Coffee and self-control

I think coffee is delightful.

I am delighted just thinking about it.

But we, as curious creatures absorb copious amounts of information every day, some of which may lead us to believe otherwise.

It is known that when consumed in excess, coffee can have a negative effect on the body.

But to me it seems that as long as you are in control of your coffee intake, and that it does not exceed an amount which cause physical strain on your body, then coffee is okay.

But coffee, or caffeine, is addictive.

Every day, I have one, two or (rarely) three cups of coffee. I love it. And I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.

I have gone through periods of time when I have tried to cut back. It does seem unnecessary to have more than two a day, especially if I’m paying for it.

I have an espresso with my breakfast and another one (either a long black or flat white) later in the morning.

I enjoy sipping my espresso while carefully my breakfast each morning. I like to think as I eat, about what the day may bring. When I get to work, it’s great to step out of the office, into the fresh air and engage in conversation with a colleague who may accompany you, or a barista.

A common feeling for coffee drinkers is that the barista-consumer relationship may have gone too far.

I used to religiously have a long black on my way in to work. I would get another coffee mid-morning and maybe another at lunch. I used to go to the same shop for my pre-work coffee every day. It was good coffee, friendly service and not too far out of my way.

But, I like to mix things up a bit more now. I do have my favourites, but they have learned not to expect me.

It’s kind of creepy when they expect you.

Same time, same coffee, every day. They know your order, your dogs name, where you work, your family situation and other crucial bits of information carefully gathered to build rapport.

Some people love it, but I would say it is almost confronting.

I have read (on more than one occasion) recently that amazing things happen when we stop having coffee. We can sleep better, concentrate better and our moods change.

It makes me second guess my much-loved past time. But let’s be honest, I have tried to cut back on many occasions, and I wasn’t successful.

If you enjoy something, and it does not pose an immediate effect to your health, then why give it up?

For me it’s about self-control. I don’t want coffee to think that I can’t resist it.
So, every now and then I take time out from coffee. Whether it lasts a few days or a few weeks, I am yet to see a noticeable difference in my capacity to operate. I thought coffee made us more alert anyway?

So much information coming at us from so many different sources can sometimes feel overwhelming. Especially when you have not had your morning coffee.
Coffee makes me happy.

And it’s important to do what makes you happy. Drink your coffee, or your decaf, or none at all.

Saying this though, I would be interested to hear first-hand from an ex-coffee addict, what did you notice when you cut it out?

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