This week marks the one year anniversary of my caffeine-free life. I used to be a big coffee drinker and usually consumed up to five cups a day. But after I suspected that it was affecting my health in a negative way, I decided to try and live without coffee for a month. Just one month. Just to see if and how it would affect me. We’re one year later now, and I still haven’t had one sip of coffee since then. That must mean quitting coffee has caused some good things to happen, right?
Less anxiety and stress
One of the most noticeable effects after quitting coffee was that I felt overall less stressed. Before, I used to lay awake worrying about insignificant things every single night, which has improved drastically. I also feel more relaxed at work, and when returning home from work.
Less sensitive and whiter teeth
I didn’t about this when decided to cut coffee out of my diet, but I’m happy with this side effect! I got a teeth whitening treatment at the same time as I stopped coffee and keeping them that white has been surprisingly easy. They also feel less sensitive to heat and cold, which is really great as well!
This is the most unexpected effect quitting coffee has had on me. The first two weeks without coffee I experienced heavy withdrawal symptoms and felt tired all the time. But after that, the opposite happened and I felt more energized than ever. And I still do! I can see now that while coffee used to prevent me from falling asleep, it also made me feel less focused and energized.
Quitting coffee has not only made it easier for me to fall asleep, it has also drastically improved my sleep quality. I can actually fall asleep before midnight and rarely wake up during the night anymore. It’s so nice being able to start the day well-rested and energized! It kind of eliminates the need for coffee.
Less painful breasts
I used to have swollen, painful breasts all the time, similar to what they sometimes feel like while I’m on my period. When I contacted my doctor, worried something was wrong with me, she suggested that high caffeine usage could mess with my hormones, which could cause the hormonal pain in my breasts. This actually motivated me to try the caffeine-free lifestyle for a month, and I’m glad I did. Living without coffee has solved my breast issues, and has had a lot of other positive effects on me as well.
So what do I drink instead?
Basically, a lot of herbal tea and a lot of water. I wrote a post before on how I stay energized without coffee, and the trick for me has been getting enough sleep, exercising, herbal supplements, and energizing tea.
If you’re planning on drinking less coffee or quitting coffee altogether, I definitely recommend replacing it with some herbal tea (I find ginger tea to be a good replacement), because it is kind of a similar ritual.
If you are addicted to coffee, like I used to be, you might experience headaches within the first few days after quitting, so you might want to keep some aspirin (or natural remedies against headaches) nearby. And if you’re looking for something that energizes you and keeps you focused, without the negative side effects, Gotu Kola tea or supplements are the way to go.
Have you ever tried quitting coffee?
Have you tried quitting coffee? Would you be able to live without it?