Is there such a thing as being addicted to coffee and is coffee something that we should be careful with? Annie shares her view on the great coffee debate. Find out if Annie, herself, drinks coffee or if she’s a water only kind of gal.

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Coffee Addiction

Coffee is a physically addictive thing, clearly. It does a lot of the same things neurologically inside the brain that alcohol does and heroin does and other things. It creates a need for itself. You build a tolerance to it. Sugar is also a very addictive thing that I get asked about a lot. But one of the key differences is that with both coffee and sugar, it certainly isn’t as toxic. You’re not harming your body to the same extent as alcohol and other drugs. And you’re not going to harm anyone else.

The Difference

So you’re not going to change who you are in terms of you’re not going to get in a car, you’re not going to drive drunk overly caffeinated. I don’t think there’s the same dangers in driving. Or overly sugared. So I think for me, I certainly drink and enjoy coffee. I’ve thought about giving it up a few times just for health reasons or health benefits or you know, for other reasons.

I think the key difference, is that from an emotional level, I don’t have the cognitive dissonance in my mind about drinking coffee. I’m not sitting there, I’m not mentally obsessed with it. Nor am I pining for my next drink of coffee. I’m not wondering where it’s going to come from. Or getting frantic if for some reason I can’t have it, maybe I’ll get a headache or something. But I’m not getting frantic or upset about it. It doesn’t have the same hold on me. So for me, that’s a pretty big indicator that I’m not giving over my power to coffee. I was certainly giving over my power to alcohol. Alcohol was far more important to me than it should have been in my life. And I felt like I needed it more than I wanted to need anything or anyone.

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Curbing Coffee Addiction

My advice is always to be super gentle with yourself. So if you are going through a 30-day challenge and giving up alcohol or you’re giving it up indefinitely, whatever the case is for you, if you’re gentle with yourself about sugar, about coffee, and let those things happen. For me, I know I drank a lot more coffee in the early days than I did kind of now. And now I’ll just drink a cup or two. But I was drinking coffee pretty much throughout the day for the first probably six months that I quit drinking. And that was, it was really a substitution a little bit. And I allowed that, because I was being really gentle with myself. Now maybe I’ll drink a cup in the morning and that’s about it.

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