Once again, I am trying to quit coffee, especially espresso drinks. There are two reasons for this:
- Espresso drinks cost a lot of money. Making coffee at home is still somewhat expensive because of beans, creamer, filters, etc.
- Health reasons. Although caffeine is safe, being dependent on it affects my sleep, which indirectly affects a lot of other things. Also, if I don’t drink black coffee, the extra calories don’t help.
Fortunately, I have my wife to help me this time. My wife is interested in Chinese medicine and alternative methods, and she gets very cold in winter (I don’t), and one suggestion was that coffee in particular makes the body cold. So, she quit cold-turkey. No headaches or anything. To be fair, she drinks a lot less coffee than I do overall. So, when I quit, the headaches were terrible. But I took some headache medicine, and also tried reducing coffee over 4-5 days. This was just after Christmas.
However, quitting coffee is a lot harder than I thought. I assumed that quitting coffee cold-turkey was a matter of enduring headaches for a few days, and then I’d feel better. But the main problem is that I’ve built up a lifetime of habits around coffee, so even though I physically depend on coffee less, I still have many habits built around it that are harder to break.
I’m trying to really start drinking tea more often. Tea has a small amount of caffeine, and has some cost with it, but it’s overall much more reasonable than coffee. But now I have to change habits and such to drink tea as the default, not coffee.
To begin with, I took all the different types of tea I have (Oolong, green tea and Korean corn-tassel tea) and put them in a single box, labeled “The Spice”. Fans of “Dune” will appreciate the humor: 🙂
Anyhow, getting off of coffee will take longer than I expected. Let’s see how I do in the next month. Wish me luck.