For the last week and a half I’ve been struggling with my coffee addiction. This is not the first time I tried quitting, but I hope this will be my last time. Each time I learn something new about my body’s reaction to caffeine and my self-discipline.
This post is discussion on what I learned about my coffee addiction.
I wake up more alert
Surprisingly after I got over the initial caffeine withdrawal, I wake up more alert even on less sleep. The foggy mornings disappeared after 5 days of no coffee. It is strange to suddenly realize that I slept 6 hours the night before, but feel just as mentally alert as after two cups of coffee and 8 hours of sleep. I don’t plan to make this a regular occurrence, but two weeks prior to quitting coffee I would still be dragging my butt after my 2nd cup.
When I was drinking coffee, I NEEDED to a cup to feel awake and alert each morning. The sugar and caffeine combination throws massive sparks on all my neurological pathways. Or at least that was what I kept telling other people and myself.
How you talk to yourself internally sets the tone for how you react externally. The fact that I tell myself I needed my morning coffee is setting myself up for long term coffee addiction.
My blood sugar is more stable
I cannot drink black coffee. By the time I am done adding milk, flavored shots, and sugar, there are as much fat and sugar as caffeine in the coffee. I am able to turn this zero calorie drink into a 200 calorie monster. This combination does crazy things to my blood sugar. For a couple of hours I am high as a kite and then I crash quickly. Sometimes I even start to shake like a drug addict looking for my next hit. At this point I would eat anything that will stop the crash from continuing — this often means more sugar (candy bars) or simple carbs (which your body essentially treat as sugar anyway).
Since I stopped drinking coffee, I am not experiencing this symptom anymore. I could have minimized this problem by balancing my morning meal with more protein and fiber or cut out all the “extras” in my coffee. Well… we don’t always do what we should sometimes. My defense is that everyone should be allowed a couple vices.
I’ve lost weight
Two pounds is not much in the grand scale of things, but any weight loss is still weight loss. And it is all that much sweeter because I did not have to do anything other than give my coffee addiction. My weight gain always stem from consuming too many high caloric drinks. It is my drug of choice for hurt feelings, boredom, physical pain, or a celebration.
My daily coffee was about 200 calories. By the end of the week, I consumed an extra 1,400 calories. Since I regular exercise for 4 days (but aim for 5 most weeks), I burn off roughly 1,200 calories each week. So each week an extra 200 calories get stored into my fat cells. By the end of the year, I would gain an extra 3 pounds from just drinking coffee!
In addition, since I stopped eating to stabilize my blood sugar, I am consuming fewer calories. So overall this decision to stop my coffee addiction is a good idea for my health. Let’s hope it last much longer than my last stint to stop drinking coffee.
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