Friday, February 8, 2019



Worst. News. Ever.  I have to give up coffee (all caffeine) and alcohol.  WHAT?!  I'm mourning here, folks, truly.  One gets me up in the morning, the other mellows me out at the end of the day, goes well with food, and tastes damn good.

The reasons are two-fold: my heart and my stomach health.  Both drinks are stomach irritants for me, and both are not good for my heart condition.  Okay, so, I've know this for awhile, but now it's getting to be crunch time.  Cutting back slowly has not exactly worked.  Now it's time to bite the bullet.  I really have to wonder, though, is there life after eliminating these basic food groups?

In order to cope, I am arming myself with information.  The truth is, there are a lot of good reasons to give up both these drinks.  Forget about the fact that abstaining will make me a social freak and a subject of derision.  Oh, the shame.  The horror.

I'm surprised by how emotional I am over this.  It's like losing a loved one.  Or a limb.  They've been a constant in my life for 35 years.  We're going to France in April, and I want to be able to have cafe in a cute little bistro in the morning, and wine with lunch and dinner.  That's what you do in France, after all.

Sigh.  All for the sake of health.  Of a longer life.  I hope I can look back a year from now and know that this was the best thing I did in a long while.


Suggestions for substitutes welcome.  Cannot be carbonated or high in sugar.

Double damn.


  1. Wow, Tara, that really is quite a task... caffeine and alcohol? Oy. There are probably drinks that will satisfy your desire for a warm cup of something in the morning (a deep rich herb tea), but I'm not sure about a wine substitute. Maybe something made from marijuana. Mmm? I may have to google around a bit to see if such a thing exists. If not, you and I should go into business. LOL!

  2. If only marijuana and I were friends...alas, THC doesn't work well for me. Is this really happening to me?!

  3. I understand, THC doesn' t work for me either. Mmmm... now I'm on a search for wine substitutes. There's got to be something.

  4. I wish I had some suggestions but I do not. I faced the same problem when I had a massive GI bleed. It likely helped that I had already done without during the hospitalization but I did not find any acceptable substitute. Perhaps I did not search well enough because I knew it was temporary (a year). Good luck on finding something that works for you. Can you at least have decaf?

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