Avoiding Coffee Cured My Eczema

Christmas Hutchinson
3 min readDec 5, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I inadvertently quit drinking coffee. What happened after that was pretty interesting. Let me start by saying that I am a social coffee drinker and I picked up the habit because of my work environment.

As a consultant working in a corporate environment, coffee is a staple drink. It in some ways has created a bond between me and my coworkers. As a newcomer to New York City, I have the pleasure of having several options of coffee shops to frequent.

On my current project, somewhere around 10 am one of my coworkers stands up and says, “I am going to get coffee, anyone want to join me?”

The question that follows is, “Where are you going?” What usually happens next is that we all start to contemplate which place we should go to get our daily fix. There is so much that goes into the decision like cost, distance and flavor. It truly is the one the major decision we make all day outside of where to go for lunch.

However, a couple of weeks ago something was different. I was off work due to the Thanksgiving holiday. With that in mind I had no one to influence me to get coffee. Also I was staying with a friend so I didn’t even think about making any coffee. I had a few urges to have some because I was unusually tired, but I just slept instead. Then I began to notice something. As dry as my skin was feeling these days, the areas of my legs where my eczema flares up was smooth, and I wondered why. I thought about it for a while and then I discovered the one thing that was different from the week before is that I did not drink any coffee.

I wasn’t convinced at first so I decided to go a full 10 days sans coffee. At some level I thought it was plausible that my eczema was quelled by the lack of coffee as I recently had seen a documentary that indicated issues in your skin is a sign of your liver function. On the 11th day I accepted the daily invitation to grab coffee after declining the invitations earlier in the week. By the time I got home in the evening I was convinced the coffee was the issue because my eczema flared up again. So you know what happens next, right? Yep, I gotta lay off coffee now.

So why am I sharing this story you ask? I shared this story because often times we experience discomfort in our life and endure it rather than facing it. It could be something as minor as a skin issue or something as major as drawing a boundary with a friend. My unintentional coffee experiment reminded me that I can try small things to get to the solution I need. My point is don’t be afraid to make small changes to make your life more comfortable, you never know how large of an impact the change could be.

What are some things you have experimented with that have made your life more comfortable. Leave a comment below I would love to hear about them

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Christmas Hutchinson

Christmas is a Growth Mindset Coach and Host of The ChrissyTV Podcast. Connect with her at www.chrissytv.com.