This post isn’t really about music, but it is about something that helped me rock!
Are you sitting down? Cool. Let me ask you a question: Have you felt the universe shift, recently? Yes? Well, here’s a truth:
I haven’t had a coffee in two weeks.
I’m the guy who lives on coffee, who sings its praises. Oh that black, black coffee…
Why, oh why, you ask, haven’t I brewed a pot for myself? Simple – it was really bothering my stomach, left me feeling raw and acidic. It reached the point where the thought of another cup was unappealing, because I knew how it would make me feel.
I tried cutting it with sugar, but that didn’t help (I’d never add cream, ugh). Eventually I just stopped. I haven’t had anything to drink but water (and a glass of wine, on Friday night) for two weeks. It’s probably healthier for me, honestly, but it sure has been an adjustment!
Seriously, I think you know me by now. I’m the guy for whom it’s reflex to throw on a pot in the morning and, if there wasn’t time to make a fresh one as the day went on, an instant coffee did the trick. I couldn’t tell you how many cups a day I was having, but it was several. And the stomach thing? Likely, I just over-did it. And my body made me knock it off.
As expected, I went through some irritability, exhaustion, and headaches. This all lasted for several days. But as time passed, all of that’s stopped, and my stomach feels a whole lot better too.
Funny thing is, I never used to drink coffee at all. It wasn’t until we moved to Saskatoon in 2001, and people would offer you a coffee when you arrived at their place in winter because it was -50C outside and anything warm was welcome indeed! I started out by putting so much sugar in it that it was a dessert more than a cup of coffee, just to cut the taste. Over time, the sugar got less and less until it disappeared and I just drank it black. I was acclimated. I went from one cup per day, in the morning, and added as we went until now, here in 2016.
So, maybe this is fine, for now. I still get twitches, the urge for a cup, but so far I’ve resisted. I don’t think I’m completely done with drinking coffee, but if and when I decide to dip back in, I’m gonna leave it at one cup and see how we go from there.
As for my energy levels without coffee? Heh heh, I’m still able to give ‘er like I always do, without the help of caffeine! The KMA keeps on rockin’!