CaffeiNATION

Before we decided to give “baby making” a try I wanted to cut caffeine out of my life completely. We are such a caffeine fueled nation and I didn’t want to be a part of that anymore. I was addicted to coffee. I’ve actually never liked the taste of coffee but I loved the effect. I tried to quit coffee once before that but the headaches made me jump off the wagon. I was weak, I admit it. The idea of a little baby made me a little stronger and I was fully able to squash my coffee addiction. Yippee. It’s been 1.5 years and I haven’t had any coffee. None. (OK, that’s a lie. I have had some sips of Manfriend’s occasional Frappuccino).

Is our house coffee free now? No way. Manfriend is one of them. He has to have a couple of cups a day to even function. Thankfully, we have a Keurig and he doesn’t waste coffee like he use to because the Keurig makes one cup at a time. It seems most people have some form of a coffee maker in their homes, and if not, I am certain they are of a small minority. It is funny to see how people line up for coffee. I live in Washington, the home of Starbucks and we have coffee stands/shoppes on every corner. It makes it hard not to be caffeinated on a daily basis. Trust me.

The other night in class we were talking about the most abused drug/chemical (alcohol) when a student raised his hand and said that he believed caffeine was the most dangerous drug. He had myriad reasons but we don’t look at caffeine as the most abused/dangerous drug (because you don’t hear of people “driving while caffeinated” or people smuggling caffeine and overdosing, etc). But if you really think about it, have you ever tried to quit caffeine? It is TUFF. The headaches, mood swings, irritability, late mornings, short fused parents…the list goes on.

I am so happy to have quit coffee. There are days where I think I will stop and get a latte somewhere just so I don’t fall asleep but I always stop myself. But, wait. I doubt you are as proud of me as I am. Here’s why: I am addicted to Green Tea Lattes. From Starbucks. They are delicious. I don’t know many people who like them (my sister thinks they are bitter and Manfriend won’t even taste them) but those of us who like them, love ’em. Dear God, I am craving one right now.

At first I didn’t think I was addicted- then I noticed that when I skipped my morning tea, I was exhausted. I refuse to try a green tea latte from any place other than Starbucks because no matter which Starbucks I go to- they all taste the same (one reason why Starbucks is so dang popular). I make sure to get mine unsweetened and non fat to cut back on the sugar and calories. Of course, my drink of choice has half the caffeine as a coffee drink, but it is still caffeine, nonetheless. There are 85mg of caffeine in my beloved green tea latte and about 185 mg in a Cafe Latte so it is quite a bit less. I’ll stop myself now because I am clearly making excuses for my obsession…

I am one of them.

3 thoughts on “CaffeiNATION

  1. Good for you! I’ve never drank coffee. Never been a fan, ever. I know I would benefit from it, and people at school think I’m crazy for not drinking it in grad school, but ohhh well. Is it supposed to be “bad” for you during pregnancy?

    P.S. That is good about Starbucks having decent quality control. I remember the smoothie place in Bellingham, what is it called…Roebecks! Yah you could get the exact same smoothie from the location on two different days of the same week and they would taste WAY different. It sucked.

  2. You can have caffeine during pregnancy but there is a limit. Most people say 1 cup. I opted out completely just because I didn’t want any caffeine. The real problem right now is the number of kids who get caffeine- crazy huh!?

    Starbucks is known for quality control. Seriously, every drink ALWAYS tastes the same. I’ve had zero problems from Seattle to Lakewood to Texas to Florida- all exactly the same.

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