There will be no more coffee for me.
Well, I say that now, but it is going to be very hard to live by.
I have a reason. A few weeks ago I had a very long day on the books – my regular eight hour day and then a night meeting which meant I would be going for twelve hours or more. As I was heading to the meeting, I picked up a Starbucks coconut milk latte, decaf … emphasis on the DECAF!
You might be asking, if I needed some energy, why did I get decaf coffee?
I have a strange allergy to caffeinated coffee. It gives me a terrible migraine and an upset stomach. And there is still a small amount of caffeine in decaf coffee, believe it or not. It’s just enough that I can handle it without getting sick and it gives me that much needed energy buzz.
The coffee was delicious and I enjoyed it throughout the meeting. But as I was heading home a few hours later, I felt that familiar pain. My head began to pound and my stomach started to churn. I was sick for the rest of the night.
I went back over everything I had eaten that day and nothing I had could have made me that ill. I had consumed enough water, so I wasn’t dehydrated. Then I thought of the coffee. It could not have been decaf. I had asked for decaf, but unfortunately that request was ignored and I was now paying for it.
So for now, I’m sticking to tea. But I’ve vowed to steer clear of coffee before and I always come crawling back to that strong, aromatic brew. What is it about coffee that has most of the world in it’s grasp?
Do you have any advice for how to gain some much needed energy throughout the day without coffee?