such as headaches. If you are convinced that coffee is not a problem and there is no reason to quit, you definitely need to read this book!

Reasons to quit coffee:

1. Coffee is a drug.

Yes, it is a psychoactive drug which has many effects on the body’s delicate balance. Some of these are:

  • raises blood pressure
  • increases the heart rate
  • constricts the blood vessels leading to the heart
  • contributes to arrhythmias
  • stresses the adrenal gland which in turn affects the thyroid, sex hormones and metabolism
  • gives the false sense of energy when in reality the body is trying to cope and balance an increased blood level of stress hormones
  • since pain is associated with the level of stress hormones quitting coffee may help chronic pain sufferers
  • stresses the liver has to detoxify all the chemicals found in coffee – caffeine, aldehydes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, and sulfides found in coffee.

I could keep going with the list of effects coffee has on the body but for a complete list you should read Caffeine Blues (affiliate link).

2. Coffee is addictive.

When you are tired you reach for a cup and suddenly you are reaching for one not only in the morning but in the afternoon. Then it is a couple of cups in the morning and a couple in the afternoon. You get my point. Before long you are drinking far more than you intended. For me that easily would equal 8 – 10 cups per day! Oh, I would taper down to a couple of cups per day when pregnant and breastfeeding, but afterwards, it never took long and I was right back up to the 8 – 10 cups per day.

Being Decaffeinated:

Now after just a few weeks I am completely off coffee. According to Cherniske, “It takes three weeks or more after withdrawal from caffeine before stress hormones return to normal.”  and he recommends that you eliminate caffeine for a minimum of 60 days in order to see how you really feel without caffeine.

My withdrawals were not in the form of headaches but extreme tiredness. How did I handle it – I tried to get to bed earlier and I took naps. Thankfully, the worst is over and I now have more energy. I would never believed the life changing results of the GAPS diet would be possible. And, now, I am excited to see what life without coffee and caffeine is like!

 

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This post is part of: Eat Make Grow,  Simple Lives Thursday, Thank Your Body



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  1. Way to go!!! I am really impressed with your decision and your reasons for making it, and your roll-with-it approach to withdrawl.

    I have also recently quit drinking coffee, but because I HAD to. I had been drinking too much coffee for too long and this overconsumption contributed to adrenal fatigue. Cold turkey — no coffee, sugar, or alcohol, no exceptions, for at least six months. Now that I’ve done it I have no plans to start again. A cup or two here and there (for enjoyment, and not for a pick-me-up) is my idea for the future.

    Kudos to you for stopping before it severely impacted your health. And here’s one more voice saying that I’ve seen the other side, and it’s pretty good over here! I never, ever feel as tired as I did during a caffeine crash, even on long days.

    P.S. I’m an elementary school teacher and I was really worried about keeping up my energy. Amazingly, ( ;) ) healthy snacks throughout the day and lots of water wake me up even more than coffee used to.

  2. Hi Dina-Marie … I’ve been struggling with this off and on myself. I believe from what I’ve read that caffeine and coffee specifically is contributing to the inflammation aggravating my asthma symptoms. But, admittedly, I love coffee soooo!!! For much of my adult life I’ve been drinking large amounts daily. So it’s been tough to give up entirely. I have GREATLY reduced it though, which I’m really pleased with :-). As I change my day-to-day routine over the coming year I hope to completely eliminate it. I’m sharing this on FB …

  3. Great article! I also gave up coffee about 6 months ago as I was having some major health problems. I really think coffee was making me sick – adrenal fatigue among other things. It was rough kicking the habit, but I feel soooo much better! I wonder what your opinion is of decaf? I haven’t read the book you mention, but I suspect that its more than just the caffeine that causes problems. I just miss the taste so much that I’d love for decaf to be a good option – just not sure.

    • In the book, caution is given about decaf because of the chemicals. I have been drinking an herbal coffee – Teeccino which is good. It is not coffee but is thicker than tea and you brew it just like normal coffee.

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