Hello :) This post is about listening to your body, and is particularly about coffee. You see, I do love my coffee, but lately I haven't been liking the negative side effects of it- headaches, feeling hot and too jittery etc! So this week I made a conscious decision not to have any coffee and so far I feel great :) I enjoy coffee partly because when it's cold in the morning and I'm very tired it's a nice warming ritual, and wakes me up.
But coffee is not the real issue it would appear, it is a lack of sleep. So I've also been making an effort to go to bed early. I know I've discussed this previously, but with exams coming up it can be difficult. So when it's 9pm, and my eyes feel like they're about to shut I have decided the best thing is the listen to what my body is telling me and just sleep!
Ok so one part of why I liked coffee is solved (feeling tired), and the other part is having a nice, warm drink! Especially when it's cold. This is where my friend Mr. Tea helps ;) Each day I've been taking my keep cup to uni with two tea bags. Black tea for the morning and peppermint tea in the afternoon. There's a place where I can get hot water (for free), which is fabulous! I've actually stopped drinking black tea in the afternoon too because it still has caffeine and I want to be asleep as soon as possible.
Another reason I drink coffee is because it fills me up and becomes my morning tea. I know tea isn't very filling so I'm taking more food with me too. Such as those kale & oat raw fudge balls and lots of salad! Last night I cooked a cup of lentils and drained a large container of chickpeas to keep in the fridge which for this week have become my base grains for lunch. Fun times ahead!
I'm not saying I'm banning myself from coffee because I like the taste so I'll most likely treat myself to it on weekends. But with all the negative side affects (including the cost!), I think I shall take a break from it during the week, for now anyway. Today, already since going to bed early last night (9pm), I feel so much more alert and focused. It's great. And I've been studying more during the day so when I get home in the evening I can pretty much chill. Oh yeah.
Why do you drink/not drink coffee? Do you feel negative side effects from it? Do you listen to your body? I'm curious!