7 More Reasons To Quit Coffee

It only takes 60mg per day of caffeine per day to become addicted to coffee. Unfortunately I returned to the slippery slope of coffee about 4 weeks ago to overcome a productive slump and hit some deadlines.
It took me 2 weeks and 3-4 cups a day to realise I was once again addicted and further 2 weeks to realise that I could not beat coffee on the head by reducing my dosage. The ceremony of preparation, sensory stimulation and buzz were all too alluring to stop slowly. And I knew I was postponing the pain whilst stealing from the future.
I love the taste of good coffee but the effects are poisonously tempting. It helps me write, sort of lets my brain work on overdrive hosing words to the page yet ideas are not lateral, creative but two dimensional. Cogent and sharp but linear. Coffee is wonderfully evil because like the bookmakers wife, lady luck, it flirts with you then when you’re addicted it fucks you in the ass – you have to dose up, drink more to get the same effects. Then. Oh god. Then you’re truly shafted.
Make no mistake. Coffee is a drug, albeit one that is well disguised and integrated with culture, economics and social indoctrination. If you dispute any of these facts you’re deluded, that’s part of the drugs effects too.
Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that is a psychoactive stimulant drug. Look this shit up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine
Some lessons learned from this episode though:
1. Deadlines are man made. If you can’t make them, reset them. Negotiate.
2. Taking stimulants is like having a credit card on your life. You pay it back with interest.
3. If you feel like you need a kick, take a nap. Drink water, look at your nutrition or perhaps get a full blood count done. You may be deficient in something.
4. Listen to your body. Sleep when you’re tired. http://lifehacker.com/5478053/naps-can-seriously-improve-all+day-learning-abilities
5. When you choose food or drink don’t just look to feed your mouth or brain. Feed your body.
6. Chemicals are no substitute to pacing, sleep, exercise and healthy food.
7. Coffee will fuck you up in the end. Caffeine is naturally occurring in plants as an insecticide. Its a poison. Your bodies’ reactions are as if it was being mildly poisoned. The bad will gradually overtake you like Spiderman’s Alien Costume. http://amzn.to/bJ4rS1

alien costume

This is a follow-up to a post I wrote 3 years ago entitled 7 Revelations of Being Caffeine Free.

Apparently it takes only 100mg per day of caffeine per day to become addicted (that’s about 1 cup of coffee or 3 bars of chocolate). Unfortunately I returned to the slippery black slope about 5 weeks ago in order to overcome a productive slump and hit some ridiculous self-imposed deadlines.

It took me 2 weeks and 3-4 cups a day to realise I was once again totally hooked and further 2 weeks to realise that I could not beat coffee on the head by gradually weaning myself off. The ceremony of preparation, sensory stimulation and buzz were all too alluring to stop gradually. And I knew I was postponing the pain whilst stealing from the future and developing a bad habit.

I love the taste of good coffee but the effects are poisonously tempting. It helps me write, lets my brain work on overdrive hosing words on to the page but the ideas I produce are not lateral, it is creativity on stabilizers. Ideas are two dimensional. Cogent and sharp but linear.

Coffee is wonderfully evil because like the bookmakers wife, lady luck, it flirts with you then when you’re addicted it fucks you in the ass – you have to dose up, drink more to get the same effects. Then. Oh god. Then you’re truly shafted.

Make no mistake. Coffee is a drug, albeit one that is well disguised and integrated with culture, economics and the industrial machine. If you dispute any of these facts you’re deluded, that’s the drug messing with your sense of reason.

If you need a coffee at the start of the day before you can face the world, you’re an addict, a drug dependant junkie. If you queue up at Starbucks for an overpriced fix of black hot water you’re a junkie, same as the Heroin addict queueing up for his fix of Methadone. Junkie queueing for junk!

Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that is a psychoactive stimulant drug. Look this shit up.

Some lessons learned from this episode :

1. Deadlines are man made. If you can’t make them, reset them. Negotiate.

2. Taking stimulants is like having a credit card on your life. You pay it back with interest.

3. If you feel like you need a kick, take a nap. Drink water, look at your nutrition or perhaps get a full blood count done. You may be deficient in something.

4. Listen to your body. Sleep when you’re tired. Take naps.

5. When you choose food or drink don’t just look to feed your mouth or brain. Feed your body.

6. Chemicals are no substitute to pacing, sleep, exercise and healthy food.

7. Coffee will fuck you up in the end. Caffeine is naturally occurring in plants as an insecticide. Its a poison. Your bodies’ reactions are as if it was being mildly poisoned.

The bad shit will gradually overtake your mind and body like Spiderman’s Alien Costume.

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2 Responses to 7 More Reasons To Quit Coffee

  1. Eugene Wells says:

    Hi,

    My name is Eugene Wells and I am the author of “The Decaf Diet: Is Caffeine Making You Fat?” In the book I discuss a number of ways in which caffeine contributes to overeating through its impact on the hormones cortisol and insulin, and also as a result of the additional calories that we put into our caffeinated beverages and foods.

    I also discuss how caffeine slows down our metabolisms in the long-term by promoting muscle breakdown and I address the inefficacy of weight loss supplements. I present the reader with two plans for dealing with caffeine’s fattening effects. The first is that of caffeine reduction, and the other is that of optimal caffeine use, through which the reader continues to drink coffee but makes nutritional and lifestyle adjustments in order to blunt caffeine’s fattening effects.

    Some of my conclusions are controversial. For example, in my chapter called Optimal Caffeine Use, I conclude that coffee is a better source of caffeine than green and black tea, because green and black tea contain large amounts of fluoride, which are damaging to the body. I advise moderation and avoidance of tea, in opposition to those who promote this beverage.

    I just read this post and you are absolutely right. I noticed for myself that is easier for me to quit cold turkey than to gradually wean off of coffee, and in my book I describe both methods and make it clear that people have different levels of success with each. Caffeine is a drug, and it is a natural pesticide, and no one thinks about these things.

    I think the information in my book would interest you and your readers, so if you’re interested I would love to send you a free review copy that you can post about or review on your site, or just keep for your personal use since you’re interested in this topic. Please let me know your mailing address for a hard copy or an e-mail address if you prefer a pdf edition.

    I apologize for posting this as a comment but I was not able to get through your “Contact Me” form.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,

    Eugene Wells
    [email protected]
    Brooklyn, NY 11235

  2. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for your honest portrayal of coffee and the allure it has over some of us. I agree with everything you said and am grateful someone feels the same way. I often tell myself how lucky I am my addiction is coffee and sometimes sugar, rather than hard drugs. I know I need to let it go and sometimes do, but I usually come back. I may have sacrificed my thyroid gland because of my coffee addiction, but I will never know for sure. My chiropractor is trying to get my attention about what coffee does to me and I know the effects are bringing me down quickly. So, for me, the struggle continues. I pray for the strength to deal with it and let it go. I just wish decaf didn’t raise my LDL readings or I would switch. I plan to transition to Holy Basil Tea. It is supposed to be super beneficial. Maybe we need to substitute the kick we get from coffee with a kick in the pants to give it up once and for all, except maybe the occasional Sunday morning. (Man, there I go again!)

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