Challenge series: No Coffee


The Galileo Journalism staff recently embarked on individual challenges meant to push their boundaries and lead to improvement. Each challenge lasted between one to two weeks and was meant to evoke some self realization. Here are their stories.

Coffee is my favorite part of the morning. I have been drinking coffee everyday since the beginning of high school and I hadn’t gone without it for roughly two years. Growing up I would watch my parents drink coffee and as I got older they would offer me coffee. It had become a habit to drink a cup of coffee with milk and sugar every morning. I enjoyed the flavor and relied on the uplift from the caffeine to get me through the day. Including a cup of coffee with my breakfast has been a huge part of my morning routine.

I decided to challenge myself and stop drinking coffee for a week since I know coffee isn’t that beneficial for your health. I knew this challenge was going to be hard and I knew I would probably get withdrawals but I was curious to see what the effects without coffee would be.

When I informed my parents about this challenge they didn’t think i could do it. This challenged me more because they continued to drink it in front of me. This was good motivation to prove them wrong. My dad offered to join me in this challenge, but he backed out.

The first day that I didn’t drink coffee, I felt a lull in my morning. Like I was missing something. My body didn’t really react to not having coffee until the middle of the day were I became extremely tired, and a headache began to grow and lasted until the end of the day.

The next day I was a little more mentally prepared to not drink coffee so I didn’t get a headache but I was extremely lethargic and moody, which highly affect the way I interacted with the people around me. Others around me sensed a shift in my mood, and commented on my low energy.

Over the rest of the week, my body slowly got used to not drinking coffee. I learned to substitute coffee with black tea.  I tried green tea but it doesn’t give me the same satisfaction as coffee.

I still craved coffee though for the first few hours of the morning and it would take me awhile to really wake up compared to when I drank coffee.   

This past Monday was the first day I had coffee after not having it for a week. I was in an amazing mood and I was excited to wake up and start my day. If I had to do this challenge again and for a longer period of time I could probably do it I would just miss the flavor and substitute it by drinking other drinks with caffeine in them. The hardest part was that i had to watch people around me enjoy their coffee. My body though seemed to adjusted to not having coffee, so only the first few days that I didn’t drink it really affected me. From this challenge, I learned that I had a strong inclination for coffee, both for its flavor and its mood elevation. I also learned that I can live without it as long as I am strong-minded.


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