I have always loved my coffee (the smell of the ground beans, the brewing sounds, the heat coming from the cup…), but about three months ago I quit drinking coffee from one day to the next.
As my mind and body have become more sensitive, over the years, to what I feed them, I started to notice how coffee actually affected my body and mood – for real.
It is generally assumed that coffee (or rather: caffeine) increases our energy and makes us more awake, alert, and that is also what I believed and experienced for a long time. But when I started paying attention, I found that for me that is actually not the case anymore.
What really happens for me when I drink coffee, is this: my heart rate increases, my breathing quickens and becomes more shallow, and I get annoyed and frustrated more easily. The ‘higher energy’ actually turns out to be more of a rushed feeling. These effects may be subtle, and that is why I could so easily mistake them for something else!
Also, I took them for granted for a long time because I also loved coffee so much, with an added bit morning craving.
But it so happened that after one strong coffee, last January on an otherwise perfect morning in Brazil, I grunted impatiently (and over nothing) at my love. It may have been a small thing, but somehow it clicked in my mind and I made the switch.
And then and there in that moment, I decided not to drink coffee anymore. It wasn’t a big thing, more of a joyful realization.
I haven’t missed it for a moment, even though I used to drink coffee daily. I love my teas and smoothies and for truly improved energy, I now use spirulina. And yes I still like to work from coffee bars, and thoroughly enjoy their smell of freshly ground beans :).
Are you mindful of your coffee intake and how it affects you? Let us know in the comments!
Yess! I have exactly the same. Whenever I drink coffee within minutes I feel my heart racing, my blood pressure rising and blood pumping through my system. Not a very comfortable feeling to say the least. It is like you said: I think just have become more sensitive over the years, and increasingly aware of sensations. I feel what I eat and drink now.
goed artikeltje! Mijn ervaring met koffie is dat het mijn energie verlaagd. De trilling bedoel ik. Ik ben gelukkig nooit verslaafd/gewend geraakt aan koffie en daar ben ik heel blij mee. Echte energie haal je inderdaad helemaal niet uit koffie, integendeel, en ik neem het alleen heeeeel af en toe als er chocola bij kan als lekkernij :p waarbij ik de helft van de keren weer spijt krijg hahaha.
Oeh ja, met chcocola, hmm 🙂