Alright, coffee isn’t really evil. I have no scientific data to back this up. It’s just very cruel and this is why…
As soon as I had the thought, “I should do a post about ‘Getting off of coffee, tea, pop, etc.” that’s ALL I can think about! What the heck?! I’ve been doing good for the past 5 months without coffee and now I desperately need coffee. MUST.. BE… STRONG. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating my craving for coffee a teeny bit. It could just be because I haven’t been sleeping well or been able to go to bed before 3am and coffee IS the most logical thing to want when sleep deprived. I didn’t actually curse myself by saying I should make a blog post about kicking coffee to the curb… right?
I don’t have a big grand reason to stop drinking coffee, tea, pop and (gasp) alcohol. It was in July, I believe, that I realized I hadn’t drank alcohol for a while and thought, “Hmm, maybe I could challenge myself.” I made a declaration that I would not drink alcohol or pop until the end of the year (2016). I added in pop because I had been stopping in at the local gas station to grab a 32oz Pepsi on my weekly runs to town for groceries and check the mail… I needed something to drink on my 30 mile drive home. Super unhealthy… no reason I need a 32oz Pepsi. SO IT HAD TO GO! (All I’m picturing is Stumpy from ‘Out Cold’ now. I’m giving away my age here!) Back on track… I had done really well on my no pop or alcohol for a while. September rolls around and I think, “I’ll raise my bet and add in coffee AND tea.” Although I had stopped getting a gigantic foam cup of pop that is the size of my torso, I had been stopping and getting a tea on my trips to town. My morning coffee routine was getting a bit much. My trusty Keurig of 8 wonderful years, died. So, I had been having to boil my coffee in a pot, pour it into a tea strainer thing and THEN get it into my cup to finally enjoy that sweet necture of life. I know I could have bought another coffee maker, but I’m cheap and lazy (heavy on the lazy), and I’m not sure that I mentioned this, but I live in a camper so, space isn’t abundant. I feel like I’m getting defensive… SO IT HAD TO GO!! Okay, that’s the last of that, I promise.
I just really wanted to see if I could actually do it and what would happen, if anything, by cutting all these things out of my life for a few months.
So what happened?!
Well, I can’t tell any major difference or huge magical transformations. Not drinking pop is definitely good. Nobody really needs that much sugar. I guess I do feel a bit different. I don’t feel dependent on these things anymore… like maybe the tiniest “Eff you!” to the hold that cup of coffee had on my daily routine. I also notice when I take Excedrin for my headaches I definitely feel it more, like I get all pepped up.
It’s 2017 now. I had a bit of champagne on New Years. Only a bit because my sweet husband thought he would get fancy and get the $30 bottle and not the cheap $10 bottle we usually get (don’t let the price fool you, it’s delicious). Poor guy… it was gross. He was the first one to take a drink and choked as soon as the disgustingness hit his throat. I had a hard time taking my first drink from laughing so hard. It wasn’t pleasant. A couple days into January and I had one of those cute, mini, rip off bottles of Pepsi and sad to say… it didn’t taste as heavenly as I remembered. So, I guess my taste has changed… hmm.
Since it is a new year I thought I would further challenge myself and keep this trend going! We will see how far I get. I think the hardest ones are going to be the coffee and alcohol. There’s a lot going on with, you know, living in a camper and renovating a “burn worthy” house on top of just regular life stuff.