About nine months ago I decided to alleviate a few more things from my diet. I mean why not? It’s been 30 years ( literally) since I ate any red meat. I’m on a roll! I no longer drink any sodas , especially my favorite Dr. Pepper. Then I decided to discontinue drinking caffeine free coffee. I heard it’s a synthetic drink and is bad for you. I know the coffee (at least I thought) with caffeine is worse.
I’ve always had this thing about not allowing any thing such as bad habits control me. Not to mention there are so many people in the world with bad health; whom continue to eat things that worsen their health. I’m not perfect, but I try to listen to my body and do what’s best. Finally I am proud to say my main drink of choice is water. I actually crave water. I know, I sound sick. I can drink juice, Almond milk or lemonade and will not feel a sense of satisfaction until I’ve had some water. Some of you can relate.
However , here is the problem at hand. I gave up caffeine free coffee, because I heard it’s bad for me as I’ve mention. Another problem I have is repeating myself. Ok back to the subject: Coffee causes insomnia , nervousness, upset stomach, increase heart rate, headache, anxiety, nausea, ringing in the ears and diarrhea. I’m sure there are other symptoms from drinking coffee. It’s surely caused irregularly heart beats and increased my heart rate, caused nervousness and upset my stomach. This is why I stayed away from the caffeine . The caffeine free has small traces of caffeine. If you ask me, it’s like saying I don’t use crack , but I use crack light. Therefore, I decided not to drink it at all. I have the coffee pot, and coffee maker at home. Perhaps I’ll donate it soon. It’s taking up space in my pantry. Sometimes I think I’ll have a relative over that will ask me for coffee. I’ll hold on to it a little longer. Yes, I was really into the caffeine free stuff. In my refrigerator was all of the non dairy flavored creamers to enhance the taste. It was full of sugar and each time I poured it in my coffee, I felt bad. my conscience would ask why are you doing this to yourself.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not perfect. I’m not extremely strict on my diet. I still eat cookies guys. A for sure weakness. The doctor would have to tell me to step away from the cookies , before I give them up. I must add, that my cookie intake has decreased. Too much of anything can be bad. Sugar is not the best thing in the world to eat.
The confusion comes along when I read an article that express the benefits of coffee. It protect agains Parkinson disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease and some cancers. Come on now. The sugar that most people put in their coffee is enough to cause diabetes alone. Is coffee good or bad for me?
This blog is not meant to verbally beat up on coffee drinkers. Receiving mixed information on weather it’s good or bad for my health is the real problem. I should be able to make an informed choice to do something or not. With all of the misconceptions , it makes it that much more difficult. I love the flavored coffee. I gave them up to improve my health. Now I’m not sure if I’m giving up some of the small joys in life in vain.
One thing I no for sure. I can’t go wrong drinking water. …unless I’m poisoned.