This isn’t my first “giving up coffee” post. You see, I believe that consuming coffee can be destructive to your thyroid (see here). I also believe that a steady diet of caffeine isn’t doing my body any favors. For example, did you know caffeine might be causing your lower back pain?! You can see a full explanation here. Despite this knowledge, time and again I find myself sucked in by coffee’s aromatic allure.
This is how coffee makes my morning feel – all sunshine!
I decided to take a good hard look at my coffee habit. Why wasn’t I able to shake it? Well, first, I realized that I have been having coffee every morning for over fifteen years. That is a long time! The only times I took a break were my three pregnancies. I felt tired the whole nine months all three times. 🙂
Coffee is also my favorite food reward. Meet for coffee and a chit chat? Yes, please! Can I bring you a frappuccino because it’s your birthday? Absolutely! How about a second cup since you are trying to home school your kiddos now? For sure! You get the idea…
More than chocolate or brownies, cookies or ice cream, I view coffee as my personal mood lifter. So, when I heard AnnMarie at Cheeseslave talk about how she broke her coffee addiction with amino acid support, I decided I needed to pull out the big guns and give it a try.
At her advice, I consulted Julia Ross’s Mood Cure for the details. Ross recommends the supplement DLPA to help restore endorphin levels if you are trying to quit drinking coffee. So, I ordered myself some and have been trying it now for two days.
I promise to keep you posted on how it works and to keep it honest. Today I have a headache and have cried twice. Not a painless transition yet, but I’m gonna give it some time (I have read it doesn’t all change overnight). 😉