gone are the days of vanilla lattes, vanilla americanos, vietnamese coffee, peppermint mochas, and gingerbread lattes. my mornings are from here on out: java-less.
it’s not only the act of holding the warm cup of deliciousness as i read my morning emails or feeling the coffee travel down my throat warming up my belly that gets me going in the morning. it’s the smell. OMG i absolutely love the smell of coffee. it is comforting, soothing, and sense-stimulating all at the same time. it’s aromatically amazing.
i was on the phone with my brilliant n.d. candidate friend last week who strongly advised me to get off the coffee-kick, especially since i’m currently on my 3rd hyperthyroid episode since 2004. my jaw literally dropped and my heart sank at the thought of giving up my morning joe. such a bummer. i totally knew it; it made perfect sense, but i was hoping that i’d never hear the words uttered out loud. for lent this year i gave up: 1. red meat 2. soda 3. candy 4. fast food… and now 5. COFFEE… damnit. well, so far so good! only 30-and some odd days to go!
coffee, synonymous with caffeine, contains anywhere from 25mg – 300mg of caffeine in a 16oz cup of joe, depending on the type of brew. (according to mayoclinic.com). yikes! some days i’m jittering uncontrollably and can’t think straight. some of the side effects of the caffeine in coffee include: insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, increased heart and breathing rate, and other side effects. consuming large amounts of coffee might also cause headache, anxiety, agitation, ringing in the ears, and irregular heartbeats. (according to webmd.com). no wonder coffee is a big no-no for me right now. i’m already riding caffeine-like high from the hyperactivity of my thyroid.
i’m on day #3 of my java-less life and life is surprisingly good. i feel GREAT, and i’m not craving coffee… yet. i’m sure i will in the near future, and i’m preparing myself to resist all temptation! i switched to tea with almond milk and chai, which still does have a considerable amount of caffeine, but doesn’t effect me the same way that coffee did. i found some other coffee alternatives online, and they aren’t even comparable to my morning coffee, but i’m ok with that. i can’t have it all, and right now, my health is more important than a cup of coffee. the big news is that my heart palpitations have subsided and i sleep soundly at a reasonable time at night. i’m also taking herbal supplements, a multi-vitamin, and my thyroid meds – so that adds to my overall improved state.
peace out, java. thank you for keeping me company during my all-nighters at studio and for walking me to work every morning from the 16th & mission BART station to SoMa. thank you for keeping up my urgency as i ran the floor at lulu PA and for singing along with me on my long drives from the peninsula to the redwoods of marin county. you have been a good friend to me, but are a detriment to my health. you keep me awake til the crack of dawn, make me jittery, and make it difficult to concentrate. so, i’ve decided that it’s best that we part and go our separate ways.
it’s been nice knowin’ ya…
hello. my name is kristin, and i am committed to being java-free.
please share your coffee alternatives with me!