People may gasp at the thought of giving up coffee and say “Oh, I could never!” but about a week ago, I decided to try giving up coffee and here is why:
One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with this year is my diet. For the longest time I thought I had IBS or something because whenever I ate food, my stomach hurt and I was running to the bathroom (TMI and not sexy at all) but the more I talked to people the more I learned that lots of people face dietary issues in their 20s/30s.
I later then realized I was lactose intolerant, like severely. I tried to cheat here and there but time and time again suffered the consequences. After giving up dairy somewhat, I still managed to pour a splash of cream into my morning cup of joe. Yet, I was still feeling yucky. With 56% of Americans drinking at least 2 – 4 cups of coffee a day, this couldn’t be that bad, right? Wrong.
What I quickly learned about giving up coffee is that after two days of crankiness, life is okay. Now granted, I was drinking only one a cup a day, so the crankiness may last longer for some – please note. However, I feel more awake than I do without coffee, have more longterm energy – can last all day (17 hours of staying up), don’t get caffeine crashes, I don’t feel as bloated as I do and I sleep better.