I have given up coffee. It was my latest trip to the dentist that did it. Coffee dyes my teeth brown, so much so that the dentist asked me if I was using Corsodyl mouthwash, which I am not. Staining my teeth dark brown and then having the dentist attempt to scrape it all off is not really a good thing at a time when my teeth are in such generally poor shape and I am having a lot of work done on my gums.
Goodbye Starbucks, Costa and Cafe Nero. Goodbye to the pints of soup-like, industrial-strength coffee that I would make at work and at home. Goodbye lattes, espressos and Americanos. I loved you all very much, but it is time to say goodbye and send you on your way, same as my cigarettes.
I have not had a coffee of any description since about 10.30 on Tuesday morning. I am drinking tea, although not much of it, and I have never been a big consumer of cola or chocolate. I don’t make that much tea and when I do, I forget to drink it. In contrast to coffee, which I loved (quite a lot) more than food and would guzzle in pints all day long. So while there is caffeine in tea, my caffeine consumption must be down to a tiny fraction of what it was. Which is good, right? Good for reducing one’s blood pressure. Good for general health. Good for my new-found running hobby.
I think I am having caffeine withdrawal symptoms. I am not having nasty headaches, for which I am very grateful, but I am congested (caffeine is a bronchodilator) and I am practically narcoleptic. All my extra physical energy from quitting smoking has vanished and I am really struggling to stay awake during the day, even though I am getting a solid 8 hours sleep at night.
Gah! I hope it doesn’t last too long. I consulted the mighty internet and my conclusion is that I should expect it to last for ‘a few days’, whatever that means.
I am a right little health nut, aren’t I. I think I am going to have a Health point for this most unanticipated act of virtue.