Whoever follows this online journal with the ups and downs of an overly energetic, yet highly impractical, jack of all trades, knows that I have an ongoing battle with the seductive powers of caffeine.
I don’t know when my caffeine consumption became problematic. At age 21 or 22 would be a good guess. My first memory of drinking a gigantic cup of coffee dates back to my student days. It was right after a history exam and I was sitting on the stairs of what you could call a co-ed dorm. That’s the first time I remember anyone commenting on my coffee consumption. I drank coffee as a child, but not for the effect. I drank it to dip cheese sandwiches in. I think I started drinking coffee for its jolting effect when I was 19.
How different highschool could have been, had I discovered the two-edged sword that is caffeine sooner. In highschool I didn’t drink during school hours solely to avoid having to ask the teachers to be allowed to go the toilet. I have always been anti-authority in the most passive way possible. I went for years without drinking anything between 8 am and 4 pm. I don’t recall ever being thirsty though. The power of habits… Even very bad habits. I do remember having brain fog a lot and having misty vision.
So this is attempt nr 99 or so to go coffee free. This time I have cut out all caffeine. I think it was a mistake to quit coffee, but to stay dependent on caffeine via green tea. Green tea never gives me quite the kick of coffee, so I stay dependent on caffeine but without gettting the required dose of caffeine to stave off the onset of migraine attacks.
The first two days all I wanted to do was sleep. I had a killer headache for the first four days. I also have very vived nightmares. I used to blame these on my caffeine intake, but there seems to be no correlation.
The last couple of days I have been waking up around 6 am feeling fully rested. I am able to concentrate better. With caffeine racing through my brain I find it hard to read a book. On caffeine I want to do something else seconds after starting to do something.
Is life better without caffeine? So far I will say: Yes, definitely.
The same goes for alcohol by the way. I can count the times I have consumed alcohol this year on the fingers of my two hands and every time I did I regretted it the next day. Maybe alcohol was fun when I was younger and had more energy and passion for life than I knew what to do with and alcohol took the edge of that. Nowadays I only experience the downsides of it and none of the buzz.
Also: not a week goes by or at least one of my student laments he or she has a headache because of alcohol. Not even a lot of alcohol.
Maybe because I cut out caffeine entirely this time I don’t crave it. Even after only six days I am already wondering why I ever felt like drinking coffee or tea. Am a bit less nervous, have clearer thoughts and I feel energized the entire day. There are no sudden crashes where I have to have coffee to pull me through the day.
Quite pleasurable are the calculations about how much money I save by not drinking coffee and what else I can spend that money on.
Oh, and water suddenly has a taste to it. And it tastes GOOD.
So when I ask for a small contribution this time it certainly won’t go to coffee. Every cent donated goes to keeping this site afloat.
Treat us to a cup of coffee
If you’ve had some fun on our site, you could spread some joy of your own and support us. We are hell bent on improving the quality of this site. If you treat us to just one cup of coffee (3€) we will feel energized to raise the bar. Every donation will strictly be used to improve this website. So no, we won’t actually buy coffee. Thank you very much! PS Yes, this is a picture of Zuzi.