Monday, March 17, 2008

The Coffee Habit--I'm Over It

Well, I was never quite as bad as the guy in the picture, but I had my fiending moments. When I first went returned to Raw and Living foods, I struggled to give up my daily coffee. I really didn't want to let go of the rich, warm start to my day, and as the weather turned cool, giving up my heat source seemed impossible.

I don't know how detrimental coffee is or isn't to my health--studies conflict, as usual. I do know that I'd get bad headaches if I missed it for a day or two. So instead of heroically going cold turkey, I painlessly weaned myself off of the stuff.

LB was kind enough to make the morning pot with half decaf for a couple of weeks. After that, I went to straight decaf, and then to teas that have no caffeine, or only a fraction of the amount found in coffee. It was as simple as that.

LB still drinks coffee, and it's been incredibly helpful that he hasn't been making much at home lately. I'll likely still have some once in a while, but it no longer has the hold on me that it once did. It's a relief not to be physically dependent on a substance--not a cool feeling to need it like that.


HiHoRosie said...

I've moved away from coffee as well. I miss it sometimes. Just the comfort of it and the taste and smell but I don't need it, nor do I desire it if that makes any sense. I actually don't think about it most days but I do once in awhile. I will drink herbal tea from time to time, and I did a lot this past week when I was sick.

Isle Dance said...

Good for you. It's hard being addicted to a particular food item, especially when caffeine is involved. It sounds like you handled the detox process in a gentle way. I've found it helps to have a healthy substitute to replace the feelings of wanting the item I've given up, but I know that's easier said than done. That said, sometimes I use that as an excuse. Yikes! But your post motivates me to change my ways...! :o)

Rediscover Raw Food said...

I just remind myself that if I really want something, I can have anything at any time. I can't stand feeling deprived.