I've been suffering from chronic headaches and really painful cramping during ovulation. My doctor has been telling me to decrease my intake of caffeine as a result to help alleviate these issues. I never took action until now.
I started drinking coffee back in college. Rushing to the bus to make it on time to class. Needed another cup mid day to get me through work. You name it. I would drink coffee like it was my life saver.
Now that I haven't had my caffeine fix drinking 5 cups of coffee for the past couple of days, I am realizing that it was all about how I was perceiving what it was doing to me. Felt like "peer pressure" in a way. To me. Don't get me wrong, I love the smell of fresh ground coffee early in the morning. But other than that, it does not really do much.
I spent 2 days researching online how I could take this habit out of my lifestyle and I remembered having Chai Tea in India for the first time for breakfast and falling in love with it. I know you must be thinking, really Martine, where have you been living all this time and you never knew about Chai Tea?!?!? Well, the truth is I knew about it but I perceived it like another blend tea.
I was completely wrong. It is the best decision I have ever made. The spices, the smell ...awakes the same senses coffee did to me. I went crazy in the supermarket looking for the best Chai Tea. I even went to my local Indian spice market to find just the perfect one.
I found out that Chai Tea does have caffeine. However you would have to drink 3 cups to replace the same intake of caffeine you'd get in a single cup of coffee. Pretty amazing right?
I brew mine 5 to 6 minutes. Yes, I like it that strong. It's my new cup that gets me going in the morning and I no longer have a mid day caffeine fix need.
You too you can decrease your intake of coffee caffeine. Any spicy tea such as perpermit or any Black tea such as Chai tea like I did are great options.