So it's now officially been two weeks since I gave up caffeine and alcohol. I thought I'd check in and give you guys a two-week recap.
As predicted, this has been the easier of the two to give up. I haven't wanted alcohol in a desire or craving sort of way. It's more like the past two Fridays I thought to myself, "it would be nice to have a beer - but whatev." I've been to a party (the wine tasting wedding shower I mentioned) and to my book club - both events where I would typically drink. And they were fine. Fortunately the "wine tasting" wasn't a formal thing, it was more like, "take what you want to drink, as we all stand around and chit chat."
And at book club, I didn't care that I wasn't drinking, it was more like I was dreading the question "are you pregnant." Since I know the girls relatively well, I knew they would a) notice I wasn't drinking, and b) feel comfortable enough to ask why. Oddly, no one did. And I guess for the most part we don't drink a ton at book club - maybe just a glass or two of wine - so it wasn't absolutely bizarre or anything to see me without a glass in hand.
This hasn't been quite so easy. I think when I initially wrote the blog post I was going to cut back. Well, I decided Wednesday to give it up altogether. So on Saturday of last weekend (3 days after I totally cut it [cold turkey, mind you]) I was having a tough time. I had an awful headache. And I had warm cheeks and a slight fever-y feeling (sort of that feeling you get when your face is wind-burned). I did some google research and learned that 2-3 days after you quit is usually the worst of your symptoms. Symptoms, it also said, that can last up to 12 days.
To be 100% honest, I was having headaches everyday (getting more mild as the days went on) until about last Thursday (8 days after I quit). EIGHT DAYS! That's insane! I can't believe I let my body become so dependent on it.
But it's not something I'm craving anymore. I mean, I still smell coffee and think it smells delicious. And I still miss the delicious taste - but definitely not enough to cheat and have a little or anything like that. The tea is NOT as delicious as coffee (even though I got a nice fruity green tea) - but that's ok. I'll live, for sure.
One sort of weird thing about the whole experiment (which I'm going to blog about more tomorrow), is how I've developed a new sugar craving as a result of no caffeine/alcohol... I don't know if it's my body sort of needing to crave something, and since caffeine and alcohol are off limits, sugar is the next vice? But I wonder if it's something more biological than that, because I've been having physical cravings for sugar - not just "oh, this might be a nice replacement for an after-dinner drink."
Stay tuned for that tomorrow...