Who knew being allergic to caffeine was a thing?
Not I. And apparently, I have it.
I should have known that drinking coffee shouldn’t lead to a very accelerated heartrate or a feeling of anxiety. But it’s been a symptom for me every time I drank it that I thought it was normal. That everyone got that way. I wasn’t fond of the aftereffects, but I liked the taste of coffee, so I kept at it sparingly.
Recently though, I became used to drinking it every morning for a few weeks and it was then that I realized coffee made me break out. Bad. And as soon as I stopped drinking, so did the breakouts.
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I tried other methods of caffeine and as luck would have it, I can’t have black or green tea either or the same problem arises. Welp. Now, I can only use my other senses to experience the beauty of coffee and some of the teas.
But is it truly a bad thing to be allergic to caffeine, a substance that is actually deemed a drug, or is it a blessing in disguise? Sure, I will never get a rush of energy anymore or a midday pick-me-up, but I will not get to experience a crash either, or the feeling of needing caffeine to be able to operate properly.
In a sense, it’s been freeing to have this allergy as it’s been forcing me to find other methods to get energy and to drink other things that I won’t necessarily depend on.
WAYS TO GET OFF CAFFEINE
DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Get your taste buds away from tasting coffee, sodas, energizing drinks, and non-herbal teas. Purify it. Eventually your taste buds will be more accustomed to the taste of sweet water and everything else will start to taste foreign and overwhelmingly sweet.
FIND ALTERNATIVE SWEET DRINKS. If your main reason for drinking caffeinated drinks were the sweet tastes, I was on the same boat. These days, I’ve grown to love pouched fruit drinks like Capri Suns and fizzy water drinks like Perrier. They have easily replaced my previous love for Coca Cola. If those don’t do it for you, perhaps try smoothies.
GET MORE SLEEP. There are studies that caffeine actually makes you more groggy the next morning, making you need more caffeine, which makes you sleep worse, which makes you need more caffeine, and the vicious cycle continues. Try getting better sleep meditation or just allowing more hours to sleep. I’m a huge believer in a good night’s sleep so I may do a different blog post soon on my night-time routine!
HIT THE GYM. It’s been proven that exercising allows you to be more energized for the day just because you’ve been moving your body around. Try going to the gym for an hour or so to get your blood flowing. I know that after my workouts, I feel worn but energized, if that makes sense. If you can’t do that, maybe a few simple jumping jacks will work as well. Exercise is also a great contributor for a more sound sleep, which may just be what you need!
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It has been over a week since I’ve gone caffeine-free and I definitely miss the taste of coffee and boba milk tea. But I can happily say that I’d rather trade those vices for a healthy body and face any day.
Have you had to give up something you’ve enjoyed so much?