May 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm 3 comments

hi. my name is amy. and i’m addicted to caffeine.

today i’m one week clean. {which probably accounts for my lack of posts last week} i have been addicted to caffeine for about 16 years. i’m taking it one day at a time–and it’s hard.

why?! everyone asks. for the love of all things holy, why?! well, i didn’t enter into this decision lightly, let me just tell you. i love caffeine, especially in coffee form, but i also love my sleep. i have wicked insomnia and it has been suggested to me over the years that cutting out caffeine entirely {insert groan here} might help. the jury’s still out as to whether or not that’s true, but i discovered some other interesting benefits to cutting out caffeine.

the best thing about ditching caffeine is that i am no longer beholden to it. i can wake up and go do stuff without waiting for my cup of coffee. i know, it’s not that long of a wait–mainly because the hubby is awesome and always gets up and makes the coffee–but it’s amazingly freeing. and you know what, i’m just as tired without caffeine as i was with it. so even steven on that one.

the oddest thing about going caffeine-free is that my depth perception is enhanced. {i know, it’s super weird, but i swear it’s true} last week i was having a conversation with someone and i was suddenly more aware of how their nose protruded from their face; how many levels of difference there were between their head and the background. it’s hard to explain, but it felt kinda like being high. and it’s a handy thing for an artist to have more acute perception.

yeah, kinda like that

so will i stick with it? probably. i told myself i’d give it two weeks. i can do anything for two weeks, i said. but i think i like being off caffeine.

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  • 1. Leigh Bhe  |  May 10, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I have gone back and forth giving up caffeine, and like you I am no more tired with or without it. When my kids were little I simply needed it to function! But now, I have difficulty staying asleep, so I have cut my caffeine down to one cup of tea in the morning. The most difficult thing to give up was diet coke – now I can have it occasionally and it will not bring up super huge cravings, but it took about a month of being off of it to accomplish that! Diet Coke was like crack and I would only have one a day. I hope you get through this okay!

    • 2. Amy  |  May 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      thanks! so far so good!

  • […] so did not see this coming. one week off caffeine, i’m feeling good, […]


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