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    Cut Down on Coffee – Smart Tip #5

    Tue, Apr 29, 2008

    Healthy Habits, Smart Tips

     Smart Tips for Optimum Nutrition

    I struggled with this for years, I could get down to the last morning cup, but that was as good as it got.

    Then I got very sick with the flu for about 2 weeks. After that I was cured since I hadn't been able to drink it over those weeks.

    So I quit coffee for a year, then for some stupid reason, decided to drink one here and there, then another etc and found myself drinking it again.

    The biggest revelation that I had when I started again was the way it affected my nerves and PMS.

    The time without coffee I was relatively calm, as soon as I introduced it back, I was a raving lunatic over things that prior wouldn't have bothered me. 

    It was a big eye opener.

    The stupid thing is that if not for the headache I get if I try to go cold turkey, I probably wouldn't drink much at all.

    My taste has changed and it just doesn't even taste that great to me anymore.

    One day I will definitely make the effort, if not for the caffeine that I am ingesting, or because of the dehydrating effect – a bad thing for weight loss and good health, but for all of the chemicals that I am probably drinking, I don't like the thought at all.

    While looking it up, I found this amazing page packed full of info on how to green your coffee and tea – a must read.

    Here are a few ideas that you can use to kick the habit… 

    • I started drinking half caff which helped, and try to keep it to one cup per day, if that.
    • Try a tea in the morning. Have your coffee after. Slowly but surely you may be able to replace your coffee with tea, or at least substitute a cup or two. It will help, especially if you make it weak. I will have more on tea drinking later.
    • And watch that you aren't drinking coffee because you are hungry and think that you are saving calories. Coffee stresses the adrenals, which releases a hormone that can make you fat! So don't be tempted. 
    • Also watch that you aren't just thirsty. Try a glass of water. Sometimes that is all it takes.
    • If you are associating coffee with a certain habit, switch up the habit. Skip the TV if you drink coffee with it, if you smoke at a certain place while drinking coffee, change the place to one that isn't so comfortable. If you have coffee at the computer first thing, bring a tea, herbal or otherwise instead. You probably won't feel like getting up to get the coffee once you get started.
    • Trick yourself by having a smaller cup, especially if you normally use one of the monster coffee cups that are so popular these days. Then make a 3/4 cup of coffee and so on and so on. 
    • Try it and watch for changes in your temperament and energy level. You probably won't want to go back.

    Want more information?

    I like this post because it really highlights the subtle effects of caffeine that we sometimes don't even realize in Kicking the Caffeine Habit.  A few more reasons to kick the coffee habit at the office.

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