CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011
ENJOY COFFEE IN MODERATION
I was in my thirties before I began drinking coffee. I started the habit when I was leading domestic violence group meetings at my dining room table, and attendees forbade me from making their coffee. My schedule was so tight that I succumbed to drinking coffee during the meetings, and discovered it helped me with a physical problem.
Since then, I have enjoyed one cup of coffee each morning while I read the daily newspaper.
Then came the time that I spent the weekend in the hospital. I’d had symptoms of heart problems that they weren’t going to address until Monday. I was admitted Friday evening.
Disaster! I wasn’t allowed a cup of coffee on the cardiac floor. Nor was I allowed to leave the floor to get some. Nor was anyone allowed to bring in a cup for me.
When I was discharged and went home, my physical condition that coffee averted was full blown. I was angry.
I read an article later on a study that showed one to three cups of coffee will not harm cardiac patients. I became angry again.
For most people a morning cup of java isn’t harmful. It’s that old and sage rule: all things in moderation.
If you rely on coffee to get you out of bed, to stave off midmorning headaches and to avoid the 3 p.m. crash, you could be hooked on one of the most popular drugs in the world. Almost 90 percent of American adults drink coffee on a regular basis. More than 50 percent of adults, meanwhile, consume just more than three cups of coffee a day.*
Now, give me back my cup of coffee!
*How to kick the caffeein habit, tip sheet, Greensburg Tribune-Review, Oct. 31, 2011, pp D2
ADDITIONAL READING (with your morning cup of java):