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.