3 Tips for Quitting Coffee for Good
Coffee has an interesting background. Half of the health community claims it is a godsend, with enough healthy benefits to make it a great addition to any morning. The other half claims that it brings a host of negative symptoms and should be avoided at all costs. As with most things, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
Some people get some healthy benefits while others are stuck with the downsides. As one of those that was hit with the negative aspects of coffee, I know how difficult it can be to give it up. For some tips on giving up coffee for good, check out these small pieces of advice.
Find an Alternative
This is the hard part. Truthfully, you will never find an alternative that tastes just like coffee. Coffee is unique. It has its own flavor and aroma, and it really can’t be matched by anything else. With that said, it is possible to get attached to a new kind of warm drink. For me, I switch between an herbal coffee made of dandelion root and hot apple cider. Other people stick to old faithfuls like Postum and similar coffee substitutes. If all else fails, try a coke until you can break the addiction, and then wean yourself off of that. Finding something to take place of the habit of drinking coffee is half of the battle.
Drink Ice Cold Water
Though I’ve never tried this personally, many people swear that a full glass of ice water in the mornings will bring the same benefits as a cup of coffee. You’ll feel energized and awake without any calories or negative side effects. The hard part is probably making this a habit and getting used to the flavor of water in the morning. Stick with it, however, and you may be able to give up the java without giving up the jolt.
Some people that I know that gave up coffee replaced their addiction with a bit of exercise. Instead of coffee, they do a few push-ups or sit-ups. Exercise can help boost energy levels naturally, and you may be able to make this a nice habit. As an added benefit, you may find your body in better shape and better overall health to boot.
Quitting coffee is tough, especially if you’ve had the habit for long. It will certainly take some self discipline and willpower, but it can be done. Use these tips to help you get moving toward a coffee free life.
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