Controlling my appetites over the month of June required that I give up some of my favorite foods: Dairy, caffeine, meat, sweets, soda, beer or wine. No problem, right? Wrong.
By day three the caffeine headache was so severe that I assumed my head was just going to pop off my shoulders and fall on the floor. Prior to this month, it was not uncommon for me to drink a little coffee in the morning: only one little pot at home and another 3-4 cups at work. A can of diet coke at lunch and I would limp through my afternoon with a 32 ounce diet coke. After a couple cans of diet coke for supper and I was wired for sound. I then would end my night with a nice hot cup of coffee and a bowl of ice cream. The perfect day.
So giving up my little addiction, cold-turkey, might not have been such a good idea. But day four came and I could see out of both eyes again and I was pretty sure I was going to shake it!
In reality, giving up caffeine was one of the hardest things I did this month but also one of the best things I could do during the entire month. I find that now I am more calm. Of course, my reflexes aren’t as sharp but at least I don’t require a stimulant to make it through my day. In fact, I worked 35 hours in three days last week and, while tired, the days went very quickly and I was productive the entire time. My mood was stable. My attitude stayed positive.
After carefully reviewing my month, I can honestly say that I like me off the caffeine. I like the fact that my life has more balance from moment to moment, hour to hour. And the odd thing is that I don’t miss it at all. Oh, I’d like a diet coke for the fizz in my mouth or the taste on my tongue but I don’t miss the caffeine. Not one bit.
Now excuse me while I go suck down some more of that wonderful Noblesville City water!