I am happy that I completed the challenge. It wasn’t hard.
IT WAS SO HARD.
Initially, inhibiting intake of the drug did cause countless headaches. There were times where the withdrawal symptoms were so severe, I wondered whether I was quitting coffee or cocaine.
But it was all worth it in the end.
WHAT CHANGED IN THE LAST THIRTY DAYS
1. CLEAR SKIN
A colleague of mine who had acne once told me that not drinking coffee helped with her acne. Since I never had acne, I thought coffee wouldn’t affect my skin. But the truth it, whether you have skin problems or not, it does affect your skin since it is a diuretic and causes the body to lose hydration. I noticed that ever since I stopped drinking coffee, even the occasional pimples disappeared.
I was discussing my coffee abstinence with a friend and even he commented that my skin looks a lot clearer than it did before.
My digestion is spot on now. For someone who had digestion issues for sometime, it is a great feeling to be relieved of them.
Don’t worry, I won’t go into details. I only have three people who read my blog and I don’t want to lose them.
3. MORE ENERGY
It was hard to break the habit but it is true that I felt more active sans coffee after a while. I felt active throughout the day, even when I was doing my extremely boring auditing tasks.
4. BETTER SLEEP
No more tossing and turning around in bed.
Except for that one night where I had chai for some reason and kept tossing and turning around.
5. INCREASED INTAKE OF WATER
Coffee was my beverage of choice. But when I quit it, I had two choices: I could drink the ”Tang” juice they have in the cafeteria, which not only smells funny but tastes like crap. Or I could make water my go-to drink.
I could have tried a herbal tea and I did every now and then, but water is possibly the best beverage choice even if it’s the most boring one.
All in all, it was a great experience for me. I know I said that I might go back to drinking coffee at the end of my challenge, but now that I see the benefits, I don’t think there’s any point in going back. Also, I don’t feel like going back.
I was watching this YouTuber named Gojiman talking about coffee and he said something along the lines of ”it doesn’t matter if we like coffee or not, what matters is how it affects us”. For him, it made him jittery and anxious. While this is a common side effect, I never experienced it. But whether I was aware of it or not, coffee did not affect my body in a positive way.
And yes, it kept me awake of days when I hadn’t gotten enough sleep, but the tiredness from not getting enough nap time was still there and didn’t go away until I let my body rest for eight hours or so. I know coffee is a quick fix to so many of us who don’t get enough sleep but how about actually getting enough sleep rather than relying on the quick fix?
And that’s my advice for you as well. If you drink coffee and you think it suits your body, then that is great. But if you get anxious or feel constipated or can’t get rid of your acne, this might be the time to make that switch.
But don’t worry- we can still be friends if you drink coffee. No judgements 🙂