It doesn’t take much for me to make rash decisions. Example? I read a local Austin blogger’s post about effects of coffee — more specifically, caffeine –and right then and there decided to remove coffee from my daily routine. That’s right, I’ve undertaken a challenge I once thought to be so far out of reach, well it’s like thinking about qualifying for the Boston Marathon… hmm… So I’m giving it a try!
The day– Wednesday, March 28th –started like any other: run, get to work,
check Twitter, work, check Twitter, work, check Twitter, work. That’s when I saw Mel’s blog post and got to thinkin’ about the subtler effects of caffeine on my insides. I didn’t like the idea of my morning java stressing out my adrenal glands and making me age faster. So that day I decided to detox and remove coffee from my daily routine. And that night I was in a world of pain with a monster caffeine headache.
I’m now ten days removed from coffee and, aside from that nasty head-splosion, doing alright. To help wean myself off a little, I’ve been force-drinking tea. Now I know what you’re thinking: “but tea has caffeine, Mike!”. Fear not, I’ve done my research. Comparatively, coffee has anywhere between 3- and 6-times as much caffeine as tea. I’m ok with that considering all the other health benefits of tea.
My plan is to
go without coffee for
several weeks to get my body back in balance. I’ll mix the mahogany magic back into the routine in more moderation in hopes of toeing the dependency line. For now I’ll keep myself awake with good old fashioned sleep.
PS- This is completely unrelated to my gluten freedom campaign. Much more impulsive and haphazard (aka, typical of me).