Day 1 | Monday
Coffee is usually the first thing I think about (and need) in the morning. I’m typically up around 7:30am for my morning workout but lately, I’ve had trouble waking up early enough or mustering up the energy to do so. Given the 10 hours of sleep I had last night (this was an anomaly), I was relatively energized this morning and managed to make the (35 min) walk to work while resisting the urge to pop into the coffee shop.
For breakfast, I had an oatmeal-yogurt blend—a departure from what constitutes as my first meal of the day: coffee. Lemon juice on an empty stomach can be particularly tough, with the excess of acids, so eating beforehand is something I would personally encourage.
I usually experience a semi-shutdown around this time, but I felt relatively alert. I am surprised by this, considering the fact that I had pizza for lunch—I tend to avoid carbo-loading at lunch for this exact reason.
I have felt an exponential rise in my energy levels throughout the day, and it shows no signs of stopping. I even manage to squeeze in a three-mile run after work.
On a normal night, I’m in bed by 10:30pm, but I’m struck with a fresh wave of energy, and don’t manage to fall asleep until well after midnight.
Day 2 | Tuesday
Given how long it took me to fall asleep, I had difficulty waking up this morning. I made it to work, had breakfast, and subsequently the Dirty Lemon Energy. I’m not feeling my usual level of tiredness (pre-drink), but I could greatly benefit from some caffeine right about now.
I’m halfway through the bottle and already feeling the caffeine. This particular bottle boasts a more tart flavor, compared to that of yesterday’s, making it slightly more difficult to get down. I’m realizing that after my usual cup of coffee I feel alert cognitively, whereas the Dirty Lemon seems to be accelerating my heart rate instead. I’ve been nursing the same bottle since morning, and I don’t foresee myself finishing it. If only I could squeeze in a run right about now.
My energy level continues to increase, despite the fact that I was only able to drink about 80 percent of the bottle. I have a few events, post-work tonight, so I skip out my daily workout.
Ideally, I would be fast asleep by now, but I’m having trouble doing so due to the influx of energy. I try a few meditative techniques to slow my heart rate down, hoping to fall asleep.
Day 3 | Wednesday
I woke up feeling slightly energized, although not energized enough to make it to my morning spin class. I feel more alert than usual but that being said, the summer heat is really doing a number on my energy levels.
Much like yesterday, I got through about 80 percent of the bottle. Today’s blend is relatively low in its level of tartness, and so much more pleasant to consume. Midday, I’m feeling the full force of the energy of the drink, and am completely alert.
I begin feeling slightly tired at this point in the day but, I refrain from drinking the rest of the bottle in fear that it will prevent me from falling asleep later in the evening. If you haven’t already noticed, I have a pretty low tolerance for caffeine.
I go for a run after work, making the most of my high energy levels. The adrenalin rush post-run, coupled with the effects of the Dirty Lemon, prompt an even greater surge of energy that lasts well into the later evening hours.
Day 4 | Thursday
True to form, it took me a while to fall asleep last night but nonetheless, I woke up relatively easily and didn’t feel my usual need for caffeine. I’m producing a photoshoot today (two, if we’re getting technical) so, if there were ever a day where caffeine was essential, today would be it.
I’ve been running around town picking up supplies and even hit the grocery store for a few ingredients for my shoot. Most days, I can’t fathom the thought of doing that much sans caffeine but surprisingly enough, today I have enough energy to do so. I don’t get to my Dirty Lemon Energy until almost midday, and only manage to drink about half the bottle before reaching my energy cap.
For the first time this week, I begin feeling a slight crash, so I opt to drink a little more of the lemon water I had leftover from the afternoon. After a few sips, my heart rate instantly increases, and I’m back to normal.
I feel slightly regretful of the fact that I chose to drink more of the Dirty Lemon earlier, as my energy levels have been on an exponential rise with no signs of stopping. Naturally, when it comes to bedtime, I have trouble falling asleep.
Day 5 | Friday
I woke up feeling under the weather this morning, so I decided to hold out on the Dirty Lemon. While it’s obviously crucial, as well as the intention of the swap, to implement the drink into my daily schedule for the duration of the workweek, it felt wildly derivative to consume even half the bottle today. While still feeling its effects from the prior day’s bottle, I deemed it unnecessary to consume any more.
No midday crash here! I’m taking things relatively easy today and therefore not warranting much caffeine. I’ll probably make it through the rest of the day sans any cravings or withdrawals.
I’m still not feeling all too well, so I call it an early night. Thankfully, the absence of the Dirty Lemon today means I can finally fall asleep at a reasonable hour.
While I won’t be giving up my daily cup of joe anytime soon, I find solace in the fact that there is a reliable backup to turn to upon an impending coffee detox. That said, perhaps in the future, only half a bottle of the blend, daily, will do.