Tonight finishes up a week without coffee for me. Every several months I find myself wanting some coffee in the afternoon, and I don't like that feeling of dependency. The solution is to take a short hiatus from coffee.
Friday and Saturday I had decent headaches from caffeine withdraw. They were not too bad because I have been through this before and knew how to mitigate the damage. I drank tea and ate some chocolate which amounted to maybe a half or a third of the caffeine that I received from coffee. Enough to keep away the worst headaches but not enough to feel the caffeine rush from coffee or espresso.
I will go back to drinking coffee in the next few days. As long as it is only a cup, maybe two, per day I enjoy it. Once it devolves into a 16 ounce latte in the morning and a 17 ounce Starbucks Frappuccino in the afternoon, then my body settles into a caffeine high to low crash rhythm. The high feels good but craving caffeine at 1:30 PM or 7 PM because I feel lethargic is not fun.
Coffee is a blessing. However, with great power comes great responsibility.