My habits are much better these days, but I still find myself neglecting my own body in order to get things done. Staying late at work trumps getting more sleep. Cleaning the kitchen trumps relaxing on the couch. Hanging out with friends almost always beats going to bed early. I, like most of the world, survive on caffeine and jamming the best possible food option in my mouth (usually luna bars) when I start feeling like i'm about to collapse. This method works, at least for awhile, but I haven't been doing myself any favors.
I ended up with an ulcer... an ULCER? Yes, an ulcer. At age 25. While it isn't really a huge deal, I can't deny the fact that my body is telling me to take better care of myself. I've known the correct way to eat and sleep for energy for a long time, but sometimes I convince myself that i'm immune to everything. That I can handle it. That I'm young and strong and this is what I'm supposed to be doing. Wrong. Empty stomachs can't survive on black coffee and vegan cookie scraps. A self intervention is what I needed!
In the past few weeks, I've felt better than I've felt in months. Almost no coffee (mostly replaced by green tea) and taking a moment to feed myself some proper food has left me sleeping like a baby and full of energy throughout the day. Because I'm not constantly crashing off of caffeine, I have more consistent, natural energy. I've actually had more ability to get all the same things accomplished AND have extra time to eat right, stretch, and exercise.
If you're a coffee addict who is constantly tired, think about cutting back. I know the caffeinated brain has a hard time with this logic (mine did), but it seriously does a body good. Now, don't get me wrong. I will be a latte lover forever. I'm just not going to let coffee rule my energy levels any longer.