We talk about giving up on coffee which has a lot of caffeine in there.
Cutting down on the amount of caffeine is a great idea. Coffee is a great source of caffeine. But some people just get too addicted to it and that’s where problems start. Office workers are prone to have more than one coffee a day including a three pm pick me up. Developing good habits say that the average person has about three coffees a day. Telegraph says that coffee is the world’s most popular drug. Once you stop you cannot give up. It’s an addiction.
For some people, coffee causes anxiety and stress.
Giving up helps with sleep and balancing hormones as well as losing weight. For women, we should try to not have as much caffeine as this will help cut down on PMS symptoms.
What happens when we give up coffee?
Erin Larosa has a lovely write up on Buzzfeed about this and its basically:
- Sleep is much better- when we drink too much caffeine our body goes into adrenaline mode meaning that we are awake all night.
- Skin looks much better
- We lose some weight
- Your blood pressure will go down as caffeine is a stimulant
- Your teeth will look much better
- For women, some of their PMS symptoms will go away.
- Incontinence goes away as caffeine is a diuretic.
- Anxiety goes, as a result, just look at Victoria’s piece in the Telegraph.
So you want to give up coffee but don’t know how?
It’s hard to give up coffee straight away so what I suggest is giving it up gradually and cutting down on it. In the first week, you can expect mood swings and irritability. Mannino tried and it was really hard. She eventually went back.
Decrease the amount of coffee by half each week and go from there.
Say if you have 4 cups a day decrease it to just two. And then gradually go from there.
Substitute coffee for other things such as tea. Stevepavlina says swap instant coffee for grain coffee which does not have as much caffeine in there. Twinings Asha tea is a great way to substitute as there is not a lot of caffeine in it.
Its hard at first as you’ll keep going back to the same old ways but it just takes time and determination.
And then, later on, you’ll be rewarded for this by better sleeping patterns and for some people, they may have lost some weight. For the women, their PMS symptoms may have gone down a notch.