How about another one of these threads? haha. :p
I have noticed that caffeine, and in particular coffee, has a very detrimental effect on my mind and body. I find my mind racing through thoughts much faster than in a 'sober' state. I sweat profusely. I get really shaky. I can deal with the physical effects, but the mind racing is out of control. I notice the effects when I drink anything with caffeine (soda, energy drinks, coffee, tea, etc), but they don't become a distraction until about regular coffee caffeine levels (decaf to a much lesser degree).
With that in mind I have stopped drinking coffee, soda, and energy drinks. I still consume teas, but only after eating something first. This seems to work the best for me. I was curious if other people found caffeine, coffee in particular, to be a 'intoxicant' for mindfulness or meditation? If you don't think that it does, is there the possibility that you are just not aware of its 'intoxicating' effects? Obviously we are all different and this might just be me, but I was curious on your opinions/experiences.