I'm trying to stop drinking coffee. Not alltogether, but every morning and every afternoon, which has been my habit for the last few years. Especially with babies and early morning school schedules and the likes, I always needed that morning caffeine boost to keep me going. Eventually I also added an afternoon caffeine "chaser" to help me get through those last few hours until the kids bedtimes.
A few months ago, though, we were in a hurry one morning and I didn't get my morning coffee. By the time we got to church my head was pounding and, wouldn't you know it, I had no Tylenol with me. I tried to wait until lunchtime but halfway through the service I begged Chikara to go to the vending machine and buy me a coffee. Within 10 minutes my headache was gone. Somehow, I was a little embaressed by the whole experience.
Then when we were in Canada, I was never sure if mom was making real coffee or decaf coffee so I got a few headaches then, too. The headaches made me stop and think about if the whole morning and afternoon coffee routine is really necessary anymore. Generally the kids sleep through the night. My mornings are way less rushed than they used to be. My energy levels have returned to normal since giving birth to Natsuki. Hmmm, maybe it's not necessary after all.
So, here I am, two weeks into my break from my coffee routine. I had headaches on and off the first week but now I don't feel any difference. I also don't feel tired or sluggish like I was afraid I would. Actually my biggest problem is that I don't know what *to* drink in the mornings. Tea seems like a poor substitute (sorry to all tea lovers) and water seems boring. Juice seems childish and milk is just weird tasting. A few days in a row I would get to 10am and my throat would be totally dry and I couldn't figure it out. I've been drinking water but just in the mornings it's not very appealing. This is a weird problem I didn't anticipate.
I did have coffee on Sunday afternoon with my friends and another day when a friend came to visit so now I guess I'm a social coffee drinker instead of a serial coffee drinker!