Every morning, billions of people all over the world will be reaching for their cup of coffee. For most, the day doesn’t begin until they’ve had their first (or fifth!) cup of coffee. But, 40 days ago I decided to give up coffee for lent. I started a little bit late, but still intended to do a full 40 days without any coffee. I chose to give up coffee not only because it meant saving an incredible £145 (I checked using the Benevolent app) but also for the health benefits. Coffee is an addictive substance, yet one that is overlooked. In moderation, coffee is great (realllllly great). But when you’re coffee-dependant for 60% of the day, it may be time you kicked the coffee habit.
I spent my first day without coffee in a zombie-esque state. I must have snoozed my alarm 8 times before I eventually crawled out of the depths of my bed. The whole day was a haze. All because I hadn’t kick-started my brain with a gigantic mug of coffee. That was a sure-sign of my coffee dependence. It was practically in big, red, flashing lights. But, power on through the first few days and you’ll be feeling 1000 x better by the end of it.
Now, I can spring out of bed without a liquid hug from my morning coffee. The mornings are bright and cheerful. I’ve put the coffee to the back of the cupboard and turned my head away from the beckoning coffee shops. Okay, that’s a lie. I can’t refuse a cute cozy coffee shop. But, I have switched the coffee for tea, be it normal, chai or green!
Since giving up coffee, I noticed so many positive changes. No longer do I have to experience the jitters from drinking one cup too many. My energy levels have actually increased and I’m no longer crashing half-way through the working day. My favourite side-effect of waving goodbye to coffee is that my abs are starting to say hello- though this may be more due to the lack of refined sugars from the cream and syrups that used to adorn my coffee!
So, did I survive the full 40 days without coffee? Kind of…I had an accidental sip of coffee, but I’m sure we can all let that slide. I also couldn’t quite give up my homemade coffee and coconut scrub. But, that goes on my body (and has lots of benefits!) and not in my mouth. So again, I really don’t think we can count that one! I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be going back to my coffee drinking days. Of course, I won’t refuse myself to have one cup of fancy coffee every now and again. But I definitely won’t be on the coffee on a daily basis. It seems that after these 40 days, I’ve kicked the habit and become a changed woman! I definitely recommend you set yourself a challenge and see how long you can go without one of you favourite daily treats.