For over 20 years, I never considered myself a coffee drinker; I often chastised my sister for being addicted to it. She’s one of the people who’d get headaches from caffeine withdrawal after going 24 hours without it. When I started working full-time, I limited myself to 1 cup per week to practice discipline and refrain from become addicted myself. That was when I worked close to home and had flexible hours. Now I have an hour long commute (at least) everyday and an 8-hour workday with meetings that usually last between 2 and 3 hours. I knew I wouldn’t be able to survive without caffeine and knowing that I would have to drink it 4-5 days a week, I had to make some changes.
The first thing I did was remove sugar. I was easing myself into becoming a black coffee drinker because first and foremost, I needed the caffeine, not the sugar. Plus, most creamers had some sugar in them already. After about 2 weeks of coffee with cream, I was ready to transition to taking it black. It actually wasn’t that bad and I actually enjoy it. I now can tell when a coffee is good or bad.
Here are some health benefits of drinking black coffee [Source: http://hubpages.com/hub/coffeehealthbenefits]
- Great source of antioxidants
- Promotes digestion – coffee is a diuretic
- Increases athletic endurance – very similar function to caffeinated GU gels
The key here is to understand the difference between drinking a Venti Caramel Latte from Starbucks and a cup of black coffee. Simply one’s good for you, and the other isn’t. I never thought I could be a black coffee drinker one day, let alone a coffee drinker, but now I am. In fact, I recommend it.