If you had asked me 2 weeks ago if I would ever quit coffee, I would have laughed at the thought of it! But I’ve recently come across some information that has inspired me to give up my daily caffeine addiction. And thankfully, I’ve even found a way to do it without experiencing any negative side effects.
Let’s roll back in time to about one week ago from the date of this post where my story about quitting coffee begins…
It was just another typical day. I spent my morning working from home, and as usual, drinking my several cups of dark roast, extra strong, coffee. I was in love with the aroma that filled the house while it brewed and the bitter, yet smooth taste as it slid down my throat. And, of course the euphoric ‘buzz’ I got from being over caffeinated.
If I didn’t get my usual dose of caffeine, I felt tired and slow, so I had to keep drinking it to keep myself going.
I never thought much about what all that caffeine was doing to my body. Drinking coffee is normal right? Apparently about 80% of the population of planet earth consumes the stuff on a daily basis, so who am I to question such a powerful social proof. If everybody else is doing it, it must be ok right?
Later that day, I learned just how wrong I was…
I had an appointment with my Naturopathic Doctor that afternoon. As a side comment during my appointment, I mentioned being tired and needing coffee to get through my day. Her response to that was; “Eventually you’re going to crash if you keep that up”.
That statement alone shocked me enough to make me commit myself to quit coffee for good.
She went on to explain that caffeine causes the adrenal glands to release additional adrenaline into the body which is what gives you the energy and buzz. The problem is that over time this constant over stimulation of the adrenals will actually wear them out. And when that happens you get adrenal fatigue.
The fact that I was already experiencing fatigue if I didn’t consume any caffeine was a signal from my body that I was already well on my way to wearing out my adrenal glands.
Adrenal fatigue can take months or even years to heal. If you’re not familiar with what adrenal fatigue can do to you, here are just a few of the symptoms I found after doing a quick Google search:
- Insomnia and feeling tired even after adequate amounts of sleep
- Constant feelings of fatigue and sleepiness
- Reduced ability to handle stress
- Cravings for salty and sweet foods
- Extreme sensitivity to cold
- Reduced stamina and ability to recover from physical exertion
- Suppressed immune system
- Cognitive dysfunction and memory loss
- Reduced ability to concentrate
- Reduced sex drive
- Low blood pressure
- Unexplainable neck and back pain
Wanting to avoid these things gave me a pretty good reason to quit coffee. The next day, I began. And I haven’t had any withdrawal symptoms yet.
My Process To Quit Coffee Without Any Withdrawal Symptoms
It’s been about a week now, and I’m already 50% of the way to completing my quest to quit coffee.
The solution for me, and I’m sure this will work well for you too, is to cut back gradually.
Too many people try to make major life changes overnight and end up failing. The changes are too drastic to do all at once. Most life changes are easier to make if you take baby steps.
So I applied the concept of taking baby steps to my quest to quit coffee.
The next morning, when I made my usual pot of coffee, I replaced 50% of the beans with naturally decaffeinated coffee beans. That way I was still able to drink the same quantity of coffee, but I was only getting 50% of the caffeine. It went without a hitch. I hardly noticed the difference.
Next week, I’m going to step up to replacing 75% of the beans with decaf. The week after that, 100%. If those steps go as smoothly as my first one, getting over the caffeine addiction will be easy. From there, I suspect it shouldn’t be too hard to quit coffee for good if all I have to do is give up drinking decaf.
So, all in all, it will be about a 4 week process to quit coffee completely without any withdrawal symptoms. I’m sure my adrenals will thank me for it .
What about you? Have you thought about giving up coffee? If you’ve already given it up, how did you do it?