3 Weeks with NO COFFEE!

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    Jun 10, 2013 2:21 PM GMT
    Man, I can't believe I've gone all these years being addicted to something like this. It started out as an innocent way to give myself energy before my workouts. But then I started needing it in the afternoons too because I would start to crash around 4pm.

    I've tried getting off the stuff many many times but each time I tried to cold turkey it, I could barely get out of bed for several days, suffering with severe headaches and fatigue. And working out was out of the question.

    But something happend about a month ago that gave me the courage to try getting off it again. I was running late for my CrossFit workout and didn't have time to stop for coffee. As you probably know, CrossFit is an intense workout so I was very concerned about getting through this workout without my coffee fix. Turns out it was a particularly brutal workout. The warmup was rough but I noticed half way through the workout that I had plenty of energy. I was dumbfounded I broke my own personal best record at two different exercises that day. As soon as I got home I started researching caffeine and how it gives you energy and found this article: http://www.omg-facts.com/Science/Caffeine-Doesn-t-Actually-Give-You-Energ/48117 After reading the article and others like it I was determined to get off caffeine.

    This is how I did it without headaches or extreme withdrawal symptoms:

    My normal coffee consumption was 1 cup in the AM before work and 1 cup in the PM just before my workouts. Since I had already proved to myself my body would provide me the energy I needed for my workouts, I started having a decaf in the PM every other day for a week. The second week I started having a 1/2 dark roast/1/2 decaf in the AM and a decaf in the PM. There were a couple of times I got a headache and I drank a little green tea and took an aspirin until it went away. The first couple of weeks I yawned constantly and felt like I was on Xanax (not such horrible side effects.) I now realize that I was confusing nervousness for "energy." I'm so glad that monkey is finally off my back!
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    Jun 10, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    People who drink coffee tend to live longer though. It has tons of antioxidants, and it's proven to stave off illnesses such as prostate cancer and Alzheimer's.... It is very addictive though, so it's impressive that you quit. I drink a pot a day. So I'm not really one to talk, lol.icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 10, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidPeople who drink coffee tend to live longer though. It has tons of antioxidants, and it's proven to stave off illnesses such as prostate cancer and Alzheimer's.... It is very addictive though, so it's impressive that you quit. I drink a pot a day. So I'm not really one to talk, lol.icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif


    I'm well aware of it's benefits because that's how I justified continuing my addiction. But the constant low levels of nervousness and anxiety are nothing to sneeze at either. You can also drink decaf and get the same health benefits without the jitters.
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    Jun 10, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    HottJoe saidPeople who drink coffee tend to live longer though. It has tons of antioxidants, and it's proven to stave off illnesses such as prostate cancer and Alzheimer's.... It is very addictive though, so it's impressive that you quit. I drink a pot a day. So I'm not really one to talk, lol.icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif


    I'm well aware of it's benefits because that's how I justified continuing my addiction. But the constant low levels of nervousness and anxiety are nothing to sneeze at either. You can also drink decaf and get the same health benefits without the jitters.


    Yeah, I pretty much justify my own addictions that way. I'm sooo glad I'm not an alcoholic, lol.
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    Jun 10, 2013 2:58 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Scruffypup said
    HottJoe saidPeople who drink coffee tend to live longer though. It has tons of antioxidants, and it's proven to stave off illnesses such as prostate cancer and Alzheimer's.... It is very addictive though, so it's impressive that you quit. I drink a pot a day. So I'm not really one to talk, lol.icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif


    I'm well aware of it's benefits because that's how I justified continuing my addiction. But the constant low levels of nervousness and anxiety are nothing to sneeze at either. You can also drink decaf and get the same health benefits without the jitters.


    Yeah, I pretty much justify my own addictions that way. I'm sooo glad I'm not an alcoholic, lol.


    Huh? You mean replacing the coffee with gin was a bad thing? icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 10, 2013 3:06 PM GMT
    I drink 2, no more than 3 cups a day. Think im hooked? Is that good or bad? Just regular home brewed stuff.
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    Jun 10, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    I quit Mountain Dew after 23 years of it in a similar way. I'd drink a full glass of water with it, then I'd switch to Pepsi (35 mg instead of 55 mg of caffeine) a couple of times a week. Then I'd throw in a skip day and "reward" myself for not having a MD with a MD. Soon I was drinking Pepsi, then just water. In three weeks I lost all craving for MD and haven't had any since. That was like ten years ago.
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    Jun 10, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    you live in NOLA and you gave up coffee? dude...Community Coffe...omg so good lol.

    good for you for sticking with it though!
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    Jun 10, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    willular saidyou live in NOLA and you gave up coffee? dude...Community Coffe...omg so good lol.

    good for you for sticking with it though!



    There's actually a new little shop here called Spitfire. They hand brew each cup to order and it's fantastic! That's what I was drinking when I gave it up. I still have the occasional decaf but I can't feel any effects from it at all.
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    Jun 10, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    hairyandym saidI drink 2, no more than 3 cups a day. Think im hooked? Is that good or bad? Just regular home brewed stuff.


    I was only drinking two small cups a day and I was sure hooked. Try going without it and you'll get your answer.
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    Jun 10, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    Kudos to you. It's a nice feeling discovering that you can do without something you thought you were dependent on.

    I've started drinking it again after reading that 'this is your brain on coffee' thread. I'm limiting myself to just one cup and only before noon.
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    Jun 10, 2013 10:27 PM GMT
    Lumpynose saidKudos to you. It's a nice feeling discovering that you can do without something you thought you were dependent on.

    I've started drinking it again after reading that 'this is your brain on coffee' thread. I'm limiting myself to just one cup and only before noon.


    No one ever talks about the negative effects though. You can drink decaf and get all the benefits without the negative impacts. Ironically I just heard a talk show on Doctor Radio about how caffeine keeps people from sleeping as deeply and how it affects our daily lives. If you ever wake up at night and have trouble falling back to sleep, this doctor said it's likely caffeine as it stays in our systems much longer than once believed.
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    Jun 10, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    Do you use sugar in your coffee ... it's usually the sugar that causes those withdrawal effect. The only effects you should get from stopping coffee is a little sluggishness in the AM for a couple days. Coffee is actually good for men's prostate health (a cup or so a day). And if you are getting nervous, then you are drinking too strong of coffee if you are only have 2 cups a day. ... maybe 2 cups of cappuccino would cause that.
    I never drink coffee past noon ... anything after that and I can't get to sleep ... drink responsibly
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    Jun 10, 2013 11:23 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidDo you use sugar in your coffee ... it's usually the sugar that causes those withdrawal effect. The only effects you should get from stopping coffee is a little sluggishness in the AM for a couple days. Coffee is actually good for men's prostate health (a cup or so a day). And if you are getting nervous, then you are drinking too strong of coffee if you are only have 2 cups a day. ... maybe 2 cups of cappuccino would cause that.
    I never drink coffee past noon ... anything after that and I can't get to sleep ... drink responsibly


    No, I've been using Stevia for the past two years in my coffee. It's not the sugar....it's absolutely the caffeine. There are way too many articles written about how difficult it is to quit. And no, I never get more than a small dark roast (which has the least caffeine) and never more than twice a day.
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    Jun 10, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
    I drink just one strong cup a day otherwise I don't feel like I've lived well for some reason. I don't get bad effects just more energy for me. I limit a glass of wine to every other day though. That seems to work for me so I'm not dull headed every day. I personally think sugar and gluten would be worse than coffee for your health but then I've met what effects coffee has on already hyper people.
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    Jun 10, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
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    Lumpynose saidKudos to you. It's a nice feeling discovering that you can do without something you thought you were dependent on.

    I've started drinking it again after reading that 'this is your brain on coffee' thread. I'm limiting myself to just one cup and only before noon.


    No one ever talks about the negative effects though. You can drink decaf and get all the benefits without the negative impacts. Ironically I just heard a talk show on Doctor Radio about how caffeine keeps people from sleeping as deeply and how it affects our daily lives. If you ever wake up at night and have trouble falling back to sleep, this doctor said it's likely caffeine as it stays in our systems much longer than once believed.


    If I were to drink coffee any time after noon onwards, I would sleep at all! Guess, i just got my answers... FUCK!! What else do I have to give up!!!! icon_evil.gificon_evil.gif
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    Jun 10, 2013 11:28 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidPeople who drink coffee tend to live longer though. It has tons of antioxidants, and it's proven to stave off illnesses such as prostate cancer and Alzheimer's.... It is very addictive though, so it's impressive that you quit. I drink a pot a day. So I'm not really one to talk, lol.icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif


    Coffee is actually very bad for you in the long term. Depending on how your body metabolizes coffee, the average person sleeps 1.5 hours less each night than they did 100 years ago, at great detriment to our health. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers are a result of long term sleep deprivation.

    Coffee doesn't even help you keep energized - most people who drink coffee in the morning end up feeling sleepy in the afternoon and require more coffee to keep awake. To boot, coffee also dehydrates you, making you more tired than you need to be.

    If you want to boost your energy levels long term, I would suggest becoming more active!
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    Jun 10, 2013 11:30 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    AMoonHawk saidDo you use sugar in your coffee ... it's usually the sugar that causes those withdrawal effect. The only effects you should get from stopping coffee is a little sluggishness in the AM for a couple days. Coffee is actually good for men's prostate health (a cup or so a day). And if you are getting nervous, then you are drinking too strong of coffee if you are only have 2 cups a day. ... maybe 2 cups of cappuccino would cause that.
    I never drink coffee past noon ... anything after that and I can't get to sleep ... drink responsibly


    No, I've been using Stevia for the past two years in my coffee. It's not the sugar....it's absolutely the caffeine. There are way too many articles written about how difficult it is to quit. And no, I never get more than a small dark roast (which has the least caffeine) and never more than twice a day.


    I tried Stevia... its kinda weird tasting. I didn't like it, so i use sugar... RAW of course... hahaah...
    Or brown, or honey... I have to admit, if coffee isn't kind of sweet, its doesn't taste good..
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    Jun 10, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    AMoonHawk saidDo you use sugar in your coffee ... it's usually the sugar that causes those withdrawal effect. The only effects you should get from stopping coffee is a little sluggishness in the AM for a couple days. Coffee is actually good for men's prostate health (a cup or so a day). And if you are getting nervous, then you are drinking too strong of coffee if you are only have 2 cups a day. ... maybe 2 cups of cappuccino would cause that.
    I never drink coffee past noon ... anything after that and I can't get to sleep ... drink responsibly


    No, I've been using Stevia for the past two years in my coffee. It's not the sugar....it's absolutely the caffeine. There are way too many articles written about how difficult it is to quit. And no, I never get more than a small dark roast (which has the least caffeine) and never more than twice a day.

    Dark roast is suppose to have less caffine (so they say) but it actually gives me the jitters, so I drink a light roast like Hazelnut. 1 full tablespoon for a 6 cup pot of coffee. I never have any problems when I missing coffee and I've been drinking since I was in my 20's, perhaps your metabolism is different.

    Edit: If you are buying your coffee ready made like at Starbucks, they make their coffee super strong so you are actually getting about 4 cups worth of caffeine in one cup.
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    Jun 11, 2013 12:02 AM GMT
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