My love for coffee runs deep… It all started my junior year of high school when I was cramming for SAT prep and keeping up with my grades, all while trying to have a social life. (post football game make-out session behind the bleachers? so cliche but that was HS life) Then I moved onto college and it pretty much exploded where it was vodka at night and latte in the morning (exactly in that order because nightlife comes first in college). Then post college, coffee became my savior as I was adjusting to the 9-6 office life. In my mid-20’s, I went to Italy and was introduced to espresso and was in looooovvvvvveeeeeee. Have you had espresso in Italy? Something about the acidity of the beans with the PH balance in water makes it So. Good. It. Hurts. It just hurts because it’s just so good.
But now that I’m older and somewhat more wiser about wellness, I try to limit my caffeine consumption. About 4 years ago, I tried to wean off my coffee consumption to 1-2 cups per day. Now I try to limit to 2-3 cups/latte’s a week. Sometimes I’ll go a few weeks only drinking decaf. I know what you’re thinking… What’s the point of drinking coffee then? But that’s because I LOVE the taste of coffee.
The reason why I limit my caffeine consumption is because my energy was fully dependent on caffeine for over a decade. I needed coffee to get me going or stay awake. And the only cure for that afternoon crash was caffeine. My trainer 4 years ago suggested I stop drinking coffee. This was right around the time I was trying out the 5 day juice cleanse, so I gave it a go and it was pure hell. I got really bad migraines on the 2nd day and 3rd day was unbearable. But then on the 5th day, I woke up in the morning feeling refreshed. And I didn’t need to hit the snooze button. I had gotten up 5 mins before my alarm and I was ready to go. Like, I woke up with a smile on my face and was humming as I was brushing my teeth. (what?!) This could have been in combination with the fact that I was on a 5 day juice detox, but I kept at it by limiting my caffeine. And my energy level gradually went up. And I’ve become that annoying morning person that can get out of bed each morning without an alarm.
So that’s my caffeine story. And caffeine works differently for everyone, so you could be the type that drinks caffeine without any side effects. For me, I’ve realized just how sensitive to caffeine I really was. If I happen to drink caffeine after 2pm, I have a hard time falling asleep. From time to time, I’ll have a regular latte or a cold brew when I’m in NYC for work with the time difference or an espresso when in Italy. Or sometimes I’ll just want it. My body will just order a regular coffee because I feel like it. And that’s okay, but it’s good to know that my energy is dependent on coffee.