I have not given up caffeine altogether (believe me, you would not like the blogger I would be if that were the case). Instead I know that technically I'm allowed 2-3 cups of coffee a day. So instead, I opt for a chai tea latte (has less caffeine than a cup of coffee, even at the largest size), or a half decaf half regular cup.
And tonight was the real test. I headed to Starbucks to get out of the house and read some more of Jane Eyre and I had a free drink postcard from them because of my birthday (and because I'm a gold card member who rocks.....In the last month I've had another free drink as well as a free treat....mmmmm caramel bar). I looked at the menu. I thought, "I should get a chai." But I wanted something different. So I calmly ordered a half decaf mocha, the largest size. I figure that means no more than half of it was reg. which is no more than I'm allowed. And it was delicious and gave me the energy boost I needed.
Because without some caffeine I wouldn't be functioning these days. There is a reason most of my get togethers with friends involves caffeine....I'd be asleep otherwise! For instance, I'll wake up at 12:30 p.m., do nothing much, be tired by 2/2:30, but thinking "this is ridiculous" and refuse to nap, maybe make it to 7, take a nap for a few hours, then be up until 1:30/2 a.m. and repeat. Add that up: that makes me up for about 10 hours a day, versus the normal person's 16-18. But I know it's important to get sleep to grow this little snail, so I do it, but within reason. Because there is a damn good reason my house always seems to be messy lately. I do one task and am ready for a nap!
Still, caffeine can cause problems, so I cut back. I add water and juice to help dilute it in the baby's system. But for a coffee and tea lover, to ask me to quit would be insane. And from what I've read, wholly unnecessary.