I recently went to a doctor because I have had a variety of aches and pains plaguing me for several years and I had run out of ways to compensate for them or to rationalize them away. After seeing the results of several x-rays, my doctor diagnosed me with moderate to severe arthritis. Wow. This wasn’t going away.
My tolerance level for pain is fairly high; I have given birth, had a colonoscopy, experienced a kidney stone and recovered from surgery, all without taking any pain medication. On the other hand, I have a tendency toward depression and this news about my health was devastating!
How could this be happening?
Now that my children are grown, I am just discovering who I am as an individual. The highlight of my life recently has been to enjoy nature and spend time with the people I love, either hiking or going out for coffee. Now, both sitting and walking are causing physical pain, yet the emotional pain is what really wears me down.
Other aspects of my life have also taken a toll on my mental health. What would I do about money? Traveling had also become a favorite activity so I had started a new job to fund my new hobby. In less than three months, I had to quit working because it was causing too much physical pain, even for me.
Even though my physical symptoms are bad enough that I would qualify for disability, I do not see that as an option. There must be something I can do! Unfortunately, training for a new career would cost more money than I have at my disposal and I didn’t see a way to fit this in with my other responsibilities, especially that of operating and working for my own cleaning service.
Being the miserable self-centered wretch that I am, I did what many extremely introverted people would do in the same situation: I vented on social media and I started searching for solutions on the internet.
My First Breakthrough
The first breakthrough came when I was searching “how to avoid disability”. I was looking for some type of program that would enable me to receive occupational training while maintaining or increasing my income. There are programs to help people who are already receiving disability benefits, but nothing for those of us who wish to avoid that path altogether.
Discouragement was taking its toll when an ad popped up. (Don’t you just love being interrupted by those annoying pop-up ads?) The ad was from a disabled gentleman who had learned how to make money on the internet through affiliate marketing. Blogging had always appealed to me because:
- I am an introvert.
- I love to write.
- I want more money.
Nevertheless, I had tried before without success. Within my first couple of months, I had been locked out of my account and couldn’t figure out why. Even though blogging hadn’t worked for me in the past, I desired the freedom that comes with a laptop lifestyle. Maybe it was worth another try. After all, I was being offered the opportunity to learn the right way to do it which included the possibility of earning while I learned and two websites to get me started. The best part of the deal was that it was free! Yes! I had found my answer!
After signing up for the free trial, I started this website and one for my cleaning business and I love it so much that sometimes I roll out of bed at 4:00 a.m. to work on my sites because I would rather do that than sleep. You can learn more about the training program at WEALTHY AFFILIATE. I include this information in all fairness to let you know that I was already experiencing a certain level of “happy” before I found Happy Coffee.
My Second Opportunity
Those who know me well are probably well aware that I am a strong advocate of self-medicating. My drugs of choice are, you guessed it, chocolate and coffee. When my niece contacted me to suggest a product that might help with my arthritic pain all I saw was two words: chocolate and coffee! Do I need to tell you that I placed an order without even reading the rest of her message?
About a week later, my package arrived and I was eager to try my new products. Instructions cautioned against plunging right in and drinking both the coffee and the chocolate at the same time, taking them at the same time as medications, or mixing them with other coffee. I took it slowly.
My first experiment was to add half of a scoop of the cocoa to a cup of brewed decaf coffee, as a substitute for the baking cocoa that I often used. Ugh! It was SO gross! I am not used to adding sweetener to my coffee and I was not prepared for the shock my taste buds had just received. Yuck, yuck, yuck!
After that initial trial, I began a series of experiments until I found a combination of chocolate and coffee that I actually liked. I also experimented with the timing because I was already taking a prescription drug for inflammation and a couple of over-the-counter supplements to help my brain function.
The Results Are In
I think I have been using the coffee and/or cocoa for about a month now and this is what I have noticed:
- I am happy! In spite of my tendency to give up easily and be depressed when things don’t go my way, I am not just plugging through, I am HAPPY!
- I don’t feel jittery. One of the drawbacks to drinking coffee is that I am very sensitive to caffeine and although sometimes I cannot resist a second cup, I usually regret it because it makes me feel jittery and agitated.
- I have more energy. I have never had this much energy! Flowing from one task to the next and taking on more responsibilities has become easy for me.
- I have more mental clarity. Already, my brain was healthier than ever since I gave up sugar several months ago but this is a whole new level of clarity. Sometimes I walk into a room and go, “Oh”. I suddenly see how it should be. When I am not blogging, I am busily reinventing the rest of my life. I’m constantly finding more efficient ways to do chores that I have been struggling with for years.
- I quit snacking. Food had become my go-to whenever I felt agitated. If I got “stuck” while working on an article or updating my budget, I reached for food. It was my transition switch.
- I haven’t been eating chocolate (gasp)! Because I only eat dark chocolate, because it is the only sweet treat I usually partake of, and because it actually has some health benefits, I normally at chocolate throughout the day every day without guilt. Well, I did. Lately, I haven’t really wanted it. There’s a basket of small dark chocolate bars sitting on my kitchen counter right next to my coffee pot and it’s getting ignored. Wow!
Here is a visual that shows the benefits that come from drinking Happy Coffee. (Gee, look here, I got the name wrong.) The cocoa has the same benefits as the coffee without the caffeine. I haven’t even tried the xanthomax yet. Right now, I feel as if life is about perfect and I don’t need anything else.
One last thing.
Because I am so in love with this product and it fits with my theme of chocolate and coffee (and, ahem, I like discounts), I joined the company as an affiliate.
If you would like to try a sample, click Feel D.O.S.E.
If you want to know more about the product, click SMART COFFEE.
If you are interested in the business side of coffee, click ELEPRENUERS.
I am interested in your thoughts about the products I mentioned or in anything you have to say about chocolate or coffee. If you have anything to share, please comment below.