My name is Jessica and I'm addicted to caffeine. My first thought in the morning is making a cup of coffee, lunch time? coffee, home from uni/work? coffee. At my worst point during deadlines, my caffeine intake is roughly 4-7 coffee’s a day which is awful for my poor body (but great for keeping me awake to get my work done). Its a vicious cycle.
Caffeine is definitely great for waking you up, but its also great at giving you a crash after a few hours so that you need more. I try and make myself feel better about this by remembering that coffee is a superfood but realistically, I'm addicted and know my body has been to the point of needing coffee to get through a day. Since the beginning of February, I've tried to cut down my intake and thought I'd share some ways I'm doing it!
TRADE THE COFFEE FOR GREEN TEA
First thing in the morning, reach for the green tea and not the coffee jar. Green tea will not only wake you up, but its good for your insides and helps kickstart your metabolism for the day. The taste might not be to your liking but try adding some honey or sweetener to start with.
PICK UP THE DECAF
Decaf coffee has a bad reputation as being the underdog, wanted by nobody and seemingly never touched on the supermarket shelves. It tastes the same but won’t give you the caffeine buzz, however psychologically you might feel more energised. I've tested this one before by giving Josh a cup of decaf without him knowing and he felt exactly the same because he didn't have a clue.
HAVE A GLASS OF COLD WATER
This is kind of a last resort, but if you really can’t kick the habit then try having water. Yes, water. A nice cold glass will make you feel refreshed and awake despite not filling you with any caffeine at all. I’ve started to keep a bottle of water with me all the time, just to make sure that I’m not only awake but fully hydrated throughout the day.
So, what do you think? Could you ditch the caffeine?