When I was "Atkinsing" a number of years ago, I had to give up caffeine pretty much cold turkey. I went from a pot a day person to zip overnight; not even decaf. One of the tricks that helped ease it for me was to significantly up my water intake. I went from 8 to about 10-12 cups of water a day. I still didn't feel great the first week but I didn't suffer as much as I had in the past when my coffee fix was cut off.
I think it's great that you're experimenting with different behaviors that will benefit your health.
I'm trying to do this relatively scientifically - sweeteners out, but not caffeine, so I can determine if the sweeteners appear to have a direct effect on me.
I'm my own lab rat.
I went off caffeine all in one go last September. It sucked hard for about three days and since then it's been fine - so fine in fact that I'm scared to try reintroducing the stuff even in small amounts. (Well - I still eat chocolate, so I guess I'm still getting small amounts. But I'm afraid of coffee, which is a damn shame, because I love it so.)
Yeah, I'm not willing to give it up entirely. I don't really think there is enough benefit in caffeine-free living.
Artificial sweeteners, on the other hand, appear to have many problems so I'm willing to try giving them up.
What are you considering artificial sweeteners? Does it include refined sugar? Would evaporated cane juice crystals be less artificial to you? Are you worried about calories?
Artificial sweeteners = aspartame, Splenda, saccharine, high fructose corn syrup, Sugar, while a highly processed food, is not artificial in the chemically-manipulated sense, so I'm not going to great lengths to avoid it, but I also don't use very much of it in the first place and I'm not intending to up my usage.
I'm not worrying about calories as such. I'm focusing on nutrition and eating in a way that is nutrient rich. I figure that with that requirement calories will pretty much take care of themselves.
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Glad *someone* got the quote!
I've been thinking of quitting caffeine myself, but first I have a nicotine addiction to beat. I need more willingness than I apparently have right now.
I am so glad I never smoked. I have enough problems as it is.
2010-06-02 05:47 pm (UTC)
Would chocolate covered espresso beans work as an alternative caffeine delivery system? You don't have to eat many (in my experience) and the dark chocolate ones have much less sugar than sweet tea.
Edited at 2010-06-02 05:48 pm (UTC)
If I could control my intake of them, probably. But they are far too yummy.....
Try to add some B vitamin supplements for energy on the days you have to be on the go a lot. You'll have the energy you need, but you'll also be able to get to sleep at the end of the day. B vitamins are my preferred energy boost for conventions and such, mainly because caffeine doesn't give me a buzz and sugar makes me sleepy (being diabetic and all). Plus, the B-12 in the vitamins makes your brain work better, so you have increased focus (and, in my case, more guts).
Thanks for the advice! I'll take one tomorrow morning.