If you’re a coffee lover, nothing beats the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sound of steaming milk for that delicious cappuccino, or stopping off for a double espresso in your favourite coffee shop.
And why not? After all, the NHS suggest drinking coffee (up to four cups a day) can be part of a healthy, balanced diet.
But, if you’ve had your fill of coffee granules, pods and filters, chances are you will feel calmer, less tense and most importantly, less dependant on that coffee fix if you quit.
To help you give up those mocha moments, here are some other ways to get yourself going…
1. Ditch the coffee machine
It may be a new model or thing of beauty, but if you’re really serious about giving up coffee, then the machine has to go. Whether you give it away or hand it over to a dear friend, you’ll be doing yourself a favour. As they say, out of sight, out of mind.
2. Change your morning routine
If you always take the same route to work and grab a coffee on the way, make a point to go another way. Even if it just means walking on the other side of the street, you won’t be tempted to pop in.
3. Drink milk instead of coffee
Studies show that drinking a glass of milk is much better than water to stay hydrated. A source of high quality protein, carbohydrates, calcium and electrolytes, it replaces sodium lost in sweat and helps the body retain fluid
4. Drink tea
If you’re a person of habit and used to having a cup of coffee with your toast and marmalade, try tea with avocado on toast instead. The mind naturally associates certain drinks with food, so what you don’t see, you won’t miss.
5. An apple a day
Apples and/or apple juice have been proven to give you more energy than coffee. Apples contain natural sugars which release lasting energy thoughout the day, rather than in one short boost. Try making fresh apple juice and you can keep the juicer in the open space where the coffee machine used to be.
6. Early morning exercise
If you’re feeling lethargic and realise how reliant you were on that cup of coffee, exercise instead. It may feel like a huge effort at first, but by stretching first thing, going for a brisk walk, cycle ride, or heading down to the gym, will give your body far more energy and keep your mind alert.
7. Have a realistic goal in mind
If the thought of saying you’re never going to drink coffee again sounds too daunting, set yourself goals. That way, it won’t feel like such a big deal. For instance, try to go without coffee for a week. The first few days will be the worst, but once you’ve reached the seventh day, chances are you’ll be feeling so positive and full of beans (!), two weeks will suddenly creep into a month and you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.