I'll admit, it was a bizarre week to give up caffeine. And pop. And gratuitous sugar. It was the same week my baby girl was born!
A few weeks ago, my wife and I welcomed our new baby girl into our lives. A bundle of joy, sure, but also a lot of abbreviated slumber.
And so what do I do in the midst of all these sleep deprived nights? I gave up coffee!
The motivation was simple. For the past several years I've suffered from substantial headaches. They happen far too often, and have effected my sleep far more than a crying baby.
They almost always last three days, and then on the third day between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., they release, and I'll be back to normal. It's like clockwork. It's a timeframe anomaly that I haven't heard anyone else suffer from.
I get these things a couple times a month. So, in essence I have headaches six days a month.
I've been to the doctor, physical therapists, chiropractors, and taken meds for them. But nothing has changed them. So now, this experimental step, quitting caffeine, soda, and unnecessary sugar.
I usually drank a big coffee in the morning, and a couple high caffeine content sodas in the afternoon. Sprinkled throughout it all, a lot of candy and sweets.
So this is a test to see if quitting this stuff makes a difference in my headache frequency.
And of course to make matters even harder, I quit it all cold turkey. Now, a couple weeks later. I must admit, I feel considerably better.
How long it will last, that depends on whether or not the headaches recur. In the meantime, I miss my Red Bull. But, despite my resolution, let's make it clear, Gummi Bears are not included in the embargo.