07/22/13
Black cup of coffee

Coffee

I love coffee, but I gave it up May 3rd 2013.

I used to be in denial about the negative impact that coffee was having on my health; I was using excuses such as “I need it to concentrate”, “I need it to stay up late and work”, “I need my morning wake-up coffee”, “I need my mid-afternoon pick me up”. It was the addiction speaking. Coffee had become a part of me, a part of my identity, I had moved on from normal filtered coffee to black unsweetened french pressed coffee. I loved my Starbucks coffee – especially whatever bold coffee was brewing at the time. I mean, I’ve been a Starbucks rewards member since 2003! If I could intravenously inject coffee into my veins to keep me going I would.

Starbucks Rewards Member Since 2003

Starbucks Rewards Member Since 2003

So, why did I give it up?

I gave it up because I was addicted to it. I didn’t want an addiction to rule my life. I started to read about health and healthy lifestyles, and coffee kept coming up as something that could lead to ill-health. Really? Coffee?

Here’s an article (that I didn’t write) on why coffee is bad for you. Read the article for details, but here are the articles top ten reason’s why coffee is bad for you:

  1. Cardivascular Problems
  2. Stress
  3. Emotional Problems
  4. Blood Sugar Swings
  5. Gastrointestinal Problems
  6. Nutritional Deficiencies
  7. Male Health Problems
  8. Female Health Problems
  9. Aging
  10. Adrenal Exhaustion

Not a pretty list.

“America runs on Dunkin'” – really? Sounds like America is getting sicker and sicker on Dunkin’ Donuts, and coffee in general.

Well, its been over 2 months since I stopped as I write this, and my concentration levels are higher than before; I’m not cranky or irritable; and my focus is sharper than ever. I’ve even been able to pull all-night hackathons without coffee!

Do yourselves (and your health and longevity) a favour, cut out the coffee (and caffeine in general) from your diet. You won’t regret it.