Thursday, May 02, 2013

coffee - it is over rated

Now anyone who has worked with me or met me at a hack will have probably noticed I LOVE coffee and the caffeine it has in it.
I am normally not too far from a can of energy drink or stameing cup of coffee, however last week I was struck down with a horrendous stomach bug which kept me out of action for 4 days.

During this time I was unable to eat and was left to drink water and/or flat ginger beer (the non-alcoholic version).

When I came to the end of the week and was finally able to eat food again and had the option of a hot coffee, I said no.
I have no idea why, but I didn't have that craving that is normally in the back of my head, the one that sits hunched over in the darkest recess of my brain saying 'one more hit'.

It will be nearly 2 weeks tomorrow since I had any caffeine and I feel pretty good, I am sleeping better than I have in years (I have 2 kids under 5 and I know about sleep deprivation).
I wouldn't say I feel like I could run a marathon or play the violin or anything, but I feel pretty good.

How long this will last I don't know, but if you work long hours and rely on caffeine to get through a day, my advice is to go through the coffee tremors/headaches and all that horrible stuff for a day or so and then give a coffee free life a go for a few days.

It is amazing to try and go about your normal day while trying to stay out of your normal routine, I really think 70% of my coffee addiction was down to some bizarre repetitive syndrome that made me want a coffee because I had one yesterday at the same time...

Anyway if you give it a go, good luck breaking the habit of a lifetime, I am about to shave my beard buy a suit and leave the world of software development to become a insurance salesman.... not

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