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Why I Quit Drinking Coffee

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It began with a simple question: “So what’re you giving up for Lent?” my friend Chad asked of our couples group from our church.

Most of us fidgeted uneasily, myself included. Some shared profound insights on the discipline of fasting, while others admitted they weren’t sure if they were giving up anything. When it was my turn, the silliest words imaginable escaped my mouth:

“I’m giving up coffee.”

Coffee Mug

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I love coffee. Ever since a semester in Spain, I’ve had a lustful love affair with that dark drink. Several years later, it’s not uncommon for me to have two full carafes of Fresh-pressed dark roast every morning.

I need my coffee.

In an instant, though, I decided to give it up. Not for a day or a week or even a month, but 40 whole days. My goodness, what was I thinking?

Why I’m quitting coffee

I’ve been telling people this is probably “the dumbest thing I could do.” But I’m sticking to it — and here’s why:

  • Because I don’t like being controlled by anything. Caffeine is a drug. It just is. And the fact that I need this drug every morning in order to feel normal — or I get a headache — is not okay with me. So I’m kicking the habit to cleanse myself from my unhealthy dependence on this delicious nectar of the gods (I’m doing this with a little reluctance).
  • Because fasting can be a spiritual practice. By giving up something I think I need, I’m drawn to pray and reflect more, to consider what’s truly important and open myself up to what God might be saying to me.
  • Because one in nine people don’t have access to clean drinking water. Which is something I take for granted and even consider a “boring” beverage to consume. So it’s time for me to better appreciate what I have and use my privilege to help others.

The last reason is the most important. Because recently, I was invited by a friend to join a 40-day challenge.

40 days of water

Blood:Water is an NGO that empowers communities to fight HIV/AIDS through clean drinking water (and other efforts). As part of their 40 Days of Water Challenge, I’m only drinking water until Easter. Setting aside the money I’d normally spend on beverages, I’ll be giving it to those who lack clean water.

Although giving up coffee might seem like the stupidest idea I’ve had in a long time, it’s going to be good for me. My hope is it’ll cause me to do some soul searching and become more compassionate toward those in need. Plus, there are also some legitimate health benefits to quit drinking coffee — which I’m sure I’ll enjoy once the headaches go away.

So if you live in Nashville and see me at a coffee shop, typing away at my laptop with a delicious cup of water by my side, try not to give me a hard time. It’s for a good cause.

How you can join me

If you feel led to join me in giving up coffee (or all liquids other than water), here’s what you can do:

  1. Watch this video.
  2. Sign up for the 40 Days of Water Challenge.
  3. Consider giving a donation to Blood:Water Mission to support the building of clean water wells in Africa (in fact, you can do this even if you don’t want to give up the beverages).
  4. Stock up on the H20! (You may want to spend a few days weaning yourself off caffeinated beverages, as I did.)

Have you ever given up something for an extended period of time? Share in the comments.

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  • http://KatieAxelson.com/ Katie Axelson

    Good for you, Jeff! If I regularly drank anything beyond milk and water, I’d consider giving up for Blood:Water Mission. Instead, for Lent I took advantage of my already unusual sleeping patterns (some may call it “jet lag”) and have been doing the early-morning writing thing. Waking up isn’t bad but crawling out of bed definitely is. I understand why so many writers are addicted to coffee. Although I’ve cranked out a few morning-of blog posts, I haven’t done any substantial writing… yet. I am realizing (as I expected) that by the time my brain gets going, it’s time to go to work.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Interesting. Andy Traub would be proud.

  • Guest 1

    Your article resonates a lot with me. I quit drinking coffee (or any caffeine/ alcohol) due to health reasons. When you take something so simple, pleasurable for granted, because it’s something you do every morning, it’s painful when you realised you can’t enjoy it anymore.  But, I think, that is because I let it controls me. Coffee is one sinful goodness, you’re brave to quit it. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Indeed it is. But don’t congratulate me yet. Let’s see if I make it through.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    Jeff, I gave up Diet Mountain Dew last month for one of the same reasons you list: I don’t want to be controlled by anything.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Excellent, Larry!

  • http://selfstairway.com/ Vincent Nguyen

    Hi Jeff! I’m pretty glad I’ve never had to rely on coffee or anything to keep me going. Like you said, that feeling of control is just terrible. Perhaps it’s because I’m still young, but I intend to be fully energetic every morning on my own!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Yeah… that might go away some day. But there are other things you can do to get invigorated in the morning.

  • http://www.beardsforbreastcancer.com Adam Martin

    Jeff,

    Great post. I don’t drink coffee, but I am considering giving up soda. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iola.goulton Iola Goulton

    The point of Lent is that it’s meant to be a bit of a sacrifice, not something we could do with no effort at all. Well done!

  • Denise

    Very admirable Jeff! I challenge myself every year to give up a number of items for Lent. This year it’s: chocolate, any drink from Starbucks (love their mocha fraps!), all fast food, and soda. It’s a time of reflection and to remind ourselves that a) this should be difficult to do, and b) we probably don’t need all the junk food, material things or whatever we choose to abstain from not just for 40 days but over the rest of the year too.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Wow. That’s like Lent on steroids! ;)

  • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

    I recently gave up wheat. My stomach has never felt better and I have more energy than anytime in the past three years.

    In college I gave up caffeine entirely, with the exception of late night trips. I played golf in college and decided to quit drinking the jitter-maker. It did seem to help and all I needed to make it through a 6+-hour drive back home in the dark was a single bottle of Mountain Dew. 

    I never thought of it, but I saved a lot of money by cutting caffeine.

    Now I drink one cup of tea in the morning. But you got me thinking, Jeff…am I addicted to it? Possibly. Hmmmmm.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      That’s excellent, Matt. I stopped eating bread (and most carbs) around Christmas time and feel much less bloated. I lost 12 pounds, too, which is cool. Keep it up.

      • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

        Very cool Jeff. I didn’t do it to lose weight necessarily but I have lost 5 lbs. in a week :-)

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          Wow!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.servingfromhome Lauren Servingfromhome

    I quit too, for 40 days, as I felt God telling me to test him and see if he could do it – because I know I’m addicted, and I know I’m relying too much on my coffee and not enough on Christ. So encouraged to see this here, and I’ll be looking to that 40 days of water!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Lauren.

  • tparker

    “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Cor. 6:12  I gave up Diet Coke, my major addiction, last year. I went to water. Going into a convenience store was difficult for me. I always feel like if I use their facilities, I need to buy something. The habit was to grab a Diet Coke. So now I grab a Fuji water because if feels like Designer water and I have fooled myself to believing I’m getting a treat. It does taste different to me.

    I’ve also given up most all sugar, wheat and any gluten causing grains, most dairy products. I haven’t given them up for 40 days but for the rest of my life. And I feel better than I ever have.

    I must blog about this. Great post, Jeff.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Hah! Designer water. Love it. Interesting how it became habitual to you. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at A Simple Haven

     Oh, coffee. It really can get a grip on your soul, can’t it? For me, it’s more about the taste and the experience than the caffeine.  I once gave it up for Lent and have fasted from food but honestly the hardest thing I’ve ever given up is make-up/looking in the mirror. Just being real here. Might seem silly, but the results were powerful. Turns out friends love me regardless of how I look/don’t look, which I would have told you before, but became much more real after.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I totally get that, Jenn. Love that.

  • Michael

    Years ago I gave up coffee for Lent… I thought I was going to die. That was a true wake-up call! I agree with your comment re: being controlled by things. This year I am fasting from sarcasm. I teach High School students, so, unfortunately I’ve already slipped- once. Thanks for the Blood:Water Mission link. My friend, Matt Peterson, heads up a similar venture- Hydrating Humanity. Blessings and thanks for the post. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      That’s great, Michael. I’m sure that’s difficult, particularly in that context. ;)

    • FromHisPresence

      Michael, I liked your comment about giving up sarcasm, especially since you are a teacher. I had a teacher when I was younger that was very sarcastic. I adored him, but I was never the victim of his sarcasm. He really cut on his students and even his kids, and hurt a lot of them. Sometimes things that we don’t intend to hurt do actually hurt a lot; you never know the way people receive them, or what kind of inner hurts they may have that keep them from healing from harsh words. You may be the only person a kid comes into contact with who chooses to build them up, rather than tear them down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/victoria.mininger Victoria Gomez Mininger

    In January I was blogging for a 30 day “Fear to Fearless” challenge and I decided to fast from Mt. Dew for the 30 days. I have been addicted to Mt. Dew for 9 years so this was no easy feat. But I can tell you that my faith deepened during that time and I God meet me in some really awesome ways.  It’s difficult going in but the feeling of freedom coming out the other side is amazing! 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Very cool, Victoria. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.creativeideagal.com/ Amanda Socci

    Very, very interesting, Jeff. Your recent posts are leaving subtle hints about your participation in religion and faith matters, which I find to be very illuminating and interesting. Kudos to you for amassing a huge following even while openly discussing spirituality. Something to learn from you!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Amanda. I appreciate that. Just trying to be myself. :)

  • Krissy

    I have an addiction to cocoa! I am a plant-based vegan, and although I am in optimal health, making delicious snacks and drinks with raw cocoa powder on an almost daily basis does, over time, create a build up of toxicity on the body.

    I have not consumed any chocolate since lent began, and in truth, I feel more energized and alive! I will continue to thank God every day for taking this craving from me! It was an addiction beyond my own control!

    I love your blog, by the way! You have a gift for teaching, and you are a true blessing to so many out there who aspire to write, especially not knowing where to begin! I write frequently, and I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts! I always stumble upon useful tips that I can incorporate into my own daily writing practice!

    God bless, and Good luck with the fasting!

    Krissy

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Nice! And thank you, Krissy. I appreciate the encouragement.

  • allie

    Good stuff. 

  • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

     I gave up coffee for lent a few years back – but it was a huge mistake :) It wasn’t that coffee was a bad thing to give up, it was that I hadn’t thought to first ask God, “What do you want me to give up?” I kind of just chose the thing I thought would be most difficult to give up. I didn’t take into account my 1hr 15min commute. But I learned a huge lesson about the spiritual life, that we make decisions about disciplines and fasting in the context of a conversation with God and our friends. Sounds like that’s what you’re doing, Jeff. This Lent, I’m being led into persistence, a discipline of doing hard things. So far, it’s meant praying before going to sleep, and staying engaged in hard conversations. It’s been good. Thanks, Jeff, for yet another opportunity to reflect on the things that matter.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Excellent, Aaron. I’ve definitely been in that boat before, where I gave up something just to appear to be more spiritually deep. And it’s rarely yielded those results. I like your approach.

  • Spinneret

    I’ve gone on a milk fast for a few weeks in the past – which means nothing but whole milk! It was a hard battle, especially since some of the milk we got had started to go ‘off’, so while it wasn’t bad for you it smelled and tasted odd, but I managed to get through it, and I never really felt hungry. I’m really not fond of drinking milk as much anymore, though.
    And I’ve never been able to drink coffee… of any kind that I’ve tried yet. It gives me headaches/stomachaches. So I’m safe from that temptation. :)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I’ve never heard of anyone drinking just whole milk. Interesting. I’d love to hear more. What was the purpose?

  • Rod Rogers

    Don’t give up coffee for too long. Containing over 1000 organic compounds proven to fight various cancers (hundreds of world-wide studies over the last 50 years) it is truly a life saver. For information on the studies, check out the January 2012 isuue of Life Extension Magazine, article “Discovering Coffee’s Unique Health Benefits”.

    One year, not just for Lent, I decided to give up RELIGION. That’s hard to do; we tend to focus on the dogma (God must want me to baptize, commune, dress, worship, etc., in a certain way). Once I did that, I became so aware of God’s grace at work in my life, that it was a joy to extend it to others.

    • http://www.creativeideagal.com/ Amanda Socci

      I agree with Rod Rogers. Religion is not all it is cracked up to be. Having unfettered freedom to have and express faith is key, in my opinion. This is also the basis for my own book on faith, “A Slice of Faith.”

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        Agreed, Amanda. To be clear, I’m not giving up coffee because I felt constrained by my religion. Rather, I’m doing it because I think it’ll set me free from some unhealthy attachments.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Love that, Rod. And don’t worry; I won’t. :)

    • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

      My church’s tagline is that we’re irreligious but not irreverent. Jesus was allergic to religion. Re= again and again, backward/back to; ligio = the law

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scot-Henk/100001754514725 Scot Henk

    Jeff, my wife and I decided to do the Biggest Loser at our gym to lose weight, and get into shape. Coffee has been my constant companion since Basic Training. We have been using protein shakes and multi vitamins and you know what? I looked at my coffee maker, and walked right past it, and have not had a headache at all.  I don’t know if it’s the exercise, or the supplements,  or both, but it is amazing. In 3 weeks, I’ve only had coffee maybe 4-5 times. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Awesome, Scot! I definitely think the adrenaline from working out can help.

  • Cathy Broberg

    Good for you, Jeff! I gave up coffee when I was pregnant with my first child, just because I didn’t like the idea of giving her caffeine. With my second pregnancy, I just cut back on it a bit. One daughter is high energy and one is pretty mellow. I’m sure you can guess which one is which.

    Years ago, before children when we actually had time to watch TV, my husband and I gave up all TV for Lent. What a great experience–we got so much done and had a very reflective, intentional experience.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Hah! Yikes…

  • poetlar

    I enjoy reading your thoughtful posts. I gave up caffeine once a while ago. Now you are making me think about if I should be doing it again. Here’s a poem I wrote back then related to where I should be getting my morning jolt from:
    JUMP-STARTING
    THE DAY

     

    Let not
    caffeine jump-start my heart each day:

    no coffee
    catapult, no java jolt

    to bolt me
    into blue

     

    Just You.

     

    Let the joy
    of Jesus spark my soul,

    His love of
    life and His life of love compel me,

    propel me
    through this day.

    Let thrill of
    being filled

    with Holy
    Spirit

    activate and
    animate,

    stir and spur

    for I am sure
    that in Him

    I am not just
    awake—

    I am alive.

  • poetlar

    Ooops. Sorry for taking up so much room with the poem. For some reason the spacing got thrown all out of whack.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      no worries! it was good.

  • http://growwithstacy.com/ Stacy

    You’re giving it up for a great cause, Jeff! There are a lot of cleanse recipes that have stuff you can add into water to make it taste better and have added health benefits. One that I want to try is apple slices and cinnamon sticks. Pinterest has a lot of these recipes.

    I’ve given up coffee twice. One year, I decided to give it up for the entire year. It was a good experience and I don’t recall headaches, but I do remember that it took nine months before I had no desire for it anymore. 

    Then after having my first child, I went back to it and I quit the day I found out I was expecting again. I had horrible headaches for two weeks. I switched from tea to coffee after I started getting up at 4:30 to do my daily writing. But then after about six months or so, I found that I didn’t need it every day. But, I do enjoy the warm drink in the mornings! I mix it with hot chocolate so it’s not so strong. I like that even more!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Very cool, Stacy. Sounds like I need to get onto Pinterest.

  • http://7feetnorth.com/ Heather Goyette

    I too am doing 40 Days of Water.  Oh can I empathize!  Coffee is the one beverage that I mourn the loss of each day!  I miss holding that hot steaming cup in my hands in the morning.  I’ve been tempted to drink hot water so I can pretend!  But that’s the point; sacrifice.

    Blood:water mission is a great organization!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Awesome, Heather. Stay strong!

  • Lisa

    It’s interesting to see everyone’s journeys through Lent. I have “given up” various things through Lent, and always looking for new ideas. I love the mirror one! 

    One thing I have given up before and am doing again this year is my addiction to “noise”…always having the radio/music on in the car, doing dishes, making supper. It is always hard to keep the dial “off” – the intention being to give me more silence in which to hear the still, small, voice of God. I find it very interesting to see how much I depend on that exterior distraction to avoid the deeper things of God, and what he might be trying to tell me. 

    I am also fasting from food this Lent – giving up lunches every day. wow. Harder than I thought it would be. I find myself thinking about food a lot, which of course drives me to thinking about God. 

    Such a good way to see how controlled we are by “outer” things. Lent is “hard” but good, in a deep soul-rich way. 

    Blessing on you, Jeff in your Lenten discipline. I love the way you tied it to a way of giving to those in need. 

    Lisa

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      It really is interesting. Thanks for sharing. I’ve done the lunch thing before. Great way to create space in your day to think, reflect, and pray.

  • http://livetheneweconomy.com/ Mike

    Jeff, I’m all about forced deprivation as a tool for self-awareness (I recall Marcus Aurelius singing the praises of sleeping on the floor while he was the Emperor of Rome for just this reason) but coffee is the nectar of the Gods!  Though I do applaud your commitment to clean water charities.  We’ve occasionally contributed to Charity: Water ourselves!

  • Tiki222

    I gave up coffee about a year ago. Now I only have once a week for breakfast. But I find on those days my that the writing just flys onto the page and I come up with more and better ideas.  So I’m thinking of going back to it. 

  • Robyn Mellar-Smith

    I gave up eating anything with sugar in last March (except fruit). I only drink water, black coffee & herbal teas. I have lost 20kg and feel fabulous!

    I am not giving anything else up for Lent, because I felt the Lord caution me not to take anything else away at the moment, as I develop the life-long habit of no sugary food :-)

    Blessings!

  • http://www.mondayisgood.com/ Tom Dixon

    For me it is Coke/Pepsi – not coffee – but agree with your thought that it does control you. Getting a headache is a reminder that we’re consuming something that has consequences. Not sure I can make the switch to water…but great reminder that I should!

  • Pmbieber

    I am sure I have (having come from a Catholic background we always gave up something during Lent), just don’t think anything impacted me.  And now I think we may be on the verge of tougher times. So to practice giving up something when it is available and easy to acquire now, could be an investment in strength for harder days ahead.

  • Mirelba

    I don’t do Lent, but in my religion we do have several fast days throughout the year that I try to dedicate to introspection and improving interpersonal relationships.

    I gave up caffeine (well, at least caffeinated coffee and coke) about ten years ago, and all forms of coke about two years ago.  During the winter I have a decaf coffee about once a day, once the days turn warm more like once or twice a week. Sometimes an herbal tea.  Other than that, it’s water.

    The last food I’ve given up is wheat, about a month now and my joint pains have disappeared by and large, and I’ve lost about 9 pounds!

  • http://twitter.com/dlawrencesmith Daniel Smith

    Thanks Jeff.  Unfortunately I’ve never been able to enjoy Coffee – love the smell, hate the taste. 

    I’ve recently taken to a slightly different slant on lent.  Being an introvert who automatically seeks self depreciation – I’ve found celebration as the best preparation.  Hope it’s OK to post a link here.
    http://danielawrencesmith.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/eating-more-bacon-for-lent/

  • ywriteswhatever.wordpress.com

    Hi Jeff, I also signed up for B:WM’s 40 Days of Water. I can relate to you, coffee is the hardest to give up. I had headaches during the first few days and became moody and all. But Like you I am commiting to it, hopefully through God’s grace, I will be able to finish this challenge. :)

  • Dave

    Hearing your description of coffee almost makes me want to start drinking it, but I generally get my fix from Diet Dr. Pepper. I’m well-aware that it has a hold on me though.

  • FromHisPresence

    Hey Jeff, way to go being willing to give up something important to you. I’ve had to learn that God is not a legalist when it comes to fasting, but He sure loves it when we give Him a gift that costs us something. I used to fast on milkshakes and smoothies. Ha. Yes, it was a little sacrifice, because you wouldn’t believe how bad you crave a burrito after a few days of milkshakes. (I was the only person alive who was gaining weight while fasting.) But then I realized that eating nothing but Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough shakes probably wasn’t the most sacrificial thing in the world. I hope God rewards you with awesome things happening in your life. :)

  • http://twitter.com/cupojoegirl Eileen Knowles

     You’re a better man than me, Jeff.  You can do it!   I have a good friend who can’t drink anything with caffeine.  She order hot water when we go out.  She loves it and has done it for years.  I think more than the caffeine I am addicted to the warm mug.  I think it’s a comfort/security thing.  

  • http://nwatutoring.com/ Andrew Brewer

    This is awesome, Jeff! I gave up all sodas the day after Christmas and haven’t looked back.  Soda, however, was only step one in getting rid of all liquid dependencies from my life. I can totally relate to your desire to not be controlled by anything, including caffeine. Coffee — the dark, exotic, hot cup of beauty that it is — is going to be a hard thing to look away from. I’m eager to hear how this journey goes for you. It’s already been an encouragement to me!

  • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

    Cannot even imagine the PAIN you must be going through right now. I applaud what you’re doing. :) I will NOT say anything to rub it in. I promise. 40-days of silence on java-love. Way to go Jeff. I’ve thought about doing it before too…

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Samantha.

      • Keith L. Bell

        The taste will beckon you back later.  Whether or not you will give in remains to be seen.  Not to tempt you, but I’ve gotten to the point where I can enjoy just one cup a day, and if I miss, I find that as long as I drink a little extra water that day, I don’t get the headaches.

  • Margaret Feinberg

    Jeff, I applaud you for your efforts to give up coffee. Don’t think I could do it! 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Margaret. I’m not sure I can, either. ;)

  • Brianna Lamberson

    Hey Jeff,

    I have given up coffee, cigarettes, gluten, meat, dairy, tv, and shopping at various points in my life. Let me tell you, giving up is not as easy as it sounds. I’m sure you know that well enough by now. How are the caffeine withdrawals? Also, let me get this straight: you’re only drinking water for 40 days? Is that right?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Hi Brianna. Wow! Sounds like you know what’s up. :)

      Still having headaches, but they’re lessening. I’m taking tylenol to counteract them.

      And yes, I’m drinking only water for 40 days. What that doesn’t mean is that I’m fasting from food, too. I’m just fasting from all other liquids, besides water.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I switched from coffee to green tea last summer.  I quit mainly because I don’t really like coffee without a bunch of sugar and cream in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wade.balsdon Wade Balsdon

    Hats off to you Jeff. While I am not controlled by coffee or anything else for that matter, I would not easily volunteer to give up coffee. It really helps me to get going in the morning. 

  • ZacharyBouck

    The best thing I ever gave up for Lent was the snooze button. Then I realized it was more fulfilling to do something proactive rather than give up something, so now I try to do something. This year it’s actually going to church every week. 

  • http://letitflowjournals.tumblr.com/ Taryn Kelley

    I think you gave up about the hardest thing possible for lent! I instead opted for beer-no where near as trying for me as coffee! Props to you! 

    http://letitflowjournals.tumblr.com

  • http://littlezotz.com/ Lauren

    Best of luck! :) I had to give up caffiene (and sugar) a few years ago. The first week or so was Hellish, but then it was all okay. Haven’t had any since 2009.

    Be careful not to overdo it with water though. As Strongbad would say, “Too much of a good thing is an awesome thing. But too much of an awesome thing is…umm…really, really dumb and bad.” (I actually ended up in the hospital last summer for overdoing it on water drinking. Whoops!!)

    Would love to read a follow-up post on this after Lent is over. I’m curious if you’ll continue to not drink coffee…if you’ll go back to drinking it but cut back…or if you’ll give into it entirely again. Can’t wait!

  • Guest

    I hope that you are drinking tab water and not “stocking up” on bottled water. Tab water is in most parts of the country perfectly fine, the idea that bottled water is somehow better tasting/safer is an invention of the bottled water industry* and would defeat the purpose of your challenge. (*unless you are vacationing in a hot country). 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Yep. Love tap water. I also have a home water filter.

  • Sarah

    wow, so lucky that I can drink coffee without becoming dependent. caffeine is not a drug for me..

    • Keith L. bell

      Sounds familiar!  Oh yeah!  That was me several years ago! :)  Sorry to report Sarah, but Caffeine is a drug for anybody who uses it.  It is foreign to the human body, and it has a direct effect on it whether great (or small for now…).  :)

  • Keith L. Bell

    You can avert much of the headaches by staying a little more hydrated than you normally do (drinking larger amounts of water in the first few days).  Most of the reason caffeine gives us headaches is because it drains water from the body, dehydrating us.  After a couple of days, you can go back down to a normal daily intake of water as your body begins to get used to staying hydrated.  Works for me bro!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Awesome, Keith. Thanks!

  • wwjw.com

    According to the study of health,drinking too much coffee is bad for our health.Just like what you have talked about,water indeed is the best choice for us.That’s why I keep on drinking water all the time.

  • http://twitter.com/KleeInTheWorld Jim Klee

    Jeff, congratulations on giving up coffee for Lent! You clearly have made it through the worst part–now you are a free man. I did the same thing 8 months ago when I decided I was tired of being a slave to caffeine. For many years, I drank good coffee and lots of Diet Coke. I ended my servitude to both, cold turkey. No coffee–not even decaf, no tea, no soft drinks, no aspartame. Just water. I never knew I was so dehydrated. I suffered debilitating headaches for the first week, but then I started feeling better. I do not intend to ever go back. Thanks for sharing your experience. I will check out the link for “40 Days of Water.”

  • Savanna Harper

    Good luck with your 40 days of water! I’m sure you will feel so much better after you’ve  had nothing but water. I cut sodas out of my life about four years ago and I have been drinking mostly just water since then(I sometimes drink juice, almond milk, or great tea, but mostly water). Since I have made water my choice of drink I feel so much better, even more energized. Try using ice if you are getting tired of drinking the water it helps!( cold water is always better, at least I think so:)

  • Donna George

    I admire your commitment to sacrifice your flesh for a greater good. After reading this blog it is apparent to me that I joined the appropriate writing course for me. Not only are you talented, but you are a man of faith and not ashamed to share. I have participated in a 30 day fast, but not yet 40. I am inspired indeed.

  • http://www.yepiclip.com/ yepi

    thank for share. I think I need to drink less than the current

  • http://friv-2.yepi-yepi.com/ Friv 2

    I can’t reject a cup of coffee. It’s smell is so unresistable…

  • http://www.yepi-yepi.com/ Yepi Friv

    Coffee still is very unrejectable drink. It helps people a lot

  • http://www.y8u.org/ Y8

    This is the way I would expect this information to read.

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