I have a confession about an unhealthy addiction to make.
My spouse and I are planning to go on a trip that is going to involve lots of small boats on potentially very choppy waters. There’s a good chance that I’ll spend some portion of the trip seasick. So, I’ve started to think about how I’ll manage the situation. Things like going to the travel doctor to get some seasickness medicine and reminding myself to drink lots of water. That got me thinking about coffee. I like it, a lot. But, I also know that it’s not a good thing to drink when one is trying to avoid dehydration. Plus, what if I ended up some place where I couldn’t easily get a good cup of coffee? I was really worried about going through caffeine withdrawals while dehydrated on vacation in a place that I do not want to have to go see a doctor. My train of thinking led to the unthinkable idea of giving up coffee.
This is in contrast to one of my favorite times of the day when first thing in the morning I drink a hot cup of coffee. In fact, coffee has been, up until very recently, something that I never went without. It was one of those little vices that I hung onto in spite of a healthy diet otherwise. Now, I’m not per se saying that coffee is unhealthy. What do I know about the health benefits, or lack thereof, from coffee? Nothing. But, here’s what I do know, I was addicted to the stuff. That became abundantly clear from the enormous headache I got the day that I didn’t drink a cup of coffee. It felt like my head had been cleaved in two by a blunt ax. Not nice, at all. That headache was all I needed to know that the amount of coffee that I was drinking was not good for my body. So, I mustered through a headache that lasted for a couple of days until I got through to the other side of being caffeine free.
Besides ridding my body of the caffeine, another really good thing happened. Instead of a jolt of caffeine, I got a jolt of motivation. It was a reminder that my quest to eat healthy has everything to do with how I want to wake up in the morning. For me, good health is not about how I look, or what others think about me, but how I feel inside about my life. I want to wake up every day feeling rested, healthy, happy, content, and strong, clear headed and ready to take on the day, whatever it brings. I also don’t want to be a prisoner to unhealthy foods or drinks. Right now, since my headache has waned along with my caffeine addiction, I’m feeling pretty fantastic. In keeping with the notion that moderation is a good thing, giving up my morning coffee doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ll never drink the stuff again. I’m just not going to do it every day such that it becomes an addiction. I’ll drink it on my terms, not those of its addictive qualities.
Some of you may know that I have a new little show called the Barbell over at Cocktail Hour Productions. http://cocktailhour.us. If you’d asked me a year ago whether I thought such a thing was possible, I would have said no. But, sometimes you never know where you’re going to end up. Not only am I motivated about my own health, I’m motivated to share in a discussion with others that might help us all wake up feeling rested, happy, content, strong, clear headed and healthy. The next show will be recorded on June 13. My good pals, wicked cool Nikki of Cocktail Hour Productions’ Flicks and Swizzle Sticks, and the always awesome cofounder of Cocktail Hour Productions, Andy, will be joining me to chat about two really informative documentaries on health. They are “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and “Forks Over Knives.” Both are available at Netflix.
Until then, eat healthy, keep moving, manage stress and own it. There are few things in this life that we can control. One of them is how we take care of our bodies. Peace.