Coffee – nothing like a cup of joe in the morning?
I remember reading an article on an airplane once that described caffeine as ‘the largest uncontrolled drug on the planet’. That may be, but many people ‘use’ caffeine or simply coffee on a daily basis to lift their energy or get started with the day.
I’ve heard some home moms say that the coffee pot is what keeps them going during their busy days, let alone the amount of coffee that we drink in the workplace.
A tea drinker turned coffee drinker – from the UK to the USA
I do like coffee. I never used to drink it much though. Coming from the UK, I was a tea drinker….my mum even had one of those ‘teasmades’ that make the tea first thing in the morning beside the bed – a buzzer started, a light went on and the tea started brewing.
It was a civilized way to wake up in the morning, by my teenage years I loved my cup of tea in the morning (not to mention the digestive biscuits).
So I didn’t really turn to coffee until later in life when I got married for the second time and moved to the USA (about 11 years now). Coffee was always that ‘posh’ drink we had in restaurants after dinner and didn’t really make much at home.
Living in Southern Maryland and driving a lot – coffee became my ‘treat’
By the time we moved to Southern Maryland, having lived in Virginia and California due to my husband following his Navy career, I had two girls ages three and 19 months, both potty training at the same time. My older girl had been reluctant so I saved the work of potty training until we had moved from the West Coast back to the East.
My husband regularly drinks coffee and used to watch with interest as I tried to make coffee for him using those hotel machines when we were on the move back from West to East. I really didn’t have much idea how to make coffee then.
Once my older girl started preschool, I found myself regularly driving past a drive thru coffee stand on the way home and was drawn in. I have to say, it was really good coffee, and I’ve remained a purist, doing my best to avoid those over-flavored, over-sugared and over-caloried versions that one can also order. I’m a latte fan and my idea of going fancy is to maybe add vanilla and have my coffee iced.
So it became a ‘lift’ after the work of getting both girls up, driving the 12 miles or so to preschool, dropping the older one off, and heading home until lunch time when I would head out again with the younger one in tow to collect the older one. Sound familiar?
When coffee can become a crutch
On the days that I do drink coffee, I stick to maximum two cups a day, usually in the morning. Any more than that, and I feel like my sinuses and my head are starting to get squeezed somehow, and I start to get hyper and more easily wound up.
Also, as a female, I find that the combination of coffee and lets just say certain hormonal times do not mix well. :-/
And, as an energy worker, I avoid coffee and other stimulants when I’m working with others, it keeps my mind clearer and I’m more comfortable giving sessions.
Too much coffee? #Homeopathy has a remedy for that!
Recently on BlogFrog a blogging colleague commented that she noticed times when coffee and certain hormones were a bad combo. I mentioned this homeopathic remedy as well as validation for her and she was kind enough to say that I had made her day!
So I thought I’d share this tip with a wider audience too.
If you’ve had too much coffee, or have that jittery feeling like you’ve had too much coffee, then this homeopathic remedy may be for you!
It’s called coffea cruda and can be taken to calm the nerves.
This from 1800homeopathy
Just as coffee winds up the nerves, its remedy unwinds them, easing many stress-related symptoms as it goes– including hypersensitivity, nervous piercing headaches, and of course, sleeplessness due to an overactive mind, excitement, caffeine or coffee. This single acts best on cheerful, lively, restless people who are sensitive to strain, noise and pain.
I keep this remedy handy and it works well for me even if the issue isn’t related to coffee consumption. Great if you have been up studying or writing late too and are having trouble switching off.
My mum was probably right about her teasmade in the long run
It’s easy to drink less tea, but not so easy to drink less coffee for me. Something to pay attention to.
In recent months I’ve made a concerted effort to drink less coffee and definitely notice a difference between being in ‘coffee world’ and being out of it.
In Italy coffee is served with a glass of water too. Have to say, having lived in Italy for a short while, as far as food and drink goes, the Italians really know a thing or two!
I’m keeping things to the level of moderation…haven’t given up completely but maybe I will, one day. Until then, the odd coffee.