Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Caffeine Detox - Part IV

My nine month caffeine detox experiment has finally come to an end. After watching on the "The Secret Life of Coffee" on the Food Network and reading Frum Philly Farmgirl's posting on coffee, I realized that I could not stop drinking coffee for the rest of my life. My self-control was tested every time I smelled its rich aroma wafting out at me as I passed by coffee shops.

On Sunday morning, I went to the kosher Krispy Kreme near my home and drank a large cup of coffee. Needless to say, it was fantastic! I got such a buzz off it that I felt a tremendous surge of energy. I came home played with my kids outside and all the kids in the neighborhood. Twelve hours later, I still felt that my energy level had not dissipated, and after laying down in bed I could not fall asleep for an hour.

So, here it is, the last posting in the "Caffeine Detox" series. While I do not envision returning to drinking coffee or sodas on a daily basis, I will now enjoy an occasional cup of coffee.

(Photograph courtesy of Krispy Kreme)


At May 10, 2006 at 10:45:00 AM EDT, Anonymous chabakuk elisha said...

I guess that all things must come to an end ;-)
What are your plans for upcoming (hopefully not) fast days?
Enjoy your coffe!

At May 10, 2006 at 10:51:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

I am going to try to limit my coffee intake to one or two cups a least to begin with. This way I don't think I will get addicted again. This will also hopefully help the fasting.

How many cups a day do you drink?

At May 10, 2006 at 10:59:00 AM EDT, Blogger Philly Farmgirl said...

Wow, ASJ that was some coffee buzz! I bet the children had a blast! There is definitely a trick in not letting yourself get addicted again. I am so careful not to drink more than my two small cups in the AM with my beloved. Half of it is scalded milk and that helps. I have done the detox several times and this time has gone the best and (please G-d) I think I actually got it! I should think the absence of caffiene will help with fasting immensely.

At May 10, 2006 at 11:00:00 AM EDT, Blogger Philly Farmgirl said...

PS. Make sure you drink your water! This is VERY important in general but especially with this. Coffee dehydrates you and you have to really make up for your water intake when you drink it.

At May 10, 2006 at 11:06:00 AM EDT, Blogger Akiva said...

May the Ribono Shel Olam grant that this be your biggest nisayon in life.

At May 10, 2006 at 12:15:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Frum Philly Farmgirl: Thanks for the advice.

Akiva: If only that was so!!

At May 10, 2006 at 12:29:00 PM EDT, Blogger Alice said...

Mwaaa haaaa haaaaaaa. I knew you would return to the dark roast.

Oh, and kosher Krispy Kreme- two fantastic things rolled into one. Their jelly doughnuts are to die for.

At May 10, 2006 at 12:45:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

The featured doughnut of the month is always fantastic. My kids like to watch through the window as they make them glazed doughnuts.

At May 10, 2006 at 2:25:00 PM EDT, Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Your journey towards the dark side is complete!

At May 10, 2006 at 2:30:00 PM EDT, Blogger Fedora Black said...

I know how you feel ASJ. I used to make an 8-10 cup pot of coffee every morning, and basically drink the whole thing for breakfast. And of course, then there were the cups I had during the rest of the day. My wife was of course worried about my health, so she made me stop. I stopped cold turkey, from one day to the next, which was probably the worst thing I ever did. I was seriously sick and non-fuctioning for a week, and it took maybe three weeks before I felt human again. I have a lot of sympathy for recovering alchoholics and drug addicts now, as I know that how I felt was only a taste of how a real detox feels.

After that I would just have a cup of tea in the morning, and maybe a cup of coffe once a week, especially if I had been up working late.

However, since my very serious hangover after this past Purim, I have been drinking at least one cup a day, usualy two, and the other day while working I must have had five!

I sense that I am heading down the path of darkness again...

At May 10, 2006 at 2:52:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Fedora Black: The dark roasted bean lurks waiting for all of us ;)

At May 10, 2006 at 6:41:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Neshama said...

ASJ, want to make sure you read this:

I once went off coffee - it was possible. No withdrawal.
But then I read some good things about coffee, and how just 2 cups a day would not harm, but instead be good. I very much like coffee and coffee flavored ices and parve ice cream.

I make mine with 1) soy milk/creamer, 2) coffee (instant with Pesach hecksher), (3) sugar, then the calm boiled water.

When I use drip coffee (organic* only), first is soymilk warmed, placed into a small pot and placed under the dripper, then the coffee drips into the warmed soymilk. This turns out to be so delicious.

I say coffee is the non-alcohol drinker's drink.
*Organic coffee does not contain the same chemicals used to keep the roaches and other bugs away. It's usually sundried. The flavor is richer than regular. Those chemicals are a killer, just like the over 500 chems added to cigarettes. It's the chems that kill you.

How's your wife?

At May 11, 2006 at 6:20:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

PT: I knew I could count on you for a Star Wars reference ;)

Neshama: I did read your comment and appreciated the information.

My wife is doing well, thank G-d! The baby is due any day now and we are both getting very excited. Thank you for asking.

At May 11, 2006 at 11:07:00 AM EDT, Blogger Akiva said...

Ahh, new babies, a wonderful reason to need that caffeine infusion. B'sha'a Tova!

At May 11, 2006 at 11:21:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

You are quite right, Akiva! It is a good thing that the coffee shop is a cross the street from the hospital! ;)

At May 11, 2006 at 2:38:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

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