“Who are you and what have you done with Danica?”
I’ve been drinking coffee my whole adult life. Pre-adult, even. I love coffee. Truly, love. Mingled with that love is a deep appreciation for all of the humans who make my coffee possible…from the fields, to drying under the sun, to sifting for initial transport…. You get the idea.
I haven’t had coffee in twenty-eight days. Twenty-eight and a half, actually. Not that I’m counting. Okay, yes, I’m counting.
What’s up, baby?
Well, it happened kind of accidentally. Like all great science experiments. I had a stint of unwellness which meant that I didn’t want coffee. That happens sometimes. What is unprecedented, however, is that I didn’t start back up. Instead, I got curious. What would happen if I didn’t drink coffee? Bad things? Quite likely.
Is coffee good for you?
I’ve read a lot of literature on this topic over the years. I’ve come across a variety of findings. In summary, coffee is good for you. And, coffee is bad for you. This time, I pondered: would I be healthier, stronger, smarter if I abstained from coffee? Let’s find out!
Early detox days
Headache. This is to be expected, as all coffee lovers know. To be fair, this symptom could have been caused by any number of factors especially since the quality of the headache was unlike typical caffeine withdrawal.
Later detox days
The headache didn’t last long and I paid attention for other symptoms or changes. What was my system like without coffee? I waited. Mostly, for bad things. Maybe some better sleep here and there, to offset the bad things.
The shocking truth
The most surprising result! Nothing. I have not noticed any change that I can attribute to abstaining from coffee. I wouldn’t have predicted this finding.
Come on back, baby!
A ceremonial comeback cup would be fitting, for my 30th day. Beautiful shade-grown fair-trade dark roast bold goodness in a fine china cup as the sun peeks over the horizon….
I’m still too surprised though. Can it really make no difference whether or not I drink coffee? Has all of the controversy and science been for naught? So, what to do. Maybe 60 days? That threshold could be key. There has to be some kind of physiological impact, yes?
What do y’all think? What is your experience with coffee? Is it good or bad for your health?
Do you think I should continue this accidental coffee detox?