If you listened to Episode 6 and felt Kelly was a little dismissive about just how hard it is to give up alcohol for a month, then you’re in for a treat. Kelly gave up coffee for the month of February and she takes this opportunity to sincerely apologise for ever suggesting that going to the pub and having a sparkling water with a twist of lemon is an appropriate substitute for an alcoholic drink. In much the same way that suggesting tea is an appropriate substitute for a cup of coffee.
In this episode Kelly shares the things that surprised her most about giving up coffee and both girls discuss whether there are actually any health benefits (or other benefits) to doing so.
- Replace the drink with something else. If you want to get off caffeine then replace with herbal tea.
- Watch the trigger. If it’s tiredness and hunger, you’d be surprised how physiologically effective a big glass of water is (but psychologically … no help!)
- Research shows that if you want to decrease your dependency on coffee you need to make your consumption irregular. So maybe have it every second day, sometimes with breakfast, sometimes not.
- If you’re someone who suffers from bad anxiety – see if coming off coffee makes a difference for you.
- If you’re completely, habitually dependent on coffee, try coming off it for a month simply to break the dependence.
- But in the end, if you’re having and enjoying a cup or two a day, from a health perspective it’s not a bad thing. So continue to enjoy!
- Up Coffee App is a super cute way to track your coffee and water consumption – you enter how much coffee you’re having and it shows how long it’s in your system and how long it takes to leave your system based on general estimates of caffeine in coffee.