Whenever I drink even the smallest amount of coffee…
- I wind up with tremendous eye pain, which works its way into migraines that last for days. (I got scared straight once I read that coffee can cause exfoliation glaucoma and blindness.)
- Coffee also dehydrates me, ages my face overnight and makes my face a sallow color.
- Coffee makes my body hold onto fat, especially belly fat.
- Consumption of coffee immediately excites my nervous system. The palpable signs are repetitively blinking my eyes, increasing the tightening and clenching of my jaw during the day and exacerbating my teeth grinding while sleeping.
- Within a day or two of consuming coffee, I suffer from irritability, aggression and high degrees of emotional sensitivity.
HOW I USED COFFEE
I struggled with my relationship with coffee for years. I used it to keep me awake on the road when I was sleep deprived. I used it to comfort me; to quell anxiety; to get me through rough and dull patches; to make me feel “cool” and “with it”; and to enhance the fun and excitement of social moments or dates with myself in cafes.
I used coffee to pound out dance choreography when deadlines were looming. I didn’t believe in myself enough to create without a crutch.
I used coffee as a drug when I was working as a publishing consultant to enhance the fun and feeling of it all, as well as peak my mental alertness.
IN THE END
I tenaciously clung to the lures and tastes of coffee, year after year, despite the pain and despite the consequences to my body, mind and, ultimately, relationships.
Finally, my body’s glaring red lights won out and now I abstain from coffee. While coffee seemed to help me and make me happy in the moment, in the end the long-term effects made it no longer worth it.
Am I an anomaly, or are these types of physiological reactions more prevalent than is reported?
I’d bet on the latter.