As a person who appreciates a good cup of coffee, I never thought I would be able to quit. Until I realized that my daily caffeine fix was affecting my sleep, sports performance, and overall well-being. That's when I decided to step towards a healthier lifestyle and quit coffee.
Let's start with the number of cups I would have a day. As I mentioned, I love coffee. I appreciate how they're crafted and delivered with such rich flavors, and quitting was not going to be easy, especially when you live in a world that runs on coffee.
If I didn't quit coffee, I knew I would continue to have trouble sleeping, continuously deal with heartburn during runs, and feel jittery for all my days. Many who've also decided to stop drinking coffee or decrease the amount of caffeine have experienced less anxiety than ever before.
My first week without caffeine was absolutely horrendous. My body was craving a cup of anything that would include caffeine. Seriously. You can't imagine the number of times I would purposely drive by a Starbucks just to get a whiff of their coffee beans if it means that I can't have a drink. However, I gained a lot of self-control and discipline to get through the cravings. Knowing that my goal is to sleep better, run faster without dealing with heartburn, and have more energy.
On the other hand, my second week was better than the first. This time, I was no longer craving coffee or matcha but was unmotivated to do anything. Writing and logging my experience for this post... was a struggle. I would plan my week but have yet to actually get through my schedule.
Week three came around. At this point, I was not craving, I was back on track with my schedule, but I was always tired and constipated. I started working out 6 days a week rather than 5 to gain more energy and help my digestive system.
It wasn't easy at first, but I knew I had made the right choice once I started seeing the benefits. I now sleep better, run without dealing with heartburn, and don't wake up at random times throughout the night. I no longer crave coffee or caffeine, my unexpected feelings of anxiety have disappeared, and I was also saving much more money.
Overall, quitting coffee was one of the best decisions I've made for my health. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it. If you're considering quitting coffee, I would highly recommend it. You'll be transformed in more ways than you can imagine.