Caffeine/Sugar Addiction and Working Through It

My Insomnia cup, purchased from my favorite coffee shop in Oregon.

Dr. Neal Barnard is someone who’s been an influence in the Cockrell home since the mid-1990s with his “Food for Life” book. It had recipes in it that could work for my father-in-law, who was diabetic. The book also was the inspiration for my husband and I to try our first round of vegetarianism, more so for Jim than me. Continue reading “Caffeine/Sugar Addiction and Working Through It”


A New Tea to Enjoy and Life Without Coffee

A blend of chamomile and ginger tea.

While I still occasionally have one cup (and I mean just one cup) of coffee, I have greatly reduced my caffeine load each day. Generally I drink Genmaicha in the morning and chamomile at night. Continue reading “A New Tea to Enjoy and Life Without Coffee”

Kicking a Caffeine Habit to the Curb


I’ve tried. Really. I have. The evidence is above. These were some suggestions in various forums about what you could try if you want to kick the coffee habit. And I didn’t even include Pero or Ayurvedic Coffee in the photo (those are in the cabinet.)

The good news: I’m down to one cup of coffee a day, which is fantastic given the level I used to drink it. Over the weekend, I switched to the Genmaicha tea by Choice. So far, that’s the winner for me in the morning. It feels more substantial with the brown rice (it is a mix of roasted brown rice and green tea) and has a really nice flavor. The coffees-that-aren’t-really coffees all bothered me to some degree for being either too sweet or too bitter. Many of them have a fairly strong vanilla aftertaste that reminded me of Maxwell House International Coffees, you know, the ones in the tins. I’m a Peet’s coffee drinker, so none of these seemed an adequate substitute.

I am not completely going to give up coffee forever, but for now I’m giving tea a try. I will say that I do have more energy by not drinking as much coffee — the caffeine paradox.