The more we consume, the more our body becomes addicted. If we are not careful and sensible with our coffee intake, our adrenal glands can become too stressed. In addition, caffeine can greatly affect the amount and quality of sleep each night. One or two cups a day is the normal dosage of an “invigorating” drink per day, but even this serving can make us addicted. The drink also dehydrates the body, and nutritionists recommend replacing the fluid with water.
If you do make a conscious decision to quit coffee, here are 6 tips that can help you deal with your caffeine addiction.
1. Replace coffee with green tea
Can’t imagine a morning without a sip of “invigorating”? A cup of green tea, which also contains caffeine, but in much smaller amounts, can help you at first. Don’t expect to be able to jump from one drink to another abruptly, do it gradually.
Let’s say you drink 4 cups of coffee a day. Then you should start by drinking three cups of coffee and one cup of green tea. After a day (or several days – depending on how difficult it is for you to refuse), go to two cups of coffee and two cups of tea. Eventually, you will be able to stop drinking coffee altogether.
2. Change your favorite cafe
A part of the ritual “over a cup of coffee” are gatherings in a good company in a cafe. Green or herbal teas are statistically ordered less often, if only because it’s more pleasant to pay for a cup of good coffee than for water with a tea bag. Yes, and it is difficult to deny yourself coffee when friends choose it.
Invite friends to meet in tea establishments where there is no seductive “energy” aroma, or, if there are none in your city yet, order a large teapot of tea for the whole company in a cafe. By the way, you can always ask to add boiling water to it for free, which definitely won’t work with coffee.
3. Choose other dairy drinks
For some, “coffee” means exclusively latte or cappuccino with a lot of milk foam. We also like to add sweet syrups, sprinkles to it and drink it with a cake or a bun. Not only do we still continue to drink coffee, although not as concentrated, we also add extra calories to it. But now it’s not about calories, but specifically about milk coffee.
Try other milk-based drinks such as hot chocolate and chai latte, and ask them to make them with almond, soy or any other plant-based milk. But remember that the same hot chocolate has a lot of sugar, so know the measure or prepare drinks at home, replacing sugar with natural sweeteners.
4. Watch your diet
And now about calories. Do you feel tired? It may have become chronic. After dinner, you feel sleepy, fight it and drink coffee again to cheer up. Sure, it would be great if you could take a nap after your lunch break, but that’s often not possible.
Here’s a tip: make sure that your lunch is not heavy and only carbohydrates. It must contain enough protein. Do not forget about breakfast, take snacks like nuts and dried fruits to work so as not to pounce on sandwiches, sweet buns and cookies.
5. Get some rest
After the same dinner, it’s good to have a siesta for at least 20 minutes. It makes sense to take lunch with you to work so that you don’t have to go to a cafe. Lie down if possible. If you practice meditation, then you know that they can relieve stress and give you a boost of energy. Therefore, you can devote the same time to daily meditation.
And of course, follow the rules. Go to bed earlier if you have to get up early. And then the need for a dose of caffeine will disappear by itself.
6. Change your habits
Often we choose the same products solely because we are used to them. That is, it becomes a kind of routine in our lives. Sometimes coffee becomes a chore. To get out of it, make choices in favor of other foods, other drinks, hobbies and hobbies. Take small steps towards your goal, replace the habit with other things that are more interesting and useful. It is not necessary to radically change your lifestyle in one day.
And remember: the quieter you go, the further you will be.