Welcome to part one of my personal health journey!
I don’t know about you but thanks to the COVID-19 going to the grocery store has been a completely different experience.
Due to this my husband and I have fallen back into the processed food/unhealthy diet rut. We have been here before and have gotten ourselves out of it using each other as a good support system.
I plan on using my personal health journey to help busy people achieve their health goals in the most effective way possible: one step at a time.
I know this works because I have done it before but the only main difference between this time and last time is that my husband is trying to gain weight while I am trying to lose weight. I know that this will be more challenging for me, and look forward to showing you all how to make this work!
Personally I am easily affected by caffeine, and I have a bad habit of drinking energy beverages. I know! Horrible right? I do not like the taste of coffee and tea does not have the kick that an energy beverage does 🙂
But here is the real reason I know I need to stop the caffeine. After having some I will start to sweat, talk really fast, and snap more easily.
So knowing this gives me a clear action step to take as the first part of my health journey begins. At the moment I am drinking green tea in the morning and an energy beverage after work. I have removed energy beverages from my diet before and its not an experience I am looking forward to. So my goal here is to decrease the severity of headaches that are going to come with this change.
Note: I will not be removing green tea from my diet. Green tea has some amazing health benefits and I love to nice warm drink to start the day. Plus a cup of green tea has about 36mg of caffeine compared to 150mg of coffee. So my focus will be on removing the energy beverages and this will be challenge enough.
Quick tip: Add a little bit of lemon juice to your green tea to help you absorb all the wonderful antioxidants!
This day is the easiest! Your body doesn’t know your going to stop so you get no side-affects. But knowing that caffeine headaches are the worst I replaced the energy drink with a caffeinated kombucha drink. This has significantly less caffeine, organic, and packed with probiotics so not only is it going to help me with my headaches but it will also help me with my gut health.
Quick tip: When actively trying to remove something from your diet that you know you are addicted to start off small. Cutting it out completely is not as sustainable as slowly, overtime, taking small steps to removing it from your diet.
I woke up with the beginnings of a caffeine headache. I continued to have Green tea in the morning and kombucha in the afternoon. The headaches lingered but are not those massive I have to stop everything and hold my head kind.
No more headache in the morning! Now I get to remove the kombucha drink.
Woke up with a more intense headache than before. I placed two tea bags into my green tea this morning to help alleviate the headache so I could make it through work. It helped and I was not bothered until I arrived back home at which point I took one ibuprofen.
I had a lingering headache throughout the day but kept to one tea bag in my green tea. This is the point that I have reached as far as I am going to go at removing caffeine out of my diet.
No headache and life is great!
If you have ever tried to remove caffeine from your diet before you will know what type of headache you get from it. A full blown caffeine headache is incredibly painful and can make going through your day unbearable.
I knew that trying to remove the energy drink from my diet was going to give me that type of headache so I focused on decreasing the overall pain until my body adjusted. To do that instead of completely removing the energy drink I replaced it with a drink that had significantly less caffeine. Then I simply paid attention to my body and adjusted as I went with the ultimate goal being no headaches.
Getting rid of something you are addicted to like caffeine is a step by step process. If you try to stop cold turkey the pain you go through makes it hard to concentrate and therefore you need to relay heavily on pain medications. Or give up entirely. So the goal should be to go day by day and remove a little bit at a time until you are where you want to be.
If this process seems daunting to you but you are interested in limiting you caffeine feel free to contact me! You can sign up for my newsletter for more health tips and even set up an initial health coaching session with me on my website www.rejuvenateinschoharie.com.