I’ve come to a disturbing realization: I drink way too much coffee. I blame the office environment (because surely it can’t be me.) Working in an office, you start to develop this Pavlovian reaction to the smell of coffee. So much so that even when a pot of fresh coffee isn’t brewing, your mind plays tricks on you, it’s 3:00pm and you’re exhausted, and you could swear you smell coffee. So you make a pot. And have your third cup of the day. Or when you’re out shopping, you make at least two visits to the mall’s Starbucks counter. (In shopping’s defense, shopping can get really tiresome.)
So I’m trying to kick the habit. Or at the very least, curb the addiction. I’m at a quiet roar right now with a lame-o one cup of coffee in the morning. And I still cheat, because who am I kidding, three glasses of iced tea at lunch packs plenty of caffeine. But I’m trying to limit that too. I swear I’m suffering in the office most of all. The pots of coffee keep on getting brewed, and some days, I still go for cup number two. All suggestions are welcome. I love tea – but most of the teas I love are packed with caffeine (green and black tea). And the idea of chamomile tea puts me to sleep just thinking of it (also, it reminds me of a spa, and since I’m generally nowhere near a spa, I’ll spare myself the wishful thinking). I’m trying a box of decaf earl gray right now, but it’s not quite doing the trick. I like Starbucks’ passionfruit tea – so good – and caffeine free – but I’m spoiled and only like it on ice (the green straw is not half bad either … I’m a straw slut), so that’s not always going to work. Any thoughts or tips for kicking the caffeine habit (or tricking myself into thinking I’ve gotten my “fix”)?