Over the past few days our very own Matthew has stopped drinking caffeine almost entirely, which is to say that's he's successfully knocked regular coffee from his daily diet. Those who know him realize that this is no small feat. Perhaps he'll blog something about it. In any case, inspired by his contention that he actually feels better
off the stuff, I'm going to follow his lead.
My relationship with caffeine has been a fairly tumultuous one. When I was a kid, I drank sodas contantly. Unfortunately, I also had a heart defect
that sent me to the emergency room once because I drank too much Mountain Dew. After that, I was much more careful and I certainly never drank any coffee. It was like the Black Death to me.
Then, when I was 17, I underwent an operation that "cured" me of my heart problem. You're free to drink whatever you want, the doctors told me. My love affair with coffee coincided with this single event.
These days, I drink a few cups each morning. That may not sound like much, but I'm pretty susceptible to caffeine and that amount is definitely enough to get me wired. It's extremely difficult for me to function without coffee. This fact is unsettling, but what's worse is the general anxiety I sometimes feel after I crash in the evenings. Caffeine is definitely a drug that affects different people in different ways, and sometimes I worry that I shouldn't drink it at all due to my former heart problem. At the very least, putting so much of any drug into your body every day is simply not natural.
I used to try and go for a couple of days each week without coffee just to cleanse my system a little. I no longer do this. Matt's experience, however, has encouraged me to give it up all together for a while to see if I feel better and healthier. If not, I'll probably go back to drinking it every day. It's worth a shot, I think.
I'm going to do this cold turkey, so tomorrow will be likely be the biggest challenge. If you get tired of me saying that "I feel like ass," kindly remember that I'm going through withdrawals and, if you feel so inclined, offer to do something nice for me to make the transition easier. I enjoy movies, books, the color red, and trips to exotic locales.
I don't think Ben drinks much caffeine, so with Matt and I off the coffee, that virtually makes Note From the Muck a caffeine-free zone.
And you thought we couldn't possibly get any more boring.