Hey guys… so I don’t drink coffee. Not a lick of it. Mainly because I find coffee to be disgusting, but also because I know it isn’t good for me.
I just recently (this morning) read an article that said coffee is the main source of antioxidant consumption for the average American. Now please let me specify that this is not because coffee is so unbelievably good for you, no it’s because the Standard American Diet lacks antioxidants. So what benefit then does coffee serve us? Long term, if you have high blood pressure or heart disease, it is often recommended by doctors that you stop drinking coffee. If you are a diabetic, the same happens since most people add cream and sugar to their coffee. If you think putting artificial sweetener in your coffee takes care of this problem, you are terribly wrong and you can read more about that issue here.
Oh, and we forgot to talk about the fact that coffee is a stimulant, and like all stimulants, your body gets used to the amount consumed and needs more to have the same result. Therefore, what starts off as one cup in the morning usually (and statistically speaking) become more and more over the years.
My fiancé doesn’t feel the same way that I do about coffee. No, no… my gorgeous man is instead highly addicted to coffee. Last week however, he decided to give it up. He has been kind enough to write up a bit of how this detox of his has been going.
I decided to give up caffeine for lent this year. That means ALL types of caffeine all together, for 40 days and 40 nights. No soda, no coffee, no Starbucks, no chocolate, no caffeine!
This was very difficult to do as by day one that I gave up caffeine, the headaches began and it hurt really badly. By day number two, I began to have migraine like pains in my head along with body aches all together. I couldn’t take the regular migraine medicine like Excedrin because it has caffeine in the ingredients. I had to rely on ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaphetamine (Tylenol). This helped calm the pains down, but not really take them away and they seemed to only calm the pain down for 30-40 minutes, and the shooting pains would begin again.
During this time, I wasn’t eating very healthy either, from quick fix dinners from the box, to Chinese food and cereal in the morning. This did not help my cause, so my beautiful and well knowledged fiance told me to change my eating habits. I did just that by going to Turnip Truck (an all organic health food store in Nashville) and buying myself nothing but healthy and organic foods. I also supplemented juicing to my diet and juiced once a day, adding on a fruit smoothie made from scratch, daily.
The results were amazing! By day number 5, my headaches are going away, and as I am eating healthy, the headaches don’t last as long and now I only get them once or twice a day.
I know that this will go away because eventually I will have detoxified my body of caffeine entirely; however, adding on proper nutrition helped the process and helped my overall well being’s and helped me feel good.
I have to tell you guys, caffeine is the real gate way drug. And the longer you wait to kick the habit, the harder it is to do so. Say good bye to this little but dangerous bad guy and be thankful later!