There are so many good things to say about coffee. I love its warmth. I love its taste. I love its smell. I love the act of drinking coffee. Whenever I pour a cup, I sit down and relax - even if it's only a couple of minutes; and it's the perfect departure from my otherwise busy mornings. I love the caffeine jolt. I love the restorative element of it; like, even if I'm having a bad/slow/groggy morning, coffee restores me. I love the community of coffee drinkers - how everyone is in the same sort of "club" as we wait for the morning pot to brew, knowing that with the first cup, our mornings will be changed.
But alas, I bid thee farewell.
I'm hoping to get my body back to a normal, chemical-free schedule; and unfortunately, a strong stimulant doesn't necessarily fit into that plan. A grande (16 oz) coffee from Starbucks (what we brew in my office) has 330 mgs of caffeine. The green tea I bought has ~60 mgs for an equivalent amount. Coffee, I've learned, has a constricting effect on your blood vessels. Green tea opens vessels, has fewer volatile oils than coffee, and has an antioxidant benefit that coffee does not. I'm definitely not saying that everyone should switch from coffee to green tea - I'm not that mean, nor would I wish green tea mornings on any coffee lover - but for me right now, this is the thing to do.
I'm sort of anxious to see if I have any physical signs of withdrawal. I'm anticipating a headache. But I wonder if there will be anything else. Do any of you guys have experience with this? I should make it clear that I was a pretty big coffee drinker - probably having 16 oz
So goodbye, friend. I don't think this is farewell forever. So I'll see you on the flip side...
(Also - stay tuned tomorrow, if you dare, for another