Morning Coffee Addiction: The Starbucks Drive-Thru Ritual!
When it comes to having a morning coffee addiction, I’ve met many people who can’t start their day or function without their Cuppa Joe.
Every time I pass a major coffee chain, I can’t help but stare in amazement at the drive-thru. Each lane is mobbed; overfilled with cars in line like sheep. No matter how early I pass by, people are waiting (often crabby and irritable) for their morning energy tonic.
It’s no mystery that places like Starbucks, Caribou, Gloria Jean’s, and even Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s sell coffee to millions of morning commuters.
In this article, we’ll explore the morning coffee addiction phenomenon. In order to understand why morning coffee addiction exists, you must first identify its underlying source. Do you drink coffee for the taste or as a ritual?
I Love Coffee but Can't Drink it 🙁
Although some people may think this is gross, I love the taste and flavor of black coffee – no sugar, no cream. However, I don’t drink coffee; not because I don’t like it or am against it, but because I physically can’t. I have a sensitive nervous system and coffee makes me feel like I’m going to have an anxiety attack.
About 6 years ago, I was having breakfast at a small, organic cafe’ in Key West. Normally I would order green tea, but since they were serving organic, shade-grown, fair-trade coffee, I ordered a cup. Actually, I ended up drinking almost three cups of the coffee because it was delicious. Little did I realize… it was Cuban coffee!
I was uncontrollably hyper and jittery. I felt panicked. Since I was not a regular coffee drinker, I never understood the morning coffee addiction concept… until this moment! Consequently, it took a full breakfast, an hour brisk walk around the island, a dip in the gulf of Mexico, and three strong craft beers to calm down.
How Does YOUR Body Feel About Coffee?
Ever since that day, I choose to avoid coffee. But since I love the taste, I occasionally enjoy a few sips from my wife’s cup. If I do, I make sure it’s not Cuban or anything similarly strong.
Decaf could be an option – but to me, decaf doesn’t taste the same (even “naturally decaffeinated” options). Instead, I opt for green tea. It has lots of health benefits, I like the taste, and green tea has only 30% of the caffeine content compared to a cup of coffee.
I love coffee, but simply stated – coffee unfortunately does not love me. I know this about myself because I listen to my body. Listening to your body is a remarkably simple concept. If applied, it can transform any addiction – including a morning coffee addiction. The question you need to ask yourself is if coffee work for your body.
Here are 3 Reasons Why you Might Have a Morning Coffee Addiction
Reason Number 1: You Can't Distinguish the Ritual from the Taste
Do you really have a morning coffee addiction or are you addicted to the RITUAL of drinking coffee in the morning? That’s the most important question to answer in order to determine if you have a morning coffee addiction.
If you drink coffee in the morning for the taste, but can do without it altogether, you likely do not have an addiction to coffee. On the other hand, if you need coffee in the morning or you’ll be a miserable crab-ass all day, that’s a different story.
If you resonate with the crab-ass, I invite you to understand why you need coffee in the first place. You may not be addicted to the coffee itself, but to the pattern created by drinking coffee every morning throughout the years.
Patterns are adopted automatically through growing up and from observing what other people are doing around you (parents, friends, family, coworkers). Sometimes breaking these old patterns can be the most challenging goals to accomplish.
Thankfully, it is possible to transform your unhealthy addiction to coffee into a healthy balance that works for your body. Learn how by reading my book
Reason Number 2: You're Not Getting Enough Quality Sleep and Using Coffee to Compensate for Your Lack of Energy
If you drink coffee throughout the morning for energy, maybe you’re not getting enough sleep. You probably understand the importance of quality sleep. It’s restorative and deeply energizing, allowing your cells to heal and regenerate for the next day.
Getting an adequate amount of good sleep can have a huge positive impact on your overall health and well-being. With a good nights’ sleep, you should be energetically able to start your day without needing caffeine.
These days, people take medications for practically everything. If you can’t sleep, take a pill. If you lack energy, take a pill. If you’re chronically fatigued, take a pill. They have a pill for every ill but pills only mask your symptoms!
Drinking coffee for energy in the morning is like taking an energy stimulant pill. Your morning cup of coffee may give you a temporary energy boost, but it will not cure the cause of the lack of energy.
There may also be other factors causing you to have a lack of energy in the morning. From my experience of coaching people who struggle with coffee or other food addictions, I’ve learned many lessons.
Here was the most powerful lesson: consuming foods and beverages that do not fully resonate with your body can cause you to feel lethargic, sluggish, and tired.
You may want to evaluate what your diet looks like and ask your body to let you know what is causing the lack of energy. The easiest approach is to keep a detailed diet journal or food diary. I explain how to do this in my book, Transformative Nutrition.
Water is another important factor considering energy levels. Drinking an adequate amount of clean water throughout the day (especially first thing in the morning before your coffee) can cause a significant increase in your energy level.
Reason Number 3: You Have a Dysfunctional Relationship with Coffee
However, if you don’t have a functional relationship with your body (especially knowing how your emotions and thoughts affect you physically), you likely have a dysfunctional relationship with coffee as well.
Making the conscious effort of tuning in to your body will enable you to slowly (but permanently) transform any dysfunction – including a morning coffee addiction. Having a functional relationship to the foods and beverages you put inside your body will cause your body to have a functional relationship with you.
Similar to relationships with other people, your relationship to your own body is a two way street of cooperation and compromise.
Listening to your body is the most powerful secret that can help you understand why you lack energy in the morning. Ultimately, you have exclusive access to the answers about why you have a morning coffee addiction.
These answers are exclusive because they’re unique to you – nobody else in the world has your body. Therefore, nobody else in the world (including doctors) can know your body better than your body knows your body.
Here’s the bottom line: When you listen to your body, you’re able to discover and implement the diet or lifestyle modifications needed to increase your energy without coffee or any other stimulants.
BIG Vices, little Understanding
The morning coffee addiction concept can also apply to fantasy. Sex, drama, and horror sells like wildfire in our society – which is pretty obvious. Many people indulge in books and movies that are based on scary situations, dramatic themes, and steamy sex scenes.
Maybe this is meant to tap into your subconscious mind, similar to your attachment to coffee? In other words, are you really interested in having those types of scenes in your life, or are you addicted to the FANTASY world they create for you? Nonetheless, an intriguing question to ponder…
I need my coffee….......NOW!!!
I want to get something straight. I don’t see anything wrong with drinking coffee regularly – IF coffee works for your body. There are many health benefits of coffee,
But anything in excess (even good stuff), can have the reverse effect and actually cause health issues. When you say I NEED my coffee (or need anything for that matter), you create an unhealthy attachment to that thing, which causes imbalance.
Break the Caffeine Habit through Healthy, Balanced Living
In conclusion, to truly know yourself, you must start questioning your actions and habits! Discover where they come from and why they exist. You may uncover the physical, mental, or emotional root of why you THINK you have a morning coffee addiction. This also applies to other addictions; sex, alcohol, drugs, chocolate, drama…etc.
By tapping into your body’s communication, you have the ability to fully understand yourself. It is possible to break the caffeine habit and the solution is to live a healthy and balanced life. Equilibrium is our natural state and our body knows best when it comes to living in balance, The question is…are you willing to listen?