How I quit my unhealthy relationship with coffee

15 January 2018

How I quit my unhealthy relationship with coffee

Image credit: Jeremy Keith (Flickr) – CC BY 2.0

There was a time in my life when everyone I knew suddenly started drinking coffee. I was the only one who didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Instead of resisting, I gave it a try; and before I knew it, coffee was a guilty pleasure and an essential part of my day.

At first, the taste was too strong, but I found a way to make it bearable — six sugars. But, after learning about the impact of sugar on the body, I began to gradually reduce the level of sugar in my coffee until, three months ago, I made the decision to cut out the sweet stuff altogether and swap to an occasional straight soy milk latte.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about how I used to hate coffee, but now it’s an integral part of my day. So, why do I drink it?

Coffee came into my life at a time when I thought I needed it. Everyone was drinking it, but I was also doing the HSC, so a pick-me-up was appealing.

Looking back, I think I would have done without it. Which brings me to the last three months and being on-and-off with lattes. I felt as though we were in an unhealthy relationship — breaking up and then getting back together while knowing in our hearts it is really over, and it is time to rip off the bandaid.

While trying to let go, I googled “positives of drinking coffee” to see if, by any chance, I should still hold on. Google didn’t fail to tell me the boons of coffee, but when I googled “negatives of drinking” coffee, the bad outweighed the good.

So, after understanding that drinking a latte was still doing some harm to my body, I had a choice to make. The choice was to continue drinking a cup every morning, or to cut it out completely.

After a month of not drinking any form of caffeine, I came to realise the coffee was not the problem — it was that I became so reliant on it. There really is no harm in a coffee here and there, or wanting to feel energised when in the morning, but doesn’t the key lie within ourselves? Aren’t we the ones in control of our minds and bodies?

What is stopping us from choosing to feel energised and ready for the day ahead?

So, from hating something to loving it, from being addicted to quitting, I realised that if I really wanted to be in control of my day and productivity all I had to do was make myself believe that I could.

You have two choices; to control your mind, or to let your mind control you. — Paulo Coelho