Operation Caffeine Free: Why I Am Giving Up Coffee

Since starting down the path of adopting a plant based diet and regaining control of my food choices, weight and health, I have found great freedom in being free of the food addictions that had led me down the path of allowing my weight to reach 270 lbs in 2011. Since then I have lost over 100 lbs and feel younger and better than I have in years. During this season of positive changes, I have held on to one habit/addiction.

For some reason, I have not really had a great urge to give up coffee. I have thought about it and even threatened to do it, but I have not seriously decided to try…until now. Reading this post on the Engine 2 blog really challenged me to kick my coffee habit. Since becoming a vegan, I have taken full control of my food intake, but have continued to drink more coffee than I should.  I usually drink a large cup (16 – 20 oz) in the morning and then one to two more 16-20 oz servings throughout the course of most days. The caffeine buzz is not a motivator to me, as I think I grew immune to the caffeine long ago. What draws me back to coffee is that I like the flavor and it is part of my daily ritual.

I have tried going a whole day with coffee and usually end up with a splitting headache, so I know I am addicted. Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, March 18, 2013), I am beginning the process of breaking that addiction. It is important to me to be fully in control of what and how I eat and this is the next logical step in the process of being the healthiest I can be.

In coming days, I will write more about my strategy and plans for kicking the caffeine habit.  For now, my plan for the morning is to brew a cup of Mate Vana which is a caffeinated tea beverage.  This will not be the long term plan, as the goal is to get off of caffeine, but it will be the starting point.

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My last Starbucks for a while…