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The second day [Jun. 2nd, 2010|10:08 am]
Zoethe
Slept well last night, thanks in part, I'm sure, to the lowered caffeine levels in my system. Vaguely headache-y but not overwhelmed with caffeine withdrawal.

Feeling slightly numb from lowered caffeine levels. This is not optimal. I have a lot of stuff to get done today, and the first half of the month is kind of chock full of anxiety-inducing crap.

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2010-06-02 02:12 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-02 02:24 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2010-06-02 02:25 pm (UTC)
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.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-02 02:28 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: pkthunder
2010-06-02 03:16 pm (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-02 03:21 pm (UTC)
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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[User Picture]From: polymorphism
2010-06-02 04:38 pm (UTC)
Striker, Striker, Striker... STRIKER!

*thud*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-04 03:12 pm (UTC)
Glad *someone* got the quote!
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2010-06-02 04:42 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-02 04:57 pm (UTC)
I am so glad I never smoked. I have enough problems as it is.
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[User Picture]From: jenk
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)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-02 07:46 pm (UTC)
If I could control my intake of them, probably. But they are far too yummy.....
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[User Picture]From: kidsis
2010-06-02 08:51 pm (UTC)
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).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-02 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! I'll take one tomorrow morning.
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