Happy Thursday guys! Today I want to talk about coffee, more specifically caffeine. Let me start off by saying that I’ve always loved coffee, and still do. I really enjoy it as a drink and I still drink coffee daily; however, I now only drink decaf coffee. There’s several reasons for this, all which will be discussed in this blog post. I’d love to know your thoughts on this topic; do you drink caffeinated coffee? Do you notice any side effects from it?
Every body is different, so whilst I might react to coffee in a certain way, it might not apply to you at all. I still thought it would be interesting to share my experience though, so without babbling on any longer, here are some of the reasons I stopped drinking caffeinated coffee.
I’ve written before how caffeinated coffee negatively influences my flight anxiety, but it took me a while to realise that this applies to all forms of my anxiety. I have enough adrenaline running through my body on a daily basis, usually due to my anxiety around one situation or another, and so ingesting caffeine only makes my mental state worse. I’m always looking for new ways to ease my anxiety that don’t involve taking medication, and stopping my caffeine intake has been a huge help. If you struggle with anxiety I really urge you to try and get rid of caffeine in your diet.
I also noticed that switching to decaf coffee helped me sleep better; I sometimes struggle with sleeping because of my anxiety but limiting my caffeine intake has really helped with this.
I know plenty of people who truly rely on coffee; they need it first thing when they wake up and continue to have intense cravings throughout the day. I saw myself heading towards that and realised that I really didn’t want to go down that path. I didn’t want to get to a point where I needed coffee to get through my day, I would much rather get my energy from more natural sources. Now that I have cut caffeinated coffee out, I still enjoy my daily 10am decaf coffee, but I’m not dependent on it.
I also realised that caffeine was no long affecting me. When I initially started drinking it I would get a energy rush from the caffeine, but as time went on I think my body got used to it and it didn’t effect me in that way any more. Now, I know that when I do drink caffeine, it effects me a lot, because I no longer consume it regularly. I would say that I drink caffeinated coffee maybe once a month, when I truly feel I “need” it. By need I mean when I have a horrible nights sleep and need energy for the day, which very rarely happens.
I don’t know about you, but drinking caffeinated coffee always resulted in stomach and digestion issues for me. I won’t go into detail, but I’ll just say that whenever I drank coffee, I would quickly have to go use the bathroom afterwards. For a long time I just wrote this off as normal; “everyone reacts this way to coffee, so it’s fine”. But I realised it’s really not okay for me to be upsetting my stomach on a daily basis, it’s far from healthy. Drinking decaf coffee has completely got rid of this issue for me, I can enjoy it without any digestive issues.
Let me know your experience with caffeinated coffee in the comments below!