Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Goodbye Coffee, This Time I'm Leaving You Forever.

It's been one month today since I've been coffee-less. It hasn't been easy. I loved my coffee. Two cups first thing in the morning and then another two cups in the late afternoon. Quitting cold turkey eventually became my only option, again.

Let me tell you, having a stomach ulcer, acid reflux disease, and occasional bouts of diverticulitis isn't fun. Two years ago, I had managed to get things well under control following my doctor's orders regarding prescribed medications and making diet changes. I cut out fatty and spicy foods, carbonated beverages, tomatoes, citrus fruits, alcohol and caffeine. I began eating lots of whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy. I also had also increased my fiber intake. An easy fix for extra fiber was adding a half cup of beans ( kidney or garbanzo) to my dinner or to a salad.

 I was able to do without bacon, tacos, pizza, onions and garlic. I could handle not eating tomatoes or oranges. Wine, beer, or spirits? Eliminating them was not a problem. But no caffeine? No chocolate? Hot cocoa?  No tea ... regular or green? Not even decaffeinated teas?And no more coffee? Now, that was the worst. Oh, it was tough, very tough. But I was determined and I persevered. I conquered my craving. I thought I had ...

Well, it's more than two years later now, and the craving had become a powerful force once again.  It started with a sip from my husband's cup one morning. Soon I was finishing what remained in the cup he'd left on the table. That quickly lead to making my own cup of coffee. Then I found I couldn't resist having, yet, another cup right after that one. Before I knew it, I was drinking coffee in the afternoon, too. About a month ago, I began having that old familiar burning in my upper stomach area once again. Then the queasiness set in. Terrible headaches. Being up at odd hours of the night.  I was not feeling  ... well.  I knew what I had to do .... 

Sometimes you have to deny yourself the very things you crave for your own well being.
-Jane Rutkowski

1 comment:

  1. MY hat off to you- I find coffee the hardest to give up.. My cup in the morning literally saves my life- then the rest of the day is herbal tea. Take care, Jane! wendy