Back in January, I gave up coffee for a month during my Whole 30. When my Whole 30 was over, I added caffeine back in, and found out pretty quickly that one cup was my limit.
But since that happy day coffee and I reunited in February, I’ve felt increasingly less well on my one cup. (It gives me headaches and makes me jumpy. This post set off all kinds of bells in my head. Go read it.) I switched to half-caff pretty quickly, and a few weeks ago I switched to 100% decaf. It was a sad day for this devoted coffee snob.
But I feel great.
When I ditched the caffeine a few weeks ago, I viewed it as an experiment, not as a permanent thing.
But last week I was talking to a friend and she happened to say–she didn’t know caffeine and I were on hiatus–“I quit caffeine three years ago, and you couldn’t pay me to go back.”
I realized my experiment was over: I already had my results.
Last week, Jen created a Myers-Briggs-inspired sleep personality inventory. (If you’ve never visited her blog, check out her 21 tips for survival mode while you’re there.) A quick review of my coffee personality made it clear it was time for caffeine and me to break up.
Don’t know your coffee personality? This quiz is for you:
Loves the taste of coffee (L) – (H) Hates the taste of coffee
Loves to sample new varieties (S) – (C) Committed to one brand
Needs coffee to function (N) – (D) Doesn’t need coffee to function
Gets pepped up from the caffeine (E) – (F) Falls apart from the caffeine
I am a LSDF, which means I should keep drinking my coffee…decaf. The sad thing about decaf for an LS is there are far fewer options. But as a DF, it’s clear I have no business drinking the leaded stuff anymore.
I’m not committed to being a purist. My husband’s a (fellow) coffee geek, and we love to coffee shop (the verb) together. I’m counting on tasting his drinks, or maybe sipping (tiny) sample cups somewhere.
I may have to reevaluate that decision in the future, but golly, I hope not.
What’s your coffee personality?
P.S. I wrote a book about personality! In Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, I walk you through 7 different frameworks, explaining the basics in a way you can actually understand, sharing personal stories about how what I learned made a difference in my life, and showing you how it could make a difference in yours, as well.