Habit #8 – Lower your caffeine intake

Over a period of 20 years I used to drink around 10 cups of black coffee a day (Norwegians love black coffee). I usually drank 3-4 cups black coffee before having any breakfast.. truth be told.. black coffee was my breakfast. Normally I didn’t eat anything before lunchtime. During the last year’ish I’ve had a trasition from black coffee to tea, and I’ve started eating breakfast every day as well (but that’s another habit-post).

First off I slowed down…  drinking only 3 cups a day: One @ 6am,  one @ 9am & one @ 12. Next step was to cut the noon cup… and during the last 6 months I’ve only had one cup @ 0530 (and that’s an espresso).

Instead I drink tea… around 6 cups a day. 3 cups of green tea & 3 cups of different types (Earl Gray, yellow lipton, etc..).. Drinking tea is of course another habit I’ll return to.

I’v never felt more awake in my adult life 🙂
This fact is probably due to other new habits as well (physical & mental exercise.. among them)

From Dr. Travis Bradberry great article – Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Emotional Intelligence:

  • Coffee (much like sugar) actually  improves cognitive task performance (memory, attention span, etc.) in the short-term
  • performance increases due to caffeine intake are the result of caffeine drinkers experiencing a short-term reversal of caffeine withdrawal..
  • In essence, coming off caffeine reduces your cognitive performance and has a negative impact on your mood. The only way to get back to normal is to drink caffeine, and when you do drink it, you feel like it’s taking you to new heights. In reality, the caffeine is just taking your performance back to normal for a short period.
  • Drinking caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline is the source of the “fight or flight” response, a survival mechanism that forces you to stand up and fight or run for the hills when faced with a threat. The fight-or-flight mechanism sidesteps rational thinking in favor of a faster response.
  • Caffeine has a six-hour half-life, which means it takes a full twenty-four hours to work its way out of your system. Have a cup of joe at eight a.m., and you’ll still have 25% of the caffeine in your body at eight p.m. Anything you drink after noon will still be at 50% strength at bedtime. Any caffeine in your bloodstream—with the negative effects increasing with the dose—makes it harder to fall asleep.
  • When you do finally fall asleep, the worst is yet to come. Caffeine disrupts the quality of your sleep by reducing rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the deep sleep when your body recuperates and processes emotions. When caffeine disrupts your sleep, you wake up the next day with an emotional handicap.
Green tea is better…

Mindful Simplicity: Decluttering, Cleaning & Leaving No Trace – Leo Babauta

A GREAT post from Leo Babauta…

Decluttering & Cleaning (immediately after eating etc..) are habits I myself have “activated” but not yet “implemented”… I’m working on it.

From the post:

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Cleaning and decluttering, for me, are mindfulness practices. They are not chores that I dread, nor ways to strive for a perfect living environment, but ways to practice living in the present moment. As such, they are some of my favorite things to do.

I wipe a counter with a rag, but I’m not doing it thinking, “This kitchen is so dirty!” (judgment) or “I wish people would clean up after themselves!” (expecting things to be different) or “I have a lot of work to do today” (future thinking) or “My son really got on my nerves when he said that this morning” (dwelling on the past). Or at least, when I do think these things, I notice them, and return to the wiping.

Please check out the entire post @ zenhabits.net

Van Morrison

From Wikipedia:

Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists.

Quotes:

Music is spiritual. The music business is not.

The future is keeping you out of the present time.

If it’s what you do and you can do it, then you do it.

I never paid attention to what was contemporary or what was commercial, it didn’t mean anything to me.

I educated myself. To me, school was boring.

In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing.

You can’t stay the same. If you’re a musician and a singer, you have to change, that’s the way it works.

I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity.

Every performance is different. That’s the beauty of it.

You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense.

I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.

There’s always got to be a struggle. What else is there? That’s what life is made of. I don’t know anything else. If there is, tell me about it.

When I was growing up in Belfast all I was listening to was American music.
Irish music was going on all around me, but that was nowhere. I was looking for
something diff erent.

Blues isn’t to do with black or white; blues is about the truth, and blues is
the truth.

Hearing the blues changed my life.

Well, it’s all about healing, isn’t it? Art, literature…. that goes way back. It comes back to this question: what’s your original face? Know what I mean? Who are you really? There is so many different kinds of healing but, if you are in alignment with yourself, then that in itself is going to be healing. If you’re trying to be something other, like something  superficial, trying to be someone you’re  not, then that would take you away from your true centre. Really, if you’re asking about those songs and those albums, then it’s about getting back to the true centre within yourself. That healing thing. It was nothing new. Music has always been about healing, hasn’t it? I was just doing my own thing on that.
(in an interview with Uncut Magazine about the album “Into The Music”)

When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this. When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this. When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch. Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this.

Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…

Spiritual hunger and spiritual thirst
But you got to change it
On the inside first
To be satisfied

And I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will fold into the mystic