Why did I decide to do this? About a month and a half ago I was wracking my brain trying to come up with articles to write for Smak. The first thing to pop into my head? Give up coffee. Allow yourself 1-2 cups of tea in the morning and see what happens. No iced coffee. No Chemex. No French Press. No Starbucks. No espresso flavored ice cream. Nothing. No cheating. The few people that I told upfront told me that I was insane. Historically, Tommy = Coffee. Perhaps that is why I decided to give this a whirl.
Here is my experience.
Day 1: I am so excited. And so nervous. And so hesitant. The weather outside is finally getting nice, and what does that typically mean? Iced coffee! I drink iced coffee year-round, but still, there is something so magical about enjoying a cold brew on a hot summer's day.
Day 3: I haven't really had any headaches, which is shocking to me. Aren't I supposed to be getting headaches? Is it because I am knowingly forcing myself to drink more water? Either way, can I just go home to bed?
Day 5: Okay, why did I think this was going to be difficult? Honestly, it's not terrible. Sure, I am finding that I get tired a lot earlier in the day, and by that I mean I am on the verge of falling asleep by 12:30pm. But where are the headaches? Where is the nausea? Where is the debilitating fear that life will never go on without coffee? I am confused.
Day 15: This is weird. I am actually enjoying the taste of tea now. What used to taste like an old cup of hot water not gives me pleasure. I am not sure I like this. That being said, the headaches have been astronomical lately. Perhaps it is the stressful work week, but this is EXACTLY when I would be running to Starbucks for a trenta unsweetened iced coffee with light ice. Please? Let me cheat? Just once.
Day 30: I did it...today is Day 30 of my no-coffee-challenge. Honestly, I am a little surprised that I actually made it. Coffee has been the thing that gets me up in the morning for so long, that I didn't think I'd make it past Day 2.
Day 31: I got a cold brew from Intelligentsia coffee this morning. Woof. I quite literally had a few sips and thought I was going to have a panic attack. My face started tingling. It was likely all in my head, but for the first time since college, I felt the full impact of a cup of coffee. I was awake. I was jittery. I was quiet and focused. I think it is safe to say that I am no longer addicted to caffeine.
So here I am, at the end of my experiment, faced with a situation that I truly never thought I would experience. I still love the taste of coffee. But I don't crave it. I had a cold brew on Day 31, but since then, I haven't had another cup of coffee. What do I do with this? Realistically, this is the exact outcome that I was hoping for, is it not? I had been addicted to caffeine for so long that all I wanted was to try to ween myself off of it. And that is exactly what I've done.
I no longer need coffee. Sure, I will still have it from time to time. Perhaps I will get up to one cup per day. But long gone are the days of a pot of coffee before work. Long gone are the days of two trenta iced coffees before the end of the work day. I feel good. I feel happy. I feel healthy. I feel like my skin looks flipping flawless. Thanks no coffee + lots of water! :)