My headaches persist. If you’ve followed me for a while, or know me in person, you may recall the monster migraines I got when I was pregnant with my second baby. Well, they haven’t disappeared and I continue to be plagued with headaches.
I am taking a few different approaches to treating them and trying to find the cause and one of the most tangible is giving up my daily coffee.
I love coffee. I love everything about it. I love the smell, the taste, the nostalgia. Mmmm.
But, one of the suggestions from my holistic practitioner iis to back off on so much coffee (I average about 1-1.5 cups/day). I’ve decided I’m not giving it up entirely – because I know if I don’t make a black-and-white final decision about it, chances are higher that the change will stick.
And so far, it’s been great. I’ve switched to tea in my morning cup. The key with tea – for me – is to buy loose-leaf teas. They taste fresh and delicious. I can hardly go back to a tea bag now. Most mornings, I brew Earl Grey tea, but sometimes I drink green tea. Right now, I have a raspberry green tea that is so yummy.
Coffee is a source of a lot of issues for many people. For me, I think it’s the headaches (and it gives me the shakes if I have too much…and heightens my anxiety, too), so I’m moving it to the background in my life. Like I said, I’m not giving it up completely (in fact, my husband brought me a soy latte this morning and I savored it), but I am removing it from having such a big part of my everyday life.
You know what? I already feel better. It’s not a big, drastic change, but it’s subtle: increased clarity and reduced anxiety. I also think it’s helping with my headaches. Not to mention, I feel great about making a healthy choice for myself.
What about you? Have you given up coffee before? Soda? How did you feel?