August 25, 2011
Latte, Macchiato, Café con panna, espresso...Are you keeping up with the trend? When visiting your local coffee shop, smiling at your favorite barista, do you feel like a kid in a candy shop; you just don’t know when to quit?
I was one of those "all day coffee" drinkers. I was once 100% addicted to my coffee. I would not only drink several cups in the morning and sip a cup or two in the afternoon, but I would top off my evening meal with a nice hot cup of coffee. A few mornings a week, after I drank two cups before heading to work, I would stop in and get my favorite—a very strong Kenya blend with room for cream. It didn’t matter if it was a cold day, a rainy day, or a day where the sun was beating down and the temps were soaring past 100. I was going to have my fix. Friends, family, and co-workers knew what kind of gift to give me—a coffee gift card!
Hey, isn’t coffee an energy booster? I was convinced that coffee was the politically correct vice accepted at work, and felt encouraged since I had read that caffeine would produce more productivity out of me. It must be good for my career! Have another cup, girl.
Then, the heartburn set in. Oh, not the reach-for-a-Tums-once-or-twice-a-day! Oh no, it got so bad that my doctor prescribed something for acid reflux. Did that convince me to kick my habit? Not right away. I still considered giving up coffee altogether, but I would so miss the jacked up feeling from the caffeine. Also, there was no feeling like a busy bee swinging back to her hive with more vitality than before that morning blend, strongly brewed...NO WAY!!!
I tried for a week or two searching for substitutes. I tried green tea. After all, reports showed it was good for your system, and it had antioxidants that fight fat cells. Hey, I’m all for fighting those nasty flabby cells. I tried it hot. I tried it cold. It just did not cut it. I felt like I was drinking a cup of green sea weed. My apologies to all of you green tea lovers. I just could not do it.
I was challenged some months ago to meet a friend at the local coffee shop. How was I going to sit there at a coffee shop, catch up on all of her happenings, and not drink a cup of coffee? After all, the operative word in coffee shop is COFFEE.
Months later, I realize there simply is no replacement for my coffee addiction. I could no longer fly in the caffeine-free zone. My family would probably disown me. So...no more cold turkey. I have decided to just cut back. Cup number one is the best cup of the day. It sits right on my glass table in its proper pretty coaster with my laptop right next to it, ready to record my thoughts as I sip away. As I sip, I think. As I think, I sip. It’s a beautiful combination. They go hand in hand for me. This has taught me to be more cognizant of my habits. I now have replaced that smooth cup of afternoon coffee, but every now and then, I take the risk of dipping into the Tums jar for a visit to my favorite coffee pot - wherever it may be.
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