"A lot of the time I felt like I had to exclude myself from certain situations"
Giving up coffee I
can imagine it would be similar to giving up other addictive substances. That’s
how I had to treat this experiment. For the first week of giving up coffee I
had to have a substitute; I used orange juice. I would usually have a
cup of coffee as soon as I woke up. I immediately experienced withdrawals
when I stopped consuming coffee. I needed a different substance to lessen
the cravings and the feeling of being deprived that I was experiencing. I currently live with two other
individuals that are daily coffee consumers. When my roommates made coffee or drank coffee around me it made me crave
coffee. I had to distance myself from them when they were indulging in coffee.
I planned out waking up before them to make breakfast, grabbing some orange juice,
and going back downstairs. When I heard them up and about I knew that the
house would soon be filled with the aroma of coffee. I removed myself from what could possibly be a trigger. I went out to the garage and threw
weights around. I hope reading my experience helps someone else that may be
trying to do the same or maybe a challenge similar.