These are reasons on why I absolutely hate coffee.
Coffee by default is a bitter drink. Its bitterness is the reason why I initially avoided coffee at all cost. Then, I read in one book of The Babysitter's Club Little Sister series that Karen Brewer, the seven-year-old little girl, would put milk and a lot of sugar into her coffee drink, while she was at her mother's workplace. So, that gave me the idea to do that to coffee.
In high school, there was a little school shop near the school entrance. The shop mostly sold school supplies, clothes, and snacks. One day, I went there and bought one of the coffee drinks. It tasted so sweet and creamy. One of my high school teachers always brewed coffee in the morning, so every day in class, I could smell the aroma of coffee.
My coffee consumption was occasional, so I never really developed a coffee addiction like my classmates did. Also, the coffee drinks I purchased had the tendency to be less amount of coffee and more cream and sugar.
Just about a month ago, I watched the documentary called Sugar Coated (2016), and that film just scared the hell out of me. In addition to Fed Up (2014) and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2011), I am absolutely convinced that sugar is a toxic substance. Since sugar is in so many processed foodstuffs, I decided that I had to cut out all processed foodstuffs and all restaurant foodstuffs from my diet. From the documentaries, I knew a little bit of that toxic residue of food additives and preservatives would be still left in my system, so I had to detoxify myself in some way.
I used to be a busy student, grabbing whatever cafeteria food for lunch. And for breakfast and dinner, I would eat home-made foods and double the size until I felt bloated. Bloating was the only way I saw myself as "full". I didn't stop to think about my eating habits, and I didn't really care that I was overweight. As long as I didn't have to go to the doctor, I was "fine". I was young, and I thought I was invincible. Besides, I knew my body didn't gain or lose weight very easily, but nevertheless, my body weight did creep up . . . very slooowly. Then, I became like that 40-something-year-old man in Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2011). I felt pity for that man. He started to realize that he should prioritize his health over his work and money, so in his 40s, he went on a veggie juice diet for a month. Unlike him, I am just 25 years old and don't really have the same health problems as he did in that film. You'd think that a young 20-something-year-old would be carefree about health, but I'm not taking any chances. If a person can get better at 40, then a 25-year-old can receive even more benefits from prioritizing health over everything else.
One of the documentaries said that aloe vera could detoxify the liver of its toxins. I knew I could get some aloe vera leaves from the organic grocery store, because I always saw them when I went grocery shopping with my parents. I went to the store. I also decided that at that point, I would only invest my money in vegetables and fruits, but more on the vegetable side, instead of at a fast food restaurant, because I saw those as rich in nutrients and dietary fiber. I bought an aloe vera leaf, took it home, and peeled it like how I saw in the YouTube video. I ate it raw. It was not that bad. I really liked the sliminess. It was a bit bitter, but it was certainly tolerable. Actually, the bitterness in aloe vera was much more tolerable than the bitterness in coffee without any added sugar. I treated the aloe vera as medicine to heal me, and what kind of medicine isn't bitter?
When I avoided processed foodstuffs and sugar, switched to "real food", and ate until I was politely full (not bloated) for about a month, while maintaining a moderately physically active lifestyle, my mother noticed a change in my physique: that I had lost weight. I speculated that the healthier eating habits could not sustain the same amount of calories I was previously eating.
I believe that I have created a lifestyle that I can stick to for the rest of my life, and I'm glad I started in my mid-twenties. The earlier, the better. I'd say that the source of my motivation to get better is from the food documentaries that I watched on Netflix successively. Now, every time I see pretty packaged food on the shelves at the supermarket, I remember a scene or a quote from the documentaries and just shudder at getting non-alcoholic fatty liver disease due to the fructose-overload in the liver. Now, I try my best to restrict my sugar intake. I know there is sugar in fresh vegetables and fruits, but I'll accept those kinds of sugars, because vegetables have indigestible sugars and are loaded with micronutrients, and fruits are watery and typically low on the glycemic load. I am not diabetic, but being conscious about sugar intake doesn't hurt, right?
2. Stupid Coffee Cups
In America, coffee is everywhere. Sometimes, coffee is offered for free as a friendly gesture. I never really liked the coffee cups the coffee came in. A coffee cup usually came with a lid with a tiny hole in it, and I often burned myself through that tiny hole. So, I usually took the lid off, allowed the liquid to cool down, and then drank it. Nowadays, I don't drink coffee anymore, because I am afraid of the high sugar intake, and not adding sugar to the coffee would be unbearably bitter. Just last Sunday, I experimented with having a cup of regular coffee with only milk, no sugar, because I thought I could handle the bitterness. Nope, it was still extremely bitter, but I never liked wasting food, so I eventually downed the cup and vowed that I would never drink coffee again. Unsweetened tea, aloe vera, and various vegetables tend to be on the bitter side, but my palate can tolerate those perfectly. Just not coffee.
I remember going to the coffee shop in the university library and looking at the prices to different types of coffee drinks. They were quite expensive, which actually discouraged me from buying them regularly. When I did buy coffee, I usually bought the coffee out of the assumption that the advertisement said it tasted like "cinnamon" or "pumpkin". One day, I took a glimpse of the student workers behind the counter. All they did was add sugary flavorings. So, the flavor was completely fake, and I stopped buying the drinks for that reason.
4. Caffeine Addiction
Because I drank coffee rather infrequently in very small amounts, I could easily get off coffee without any problems. I have never consumed much caffeinated products anyway. No sodas, no fruit juices, no energy drinks, because my parents would always say those things were "junk food". I think the prices of the coffee drinks also curbed my appetite for them.
I am just aware of the signs and symptoms of caffeine addiction, because I once took a collegiate pharmacology course and I know some of my classmates once had caffeine withdrawal symptoms.