Sunday, February 26, 2012

Living Caffeine-Free

A year ago today, I drank my last caffeinated beverage. I can honestly say that were it not for the Lord's kindness, I wouldn't have been able to give them up - I was quite addicted.

Now, I've had caffeine in food, particularly my beloved chocolate; but no coffee, tea, or coke products have passed these lips in a year. Here's some details on my caffeine-free life:

Why? Mainly for health reasons.
  • This time last year I was trying to lose the weight that I'd gained since getting married and decided I'd rather eat my calories than drink them.
  • Given my propensity for UTIs I knew that kidney health was important. Kidneys generally don't like caffeine or carbonation.
  • Deep down, I knew I was addicted. I could easily drink 2-3 cans of coke a day and not even blink (or lose sleep). The Lord frequently convicted me of this.

How? The Lord healed me.

  • I say this in all seriousness. I had tried to give up caffeine before, but always failed due to terrible headaches, temptation, and just craving the stuff. I had no headaches or other adverse side-effects after giving them up. I can now say that I have no desire to drink a coke at all - this is the Lord's work - not my will power (I'm way too weak).

Now? How is my life different not drinking caffeine?

  • My heartbeats a lot slower. Seriously, it's noticeable.
  • It helped me lose about 30 pounds last year which I credit with helping get my body back on track, allowing me to get pregnant with my sweet Hudson.
  • I spend a lot less money eating out - water is free y'all.

So, my encouragement to you is that if there's something in your life that you know is a hindrance to your health, attitude, whatever - give it up. Ask the Lord to help you. Giving up caffeine may be somewhat silly, I know it's not like I was an alcoholic or drug-addict, but for me it was a serious issue and I am so very thankful to God for helping me and look forward to many more years of living caffeine-free.

For the Lord will help me.
Isaiah 50:7

1 comment:

  1. I gave up caffeine for two years!! I never missed it either. I only started back again because I got tired of buying two coffees. But if I get preggo again I'll switch back to decaf! It really is an addiction!