Hello my name is Melanie…and I’m a coffee addict. Today is my first day of sobriety. Well, to be fair I do make myself give up coffee at least once per year for a few days. Why? Mostly because I can’t control myself. I love coffee, the smell, the taste, the ritual. If I could just have one cup in the morning and leave it alone then I probably wouldn’t feel the need to “detox” myself of it but I’m not that kind of coffee drinker. Last Friday I drank so many cups that I felt nauseous. I considered giving it up then but I thought I could control myself. That lasted a whooping three days. Yesterday after my morning cup of joe, I stopped at a coffee shop just a few hours later to have a mocha. The result? nauseous again (and no, I’m not pregnant). Last week I drank a ton of coffee because I had major PMS and was so tired all day that I could hardly stand it. While it does give me a nice kick in the butt, it also takes me on a rollercoaster. I’ve been tired but having difficulty sleeping, my hormones have been out of control making me less than pleasant to be around. Enough is enough. So yesterday, I literally removed the coffee maker from the kitchen. It is currently taking residence in the closet. My plan is to give it up for 3 weeks (which is the amount of time it takes to form a new habit). I’m sure I’ll drink it after that (I always do) but my hope is that I can limit myself to a reasonable amount that doesn’t make me feel sick or crazy.
Truth is, I’ve been feeling the need to detox so this is just step one. Ever check out your tongue? Remember your doctor looking at it at your last appointment? Acupuncturists do the same thing. That’s because your tongue can give a lot of information about how healthy your body is. My tongue has a bit too much white coating on it which tells me my body is a bit too toxic. This may seem over board to you. You’re probably thinking that I eat really healthy. Well, generally I do eat healthy, but I’ve fallen off the wagon lately. Sure, I eat a lot of vegetables but recently I’ve been eating cheese with every meal, meat on more days than not, large amounts of ice-cream at night, and too much white flour in bread and other treats. Bottom line is that I’ve been feeling like hell so it’s time for me to clean up my act.
The other day I was making dinner and I noticed the “Bragg Healthy Lifestyle” on my Bragg’s olive oil. I went to their website and was delighted to find a heap of information. Patricia Bragg goes into extensive detail about what we should not eat. This list is a bit scary, but here it is: