If you’re anything like me, coffee was that beverage you started drinking in college because 1) everybody else was doing it and 2) it kept you sane while you studied for an upcoming [chemistry] exam late into the night. It served me well during those years, but recently my body has been telling me it’s time to cut back significantly on my coffee intake.
Now, hear me out. I haven’t completely quit coffee. I’ve just been more mindful about how much I need and when I need to stop. Whereas before I would drink however much coffee I was given, now I realize that my body can only handle a certain amount of coffee. Basically I found my sweet spot with coffee, which for me is around 6 ounces.
And my results have been just as I hoped: fewer headaches, less fidgety and better hunger balance. Now, I don’t believe coffee is something everyone needs to quit to live healthier. If you know me, you know I’m all about finding that balance. So, if you’re sensitive to the effects of too much caffeine and are definitely feeling the urge to cut back, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s do this!
Step 1: Make the Commitment
After several moments where I could literally feel my heart beating out of my chest, I decided enough was enough and it was time to make a commitment to cut back on coffee for good. So, come hell or high water, I am dedicated to making sure my coffee intake is where it needs to be.
Step 2: Identify Roadblocks
Some of the roadblocks for me were having coffee ready for me as soon as I sat down for breakfast (yes, my husband is always sweet and thoughtful like that). It was really hard to say no when it was right there in front of me.
Another roadblock for me was portion size. Our mugs are 12 ounces and before I said anything to my husband about it being too much, he would fill it full (again, super sweet like that). The same thing would happen at work where I would mindlessly fill a 12 ounce coffee cup to the brim. By the time I was finished, I was an anxious ball of energy.
Step 3: Set a Coffee/Caffeine Limit
So often, we are used to portions being decided for us (restaurants, pre-packaged goods, recipes, etc). When it comes to coffee and caffeine in general, it is imperative to figure out how much YOUR body needs. Chances are, it’s way less than the serving sizes at coffee shops!
Step 4: Stick to Your Limit
From here on out, consider the limit you set for yourself set in stone. In other words: don’t budge.
Step 5: Find a Healthy Alternative
Most often, we drink coffee for the sake of our morning ritual. Therefore, replacing coffee with an herbal beverage or tea can easily help you adjust to cutting back on coffee. Matcha lattes or earl grey lattes make great alternatives!
If you have any questions about quitting coffee or this post, feel free to share in the comments below. xoxo