One thing Iíve learned over the time Iíve been on the new eating plan is that caffeine doesnít keep me awake. Thatís because I gave it up almost completely for several months, and yet I still couldnít sleep at night. Eventually I convinced myself that since a cup of coffee or two a day wasnít the reason for my insomnia, I might as well enjoy one of the pleasures that actually had what I considered a beneficial effect.
Because, you see, while a little coffee during the day didnít keep me awake at night, it did help keep me awake and alert during the day, when I really needed to be awake and alert. This might sound like a grand rationalization to you (because it sort of does to me), but I started finding it hard to deny myself a little comfort and joy now and again. I donít abuse the drug, but I donít refuse it. Life overall has been a skosh more cheery since I gave up absolute abstinence.