I love coffee! I love the smell of coffee. I love the ritual of grinding beans, pouring water, waiting for the water to pass through the grind and then drinking a perfect cup of coffee.
I also quit coffee. Why? Because I like freedom! No seriously, how can we talk about the importance of financial freedom, when we ourselves created chains that keep us from being…us!?
Reclaiming your freedom
In my mind coffee is very underrated on the addiction spectrum. For me though, it is right up there with sugar, alcohol and nicotine. When I had a cold last year and really felt like having some tea in the morning instead of my usual coffee, I got a withdrawal headache from hell! I was so mad at coffee at this time, that it punches me in the head when I am already feeling like shit! I broke up with it! No more coffee during the week! You don’t own me! (I’m not just one of your many toys! – oh, the 80ies left their mark on me!) Still, on a Sunday morning I will have a nice cup of Chemex filtered coffee and enjoy long talks with my husband until noon 🙂
I know so many people, especially now that we are in lent, who are simply suffering without coffee…bad mood, headaches and the like. Yet, they cannot stop. In part because coffee is socially acceptable and integrated into our society. I mean how bad can a thing be that we have when we go over to Grandma Irma’s house on a Sunday afternoon? Or have you ever heard someone say “Let’s do peppermint tea!”? No, you haven’t! But let’s! Let’s do peppermint tea!
Reclaiming your sleep
I hear you typing into google “Health benefits of drinking coffee!” And there are probably some good things about moderate consumption of coffee…as there are about anything. The dose makes the poison! But there are so many conditions where your physician will probably advise you to cut back on the coffee, mainly cardiovascular issues like high blood pressure. In fact studies like this one show that a “moderate dose of caffeine at bedtime, 3 hours prior to bedtime, or 6 hours prior to bedtime each have significant effects on sleep disturbance relative to placebo”.
I noticed for myself that coffee impacted my sleep quality. Even on fun active weekend days, with nothing on the agenda the next day but sleeping in, I couldn’t get a good night’s rest. This effect usually increased during vacation or holiday times when I would drink more coffee then usual, because f*** it I am on vacation!
So I cut way back (like 100 ml once a week) and guess what? My sleep is now deeper and I feel rested (That feeling of actually having slept…as in I have no idea what happened between 23 and 6AM!! Yay!).
Reclaiming your body
During my time as a counsellor for substance abuse, I met many wonderful people enslaved by that one thing….alcohol, cigarettes, amphetamines or driving really fast. Neither are good for your body. The long term effects are well known and well documented. The biological feedback that your body gives you the very first time you have alcohol, or nicotine or coffee is a useful sign of “Dude, this stuff is bad news!” It simply tasted disgusting. I ask all my clients if they remember the first time they had alcohol? They do! And what did it taste like? Gross!!! It is the same with coffee. In fact, consumer research shows (reported in the latest TED Radio hour about decisions) that most Americans for example only say they like strong coffee flavor, when in fact what they really like is sweet milky coffee flavor (Yes, that is so me!). So let’s trust our bodies when they tell us “This is gross!” and let’s opt for good flavor on rare occasions instead! Don’t drink bad coffee! Just don’t do it! And if you feel you “have to” then refer back to section 1 Reclaiming your Freedom!
Reclaiming your Mind
Once you have reclaimed your freedom, your sleep and your body, your mind will notice the difference! It is probably due to the combination of better sleep, no caffeine and nourishing my body with good fluids (High 5 peppermint tea!) that I can feel my mind working better and my mood being more stable longer. The result for me at least is an increase in productivity.
My friends, give this a try! Test how heavy the chain of coffee is on you! How long can you go without? Could you even drink it just black?
Let me know what you find out!
Miss Money Mind