Thursday, February 07, 2013

Ah, Caffeine.

I "gave up" caffeine two weeks ago as a part of the 2013 Cleanse.  I didn't plan on giving it up for good, but caffeine was a major reason for why I did the cleanse.  Pre-cleanse I was back up to drinking 5-6 cans of Diet Coke a day (I know, it's disgusting).  And I paid for it with a 3 day long headache during the cleanse.  Post-cleanse, I just didn't really know what to do with the caffeine.  I love how I feel without any caffeine in my system...I've been sleeping better, waking up better, not as tired during the's been lovely.  But, I like Diet Coke.  And, I like Captain Morgan.  I love the two of them together.  And, I don't care what anyone says, drinking caffeine-free Diet Coke is an even bigger waste of money than soda to begin with.


So, then I got to thinking...I drink alcohol. It's not good for me.  If I drank 5-6 drinks a day every day, that would be highly unhealthy.  Drinking A drink, or a few drinks once in awhile, is a "treat."  When I drink alcohol, it affects my sleep, and it makes my waking up a little more irritating.  Because drinking a LOT of alcohol is bad for me--probably akin to drinking 5-6 cans of caffeinated beverage a day.  So...

Is this just a lot of justification to give myself permission to drink a Diet Coke right now? Maybe.  Probably.  Bottom line is, I went two weeks without a drop of caffeine, which is pretty impressive in my book.  And, I've never been of the mind that depriving myself of something I want is a good thing.  In fact, depriving myself of something I want always seems to make me crave it more.  I can eat chocolate, Asian noodles, pasta, olives, tater tots....lots of things that aren't necessarily all that good for me--in moderation.  So, I'm drinking a Diet Coke.  I will not be drinking 5-6 Diet Cokes.  And, lest I fall into that pattern, may I humbly express right here:

KELLY! You do NOT want another headache of THREE DAYS.  Drink water once in awhile.  Drink your Diet Coke like you drink your booze, in moderation, and all will be right in the universe.

Am I alone here? What's your food/drink vice?

1 comment:

Kellyb said...

Caffeine, oh I cannot live without it. 5 years spent pouring it. I tried for a week to go without and failed. Good for you!