|cappuccino in France
Today marks one month that I have been completely caffeine free. That’s right ladies and gents – I have not had caffeine in 30 days.
I started drinking coffee since I was very young – I would say around middle school. It’s a cultural thing. Brasilians are very famous for their coffee, especially their cafezinho.
It got to the point that I was drinking at least 4 cups before 9am. I just LOVE the taste of coffee! It’s exactly what I want on a cold winter morning and on a hot summer afternoon (iced coffee that is). A soy latte makes a great snack and going to Starbucks became a social thing amongst my group of friends. Coffee is very much integrated into my life.
I did not use coffee in the mornings as an energy drink. I swore to my honor that caffeine did not affect my system and that I could drink a coke before going to bed and still fall asleep fine.
When I went to Yogaville, Memorial Day weekend
, I knew I was going to have to endure three whole days without coffee. I figured, I wasn’t addicted to caffeine so it shouldn’t be a problem. By the second day however, it was a BIG problem. My migraine was a killer! I had no choice but to drink ONE of the instant coffee I brought for emergencies a day. It kept the migraine at bay while I was trying to enjoy my time with Krishna Das.
|mocha in Italy
When I came back home, I decided enough is enough. Clearly, I was addicted to coffee and that scared me. I want to treat my body like a temple and who knows how dangerous caffeine is to the body, especially in the doses I was taking it. Now, I still longed for the warmth in the morning. So I decided to stick with decaf coffee. And that’s that! One month later and I am going strong.
The longer I went without caffeine, the more I realized how sensitive my body really is to that sort of stuff. We become so desensitized that we forget how sensitive we are. And not just in terms of caffeine but other foods such as sugar, fats, alcohol, FOOD COLORING, etc. Or how about the media? I have no doubt that the violence in our world is exacerbated by the amount of violence on TV, video games, movies and the likes. Being so used to it, we forget that all that subliminal messaging really has an effect on us.
Now, it has not been an easy road. I long for a burst of energy in the afternoon. When I feel sluggish at work, there is not much I can do except for some pranayama in the bathroom. I was still getting headaches on day 25. Every day like clockwork around 3pm. It’s all worth it though. I know my body is thanking me for one less substance it has to break down. I feel happier to know I am not addicted to anything. And it has opened my eyes to how gentle we really should be with ourselves. I take my perfectly functioning body for granted sometimes and this is a way of giving some love back.