Oh hey there... remember last week when I was so excited about diving into a 2 week cleanse? Right... well I am still excited about the cleanse but must completely admit that I was NOT AT ALL prepared for the reality of my caffeine addiction until this past weekend.
Really! Like thought something was wrong unprepared!
I always knew I loved coffee and drank more than the average person. Usually 3-4 cups in the morning, which I thought was more due to habit over need. It was that perfect 5 minute break in my day to get up, stretch and grab something warm. However, I didn't think it was a big deal. I drank it black, so it didn't matter how many cups I had right?
It wasn't till I started weaning myself off and then going sans coffee on Friday that it really hit me! My body is addicted, hard core to caffeine! Since Friday I have had a headache that at times makes me want to cry. The majorty of the time is a low "thump" in the back of my head, quietly reminding me that I am missing that morning cup. I am consuming water and herbal tea in mass quantities trying to flush my system and somehow trick my body. "This cup of hot tea is just like coffee" I mentally shout at myself, but my brain knows better...
Honestly the only thing keeping me from running straight to Dunkin Donuts or stealing my bosses cup of java is the reality of how truly addicted I am to caffeine. Being this dependent and having such severe withdrawals from one thing scares the beejesus out of me!
If my body is reacting this severely to caffeine I cannot even begin to imagine what people coming off of real drugs is like. I don't want to feel like I am a slave to coffee, I want to be able to enjoy that perfect aroma and bold taste in the morning. However, I would also love to wake up and run out the door without HAVING to make my coffee.
I am one day in on the actual cleanse and let me tell you this is already life changing. If I am can come out of these two weeks free from hold that coffee has over me, than I will consider this entire adventure a win!
On a happier note, I am really enjoyed the rest of the transition phase of this cleanse. Over the weekend, I drank tons of water, made healthy gluten free breakfasts sans eggs & dairy. I even made a healthy dinner choice when out with friends Saturday night. The cleanse is giving me the power to make the right choices. It is already paying off too! Since I started the transition phase last week I am down 3lbs! Weight loss is not the major goal of this adventure but it sure is a nice side effect....
Ok, I am off now to finish my beast of a salad (kale, swiss chard, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, radishes sprouted lentils and an olive oil/vinegar dressing). Be sure there will also be several cups of herbal tea between now and the end of the work day! Looking forward to heading home and making an "after school snack" of fresh juice. Dinner tonight is carrot ginger curry soup w/ brown rice!
Have you ever battled a caffeine addiction? How did you overcome it or are you a slave to the bold nectar of the gods?