Being French with an Italian father, drinking coffee is a ritual. Coffee is so much a part of my culture that I never questioned drinking it.
And by coffee I do not mean Starbucks. I mean real black Italian coffee or plain black Americano. Without sugar, milk or cream.
When I moved to London, I had to switch from the fancy coffee machine we have at home to my beloved kettle and favorite instant coffee brand. Sad, I know.
Because making instant coffee is 5 times quicker, I would say that I went from drinking 1 – 2 cups a day to 4 – 5 a day. I also have a busier life now and will often drink coffee before I grab lunch to keep me going. Unhealthy, I know.
So I decided to challenge myself. I spent a week, from Friday to Friday without a drop of coffee.
- No coffee no matter what.
- I had to document my days to give an honest review.
I decided to do it during a busy week which meant going out, walking around, hanging out with friends and working pretty much every day.
DAY 1 :
I felt extremely tired. I had a good night’s sleep & woke up early. I had a busy day and almost fell asleep on the metro ride home. Thinking seemed to require more energy than usual.
DAY 2 :
I had a good night’s sleep again ( which is unusual for me ) & did not feel sleepy during the day. My energy level was okay but I was really thirsty. All day long.
DAY 3 :
I realized how much I rely on coffee to regulate my “toilet habit” which is not good at all.
DAY 4 : My night was okay. I did have to drink a cup of tea in the morning to be fully awake. I was tired during the day.
DAY 5 : I had a great night’s sleep. I was feeling a bit low around 7 pm but I think I was just hungry.
DAY 6 : I woke up energized. Nothing much happened that day.
DAY 7 : The last day was pretty awesome. I worked out super early which gave me lots of energy for the day. I also packed my smoothie with more vitamin C which kept me going pretty well.
I feel good. I should have gone without coffee for more than a week to get bigger results but I was overall pleased with my week.
I weirdly had more energy in the evenings. I often had troubles falling asleep but had great & deep sleeps.
The big difference for me was with my stomach. I went to the toilet more regularly and I was less bloated.
I did not notice a change in my mood. I did not feel sad, annoyed for no apparent reasons or anxious.
I realized how much coffee shapes my life. I count on it when I want to go to the toilet, to feel fully awake & to keep me going.
I honestly thought that I would miss coffee more than I did. I love the smell and the taste but was not craving it like crazy.
I have decided to drink less coffee. Since I love coffee so much, why not drink it occasionally? I love cakes and ice creams but I would not eat them every day.
I think it would also help me appreciate it more. I will try it out and let you know.
Would you go a week without coffee ?