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.
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:
- Cardivascular Problems
- Emotional Problems
- Blood Sugar Swings
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Male Health Problems
- Female Health Problems
- 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.