It has been more than 8 weeks since I mostly gave up coffee. Since then I have had about four decaf coffees but mostly I have just stuck to tea, and occasionally other hot drinks without caffeine. I was drinking a lot of espresso-based drinks before, maybe five shots in the morning, a few more in the afternoon and one or two in the evening. I was drinking coffee like I was drinking alcohol. Way more than other people and one was never enough. I also ‘needed’ a coffee which was a feeling I was also very familiar with for another kind of drink.
So since I have given up I feel more relaxed, less wobbly and light-headed, and possibly it’s made a difference to my brittle hair although that is too soon to say and maybe more wishful thinking on my part. I suppose less caffeine in the system should mean better absorption of vitamins and nutrients that could lead to better hair condition. I am also – most significantly – not distracted at various points in the day by a powerful need to fulfil my wish for a particular drink. The more relaxed feeling I am getting is that innate sense of peacefulness that I also got when I stopped drinking. Hard to quantify and find the right words to describe but very much there. I suppose that comes first and foremost from removing an inessential need and rewiring the brain so it is not being distracted at particular times of the day by an addictive substance.
I am not that happy to write this at all as I think I started this post with an unarticulated idea in my head that I was going to revert to coffee drinking in the future. Moderately of course. It tastes so good, smells so good and is so much more exciting as a drink than tea. A lot of the science points to actual health benefits of coffee drinking although I suppose that is true of red wine as well and little good that does me as an individual who could easily drink two bottles of red and (probably) negate any of those lovely purported benefits.
Anyway that is my coffee update. I don’t know where I am going with this particular vice but after 8 weeks of effort I think it deserves space on the blog for reflection purposes at least.