Abstinence from Coffee

Coffee ~ I am giving up coffee for a month.

Black Dog

Just lately, I’ve noticed that around mid morning I’ve been feeling anxious and jittery, as though something bad was going to happen.  Now it may well be that I’m prescient, and something really bad is about to happen to me, or to someone I care for.  But, thinking about it, the more likely explanation for my endogenous anxiety is that I’m drinking too much coffee.  Therefore, I have decided to be abstinent from coffee for one month from today ~ Thursday June 9th.

Giving up coffee for a while could also:

  • improve my general health
  • stop the jitters I get from time to time
  • help with my quest to lower my blood pressure
  • alleviate my terrible insomnia
  • cure the constant headache I’ve had since March 23rd this year
  • mean that I’m not always on the lookout for a bathroom

I thought about drinking decaffeinated coffee instead, but I’ve tried it and it’s as horribly pointless as alcohol-free beer.  As I’m also abstinent from alcohol, I found a better alternative to booze in sparkling water, (club soda).  For the next month, my better alternative to coffee is going to be green tea.

Allegedly, green tea has its own range of benefits.

Abstinence is giving up something you find pleasurable.  So, as well as booze and coffee, I’m also giving up

  • refined sugar
  • wheat ~ it seems wheat is very bad for you, so no bread, nor cake
  • eating foods full of preservatives, (which means buying organic produce)
  • eating any pre-prepared or take-out food, which are always full of salt, sugar, and preservatives
  • watching tv for more than 1 hour a day ~ take more exercise instead
  • perfectionism ~ I am too much the all or nothing man, and far too judgemental

Giving up perfectionism may not happen, but I’ll try.

I will let you know how successful I’ve been on Monday July 11th.

Wish me luck.





8 responses

  1. You are such a self-challenging man. The all or nothing is familiar so you better take along some self forgiveness and resilience to start again. A trainer used to always say, “You’re gonna lose!” as we were planking because gravity and perfect stamina and muscles – DON’T exist but seconds is all you need to do better than you did before. If you drop, start again because you will drop. Somehow that fact helped me. I wish you luck.

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    1. Thank you for your insight, wise words, and kind wishes. You are so right about me. I go to extremes….


  2. Good luck, and be prepared for the headache to get worse before it goes away as your body adjusts. All seem like healthy moves.

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  3. I gave it up for about 6 months once and it took care of the “coffee nerves” but I missed it too much. So nowadays I limit myself to 3 cups a day (instead of the 2 pots before) – so sorry pal – I’m pouring my second cup now….

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    1. A few hours away from coffee, and you’re taunting me,,,

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      1. Didn’t mean to do that – just trying to make you laugh about it. Your health is the priority!!

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  4. cherrytartblog | Reply

    Good luck!

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  5. Good luck. I once gave up coffee, chocolate and crisps for Lent. All at the same time. It can be done.

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