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I quit caffeine for 30 days! What? Why? Video of the Day!

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Updated: December 5, 2020
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Editor's Note

An Ode to Coffee- It's early Monday morning and I creep out of the bedroom and head to the kitchen and brew my first cup of coffee. The only thing that come's before my morning Java, is a quick stop in the bathroom and then let the doggos out to do the same. I can't imagine a morning without coffee. Why would I quit it? What has coffee ever done to you? It's not like coffee is an excuse to use sugar (or even worse aspartame) and cream. I drink it strong and black. The way real coffee should be enjoyed. It's not as if coffee is a gateway to sugary desserts. It's just coffee! I was once told that the 2 BEST coffees in the world are Jamaican Blue Mountain and Kona. I've tried them both and they are delicious. But at home, it's plain old off-the-shelf store bought coffee for me. What about you? Are you into the fancy coffee trend or are you a coffee minimalist like me? Could you give it up? 

-Paula Henry - MBL Founder

I quit caffeine for 30 days

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Quit caffeine for 30 days. Yeah. Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world and it’s how millions of people start their days. And that’s true for myself as well. I love the ritual of making a cup every morning. It grounds me no pun intended. It fuels my work and it just tastes really good. So why on earth would I give it up? That’s a good question while I don’t think caffeine is inherently dangerous. I do suspect that after years of consuming and every day I may have built up a strong dependency by quitting coffee and all caffeine, including energy drinks, soda, and even chocolate. Yes, there are about 70 milligrams of caffeine in a chocolate bar. I wanted to see if there would be any impact on my sleep, anxiety, overall mood, and most important on my energy levels. Well, there’s 30 day caffeine detox, destroy my productivity completely. And turn me into a bumbling idiot. If I wasn’t a bumbling idiot already,

We will find out in this video. Oh. And since

I just want to see if I could, I’ve had at least one cup of coffee every day for the past 20 years. I haven’t gone without coffee. So literally you haven’t missed a day. I haven’t missed a day. I swear. This is going to be rough. I know.

So this is our ceremonious last cup of coffee Glasgow for the next 30 days. Here’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year about habit change is how important it is to control your environment. Whether you’re tracking progress on a calendar where you place your vitamins on the counter, these things can act as triggers to kickstart your habit and remind you to do them. And on the reverse side of things, if you’re quitting caffeine, sugar, alcohol, or anything else, the first step is to clear it from your home before my brain completely fails me. This video is brought to you by Skillshare. As you guys know, I’m super passionate about self development, as well as building practical skills for everyday life. And Skillshare is a great resource for both of those things. They’ve got tons of classes on productivity, creativity, as well as entrepreneurial skills stick around at the end of this video, as I drink my first cup of coffee in 30 days, and talk about a class that I recently took that helped me out a lot. My head might explode from the brush of caffeine. So you might want to stick around for that.

So the first 31 hours, my caffeine fast went by without incident I braced for the pain that was headed my way and it didn’t happen until hour 32.

I struggled through my work for three hours. It was impossible to concentrate. My head was pulsing. I felt my veins in my head throbbing. I gave up on trying to work and went to bed at 5:00 PM. Hoping I’d feel better. The next day, most of the day there was, I had a light headache. I got a little bit of nausea in the morning and for whatever reason, my headache just came screaming back. And it’s hard to even talk right now because it hurts so bad. It took me a few days to get through the worst of it in five days until all the symptoms completely went away. I wondered how Chris was holding up. My headache just kicked in

Pretty hard, and I’ve got about a 32nd to one minute attention span. After that, my brain just kind of clicks off and I find myself staring at the computer screen, staring at the blank. See what I’m saying? It just, this perpetual emotion of stuck low energy, no focus. It’s the end of day six. And I feel, I feel really good. The more physical activity I do, the better. I feel I didn’t have any headaches today. I haven’t really had any grogginess. My energy levels are starting to, even out

As the physical symptoms disappeared, it was apparent that there was still something missing from our lives. Do you think coffee is even about the caffeine for most people? I mean, you do see it a lot. Like especially people are like, don’t talk to me until I have my first cup,

Right? I think coffee is this amazing. Choose your own adventure book. There’s a certain amount of people who love it for the caffeine, but for a lot of people, it’s, it’s a different kind of social lubricant and the aspect of going to cafe. It’s a place where you can go. That’s the great equalizer. You’ve got people from all walks of life, all different kinds of jobs. You got people that make millions of dollars. You’ve got people that make hardly any money at all. And you come to the coffee shop and everyone’s together. And that’s one of the most beautiful things to me about

Is it true that America runs up.

America does not run on Dunkin. America runs on copy. For sure. Copy is one of the most heavily traded commodities on earth and the sliver of the market that we operate, what we would call specialty coffee. Some people call it third wave coffee is really, really, really small. So you might see more fancy lattes in your neighborhood. You might see more pour overs in your neighborhood, the beer, but the reality is that that sector of the market is tiny.

So what you’re saying is that America runs on Dunkin. The weeks went on into this experiment and I continued to miss coffee, traveling home, to visit family and friends. It seemed that coffee was everywhere. I turned at that point. I wasn’t above anything, whether it was Dunkin Starbucks, that whore Keurig, I just needed a taste

And while I did start drinking peppermint tea to curve my cravings and keep my brain preoccupied, the social aspect of having coffee with family or friends, just wasn’t the same. The thing that

It was like the really the most stressful was not being able to partake in the social aspects of coffee. I just felt kind of alone. I felt like I wasn’t part of the crowd. I felt like I really wasn’t plugged in socially

In terms of sleep and anxiety. I didn’t notice any changes for me personally, but even later in the month, I did have a few long days that I really could have used to pick me up. I’m under what you would call a deadline. And I have a lot of work to do. I realize how helpful it is when you really need it to keep myself going. I moved around a lot. I got outside, I went to the gym for some cardio, ate fruits for a little hit of natural sugar. You’re gonna have to blur this out. This is not appropriate for YouTube. The fact that you guys are watching me eat a banana right now, seriously, there’s so Rose overall. It wasn’t the end of the world, but it would have been nice to have a little bit of caffeine as this 30 day experiment comes to a close. Would I do it again? Absolutely not. Definitely not. While I learned that I don’t need coffee. I learned that I really want it. I love it. As a part of my day as a part of my routine, though, I will say that doing this 30 day detox did allow me to gain a greater appreciation for the beverage that we love so much. Matt,

Thank you for ruining the past month of my life. It’s been a beautiful, amazing experience and I hope your month was, is equally terrible as mine.

I’ve been thinking about this moment for the past 30 days. Oh my God. Stop. Stop.

It’s too good.

So you guys might know my friend and fellow YouTuber, Thomas Frank. Well, he just released a really great masterclass on productivity, on Skillshare. If you’ve ever felt disorganized or unproductive, this class will change your life. This isn’t just about tips and tricks. It’s about creating a system that will make your life more effective and more productive. I am very interested to see how the caffeine interacts with my body. I’m already. Yeah, it’s already there. It already hit me. Skillshare is super affordable with an annual subscription. It costs less than $10 a month, but if you sign up right now, you can get two months free. So use the link in the description. You gotta use that down there and it’s going to allow you to get access to Thomas Frank’s productivity class. You’re going to regret it if you don’t do it. And you also regret it. If you quit coffee, I’m not joking. This stuff is amazing.

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