Since I had tasted my first bitter and sour sip of a bad cup o’ joe, I became a caffeine addict. From chugging along a thermos of coffee to high school classes to literally getting through the first few years of college with 3-4 cups of coffee a day (plus the occasional red bull in between that), I knew I was headed to some oblivion, maybe a raised tolerance to caffeine. I found that drinking a grande latte with 4 pumps of espresso caused me to fall asleep faster in class, and my mood was pretty pessimistic (which if you know me, isn’t me). I was finally forced to come to terms with my addiction when I was diagnosed with hypertension some months ago during a regular check up at the doctor’s office. The doctor advised that I drink 2 cups max of coffee per day if necessary. She didn’t think caffeine was a big cause of my diagnosis, but she did emphasize that I should back the hell off of caffeine and see what happens. That day at the hospital, after I sipped on a tiny styrofoam cup of weak brown liquid, I realized it could benefit me to do without so much caffeine. I felt like I was dependent on this drug, and I didn’t like that at all.
So, I moved to tea. I’ve always loved tea…I love reading a book by a dim lit lamp, sipping on a spicy chai or mellow sleepy time tea to calm my nerves. I never thought that tea (with regular water intake) could replace my coffee until now. It’s been two weeks and I haven’t had a drop of coffee. However, I don’t feel as tired,and I feel calmer and happier throughout the day. Not to mention, my withdrawal symptoms have nearly vanished! Though I am guilty of drinking teas with caffeine, they contain way less levels compared to your standard coffee and sometimes I like to drink De-caf (Wow :) never thought I’d say that!) With added benefits of drinking teas, from potential weight loss and lower blood pressure to additional antioxidants, I don’t think I could go back to drinking coffee like I used to. One day I may drink a cup, but I know it won’t drag me back down to the controlling enemy that it was. For now, I’m happy to stick to tea time! *sips tea*