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How I quit coffee + why.

It has been 10 days since I had my last cup of coffee. And I miss it every day. So why did I quit, you ask? Well, I can tell you this much: it is with good reason, but not forever.

Generally speaking, coffee isn’t bad for you. If it is consumed in small amounts (1 to max. 2 cups per day) and in the right setting. Meaning: Not to wake you up or to give you energy when you are stressed, but rather in a relaxed setting or as a time to take for yourself.
I never felt that I needed coffee and it was never the first thing I consumed after waking up. It was a part of my day, almost like a little ritual, that I treasured very much.
However, I am currently at a clinical detox and there is no coffee here. From multiple articles I read, people felt terrible the first 3 days with strong withdrawal symptoms. That is why I decided to be an apple shiner (really for my own good, though) and to quit coffee 5 days in advance.

coffee in bed - #delonghicoffeemoment | Bikinis & Passports

Now I know, some of you are going to throw a fit at the thought of “detox”. It is just a word I like to use. What this really is, is a timeout for my body. Stripping down my diet to the most basic but still healthy version in order to give my gut and digestive system a break, allowing the body to use the energy to heal other parts that need healing. And while I am a strong believer in coffee (and will go back to drinking coffee as soon as the doctors give me the go), I 100% understand why it is not permitted here.

“Coffee can be beneficial for digestion, as it relieves constipation and minimizes sugar absorption. However, coffee can be equally detrimental to your digestive tract. It tends to worsen stomach aches, increase fluid loss and make food move through the digestive tract too fast.”

That being said, the point of the Modern Mayr Cure is to let your body function in the most normal setting possible. Taking it’s time to digest. Therefore, coffee is out of the game.

coffee in bed - #delonghicoffeemoment | Bikinis & Passports

So, how to quit coffee? Here is how I did it without suffering too much:

  1. Timing is key: Plan ahead and pick a time where you can allow yourself to be tired, sluggish and have a headache.
  2. Take it step by step: I have never been one to drink crazy amounts of coffee. My standard was 2 cups per day (1 after breakfast, 1 in the afternoon around 3pm). On certain day it could be 3, but that was rare. In order to make the process a bit easier, I decided to limit my intake to 1 cup per day for a week. Some advise you to just go cold turkey, but this method worked great for me.
  3. Be prepared for cravings: I stopped drinking coffee entirely on a Saturday. The plan was to give my body the entire weekend to just take things slow (which in my opinion, is was the best idea). However, it didn’t take long until some crazy sugar cravings kicked-in. My guess is that the energy your body usually gets from the coffee wants to be compensated by sugar. I wish I would have had a few healthy snacks and treats on hand to curb those cravings.

Next question: What are the symptoms of quitting coffee?

  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • sugar cravings
  • slowed down digestion (possibly constipation)

I am not going to lie, the first 2 days were not a whole lot of fun. By lunchtime on Saturday I had a throbbing headache and was feeling incredible tired and weak. To the point where my afternoon mostly consisted of napping. Sunday was similar and for the first time I noticed how much of a ritual it was to me. When I drink my coffee, it is a time of the day I take for myself. Often away from the laptop, just sitting up on the deck in the sun for 10 minutes or relaxing on the couch. I also missed the smell with breakfast.
Come Monday, I didn’t feel as tired anymore. The headache was still there but not as throbbing. Tuesday was the first day I felt semi-myself again.

Helpful tip: Parallel to quitting coffee I started drinking a cup of warm water with 1 tsp of alkaline 5 powder in the mornings before breakfast. This helped me a lot to keep my digestion at a regular pace.

coffee in bed - #delonghicoffeemoment | Bikinis & Passports

And last but not least: How long does it take to quit coffee?

This is something that probably varies from person to person. In my opinion, 3 days of headache, followed by another 2 days of getting back to your old self. All in all, the whole spook will be over within 5 days and after a week you will probably have found a new rhythm and routine.

For me personally, it was extremely interesting to see how “addicted” I was even though I only consumed small amounts of coffee. However, I feel like it is not something that is toxic to me (by the way, I also tested negative against caffeine intolerance at my applied kinesiology test). I have a healthy relationship to coffee, drink it black with no added dairy or unhealthy sweeteners and simply love having that cup of coffee. That is why I will go back to drinking coffee but will try to keep it to 1 cup per day. Still, I thought this whole experience of how to quit coffee would be fun (and possibly helpful) to share with you.

Let me know what you think or if you have ever quit coffee.

10 Comments

  • 3 months ago

    Liebe Vicky,
    Magst du dann einen Bericht zu deinem Aufenthalt in Maria Wörth schreiben? Ich habe gelesen, dass du auch neurodermitis hast und das das helfen soll 🙂 Würde mich auf jeden Fall mega freuen 🙂

    glg
    Svetlana

  • 3 months ago

    Very inspiring girl! I’ve been trying but —- i just love it so much. Try to keep the intake to a minimum anyway, one cup a day or so. 🙂
    x finja ~ http://www.effcaa.com

  • 3 months ago

    Unglaublich spannender Beitrag!
    Ich habe erst vor 2 Jahren begonnen Kaffee zu trinken (max. 2 Tassen am Tag) und merke, dass er mir an reinen Teetagen abgeht!

    Alles Liebe,
    Dorothea
    http://justambitious.com/

  • Karoline
    3 months ago

    Ich habe vor zwei Jahren aufgehört Kaffee zu trinken.
    Obwohl er mir geschmeckt hat, hatte ich das Gefühl, dass er mich nervös macht. Er fehlt mir eigentlich nicht, ausser wenn ich abends noch wohin muss, da bräuchte ich manchmal einen Espresso. Aber ich bin ganz oder gar nicht deswegen verzichte ich darauf. Generell hab ich das Gefühl, dass es mir gut tut, dass ich aufgehört habe.

    Alles Liebe

  • 3 months ago

    Ich war nie eine Kaffeetrinkerin und habe bis Juni schon 1,5 Jahre keinen Kaffee mehr getrunken. Für mich war die Umstellung sehr leicht. Ich habe keinen mehr getrunken, da ich Schlafstörungen bekommen habe. Ich hab ihn nicht mehr so gut vertragen. Seit ein paar Wochen trinke ich hin und wieder aber morgens einen mit viel Milch. Nichts allzu starkes!
    ich finde Kaffee ist eher Gewöhungssache, vor allem, wenn man täglich in einem Büro sitzt und Kaffeepausen macht.

    liebste Grüße,
    Vicky
    http://www.thegoldenbun.com/

  • 3 months ago

    Sehr sehr interessant zu lesen. <3 Ich liebe Kaffee, aber trinke es wie du sagst, um mir Zeit für mich selber zu nehmen und genieße es auch wahnsinnig. Ich trinke wenn, dann max. 1 Tasse am Tag, aber das nicht jeden Tag, circa 3-4 Mal die Woche, wenn überhaupt. Mir schmeckt es einfach und wie schon geschrieben, genieße ich die Zeit und trinke ihn auch sehr langsam immer. 🙂 Ich bin schon gespannt, ob du mehr über deinen Aufenthalt dort berichtest, wahnsinnig spannend! <3
    Liebe Grüße,
    Sandra / http://shineoffashion.com
    https://www.instagram.com/sandraslusna/

  • Sylvia
    3 months ago

    Da ich nie Kaffee getrunken habe, betrifft mich das nicht direkt, ich weiss von anderen jedoch wie schwer es ist wenn man mal dran gewöhnt ist! Ich glaub das ist wie beim rauchen, die Gewohnheit fehlt wahrscheinlich am meisten kann ich mir vorstellen. Der körperliche Enzug scheint ja doch recht zügig erledigt zu sein.

    Liebe Grüsse
    Sylvia
    http://www.mirrorarts.at/5-flatlay-tips/

  • Dominika
    3 months ago

    Sehr spannendes Thema! Es gibt glaub ich sogar Studien, die besagen, dass bis zu 5 Tassen Kaffee am Tag gesund sind für das Herz (?).
    Ich trinke jeden Morgen eine Tasse Kaffe und ab und zu noch eine am Nachmittag. Ich frühstücke aber in der Regel erst und trinke danach meinen Kaffee, außer ich habe nur ganz wenig Zeit in der Früh, dann trinke ich nur einen Kaffee. Und ich trinke ihn (leider) nicht schwarz, sondern mit Milch und Zucker. Ich glaube schwarzer Kaffee ist am gesündesten.
    Aber immerhin bin ich nicht so schlimm wie manch andere. Mein Vater trinkt pro Tag bestimmt 10 Tassen Kaffee und mehr, alle mit Milch und Zucker! Der braucht sogar vorm schlafen gehen noch eine Tasse, sonst kann er nicht schlafen!
    Soweit soll es bei mir nicht kommen!

    Liebe Grüße!

  • 3 months ago

    hab gar nicht gewusst das kaffee solch großen Auswirkungen auf den Körper hat!
    ich trinke relativ selten kaffee – aus dem grund das ich ihn nur mit milchschaum liebe und den gibt es im büro nicht 🙂
    glg katy

    http://www.lakatyfox.com

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