Just a quick little post to share how I finally was able to stop drinking coffee and not turn back. Is two months a long enough test run to prove this method? Well, I hope so, because it seemed to work really well for me.
The other times that I stopped drinking coffee in the past two years I quit cold turkey. Unfortunately, I would get a week or two in and then cave. It always came back to being so irritable and grouchy. I couldn’t stand myself because I was so obnoxious. So, I would go back to the liquid gold.
Finally, finally, I admitted I was addicted. And, because I was actually addicted my brain chemistry had become dependent on caffeine. In order to quit, I was going to have to pamper myself and take some time with the process. Or, relapse would be inevitable…
When I started this attempt I was drinking one cup first thing in the morning and one around 11 am. For one week I drank 75% caf, 25% decaf for the 11 am cup o’ joe. The next week, I brewed 50% caf, 50% decaf. The following week 75% decaf, 25% caf. Once I was drinking fully decaffeinated coffee I dropped the cup altogether. Then I began addressing my first cup of coffee of the day in the same fashion. So, all said and done I think it took me about seven weeks to stop drinking coffee entirely. Not a quick fix!
But, you know what? Making the change that slowly meant that I felt NO negative shifts in my mood. Steady Eddy was my name. 🙂 It has been really great. The only thing I wish I could change would be finding a way to not feel tired on a day after I haven’t slept enough the night before. Now THAT would be a magic fix!
PS – I hope you know me well enough by now to know I would never be finding my caffeine through Diet Pepsi (horrors!), ice tea or any other beverage of the like, so I am truly coffee and CAFFEINE free.
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