America's Relationship with Coffee
Today about 54% of Americans above the age of 18 are drinking coffee everyday. We know about the benefits the immediate rush of energy, the increase in focus, and the antioxidant intake but, what do we know about the negative effects everyday coffee drinking can have on us especially if we are drinking 3-5 nine ounce cups of coffee daily.
Ole' Faithful Herself.
My Relationship with Coffee
I have been drinking coffee since I was 18 years old. It all started with that gateway cup, light and sweet medium iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts. From there I began to explore the world of espressos, lattes, and of course bigger and bigger cups. What I didn't immediately realize was my seemingly harmless inclination to drink multiple cups of coffee a day could be harming me. Before I knew it I drinking 3-6 eight oz cups off coffee a day, not necessarily for energy, but just because I love the taste. On average I would say I was probably consuming close to 720 milligrams of caffeine per day (160mg/cup times 4.5 cups of coffee a day). My coffee consumption grew as the years progressed until the summer of 2014 where it had gotten to the point where I was drinking 3 Venti Starbucks Iced Coffees a day minimum. It was at this point I began to notice that I was definitely getting addicted to this stuff and it was burning a hole in my pocket I was spending close to $10 a day on coffee. So I finally drew the line and designed a little experiment for me to test caffeine's effects on my body.
Discovering the Benefits of Caffeine Elimination
I began slowly but surely minimizing my caffeine intake by cutting out the coffee. First, I limited myself for a few days to about 2 cups of coffee a day. Then, only one cup of coffee a day for another couple days. After this, I limited myself to drinking only tea and decaf coffee for about a week. A week from the day I started drinking only tea and decaf coffee I began to reap the benefits of breaking the chains of coffee addiction. My sleep was tremendously better, I was remembering all the dreams I had from any given night, I had immense amounts of energy during the day, my focus was crystal clear, and I would not come home exhausted and ready to lay in bed, I was a new person. At first I was confused, coffee was supposed to be the thing giving me the energy and focus I needed to get through the day, but what I realized was that at some point caffeine begins to affect us negatively. It is after this point that we must come to the realization that caffeine at the end of the day is a drug and will begin to affect us negatively if we don't limit our use of it. I will show you how you can control your use just like I did and reap the benefits immediately.
Controlling Your Caffeine Intake and Reaping the Benefits
These are the steps you need to take today in order to uncover the benefits limited caffeine intake may have for you!
1. Cut one cup of coffee out of your day for two days then proceed to step two.
2. Keep cutting one cup of coffee a day every two days until you reach only one caffeinated cup daily then move to step three.
3. Limit yourself to only drinking tea and decaffeinated coffee but, be careful to not overdo the tea or decaf coffee because they most likely still have some caffeine content.
4. Give it a week to two weeks and begin to experience life free from caffeine addiction, I expect you will see and increase in focus, sleep quality, and overall daily energy level.
I hope this article helped you make a positive change in your life and helped you gain an understanding of why it is important to readjust and reshape your daily habits because they could be harming you. I would definitely like to hear your experiences with my caffeine control plan if you would like to share please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to hearing from any and everybody who decides to make a change.