Monday, October 17, 2011

For the Love of the Bean

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Being a mom of two and a business owner, I live on coffee.  Not only do I have it religiously every morning, I consider most things {working, talking, reading} more enjoyable with latte in hand.  I blame it on my grandmother who gave me at the tender age of 5 a special red glittered cup and saucer to sip coffee whenever she came to visit.  Most people consider coffee an acquired taste--I acquired mine at 5.

Don't get me wrong, though.  While I do love coffee, I usual only have one, albeit gigantic cup of half-caf coffee in the morning with soy milk.  I do add the occasional cup of coffee in the afternoon or quick jaunt to Starbucks on days I need a little pick-me-up.

The reasons for my ramblings on the almighty bean is that I have been thinking of cutting it out.  Given my lifestyle, it's pretty hard to be healthy, and I was reading some tips here and there on being more healthy.  Anyway, I read in an article how this gal cut out coffee and she felt so much better--lost weight, clearer skin, less headaches, etc.  Sometimes when I drink a lot of coffee, I just feel... dry or my head feels a little tight.  Ha! That sounds a little strange, but I don't know how else to explain it.  So, I was wondering, have you ever cut out a coffee habit?  And if you did, was it worth it?  I think it can take about 3 weeks just for the caffeine headaches to subside, so I would would love to know your thoughts to help me access whether or not I should take the no-coffee plunge!

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Even if I kick the habit, I could always look at these super cute photo blocks by Traveling Gypsy Art. How cute are those? :)

16 comments:

Anna said...

I've cut it out a few times for health reasons (intestinal - fun!.) If you don't have that unfortunate problem, I'd say a cup per day shouldn't alter the state of your health too much! The headaches are killer and I've found if I am exercising regularly and eating a plant-based diet, a cup of coffee is quite a treat and I am still left feeling very healthy and happy!

Jessie Surber said...

I drink one strong cup of coffee from my french press just about everyday. Sometimes I will skip coffee if I might not have enough time to make it or if I have just whitened my teeth I won't drink it for about a week afterwards. I have not experienced the headaches when going without coffee like you have mentioned. I love love the taste of coffee so I really do look forward to it in the mornings! I think it just depends on the person, some people might not do as well health-wise drinking coffee. Just go for a spell without drinking it and see how you feel!

Micah C said...

I am sure you have read lots about cutting it out. To avoid the headaches you will need a little caffeine, until you can wean yourself. I have heard of people cutting out caffeinated sodas and they had to have a shot glass full of caffeine for a bit to kill the headaches. I am working on reducing my caffeine to 1 or 0 sodas a day - for all the same reasons you mentioned. It is hard when that is my reward or pick me up mid afternoon (just after the little ones are tucked in for nap). Maybe you should do some kind of caffeine free challenge - camaraderie is an awesome tool.

Anonymous said...

I have never gotten addicted to coffee because I have seen so many of my friends become so dependent on it, and just never wanted to feel crippled when I couldn't get some coffee, and because I am a health freak, and when I do occasionally drink some only to stay awake when I'm traveling, if just makes me feel off, I do think it is a great idea to quit, and instead of drinking a cup of unhealthy coffee every morning just imagine how much better a green smoothie would make you feel, it will give you the energy you need for much longer, Guilt Free, haha...

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

I cut it out over the course of two weeks about four months ago. I started by cutting out a tiny bit and then cut out more and more until I was completely caffeine free. I too, have two little kids and run a home-based business. I was getting way too addicted to caffeine and wanted to cut it out so I did. My skin has cleared up almost 100% since cutting out caffeine - it's amazing! I still get the occasional coffee at Starbucks or Peet's but get it decaf now.

Best of luck to you!

Anonymous said...

I've never tasted coffee in my whole life. I know, crazy, huh? It's actually a religious thing for me. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has a sort of code of health, which excludes coffee, tea(herbal is ok), alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. One of the reasons behind it is because our bodies become, or can become, dependant on the chemicals in these things. I guess it all comes down to your body being a servant to nothing but your mind. YOU CAN DO IT!

WENDEE HOLTCAMP said...

I cut out caffeine every time I cleanse, and it is NOT a 3 week headache - thank God! It lasts about 2 days, and usually only in the afternoon (and that is only with cutting out every other item in my diet too). You can take Ibuprofen or something and take a hot bath, etc to get rid of it. I'm thinking also of not getting back on coffee this time, and maybe becoming a tea drinker (occasional caffeine, but not addicted like before). Caffeine in itself isn't so bad, but coffee is acidic so better nutrition comes from having a slightly alkaline diet (lots of leafy greens!)

Anonymous said...

You can do it! I did! I took up the habit for about a year and then quit due to health reasons. It is hard to quit but can be done. Don't try to quit cold turkey, cut back on your coffee a little at a time and your headaches won't be as severe or as often. I substituted my cravings with a non-caffeinated drink like Pero or herbal tea. It was so worth it. I am a cosmetologist and caffeine ages your skin. My skin looks better, my teethe are whiter, my bones are stronger, and I just feel better overall. -Christina

Anonymous said...

Before I say anything: Thank you so much for your BLOG! With that said you can cut out the coffee because it dehydrates you!!! It's like putting something in your body and getting nothing in return. Except for more dehydration. Can you tell I just got done reading a book called Your Not Sick Your Thirsty. I didn't read it all but the parts I did read were really eye opening and it changed me for the better.

Baby's Breath Handmade said...

Oh my goodness! I've been trying to do the same...but I fail once 3 o'clock in the afternoon hits. I literally feel like I'm dragging. I try drinking tea but it doesn't work. I hope to fully quit...I'm just not there yet. EECK! LOL

Sarah G. said...

Throughout my life, any time I've begun drinking coffee on a daily basis, I just begin to feel awful and have many bad side effects for my health and body (all mentioned already). But I love coffee as a treat. When I wean myself, I just decrease the caffeinated part of the half-caf for a few days, then a day or two with just decaf (you may need tylenol and a shot of coffee in early afternoon on these days), then I move to a strong tea. Green tea is my favorite. There are so many types, and it makes me feel healthy and strong when I have it daily. Now, I have a Starbucks half-caf or decaf as a special treat, once every month or two on the craziest of days. Or I treat myself for social events, like brunch with the ladies. Good luck with whatever you decide! It sounds like you don't have too bad of a habit right now.

Mommy This and That said...

Today you read one article that says it will kill you and then tomorrow you will read one that says a cup a day is good for you. It doesn't seem like you drink a lot of coffee or drink it all day but I am sure if you give it up you will feel a difference. I see in the comments that someone says it will only take 2 days for the headaches to go away, not 3 weeks. I hate to say it but depending on how addicted you are...it really can take 3 weeks. For me, who suffers from migraines it took about that long!

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of health in all aspects of my life as well! With that said, I love coffee- no make that I love something hot in my hands to sip on mostly to keep me from reaching for a snack or other caloric mouth fulfillment! I have switched to Pero (a barley based coffee taste-alike) and OrGano which are both wonderful and quite good for you. On the weekends I may splurge with a decaf or half-caf, but my weekday fix works. My goal is to add in green tea, but haven't acquired a taste for that yet. Unfortunately when you take something out of your life that you love, you tend to need to replace it with something or you'll always be longing... Btw, I love you playlist! I have it on frequently :)

Jessica Haley said...

Thanks so much to everyone for their comments. Christine, I believe you about coffee being bad for the skin. Anyway, today is my second day without coffee. I have been drinking a lot of green tea instead. I also bought some carrot juice to really try to be healthy. So far, the headaches are not that bad... but I have also been drinking half-caf. I know that several years back it did take about 3 weeks when I quit coffee. I will see how it goes.

Personally, I don't think it's bad {spiritually} to enjoy things like coffee or wine, as long as we do it moderation. I believe God created us for freedom, and we can enjoy lots of things as long as we don't develop an unhealthy reliance.

Laura G. said...

I've been drinking coffee since I was 12... I quit once, about a year after I graduated from highschool. I started eating super healthy and working out a lot. Since then, I went to nursing school and graduated to work 12 hour shifts. I drink coffee not just because I need it, but because I savor the taste and smell of every sip. I did feel so great when I was eating healthy and cut out the coffee. Your post has inspired me! I might start weaning myself off as well :)

Kara Elliott said...

I am not a coffee addict, but a coffee lover. I love everything about it. The taste, the smell, how pretty it looks in the cup, the way it makes me feel to sip along with friends or with a good book. However, I don't like that if i skip a day I will get a headache. So I recently stopped drinking it daily again. I just slowly decreased the amount. I had a small headache in the evening for only one day. Once you replace the habit in your routine you might not miss it as much. I am now at the point where if I want to have coffee I can, even if I do it two days in a row I am fine. I just have to avoid falling back into enjoying it every day and I wont have to cut it out again. It's about self control and wanting to keep the control of being able to go without it if and when I want. I find it's also more enjoyable when I do go for a latte, because it's like meeting a dear old friend and thoroughly enjoying their company. Also, there are some benefits to coffee beans. There are some good antioxidants in them. All things in moderation.

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