Good morning lovelies!
So Tuesday we moved the coffee pot off of the “coffee” counter. I haven’t used it in a few weeks and it was just taking up space, so it is now my tea corner. It actually affected me a lot more than I thought it would. I have loved coffee since I was probably too young to be drinking it and still love it, but no longer drink it. I no longer need it and honestly I don’t even miss it that much.
I know that probably sounds crazy but it’s true. The hardest part for me now is letting go of the habit of ‘coffee culture’; the funny sayings about coffee being this magic elixir, the cozy imagery of curling up with a creamy cup of coffee and a book. That is the hardest part of the transition. I used to boast about my slavery to coffee; it was funny to me and I honestly believed I needed it.
Let me pause for a moment and add I’m not saying coffee is evil, the sayings are dark incantations and if you drink it you’re the devil.
I’m just pointing out my personal experience with letting go of coffee culture and realizing I don’t need anything to keep me going or even get me going.
I constantly thought and said ‘coffee has no affect on me’ because I honestly never felt energized after having some, I was desensitized from drinking so much of it I think. I shared those sayings because they were funny but honestly just drank coffee because I love the taste.
I’m not talking about lattes all the time or anything, I rarely got a fancy coffee. I just mean home ground, brewed coffee with a tablespoon or two of Califia Farms Almond Milk Creamer (Which I still use in my tea because it’s amazing)
I was totally addicted to the caffeine but also the habit and the coffee culture lifestyle.
I have a serious problem with grinding my teeth at night, it doesn’t actually happen much anymore, but when I was trying to figure out why I was grinding my teeth so much at night (it got REALLY bad a few years ago) I came across a couple articles that talked about caffeine having an affect. At the time I just decided to ignore that bit, I didn’t want to give up coffee. I cut back some, which did help, but I was still consuming too much caffeine (I was also under an immense amount of stress at the time, life is stressful with a toddler now but it’s got nothing on back then.)
So lately I started hearing again how drinking coffee is bad for you and started reading more about it and came to the conclusion that I really should stop. So here are my 5 reasons why I stopped drinking coffee.
- Teeth grinding: Caffeine triggers muscle activity which can lead to teeth grinding at night
- Acne: Because caffeine magnifies your stress response the release of hormones can make you break out.
- Dehydration: This isn’t really the coffee’s fault, but I noticed that when I drink coffee I will mostly drink only that instead of water so I don’t get enough and wind up dehydrated.
- Moody/Anxiety: Caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline which can lead to a “fight or flight” response which can keep you feeling anxious or jittery.
- Obesity: Coffee effects your adrenal glands which work with your thyroid, if your thyroid slows down your metabolism can also slow down, which means you may gain weight faster and not lose it as easily.
I have experienced all of these my entire life, so when I read that coffee could be the culprit I was really starting to feel like maybe I should call it quits, doing this on top of cutting WAY back on my sugar intake has helped me feel a thousand times better. I have way more energy, I’m not nearly as stressed; it’s pretty amazing.
I now start my morning with a cup of tea because let’s face it, having a warm drink in the morning is just wonderful. But that is more a habit than a necessity. But hey at least I’m in good company, here are some of my favorite characters that share my love for tea:
Not really any explanation needed there, he’s a badass that will kill you with his teacup.
Of course I’m sure we all remember “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot”
I just heart David Suchet as Poirot
If you have never seen Jeeves and Wooster stop what you’re doing and go watch it on youtube! seriously, go, I’ll wait.
I’ve been there too Sheldon.
And let’s not forget this wonderful quote from C.S. Lewis: “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
I have always loved tea, but now that I’m no longer drinking coffee, I drink more tea, which I’m having a lot of fun with actually. There are so many different kinds! it’s fun. I still have to make sure I drink all my water too, it’s easy to drink tea and forget to drink water.
Do you have a favorite tea? drop a comment!
(here are more Riddick gifs because reasons)