GOOD BYE DRUG!

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    Apr 11, 2010 8:57 PM GMT
    The legal drug caffeine in my coffee is no longer going to be part of my daily routine.

    Starting tomorrow, no more coffee! Prepare for the withdrawls I say to myself.

    I have found that I need more and more of it to even have any effect. I have been drinking coffee since I returned from Chile in 1992.

    Hopefully I can go without!

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    Apr 11, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    My parents introduced me to sugar and cream, with a splash of coffee, at age 3.

    If I ever stop caffeine completely, it will very likely give me a heart attack.
  • masculumpedes

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    Apr 11, 2010 9:04 PM GMT
    NOOOOOOOOO......There can't possibly be life without coffee....tablesm.gif
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:11 AM GMT

    I quit drinking caffeinated drinks cold turkey in 1991. The experience was agonizing for a week. I had awful headaches, nausea, mood swings, low energy, etc. Then all was good. I didn't knowingly touch a drink with caffeine for at least 10 years. For the past several years I've been very moderate with my intake of caffeine and that seems to be a happy medium. Good luck with the detox. It may be grueling.
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    Congrats!

    But a word of warning: this is your life for the next couple weeks.



    Don't worry tho, you'll return to normal soon enuf.
  • Timbales

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    Apr 12, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    You'll get through it, I have faith in you.
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    Juan Valdez hates you! icon_lol.gif

    Have you ever seen a spider-web created by a spider on caffeine?

    Caffeinated_spiderwebs.jpg
    Of course I am not sure what kind of web a sleepy spider would make.

    Then again I heard that coffee and tea has health benefits too.

    Someone actually produced this video based on those spider drug experiments ..


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    Apr 12, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    Cool! Congrats,
    I have cut back from coffee all day to one in the morning and one after lunch, and ultimately want to go off altogether.

    let us know how it goes.
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    Without caffeine...I'm a terrible person.
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    Send it on over my way. I'm a coffee snob but I'm in it only for the hunt of an exquisite flavor. I suppose I'm ingesting large quantities of caffeine but my life is no different or affected ever since I began drinking coffee daily, so there's no reason to qualify it as an addiction.
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:57 AM GMT
    Gave up soda's, next is coffee.....
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    I dont drink Coffee... but I love... and I mean LOVE a cold fountain coke. ugh. I need to quit/reduce. Its sooo hard though!
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    Apr 12, 2010 2:06 AM GMT
    Haha have fun quitting... just had to stop caffeine cold turkey because I had supraventricular tachycardia. I was not very pleasant to be around for a while. However, working out actually made it easier - so... get ready to go to the gym a lot!
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    Apr 12, 2010 3:39 AM GMT
    wi2sd saidThe legal drug caffeine in my coffee is no longer going to be part of my daily routine.

    Starting tomorrow, no more coffee! Prepare for the withdrawls I say to myself.

    I have found that I need more and more of it to even have any effect. I have been drinking coffee since I returned from Chile in 1992.

    Hopefully I can go without!


    ha ha ... try this...I had to do this over 3 months... Good luck anyway...you will be over the caffeine in 2 weeks.


    First MONTH:

    NO caffeine - coffee tea colas chocolate

    NO alcohol - beer, wine, hard liquor

    No fruited yugurt with nuts, seeds and skins

    NO fried, cured, pickled and processed meats, such as hot dogs, cold cuts, spicy ham, sausage, bacon, fried / cajun fish

    NO crushy peanut butter

    NO raw eggs (not a problem for me)

    NO raw vegetables, including salads, tomatoes and avocados

    NO Brussel sprouts, califlower, broccoli, cabbage, sauerkraut, peppers, pimentos, cucumbers, radishes, celery, regular peas, chinese vegetables, onions, shallots, leeks, scallions, zucchini, summer squash, okra, rutabagas, turnips, turnip and collared greens.

    NO legunes, black-eyed, and split peas, lentils, soybeans

    NO beans, lima, kidney, navy

    NO tomatoes or tomato products

    NO corn

    NO raw fruit, pineaple, berries, spiced and dried fruit, prunes and prune juice

    NO citrus fruit and juice, orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime

    NO cranberries and cranberry juice

    NO bread and rolls made with coarse whole and cracked wheat flour, breads with nuts and seeds

    NO whole grain crackers

    NO whole grain cereals, shredded wheat, all bran, bran flakes, raisin bran

    NO potato chips and corn chips

    NO brown and wild rice

    NO whole wheat pasta

    NO highly seasoned soups and those containing vegetables (see above)

    NO bacon fat

    NO salad dressings

    NO desserts made with nuts, seeds, skins, coconut

    NO marmalades and jams with rinds and seeds

    NO pepper, chili pepper, strongly flavored herb or spice garlic

    NO BBQ, steak, tabasco sauces

    NO mustard, horseradish

    NO pickles, olives, relishes

    NO nuts, seeds, coconut, popcorn

    NO pizza

    NO fiber supplements


    That leaves me with, in case you are wondering:

    meat, eggs, fish

    milk

    smooth peanut butter and jelly

    mild cheeses

    refined grain products

    cooked, skinned, seedless vegetables: tender cooked carrots, beets, asparagus tips, green and waxed beans, mushrooms, spinach, petite peas, pumpkin, winter squash and eggplant (no skin)

    ... for a WHOLE MONTH


    SECOND AND THIRD MONTHS

    NO citrus fruit or juice-orange grapefruit lemon/lime

    NO caffeine - coffee tea colas chocolate

    NO alcohol - beer, wine, hard liquor

    NO tomatoes or tomato products

    NO hot, spicy foods

    NO vitamin C supplements

    NO asparatame - aritifical sweetners

    NO glucosamine chondroitin supplements

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    Apr 12, 2010 4:23 AM GMT
    ahhhh i need my coffee every single day! i'm good enough that i don't drink, smoke, or do drugs, aren't i? icon_eek.gif
  • westside78

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    Apr 12, 2010 4:40 AM GMT
    I went cold turkey off my morning coffee a few months ago. I lasted two days!

    good luck to ya brother! (you might want to warn those that are around you)
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    Apr 12, 2010 5:05 AM GMT
    I haven't had ANY caffeine in 15 years and I stopped with the carbonated beverages of soda and beer, etc, about 20 years ago.......not really all that hard and I think the "withdrawls" is way over-estimated.....Actually it is much harder than you think to not ingest caffeine...it is a regular additive to many common foods, medicines, other drinks, etc....so welcome to the world of reading ingredient labels of the foods you ingest....you will feel better for it!icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 12, 2010 5:11 AM GMT
    I've never had a cup of coffee in my life...I stopped drinking soda when I was 16.

    Coffee and soda are over-rated in my book.
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    Apr 12, 2010 12:43 PM GMT
    LOL...Thanks for all of the encouragement.

    @Cas: Yeah... I was reading down through that post, and I was like..WHAT CAN I HAVE.

    Today is the day gents... And a word of warning around me. Well, I'm driving to the city of Lost Wages today. So everyone there is a rude tourist!

    @ActiveAndFit : I will keep the spider web in mind when I am trying to use my thought processes.

    @shortmuscle: I have already given up softdrinks. The sugary taste just got to me so bad. And I remember back in science class that we took a petri dish and put Pepsi in it, and put a donated/cadaver tooth in it, and after a week it was NASSSSSSTTTTYYYY!

    So, my hat's are off to you'all!

    i'll have to blog it and see how it goes. I have a blog going already about my travels in airplanes, and those around me. This would be a good addition.

    Have a great day all you caffeinated people!

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    Apr 14, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
    I hate the smell and taste of coffee. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 14, 2010 6:11 PM GMT
    wi2sd saidThe legal drug caffeine in my coffee is no longer going to be part of my daily routine.


    Why would you want to?

    Unless you have certain conditions, coffee has definite health benefits.
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    Apr 14, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    you know, I've heard eating fruit (esp apples) in the morning is just as effective as caffeine. Worth a try. I eat a banana and drink a glass of odwalla first thing in the morning.
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    Apr 14, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    viveutvivas said
    wi2sd saidThe legal drug caffeine in my coffee is no longer going to be part of my daily routine.


    Why would you want to?

    Unless you have certain conditions, coffee has definite health benefits.



    1) How's the caffeine withdrawal going, wi2sd?

    2) JoeB1986 had to drop caffeine because of supraventricular tachycardia. I an autonomous nervous system condition that causes kind the opposite thing to happen (i.e. in tachycardia the pulse is too fast; I have episodes of bradychardia - a dangerously slow pulse). I have a pacemaker to take care of the really bad episodes, but starting to drink moderate amounts of caffeine again did wonders in terms of lowering the number of instance of slow pulse.
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    Apr 14, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    Caslon14000 said
    ha ha ... try this...I had to do this over 3 months... Good luck anyway...you will be over the caffeine in 2 weeks.


    First MONTH:
    Details deleted for brevity

    That leaves me with, in case you are wondering:

    meat, eggs, fish

    milk

    smooth peanut butter and jelly

    mild cheeses

    refined grain products

    cooked, skinned, seedless vegetables: tender cooked carrots, beets, asparagus tips, green and waxed beans, mushrooms, spinach, petite peas, pumpkin, winter squash and eggplant (no skin)

    ... for a WHOLE MONTH


    SECOND AND THIRD MONTHS
    Details deleted for brevity


    Gosh Caslon, how limited a diet!

    Just curious, but is there a particular purpose for what seems to me to be an extreme list of prohibited foods?

    Also, I see "refined grain products" on the allowed list for month one. I normally think of refined grain products to be something to be avoided for a variety of fact based scientific reasons. Is there a particular purpose in the inclusion of this item?

    Thanks for any insight you choose to share.

    Aloha and Be Well!

    Alan
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    Apr 14, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    Well.. All.. I was going to write from Vegas, but internet at 12.99 a day was just not in it for me.

    I attempted to use RJ on the blackberry and that was very troublesome. HEY RJ! BLACKBERRY! MOBILE! icon_smile.gif

    Anyways, 3 days down, and OMFG, Tuesday SUCKED.

    I had to walk around the Las Vegas Convention Center for meetings from the north hall to the south and back again and Renaissance Hotel and back to the North hall.

    I kept VERY hydrated and I think that is what helped me get through.

    I drove back today from Vegas to San Diego, and kept very hydrated and the music up and sang with the windows down. It made it go by that much faster/easier.

    So... So far...so good.

    About health issues, I have had high blood pressure that is somewhat controlled using medication, this can help with that.

    I'm not reading all the fine labels that may have caffeine in them, but I am shying away from the large servings of items that I know contain caffeine.

    Have a good day... and I'll write again soon.

    ~ben