I was a late bloomer to your world. It was like a club I never belonged to: a non-coffee drinker. Only four short years ago I found your taste to be delicious. Previously it had been too bitter. All of a sudden, with a bit of cream foamed on top, I found you to be one of the best tastes ever! It started slowly and unassuming. I enjoyed a cup of your deliciousness once to twice per week. Gradually, I began enjoying you every single day. One cup, two cups, sometimes three.
Not only did I love your taste, I felt like I could get so many things accomplished once the kick of your caffeine began to take effect. I didn’t let myself believe I wanted the caffeine, but that I simply wanted to enjoy your delicious taste.
Reality bites! I found that I could not have you for a day or maybe two, and then I would really crash and need to have you. Sometimes my mood was in the crapper and a hit of coffee would have me back round to my perky self… or at least tolerable to be around.
Two weeks ago I made a choice. A simple choice. I planned to reduce my coffee intake and work myself out of this habit. This time I started slowly but with great purpose. I started drinking my normal 2 cups and then the next day 1.5 cups… eventually I was down to ½ a cup and felt really good. It has now been 7 full days without you as part of my morning routine. I am waking up more easily, ready to begin the day. I have better mental capacity than I was experiencing and stay on top of tasks better. As I write this letter, it is mid-day and I have not had a mid-day crash. My sleep has been better as well.
While I can honestly say I am not writing you off for the rest of my life, for right now, I am working on cleaning up my internal system and breaking habits that are not necessary and causing challenges within my body. I will be without you for the next 3 weeks as I complete the 21 Day Purification Program and then I can reassess if I want to add you back into my life.