I never thought I could live without coffee. My first-ever cup of the stuff was at Dairy Queen. Fourteen-years old and desperate to appear more grown up, I hated the taste. Yet I clearly remember the fireworks that went off in my brain as I sipped the hot liquid. I was hooked.
For a short time – a month – I gave up coffee while I worked swing shifts. By swing shifts, I mean 90% graveyard shifts. Luckily, I moved, found another job, and plugged the coffee pot back in.
But this summer I had a health concern. As it turns out, coffee has been linked to fibroid tumors. Given the chance to turn a corner health-wise I figured this was my best option. Total detox. Beginning with coffee, which I knew I was drinking too much of anyway.
The new morning routine around is all about decaf tea, and once in a while a an afternoon cup of Teecchino, an herbal “coffee” which isn’t really coffee at all. I miss real coffee. I don’t crave it like I used to, but as a compromise, I’ve decided two cups of coffee a month – one every two weeks, is acceptable. A reward for finishing a project, reaching a writing goal… or just celebrating a new haircut. On those days you’ll find me at Pete’s coffee, savoring every delightful sip of life’s magical elixir called COFFEE.
Got a vice you can’t give up? Or one that you’ve given up?
Jamie Brazil is the co-author of The Mayan Sisterhood, currently a FREE download on KOBO. You can find her at http://facebook.com/BrazilBooks