Break the Hold Caffeine Has on YOU!

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Coffee cup Don’t you just love a good cup of coffee?  Don’t you love the aroma, how calming it is when you’re savouring it and how fun and social it is when you “grab a coffee “with a friend?

I love a good cup of coffee and after growing up in a British colony, I also adore a great cup of tea!  At the beginning of 2012, I drank way TOO MUCH caffeine!  I worked from home and I would typically consume up to ten cups of tea and coffee a day.  I have a skin condition called rosacea which causes redness of the face.  One of the triggers that cause my flare-ups is a hot drink.  I’m supposed to stay away from coffee and tea among other things. Did I do it?  Of course not and the rosacea just kept getting worse!

When I started exercising in January 2012, my trainer asked me to cut down on caffeine because I wasn’t drinking enough water.  I needed to increase my water consumption to eight glasses to start with but I was drinking so much tea and coffee that it was impossible!  To be honest, I didn’t really want to cut my caffeine! I loved it! I craved it! I needed it!  I was addicted to it!  Are you? At Sandra Butler Coaching, we can help you achieve any goals you wish to reach no matter how big or small, personal, business or other-wise.

If you are sick, tired and overweight like I was, caffeine was the vehicle that would get me going.  Caffeine (in tea, coffee, soft drinks and chocolate) stimulated my alertness for a while but I just had to keep feeding my body these things to keep it from crashing.  Caffeine consumption interferes with our body’s ability to maintain stable energy production and good health!

You really want your body to be generating its own energy from the nutrients in REAL FOOD and not from stimulants like coffee and tea.  When you rely on caffeine to artificially produce a sense of energy it puts you in a state of stress.  Stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline flood your body and they trigger other reactions.   When you’re a in a state of stress, your heart beats faster, your blood pressure rises, your digestive system, kidneys and immune system are restricted and the energy is sent to systems in your body necessary for survival.  Oxygen decreases in your brain! Your neck, back, arm and leg muscles are tense and your body is ready for “flight or fight”!  When you are just sitting, like I was doing in my job (most people have sedentary jobs these days), your body is in a constant state of stress!  When you continue to drink multiple cups of coffee or tea or soft drinks all day long, your body triggers the stress response and your body goes through highs and lows all day never staying energized or balanced.  No wonder we need to constantly feed our body caffeine and we feel addicted!

The effects of prolonged stress are many! Prolonged stress speeds up aging and suppresses your immune system so your health is comprised.  Your sleep is less restful because you don’t experience deep sleep and weight gain around the abdomen is promoted by the stress hormone cortisol. Blood pressure and heart rhythm irregularities are increased with caffeine consumption.  This increased stress can also lead to strokes and heart attacks. Even your digestion is affected.  Chronic stress can also lead to memory loss and depressed moods. All this from your caffeine habit!

Coffee beans Breaking the Caffeine Habit!

For all the above reasons, I wanted to finally break my caffeine habit!  You might decide it’s time for you to break the hold caffeine has on YOU!  I used the “5 Steps to Kicking my “Addictive” Food Habit!” to control my caffeine addiction, however, I didn’t use the ALL IN approach like I did with my soda/pop habit in the form of coke.  I had to use the GRADUAL approach instead!  I had given caffeine up in the past when I was pregnant with my children so I knew what was in store: withdrawals!  This time I knew it would be worse because my caffeine consumption then was somewhat in moderation but it had gone to a ten cup a day habit!

Yes, the withdrawals were bad!  I won’t sugar coat it!  It made me realize just how addicted I really was! Your withdrawals will depend on the severity of your addiction and your overall health.  For days, I felt groggy, had painful headaches, fatigue, brain fog, aches and pains, and even sensitivity to light.  Using the GRADUAL method, I began having one less cup of coffee a week until I got down to two a day.  My usual routine was to have two cups of tea immediately after waking up and this was really hard to quit!  It took me months before I cut it down to one a day.  Why did I choose to not totally eliminate it from my diet?  I wasn’t interested in depriving myself from an activity I truly enjoyed!  I love getting together with friends for a coffee.  I love the warmth of a cup of tea in the morning.  Also, caffeine actually has some benefits!  Caffeine has been shown to increase your metabolism and weight loss when ingested immediately before exercising.  It’s also the only thing that works when you have to stay awake to drive at night or if you have to pull an all-nighter!

My rule of thumb now is to have just one cup of coffee or tea a day and I’m happy with that!  Immediately after cutting caffeine from my diet and after my withdrawal systems were over, I began to feel like a totally different person!  I began to think clearly, I had tons more energy, I woke up refreshed and did not need a coffee or tea to feel awake.  I didn’t have dips in energy in the afternoon where previously I would have had to nap.  There were other benefits that I didn’t expect!  My rosacea improved dramatically.  The redness went away and I had many less flare-ups!  My stomach fat started to go down too.  My waist size went down 4 inches in 7 months.  Of course, I was exercising and eating REAL FOOD too.  If you would like to get started eating REAL FOOD and losing weight naturally, subscribe today to receive “5 Easy Steps To Eating REAL FOOD!

Let me know by commenting below how much coffee or tea you have a day. Have you tried to break your habit?  What was your experience doing this? Any tips for those who will try to break this habit? Please share this post if you found it useful.

 

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About Sandra

In a previous life, Sandra was an adult educator, counsellor and trainer. While running a successful direct marketing business she became passionate about business, social media and coaching. She strives everyday for a life full of health, wellness, adventure, passion and purpose!

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  1. Oh , this one is a little too close to home – I LOVE my tea. You can take away pop & sugar, but not my tea. I ‘only’ have (small) pot of non-decaf tea a day, then it’s herbal. And that leads me to tell you about my new favourite herbal tea – Honeybush from Tea Farm – it’s like a warm hug! I have a question for you , I have heard that if you want to naturally make your tea decaf, you brew it for 30 seconds then dump it – is this true or are we just pouring good tea down the drain.

  2. I too love my coffee and sometimes tea. I drink about 4 cups a day but would love to cut it down to one. I have to be careful with it as I have IBD and it can definitely cause flare ups. Last we I had two extreme bouts and I think I can trace it back to the dehydration caused by a coffee/tea combo.

    • My son has colitis and is in the process of trying to cut down coffee for the same reason. Scarlet, so sorry you have flare ups! I’m sure they are quite uncomfortable and painful. You know you’ll feel so much better without it. Just cut one cup at a time and get used to that for a week or two and slowly you’ll see you won’t need it. Replace it with water and real food and you won’t need the caffeine to pick you up:)

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