Coffee is a way of life for many people, including myself, and many of us drink so much coffee we actually make ourselves jittery and sweaty before we even start our days off. Drinking coffee is hard to give up entirely, but if you want to cut down on how much coffee you’re actually consuming, you can help your coffee intake make you more alert rather than a jittery mess, without giving up your favorite brew entirely. Here’s how to cut down on drinking so much coffee.
While your coffee is brewing, drink a big glass of water. This way, if coffee is the first thing that hits your belly to start your day, you’ve already got liquid in your stomach when you drink water first thing, and something to offset the immediate jolt that coffee gives you. Besides hydrating you and waking your body up in a more natural way, when your belly has a decent dose of water in it, you just plain don’t have room for the 3 or 4 cups of coffee you normally drink. You’ll likely cut down to 1 or 2 cups, since your stomach has already hit a decent fluid intake already.
Weaken your coffee brew. If you normally make coffee so thick it would make your ancestor’s lips curl as you drink it, add a tablespoon or 2 less of coffee grounds than you normally do, so you can still enjoy your normal coffee amounts without getting so much caffeine you can’t even see straight. This is particularly great if you drink a whole pot of coffee before you leave the house, and you can’t fathom drinking less. Weakening your coffee as it brews allows you to have as many cups of coffee as you want without getting so much caffeine.
If you enjoy really dark coffee and won’t weaken it down as you brew it, alternate decaf with regular coffee so you can have that dark taste without the extreme amounts of caffeine. You get the coffee taste you enjoy, and can have as much as you normally drink, without the huge amounts of caffeine. The taste is better than weakening coffee if you just love that super dark brew. For every tablespoon of regular coffee grounds you use, toss in decaf.
Make a smaller pot of coffee, so you can’t drink the whole pot. You’ll automatically think you drank the whole pot of coffee when you get down to the last drop, only you drank a half pot instead. This is great for people who notoriously make a huge pot of coffee and don’t stop until it’s been depleted. Your coffee grounds not only last longer, but you trick yourself into thinking you drank more than you did when you only make a partial pot of coffee.
Drink water in between cups of coffee. Water actually is a natural energy booster, and drinking water again fills up your belly with fluids so you just don’t have room for coffee. When you break up your coffee intake with a glass of water, it also lessens your craving for another cup of coffee, and helps weaken the extreme effects of caffeine in your system as well. If you can, for every cup of coffee you drink, drink a cup of water, and you’ll easily find yourself drinking much less coffee overall and still feel super energized.
Only make a pot of coffee once a day. If you’re like me, and can drink coffee any time of day (and often do), limit your coffee brewing to just in the morning. Try not to make a pot of coffee after dinner unless you have company and limit your coffee drinking to the morning only. This way, you’re not so full of caffeine you can’t get your body into rest mode for the night.
personal experience cutting down on coffee