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Why I gave up the most difficult thing – coffee

About Thomas

I write because I can type. I can type because I have a keyboard.

I am a new age Australian resident that is experiencing this new continent with a fresh set of eyes. 

I write on a wide range of topics. Well, I write on food. There you have it, I write on a wide range of food as well. 

I was a minimum seven-cups-of-coffee-a-day guy. Here's how I reined it in.

Being a former advertising and media professional, coffee was my best friend. It kept me awake during the long hours that I needed to invest on brands and their custodians. I was addicted to it.

Coffee can kill.

Coffee can kill. Pic: Shutterstock

A day did not pass when I did not have at least 7 cups from morning to evening. It always started in the morning and went on until the next day. It was my soulmate.

When I look back, I always wonder why I did it. There were so many alternatives. I think it was the taste and peer pressure. I don’t regret it though. And I don’t regret giving up, either.

I realised too much coffee was bad for me. Anything not enjoyed in moderation is bad. But coffee was my poison and today, I don’t drink as much as used to. My wife grumbles most of the time, since I leave half of it before I leave for work. That’s a sure sign of my personal victory over coffee.

Science says if you don’t control your intake of coffee, it can lead to:

  • Increased heartbeat
  • Heartburn/reflux
  • Jitters/restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle twitches and spasms
  • Rambling thought and speech
  • Heart palpitations
  • Diuresis
  • Gastrointestinal disturbance
  • Dehydration
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Hallucinations
  • Addiction
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cardiac arrest
  • I suffered from constant heartburn. And yes, when I did not have my cup of coffee, struggled with anxiety.

    The decision to stop it was a good one because, in the eight years since I quit coffee, I replaced it much healthier alternatives. My friends would say whisky, but that’s not true. I went green. Green tea.

    After moving to Australia and seeing the coffee culture here, I once again embarked on the coffee love boat. But today it is not an addiction, but more or less appreciating a former love.

    Today, I love the alternatives. Recently I tried . I loved it. They have quite a unique range of lattes that come in 7 incredible flavours: beetroot, cacao, minty Cacao, spicy ginger, matcha & cacao, organic matcha, and my current muse, the turmeric latte.

    I can’t wait for that to get over to order the spicy ginger. They have some as well. This health kick I have is taking me places.

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