A Free Day
About two weeks ago, just as the weather was getting nice, I started to wean myself off coffee. It is my biggest comfort food, and I love to have a warm drink to get me through the cold mornings of winter.
But now that the weather is starting to warm up and I am beginning to crave fresh foods again, I decided to work my way out of my coffee fix. So I started by drinking more water during the times I craved coffee, and I began adding decaf slowly into my morning brew.
Within a few days, I was weaned entirely, and one Friday, I went the entire day without any sort of caffeine – and it dawned on me that it was the first day in 5 months that I had been caffeine free.
I didn’t drink much caffeine when I was pregnant because it messed up my stomach, so I couldn’t wait for the first cup of coffee the morning after Z was born. Take the fact that coffee is my comfort food compounded with the tiredness of a newborn and recovering from major surgery in the middle of Michigan winter, and I had a recipe for addiction.
I started drinking coffee regularly – one, two cups a day, depending on my mood or my level of fatigue. From November 4 on, coffee was a regular part of my day.
I was okay with this for a while – if that was all that was keeping me sane on some days, then bring on the pot of coffee. But as I started to find more balance in my life – getting the hang of taking care of a baby, Zora sleeping more, hormones subsiding from the pregnancy, and warmer weather – I decided it was time to put away this crutch.
So I did it. I weaned myself, and my first caffeine-free day, I realized it had been 5 months almost to the day since I started drinking coffee regularly.
Now, I have to admit, with the weather and my mood fluctuations, I haven’t managed to continue to avoid coffee every day, but I definitely have a different pace to my walk to the pot in the morning.
What struck me most about all this is that I knew exactly how long it had been since my body was free of caffeine – 5 months. This seems like a long time to have caffeine every single day, but then I think about the amounts of caffeine I used to put in my body for years at a time without a break, and 5 months seems pretty mild.
This is the beauty of fasting, dieting, and a little introspection from time to time – it allows your body to rest from regular patterns, some of them damaging.
How long has it been since you’ve had a caffeine-free day? Or a sugar-free day?
Is it time to do a little spring cleaning?