I Boycotted Coffee For A Month And I Do NOT Miss It
Lifestyle

I Boycotted Coffee For A Month And I Do NOT Miss It

An experimental time where I took coffee out of my routine diet.

50
pexels.com

I know what you're thinking... it's pumpkin spice season, why would you ever choose this season to abstain from drinking coffee? As an avid pumpkin spice lover, I have asked myself that question a lot this month too, but somehow I was able to get through thirty days without any caffeine. And because I was so happy with the results, I've decided to continue my abstinence from coffee, hopefully through the rest of the year- but we'll see what happens. Here are some things that I noticed about myself during the first month of giving up coffee:

1. I saved a total of $100 at Starbucks.

My Starbucks habits were addicting and expensive. I usually averaged about $5 a day on a latte, which totals to $25 a week, since I usually didn't buy from Starbucks on the weekends. Multiply $25 a week by 4 weeks, and there is $100 blown on just coffee.

2. I lost 7 lbs.

I went home this weekend for the first time since the beginning of my coffee break, and one of the first things my mom says to me when she greets me, "You've lost weight!" Sure enough stepping on the scale and seeing a decrease in my weight (a certain goal in weight loss) also reassured me that taking a break from coffee was the right decision for me.

3. I discovered that I don't need caffeine to wake me up in the morning.

I was really worried that once I stopped consuming caffeine, I would fall asleep in class. I've learned that the caffeine isn't the problem- it's that I needed to have started going to bed at an earlier hour (something else I changed this month). Going to sleep earlier as well as having an ice cold glass of water in the morning gives me just enough of the boost I need- especially for my Monday morning 8AM Business Calculus class. If I'm falling asleep in class, I've learned it's because I either did not get enough sleep the night before, or because I am bored in the class- not because there is a lack of coffee in me.

4. Less coffee equals less stomach problems.

A number of years ago, I discovered I have a lactose sensitivity, so I always prefer the non-dairy creamers in my coffee to prevent those stomach aches. However, a lot of times even with the dairy substitutes or the days I chose to just have my coffee black, I still found that I was getting stomach aches from the coffee. Observing myself and my body's reactions over the course of the month have proven that much of the stomach aches were due to the coffee, another indicator that it was time to give my body a break from it. I've learned that a cup of decaffeinated tea in the morning and "Sleepy Time" tea at night is lighter on my stomach and still provides me with the taste that I am looking for- especially because there are so many different kinds of teas.


As much as I love coffee- and I don't think a break from it will make my love weaken. I am glad to have experimented in this time with how going without it can effect me. In the future, when I do start to drink coffee again, I am hoping to keep some of the healthier habits I picked up in my time without it- such as detoxing with a glass of cold water in the morning, and relaxing with a mug of hot tea in the evening.



Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

I Started Dating A Guy Before Quarantine, But Now We Rarely Speak Unless I Double-Text

"He's really nice and cute and I like being around him when we see each other, but he's awful at communication."

Each week Swoonie B will give her advice on anonymous topics submitted by readers. Want to Ask Swoonie B something related to dating and relationships? Fill out this form here — it's anonymous.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

This Is Exactly What You Should Eat Today In Quarantine, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

You've probably been eating it the past three months,

If we added up all the minutes of my life I've stood in front of the fridge or pantry mindlessly glazing over options, it would probably amount to several years longer than I'd care to admit.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

If You Don't Think People Are Legitimately Scared To Stay In Lockdown, Think Again

People are terrified of what could happen if states stay in lockdown too long.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be the topic of discussion for most U.S. residents. From federal reopening guidelines to individual state timelines, the country is all over the place. This sparks conversations within the news, social media, and in family homes about the consequences of reopening the country incorrectly.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

If You Don't Think People Are Legitimately Scared To Reopen States, You're Not Looking Hard Enough

People are terrified of what could happen if states begin reopening too early.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be the topic of discussion for most U.S. residents. From federal reopening guidelines to individual state timelines, the country is all over the place. This sparks conversations within the news, social media, and in family homes about the consequences of reopening the country incorrectly.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because You Need To Stretch It Out

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

Flexibility is an important part of life. Yes, you need to be able to go with the flow and adjust when needed, but literal, physical flexibility is equally handy. Not only does increased flexibility keep you safe from injury each time you work out, but a good stretch session is incredibly soothing after a long day. Your body goes through a lot! It needs to cool down and get loose after all the activities you put it through.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

5 Amazing Things That Happened To Me When I Took Just A Week Off From Social Media

I've taken one-week off social media, and here's what I learned.


You’ll think clearer.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments