How I Pulled It Off
I had surprisingly little difficulty giving up coffee. I didn’t feel more tired or less alert during my days. I didn’t feel much craving for coffee. Sure, the first few days I thought every once in a while “now I’d be drinking a coffee normally”, or “wouldn’t a cup of coffee be great now?” But there was no strong craving, contrary to what I had expected when I began. I may just have been lucky or it might have helped that I still drink tea with caffeine and a lot of water.
Maybe I expected it to be much more difficult based on my own experience with giving up smoking about nine years ago. During the first days and weeks of doing that, I certainly felt a strong craving for nicotine. Months and even years later it would still surface at times, though luckily it eventually vanished.
Whether that is just due to the difference in the substances — nicotine is much more addictive and thus also more inclined to lead to physical withdrawal symptoms — or also linked to how I approach behavior changes these days, I couldn’t say.
It certainly helped that I was a lot around my girlfriend these days, who rarely drinks anything else than water. I had her complete support all the time and no one luring me with the smell of a freshly brewed coffee or asking me to come for a coffee break with them.
I expect that it might get difficult when I’m in the office or around people who drink coffee, but by now I imagine I can instead just drink a cup of tea while they sip their coffee, and nonetheless take part in ‘coffee’ breaks and still have the social benefits that come with those.
What also didn’t happen were any improvements in health that were observable. Yet. I didn’t really expect anything like that, though, because a lot of these changes are subtle and will play out in the long run.
Two weeks later I can begin to assess the changes I did see.