For years, I have been known for my love of Monster energy drinks. By no means addicted, I would indulge in one can a day in the morning the way some people enjoy their cups of coffee. On the rare days when I didn’t have one, I suffered from headaches and drowsiness. One night, I even suffered the worst migraine of my life when I hadn’t had any caffeine that day.
That’s when I knew it was time to give them up.
Granted, that was three years ago and I just couldn’t bring myself to part with my daily fix. I enjoyed not just the jolt these drinks gave me, but how effortlessly they fit into my routine. It was simple: wake up, get ready, grab Monster as I walk out the door, and open when I reach the bottom of the hill, plunging my straw into the bubbly and caffeinated goodness. It was just what I did and a part of my life, the way some people go for a morning run or check the mail on the way home.
Over the years I have gotten teased for my daily beverage of choice. The coffee fans thought I should grow up and grab a java. The soda fans wondered how I could drink something so strong. My dentist warned that excessive drinking could harm the enamel on my teeth.
I took all of these theories and opinions in with a grain of salt. It was my life and who is to tell me what I should and should not drink. The folks who guzzled coffee and soda throughout the day were much more caffeinated than I was and I could still drink a full Monster and go right back to sleep. Granted, that might be due to the fact that I can literally sleep anywhere. I never felt addicted to my beverage of choice, but I couldn’t help worry about how my teeth would deal with the high levels of citric acid on a daily basis.
I knew that I didn’t want to rely on these drinks—or any drinks for that matter—to get me through my day. And I certainly didn’t want to rely on these beverages as I approached my 30’s.
As of Memorial Day (May 26, 2014), I have been Monster-free for fifteen days.
I’ll admit, the first few days weren’t the easiest. I suffered from headaches and felt very foggy as though my brain were shrouded in misty clouds, but I pushed through. I supplemented my morning drink with some green tea and it seemed to help. Though I didn’t drink the tea every day, the days that I did helped me to transition from daily drink to no drink. Eventually, the fog cleared and my energy level returned. I could wake up early without my liquid crutch.
As it turns out, quittin’ was pretty easy.