I love coffee.
I mean like more than I love most people.
Maybe more than I love cake.
It’s probably fair to say it’s a bit of an addiction.
Last May when I first started to work with my online coch I did a food diary and his first reaction was along the lines of – “Wow how muh coffee – how are you still alive?” To be fair, whilst I thought my coffee intake was average I was actually drinking around 11 cups a day (and most people’s reaction to that number tells me it probably actually wasn’t very average- if you think it is perhaps you too have a coffe addiction!).
The words adrenal fatigue were mentioned. I had to look it up.
To fix this I started by halving my coffee intake to around 6 cups a day then a week later dropping to just 3.
At first this was hell. I craved it. I am not a nice person without coffee.
For me- Decaf does not provide an adequate substitute. Trying to appease myself with decaf made me sad.
But I perstisted, adapted, and for some time I established a comfortable routine of 3 cups max.
Then I spent 3 weeks on a strict Paleo eating plan and to survive my black coffee intake went up. This was in January and although I am now back to eating everything again my coffee consumption has not gone back down.
So I am making a consious effort now to stick to 3 coffees a day. No easing myself in – just jumping straight back in at 3 a day. My sleep and hormones should thank me for it.
Do you have a coffee habit you need to get in check? How have you approached it? I was thinking green tea / herbal teas might act as a nice substitute, maybe having a mug of hot water instead. I’m not sure they will satisfy the craving for caffine but it’s a thought.
Perhaps you don’t drink much tea or coffee but always overload them with sugar and want to cut that out. I did this years ago by just going cold turkey (3 sugars to none in tea – it tasted really bad for about 2 weeks, now I can’t stand even a hint of sugar in my hot drinks – your taste buds can quikly adapt).
We all have our little bad habits and when they involve caffine / sugar I don’t think it’s an exageration to say they are actually addictions. Getting an addiction in check is a little victory you can be proud off – so if you see me this week and I’m snappy through lack of coffee maybe remind me of this please!