Combining that arrhythmia with high consumption (I have been known to polish off a full 12-cup pot by myself), that makes for a major problem. So, I have decided to cut back. Here at home, I’ve started making Quarter-Caff or Decaf; at the office, I limit my intake to one, teeny, tiny 8 ounce cup. I ache for more.
Not only had I started to consume large quantities of coffee, but I started to become a connoisseur. No cheap coffee for me; no, I developed a taste for Jamaican, Guatemalan and Hawaiian coffees. Fair-trade and Rainforest certified as well. Without those seals, I wouldn’t buy it. I researched coffee brands. I delved into company backgrounds and sought out the best choices. Did you know that the coffee crop is one of the most environmentally UNfriendly crops in the world?
A friend of mine once referred to coffee in a conversation as “Jet Fuel of the Gods”. Does that make me god-like since I consume massive amounts? Nahhhh. Just an addict. I did well for a few days, curbing my consumption, and today when I stopped for gas in the hybrid, I purchased a Seattle’s Best Iced Mocha…. then I had an 8 oz cup ‘o Joe when I got to work. The coffee at work… Folgers. Not my favorite… but it’s what is purchased.
My efforts to decrease my caffeine intake have involved me wearing a watch with an alarm that goes off on the hour, every hour to remind me to drink water. Needless to say, I have to pee… a lot. Is this helping the overall effort to drink less coffee? Not really. Maybe just make me eat less, which I have started to eat more with not drinking coffee (it can suppress appetite). *sigh*
Keep your fingers crossed… It’s quite the effort involved with cutting down on the caffeine. I’ve got to be strong! Beat the addiction!