I quit drinking coffee for about a week. My innards appreciated the change and settled down nicely. I've started coffee again, but only every few days, and have found a really nice black tea I like. Too bad it was brought directly from China, as I'll not be able to get more once it runs out.
I am going to rely on tea, and I expect that my caffeine intake will fall drastically. But I do like the occasional cup of coffee. I have to keep some caffeine tolerance!
Good for you!
I quit smoking cigarettes last November and I gave up caffeine a few days ago.
My only (consumable) vice left is my "sweet tooth." I eat well enough that I'm not overly worried about this vice.
I wish you continued good luck on your positive lifestyle changes. Some days it doesn't feel like it - but it is worth the effort.
Thanks. I am quite pleased with the positive changes myself. It's not always easy. But the couple times temptation has gotten the best of me, I've been so ill that McDonald's holds NO more attraction.
Good on you for sticking to your guns despite this little bump in the road.
I'm definitely having some withdrawal crankiness right now. But I think that's mostly from my thinking about it than really missing it--when we go to California I don't drink it and almost never think about it. But I do have coffee in the morning there.
i went caffeine free in august 2004. i started out around this time of year by getting rid of my coffee maker and switching from coffee to tea. then i started drinking less and less tea through the day. the only time i have caffeine now is when i have a headache / migraine that i need to get rid of in a hurry - and/or if i just plain get to sleep. and over the last few months i've been trying really hard to cut soda out of my diet. that's been a pain in my ass. i told someone yesterday i feel like i've become addicted to the HFCS in soda and now my body is making going without it complete hell. it's like my body screams i must have all the sweet things! ugh!
I'm glad I gave up sugared sodas years ago. I wouldn't want to be dealing with that.
You can do it!!!!
*cheers you on*
I gave up sweet stuff to drink a while back - instead I just drink VAST amounts of seltzer now. Bubbly! And we get to make seltzer which is always fun :)
I don't like fizzy water, but I don't mind just plain water, so that's cool.
Good for you!
i'm not caffiene-free, but i HAVE noticed that i cannot drink anything caffienated past about 3:30 in the afternoon or i will NOT be able to sleep at night till about 4 am. period. no matter if i DO take a sleep aid.
and it irritates the hell out of me that anyone who *does* want to have fast food and no caffiene is fine if they can have sugar...but if you *cant* your choice is water. period.
I don't mind water, so that's okay for me.
I cannot give up the diet pepsi. No way. I just can't. I've done plenty, it made an impact, but that's where I fail.
Ferrett managed to give it up by having his appendix burst.
I don't recommend it as a method.
I was forcibly detoxed when I was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease -- no caffeine (including no chocolate!), no alcohol and extremely low-salt. Although I was quite a coffee fan and loved me a cocktail or good bottle of wine, I actually found the no-salt to be the very hardest. It was quite an education to find out how much salt there is in absolutely everything I love -- not just the obvious like olives and pickled things and smoked things and most sauces, but also cheeses and breads and cakes and breakfast cereals. Crazy.
I now buy quality decaf beans and grind them fresh, but even that has traces of caffeine so I can't do it often. I don't miss it nearly as much as I thought I would.
No salt would be the hardest for me. That's rough.
2012-02-02 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm having some serious withdrawal issues today, I must admit.
One of the things I like to do, when I remember to, is make like a gallon of tea over the weekend and drink it throughout the week as a tea-fix. (It better embodies the need that instant/bottled tea fulfills.)
I've been trying to handle the sweet tooth I developed in December with gin and tonics. (Like after dinner!) That's better, right?
I am definitely having some sweet tooth issues. But I'm trying to hold out. Cold turkey is sometimes better.