To prep for the Spring Renewal Challenge, I started backing off the coffee, chai, and tea about three weeks ago, thinking I could gradually wean myself without symptoms. I was down to one cup of tea a day when I quit on Monday. Did all this planning make going cold turkey this week any easier? Not a bit! As the headache and dullness clouded my thinking for about 48 hours, I realized the hold my caffeine habit had over me.
Like many, my love affair with caffeine, especially coffee, started in college and often accompanied a cigarette. I abandoned the cigarettes in my thirties, but I maintained an obsession with the bean until I discovered the creamy sweetness of chai, coffee’s milder cousin. Half the caffeine, chai seemed like a safer alternative. My coworkers and friends agreed that I wasn’t as apt to steamroll the office if I stayed away from my first love.
I’m on Day 3 of my no-caffeine kick, and I feel clearer, more focused, and, yes, stronger too. Will I break up with my chai tea and french press forever? Nah, probably not. But they won’t have the same hold over me.
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