So, would you believe I’m a decaf drinker?! In my high school and college days I was able to drink caffeine all hours of the night. Late nights hanging at the diner fueled by cheap black coffee didn’t effect my sleep at all. Then while I was in yoga teacher training I became more sensitive to caffeine and gave it up. It was then that I began to tune in to how the caffeine effected my mood and energy. It actually ended up making me more tired later in the day when I had a full-Tass cup in the morning. I do enjoy the ritual of drinking a warm (or iced in the summer) cup of coffee and still enjoy frequenting coffee shops (here are some of my local favorites). I just no longer require the extra buzz (and am now more of a tea drinker during the day).
A lot of people ask my opinion on caffeine and whether or not it’s healthy. It seems like there’s a different study coming out with a different opinion on that daily. I believe everything is alright in moderation. And on the scale of things you can be addicted to, caffeine is not high on the scary list.
How to switch to decaf? I began to slowly ween myself off of caffeine by drinking 1/2 decaf first then going less and less. Sometimes a coffee shop will treat you like a second class citizen for ordering decaf. I always appreciate a coffee shop that brews decaf with the same care.