To some this sounds sacrilegious, I realize. While there are those who never acquire a taste for coffee (yes, there are people out there), for those who have learned to enjoy the warm cup o’ Joe, one day stopping this daily ritual seems impossible. So, how did this happen?
It started with a 28 day clean eating and detox program. During this program, one avoids allergenic, inflammatory, acid and addictive foods. Coffee is among the list of items to avoid due to acidity and toxicity. Say, what? No coffee? You see, as a former IT Project Manager, I’m certain we were programmed to run strictly on coffee, and at times in my work history, I pretty much had a cup in my hand at all times. If you figure a cup (or two) an hour for a 10-12 hour day…well, you can do the math. After leaving my corporate career to build my own business and make my family a priority, I reduced my habit to just a couple of cups a day. I eased my conscience from the environmental impact of coffee production including deforestation, water pollution and contamination and the excessive waste of single-serving coffee pods, by purchasing shade-grown, fair trade coffee in whole beans. So, what’s the harm in that a couple of times a day?
When I started the 28 day program, the first couple of days without coffee seemed odd. I replaced the coffee with herbal Detox Tea, and was also allowed to drink green tea, and Energy Fizz Sticks (a yummy beverage with an herbal energy-boosting blend). The routine of having something warm to drink in the AM, was more about the habit than the coffee itself. I was feeling good, had more energy, and didn’t have the post coffee “slump”. Still, I missed something about drinking coffee.
After the 28 days were over, I was 13 pounds lighter, slept much better, found my mood during the day improved, had better mental focus, had more energy! Now, it was time to slowly start reintroducing the foods that were avoided during the 28 days. I was at a leadership meeting that weekend, and smelled that warm, nutty and comforting smell of coffee. I decided it was time to have my fist cup in over a month. Yuck. Really. I had to pour it out. It tasted almost ashy.
I tried again at home with my favorite blend, and funny, it was the same experience. I had to force myself to drink a half a cup. Interesting, I thought. I have tried a few times since, including this morning, and have managed to drink a cup, but the reality of it is just not as good as my memory of coffee. Perhaps my taste changed while I was ridding my body of unwanted toxins and allergens. Perhaps I was more in love with the memory of coffee and the comfort of holding a warm cup than I was with the coffee itself. Perhaps my body doesn’t feel well when I drink coffee and I should listen to my body. Perhaps I should just stop trying to make myself like it again. That’s it! It’s the day I stopped liking coffee.
The smell of ground coffee still brings back pleasant memories, and I certainly won’t refuse a hand full of dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, but I am finished trying to force the idea of coffee into my morning ritual. I have replaced it with green tea, white tea, oolong tea, and have found there is a delicious assortment of organic teas to start my day when I need that warm cup of comfort.
For now, the bag in my cupboard will serve as occasional aromatherapy, as I still love sticking my nose in the bag with a deep inhale from time to time. Another thing I realized I no longer like? Beer. Now, that’s an entirely different topic.
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