For the last year and a half, I've been drinking coffee with whipping(!) cream about five days per week (Monday to Friday). With the odd exception when breakfasting or brunching out, I don't drink coffee on weekends. I feel this approach keeps my coffee drinking "in check" (like sugar, I try to keep some discipline over addictive foods). What's interesting about this intermittent approach is that I observe the impact of coffee fairly regularly. For example, some Saturdays I find I have a dull headache for a good part of the day, or my energy level isn't what it should be. I generally take this scenario to mean I've had too much coffee through the week (note to self: keep it at one cup a day).
|Regular coffee with a good helping of whipping cream.|
On the flip side, my Monday re-introduction to caffeine often results in the jitters - especially those odd Monday mornings when I tell myself I need that second cup. On a related note, I've been on an enviable stretch of post-Christmas leave from work this week. As a result, I've only had one coffee Monday morning with a friend, and another coffee date this morning (Friday). This morning I enjoyed a real chai latte (not that syrup crap), plus a regular coffee (which was absolutely not necessary). Since the coffee, I've been buzzing like hummingbird. It's a weird feeling I'm not sure I like. On the upside, I've done quite a few chores around the house.
So, with these considerations and observations in mind, I'm formalizing my personal
rules guidelines for coffee consumption:
- Limit coffee days to no more than five days per week
- Limit individual servings on any coffee day to one
- Do not drink any coffee concoctions with sweetener (especially that syrup nonsense)
- Resist the temptation to by a fancy coffee maker for home
- Do not let these (perfectly reasonable) guidelines make you batty about coffee drinking
Anyone else out there conscious about coffee consumption?
Note: I don't find coffee to bother me from a histamine perspective. My brother suggests it does negatively affect his eczema, despite it being "allowed" according to the International Chronic Urticaria Society.