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Old 12-29-06, 06:56 PM   #1
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Ye flipping gods....(caffeine withdrawl)

Yeah, I'm trying to ween myself off of caffeine, possibly once and for all.

Sadly I keep relapsing....when stims actually help you sleep, it's time to $&%^@*) stop.

That said, one of my many changes to better myself has been to eventually stop taking caffeine altogether. It will be a tough road, but I feel I have to do it. Being dependant on a freaking chemical sucks.....even more so when it's such a common one. Muscle spasms in my eyes and stuff have been pretty common since I started my attempts to quit.

That said, time to find a cheap source for caffeine-free sun drop....possibly the only caffeine free non diet citrus soda anywhere.

Really, it's amazing how something legal and unregulated can be so hard to drop cold turkey....
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Old 12-29-06, 06:58 PM   #2
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Look at cigarettes!
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Old 12-29-06, 07:02 PM   #3
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yeah, cigarettes are retardedly hard to quit. i'm in withdrawl right now. yarrrrr.
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Sometimes it's smartest to not start habits to begin with, then you won't have to deal with the withdrawal.

I chose not to drink alot of caffeine. I casually drink it if it's in a flavorful drink, but I don't use it to stay up.
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I casually drink it if it's in a flavorful drink,
That's what I told myself when I was drinking a liter of scotch a day--I liked the flavor.
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That's what I told myself when I was drinking a liter of scotch a day--I liked the flavor.
That wouldn't be considered casual though would it?
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I've been eating a lot less caffeine lately. But I wasn't totally hooked, so I'm ok. I ate some coffee beans a couple minutes ago. They were good.
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Cat, a little blow maybe, just to take the edge off.
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I quit cigarettes 2 years ago on new years eve, It was horrible to quit and I had to warn everyone to stay away from me. I was grumpy at best and sometimes suffered euphoria. now I hate them.
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I seem to have developed a rather bizarre addiction!

Coconut Creme coffee creamer!

Ye gods, it's good!
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mmmmmmmm coffeeeeeee
I live for coffee
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Old 12-30-06, 07:50 AM   #12
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Well, hop on the bike and ride to Indiana.....
I have a pot of Jamaica Blue Mountain, (pure, not the blended crap) on and a lot of mugs and Mrs Stormcrowe made homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast this Morning!
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I didn't have you pegged as a quitter.....
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That wouldn't be considered casual though would it?
Well, it wasn't exactly formal...
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proud of you catatonic, that's something I wouldnt mind trying to do myself but right now I got to go downstairs and get a refill, my cup is getting empty, brb
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heh....for some reason this cartoon hits home so hard....



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To keep it in perspective, my daily caffeine dosage was:

4 cups of cofee,
6-8 sticks of blackblack gum (equal to another 3-4 cups of coffee)
about a liter worth of redbull.
1-2 cans of mountain dew.

So it's safe to say I was well into WTF territory.
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Old 12-30-06, 09:27 AM   #18
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To keep it in perspective, my daily caffeine dosage was:

4 cups of cofee,
6-8 sticks of blackblack gum (equal to another 3-4 cups of coffee)
about a liter worth of redbull.
1-2 cans of mountain dew.

So it's safe to say I was well into WTF territory.
Waaay Tooo Muuuucchhh Cooofffeee

Try cutting back. I limit myself to two cups of coffee in the morning.
I often make some tea in the afternoon. In a big pot I use a couple bags of Happy Elephant Tea, a bag or two of herbal tea of the same flavor, and one bag of Celestial Seasonings Ginseng Energy. I brew for 4 minutes, and not a second more. Sometimes I brew for 3, that makes for an especially light and pleasant beverage that I can drink 2 or 3 cups of without consequence.

IMHO... kill the Red Bull. Just stop.
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Well right now the only caffeine sources I have is a single 2-liter of mountain dew (haven't opened it yet, might just leave it in the laundromat for someone to take), and one of the last few packs of blackblack gum. I'm only using the gum when I absolutely need to...one stick per day tops.

That's around 1/2 cup of coffee per day in caffeine levels. That should be rather reasonable.....although I hope to not need this crap at all by the next month.

Downside is being so tired all the time....I wake up feeling refreshed, but my energy levels are so low. I have to do this though, since I have a feeling my sleeping problems are all related to the huge doages of caffeine I have taken over the course of years....I used to have a far higher intake than what I listed......is a 2-liter of espresso per day a good idea of how bad I used to be when I was 20?
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I went through 4 months of withdrawl, after giving up caffine. Four months of hell. I was a Pepsiholic for about 15 years. Was drinking 6-8 cans a day, until my digestive system couldnt take it any longer.

Ive been caffine free for 3 years now, and it feels great. Now I cant stand to drink more than a few sips of caffine free pop. Good luck, and stick to it. You will eventually get through it, and its worth going through the withdrawl.
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I've been on and off several times over the last few years. right now I'm mostly off for over a year.
I find that you gotta get rid of the easy to use things. no blackblack! it's just to easy to use!

I used to have those caffienated mints sitting next to the bed so in the morning I could pop a few and lay down for a minute and suddenly wake up with energy and fresh breath.
that would get me downstairs for a quad espresso which would get me to work where the coffee drinking would start.

my problem was that I was always tired when on the caffiene, except for brief bursts when the balance was just right.

I have a lot more energy now. I still will have small amounts but I limit it. I drink tea (because it's good for me) but I never really notice any caffiene kick from that anyway. I drink decaf coffee.

the point is, for me, that I'm only going to drink so much tea or decaf coffee. when I have coffee and mints and mountain dew and beans and soda and whatever there's really no stopping. I have that kind of addictive personality.

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Old 12-30-06, 12:39 PM   #22
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Funny you should bring up going cold turkey. My wife and I are going shopping today for a manual drip coffee maker and checking out a couple roasters coffee blends.
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wow - that is a boatload of caffine. I was doing 4 venti starbucks a day at one point. I still drink a lot of coffee but I do "half caff". Basically have regular and half decaf coffee.

Coffee does have some properties that are good for you. I read somewhere its the #1 source of anti oxidants in the American diet. (not sure what that really says...)
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I've been smoke-free for nearly five months now, and counter-intuitively (to me anyway, as the two used to go hand-in-hand) my coffee consumption has gone through the roof. Perhaps I'm subconsciously seeking to raise the metabolism that fell through the floor once I gave up the smokes?

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To keep it in perspective, my daily caffeine dosage was:

4 cups of cofee,
6-8 sticks of blackblack gum (equal to another 3-4 cups of coffee)
about a liter worth of redbull.
1-2 cans of mountain dew.

So it's safe to say I was well into WTF territory.
Puh leeez. I have that much on my way to take a shower in the morning. And I don't measure coffee in cups. I measure it in pots.
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