No Coffee Diaries.
My experience giving up coffee for 1 week, after having it every single day for the past 10 years.
If you’ve been following me on social media, you know I participated in a 7 day detox where I ditched caffeine and other addictive / over-consumed foods. I did shift the “rules” slightly for this detox, since I am quite active on a daily basis (with work especially) and would not be able to restrict calories as much as was recommended – but I still gained some valuable learning’s of my addictions and emotions around food. In particular, with coffee.
There are a few reasons I decided to dive into this cleanse:
- I haven’t gone a day without coffee in many years
- I was feeling a bit ‘off’ after Thanksgiving weekend
- I know I feel my best when I avoid gluten, dairy, sugar, etc.
- I was excited to prove to myself that I could, infact, stick to a plan
The biggest shift for me was having no caffeine. As a two-cup-a-day girl, I was dreading what the week would look like without my usual morning routine.
And let me make clear that I wasn’t giving up coffee and drinking other stimulants – this is a totally caffeine free cleanse week!
#misery, am I right?
Day 1 was fine and the symptoms I experienced were minimal, and predictable. I actually enjoyed the break from feeling like a slave to brewing my morning cup, and I felt less acidic all day. The only symptom I has was fatigue around 4pm, so I lied down for a 15 minute power nap. I needed it!
Day 2 was also great, but I slept through my usual morning workout. I had planned for a 5:30am wakeup, which I usually do on Tuesday’s so that I can go riding with a group of girls. However, in my sleepy daze I actually switched off my alarm and slept until 8:30am. This really made me realize that my body was tired. It was craving caffeine-free sleep so that it could really rest. It needed extra sleep that had been neglected from feeling hopped up on coffee for so long.
Day 3 had a mid-day slump for sure, but I’m not sure if it was just a lack of sleep and over-exercise since I wake up early to teach spin class Wednesday morning and then head to my client’s office until 3pm. I felt a bit foggy all day, and normally I enjoy a coffee to perk me up when I’m working at a desk. I fought through though, and got out for a big 2 hour walk in the evening to restore my energy.
Day 4 and I am basically symptom free! Besides a bit of fatigue here and there, I think my body is working just fine without the caffeine. Stoked for Day 5 (did I just say that?).
I’ve been replacing my morning java with a Blended Chaga Tea Elixir, which I posted on my Facebook + Instagram. Chaga is a herbal mushroom tea that’s harvested here in Ontario, and it has a nice rich look & mouth feel like coffee. I blend it with coconut oil, almond milk, cinnamon essential oil, and chocolate protein powder for sweetness. This drink gives me the comforting sensation that coffee provides me, without the buzz.
Now that I’m more than halfway through the challenge, I’m grateful for the feelings of detachment that I’m experiencing.
On weekends, coffee is a total indulgence for me. I love Saturday & Sunday mornings when we will take out dog for a long walk, and then grab an espresso at the local coffee shop.
I had a feeling I might break down on the weekend because of the attachments I have to caffeine, but low and behold I held strong.
On Friday I felt clear headed all day for the first time, and I was really content with my progress so far. Dave commented that my skin looked great, and I was really starting to feel less acidic inside. Same goes for Saturday & Sunday. I enjoyed my teas each day, and started to almost cringe when I thought of drinking coffee again – I was shocked at this.
I kept having these thoughts that I should carry on another week with the challenge to continue experiencing what the end of the caffeine-free week brought to me. Like I mentioned, I was not at all excited to incorporate a cup of coffee on Monday anymore for fear it would make me feel acidic. I was indecisive on my plan of action at this point 😉
I woke up at 5am to head to the airport for a business trip I was going on to Florida. I checked in, got to my terminal early, and was staring straight into Starbucks and contemplating the 20 person lineup of people waiting to get their Blonde Roast’s & Latte’s.
I decided to get myself a short coffee (the kids size) and made it a ½ decaf, ½ dark roast (did you know you could do that?). I enjoyed it, but not like I used to. I almost wished for a tea instead.
- I do not need anything more than 250mL / 1 cup of coffee per day (goodbye Starbucks tall / venti / etc – you’re too much for me)
- I survived a whole week without any sort of caffeine and felt fine – so I’d like to keep caffeine at a minimum as to not reverse these accomplishments
- My mind is strong-willed, and I should trust in my abilities to break habits if necessary
- Comfort food & drinks should not be an everyday staple