Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Coffee

It's official  probable that I have a coffee intolerance.  Sad day.  I have come to the conclusion my stomach does not enjoy it as much as my taste buds do. 

My method: I faithfully abstained from coffee for one month.  I started to feel MUCH better!  No more stomach aches by the afternoon and surprisingly more energy.  So by month two I was interested to see what would happen if I drank coffee just once, "it'll be fiiinnnneee".  Boy was I wrong!  After a 6 oz coffee + 6 hrs I was not a happy Robin.   I had a couple more relapses (just to see) and had a cup while at work or an espresso at home.  These were not comfortable days.  I seem to get stomach pain very high up (not lower intestinal or anything) about 6 hours after drinking the delicious brew.  Is that weird?

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photo credit: tony

I've tried it black, with organic beans, with regular milk, soy milk, almond milk, that gross non-dairy-creamer we have at work, sugar, no sugar, other sweeteners and nothing makes a difference.  It's too bad since I just got some yummy new coffee syrups this past Christmas and adore lattes - especially made on our new espresso machine gifted at our wedding.  I'm coming to terms that coffee may not be in my future.  One day I suppose I could get medically allergy tested to see what comes up but up until now I've never seen the need as I'm not allergic/intolerant to anything.  I still love coffee flavored things (ice cream, cakes, desserts) and those are still a go; for now.

Ideas still to try (cling to): try caffeine free diet, low acid coffee, coffee alternatives, teeccino... learn to love tea?

le sigh... we'll see.  Bye coffee, I loved you.

6 comments :

  1. yecks! so weird. sounds like youre allergic :( i never got into coffee and i dont like anything remotely coffee flavored, but i need a little caffine in the afternoon so i drink one crystal light with caffine a day (it only comes in strawberry) but it does the trick. i want to get off the caffine eventually... but that might be a process. good luck with your coffee alternatives! xoxo jcd

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  2. BUMMER! I would miss coffee terribly. I go to bed at night looking forward to waking up and having coffee, bahaha. I wish I knew a good substitute... lots of things have caffeine, but nothing as good as coffee. :(

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  3. Oooh, that's rough! Maybe try to develop a taste for tea?? I'm not sure I could live without coffee :)

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  4. Does it feel like heartburn? I had severe heartburn for a long time and the doctor kept telling me it was all the coffee/caffeine I was consuming. Turns out the doctor was wrong but maybe that is what you're experiencing when you drink it. Or an allergy?

    Sad, sad day. Maybe hot tea?

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  5. It's all about the hot chocolate, baby!

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