At the moment, I am coming down from a caffeine buzz. Symptoms include clenched jaw, tired eyes and a gentle throbbing behind the sinus cavities. All in all, it sucks.
I can pinpoint the exact moment this year when I finally admitted to myself that I had a problem. My love of “the taste of coffee” had extended at this point to a real need for the stuff. My taste evolved from decaffeinated filter to regular filter to powdered coffee to decaffeinated powder coffee to a little love affair with Turkish coffee…straight into the electric arms of espresso. It was a desperate moment, poignant and typical for most addicts who are hit with epiphany. The reality that I was addicted was equally opposed to my desire for the substance. I was, and am, stuck.
Just as any addict, I suppose, I am not ready to stop. Instead, I manage. I take a number of supplements to “off-set” the negative effects of over-stimulation:
- a multivitamin
- vitamin C 500 mg
- a liquid multivitamin
When what I should REALLY be doing is to cut the habit completely. To eliminate the caffeine from my daily cycle of lows and highs. But, I need rewards in my life. At least for now. I rationalize that at least I’m not smoking cigarettes or drinking sugar drinks … but the reality is that caffeine plays a very important role in my life right.
Perhaps you’ve been able to shake the warm, steaming demon of coffee addiction. If so …how did you do it? And what do you recommend for others who want to kick the daily habit? Please let us know. Your feedback is most welcome.