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Old 04-24-17, 09:54 AM
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Kicking the Caffeine Addiction

Day 1

Just got from Florida. The beach was nice and warm. Today I'll fuddle around, putting the snowblower in the shed and fire up the ol' John Deer for another season of mowing. All the snow that was on the ground before our holiday is now gone. Spring brings new promise, and this year I'll use all that new energy of rebirth to help me kick this horrible coffee addiction.

I've been thinking about it ever since I got into bicycle touring. The need for that morning caffeine before I can function has crept into my head as a dependence, and I do not wish to be dependent on anything. I've also read a lot of health benefits of quitting caffeine. Primarily, my main concern is the progressive need for more and more. It increases my anxiety and disrupts sleep patterns, leading to a vicious cycle of restless sleep, relying on caffeine to help with daytime fatigue. Not good.

So I'm quitting. Cold turkey.

I'll most likely be a real mess for a few days, but I truly believe it'll be worth it. Time to change it up for the better. Eff caffeine, and EFF YOU, MRS OLSEN!
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Good luck! I am one of those weird cases that doesn't drink coffee. I only drink once a month or something. But I quit pornography 5 years ago and I was really addicted. SO, I know the pain!

The biggest tip is to FIGHT the first seconds of the urge. Then it's easy.
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I love coffee. I have also hear a few cups a day is good for you.
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I love black coffee and caffeine does not seem to have much effect on me. If I'm out of coffee I'm perfectly fine with any other hot berverage, mainly tea, caffinated or not.
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I was drinking multiple mugs of coffee a day, like up to 6-8 or so. Never hurt my sleep any, but did not appreciate the dependence on it, or the extra calories of the sugar and cream I used. Now down to 1 cup of black coffee every morning and feel better for it.

Three days of going from massive coffee to very limited coffee sucked, but it fades from memory soon enough...

Instead of afternoon coffee for a pick-me-up, I have some fruit.
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Interesting... I was raised with that stuff... we would fill our glasses with coffee and dip soda crackers... my kids do the same... in-laws live with us... heavy coffee drinkers. And I am talking espresso, or strong latte... not water down coffee. Grandpa does a latte in the morning and espresso shots every two hours... he is 78 and going strong.

I can go months without coffee... and then I would come back and have some. In my case, it is only a double (2oz) of espresso in the morning... sometimes, a ristretto in the afternoon... Never had an issue with sleeping well. What I did do, many years ago, is switched to drinking only water... no more soda, juice (unless it is freshly squeezed orange juice), etc. I drink a lot of water...

I am not diminishing the impact coffee has in some folks... just that with us, it is a non-issue...

Here is my father-in-law testing some new coffee beans I received



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and my recent acquisition (eBay find of a new-in-box 1979 lever machine)



And Grandpa's machine (we need something simple for him... )



Pornography? yeah... I have not been able to quit that one... withdrawals are a *****

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Caffeine is the very addictive drug of choice for many who claim they "don't do drugs". I quite caffeinated soft drinks years ago and just now quit coffee except for a cup in the morning for the quick laxitive effect. I don't think that's excessive. You can try it cold turkey or you can do it gradually. Either way, good FOO luck!
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I quit drinking it about 4 years ago and now drink a mug or 2 of tea instead. I feel better for doing so, if reminds me of when I quit riding motorcycles and took up bicycling again.
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I smoked for 15 years and quit that cold turkey. For me, it was the same sort of mental aggravation that I'm going through right now. I used to have a butt right before bedtime, and sometimes I'd look in the pack and see there's only a couple left. That means one before bed, one in the morning, and I'd for sure have to run into town to grab more smokes before work or be bumming them all day. What a hassle. So I quit.

That was when cigs were like a buck-twenty five a pack. I can't understand how ANYONE can afford cigarettes nowadays. When I was stationed in Germany back in the '80s, I could smoke Marlboro reds for almost a whole year for what one single carton of them cost now.
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Just have an aspirin handy for the initial days of headaches. Best of luck. Anything that will make you feel healthier is always good.
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Old 04-24-17, 11:29 AM
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coffee at home in the am, green tea all day at work... good luck to you though!
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Winners never quit and quitters never win.

There are 11 reasons to drink coffee, but only 10 reasons to quit. Do the math.
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I've stopped drinking caffeinated beverages several years ago, but have quit several times in the past too. Generally no decaffeinated either, although sometimes I'll take a decaf cappucino, but rarely.

The first couple of days after quitting are hard. Sometimes headaches. Beware of headache medicines that contain caffeine. Then I think one hits a honeymoon period when one is better than when one was drinking coffee.

But, I've drank too much in the past and think there will always be a part of me addicted to the stuff.
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Good luck. It is literally my last remaining vice, and I tried many, many of them.
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Good luck. It is literally my last remaining vice, and I tried many, many of them.
Exactly.

I have quit many things, but I've never been able to quit caffeine. (Not entirely true, I'm a repeat failure as a vegetable, but I use as my excuse the fact that I was born particularly carnivorous).

However, for health reasons, I am reduced to drinking tea, and it's green tea for breakfast. I used to be a coffee gourmet, now I am reduced to this.

Life can be cruel.
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Originally Posted by NoControl View Post
Day 1

Just got from Florida. The beach was nice and warm. Today I'll fuddle around, putting the snowblower in the shed and fire up the ol' John Deer for another season of mowing. All the snow that was on the ground before our holiday is now gone. Spring brings new promise, and this year I'll use all that new energy of rebirth to help me kick this horrible coffee addiction.

I've been thinking about it ever since I got into bicycle touring. The need for that morning caffeine before I can function has crept into my head as a dependence, and I do not wish to be dependent on anything. I've also read a lot of health benefits of quitting caffeine. Primarily, my main concern is the progressive need for more and more. It increases my anxiety and disrupts sleep patterns, leading to a vicious cycle of restless sleep, relying on caffeine to help with daytime fatigue. Not good.

So I'm quitting. Cold turkey.

I'll most likely be a real mess for a few days, but I truly believe it'll be worth it. Time to change it up for the better. Eff caffeine, and EFF YOU, MRS OLSEN!
You will likely get a low level constant headache the first week... I quit coffee for a while, a few years ago, and that caffeine withdraw just reminded me of one of the reasons I drink it.

Now I just limit myself, but I needed that break to be able to cut back.
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Good luck to you, and I hope you enjoy your new life. Really.

But I have no plans to quit. I'm dependent on a lot of things, including clean air, clean water, good food, the company of good people. Coffee is just another thing.

I don't believe it's bad for me, not in the quantity I drink, which is two cups per day, on average. It's been studied a lot, and many people are searching to find reasons it's bad for us, since we love it so much, but we have learned the opposite is true.
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Originally Posted by wachuko View Post
Interesting... I was raised with that stuff... we would fill our glasses with coffee and dip soda crackers... my kids do the same... in-laws live with us... heavy coffee drinkers. And I am talking espresso, or strong latte... not water down coffee. Grandpa does a latte in the morning and espresso shots every two hours... he is 78 and going strong.

I can go months without coffee... and then I would come back and have some. In my case, it is only a double (2oz) of espresso in the morning... sometimes, a ristretto in the afternoon... Never had an issue with sleeping well. What I did do, many years ago, is switched to drinking only water... no more soda, juice (unless it is freshly squeezed orange juice), etc. I drink a lot of water...

I am not diminishing the impact coffee has in some folks... just that with us, it is a non-issue...

Here is my father-in-law testing some new coffee beans I received



My current setup (craiglist is great! ). Looking to upgrade the grinder to a decent one...



and my recent acquisition (eBay find of a new-in-box 1979 lever machine)



And Grandpa's machine (we need something simple for him... )



Pornography? yeah... I have not been able to quit that one... withdrawals are a *****
Nice coffee set up... I had a Pavoni for years, and got great coffee out of it, but it was one finicky machine... had to be packed just right, and pulled just right, but the result was awesome.

Of all the machines you have access to, which do you prefer?

I loved the Pavoni as it was quiet, and you could pull another cup right away. Some machines I have had, had annoying pumps that just buzzed away... rather rude first thing in the morning, BEFORE coffee.

These days I just have a quiet Krups steam based machine that is just "good enough."

Oh, awesome crema dad in law is handling there.
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I just got up from a 3-hour nap, lol. I never used to do that! No headache... yet. I'm drinking plenty of cold water. We're lucky to have a clean fresh private well to draw from.
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Exactly.

I have quit many things, but I've never been able to quit caffeine. (Not entirely true, I'm a repeat failure as a vegetable, but I use as my excuse the fact that I was born particularly carnivorous).

However, for health reasons, I am reduced to drinking tea, and it's green tea for breakfast. I used to be a coffee gourmet, now I am reduced to this.

Life can be cruel.
Indeed. There's enough research that shows that coffee is good for you that it's not really a vice. I used to love coffee of most any sort, but know that it doesn't always agree with me and drink tea instead. It's not fair!
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Quitting coffee? Does not compute. It's an essential nutrient and medicine, as far as I'm concerned.

Nope, I love the bean juice. I drink less now because I buy better coffee. Usually two cups early in the day, maybe one cup in the afternoon.

I either grind my own or if I'm in a hurry I'll use ground Gevalia. I keep trying other brands of ground coffee but in 20 years I've never found anything better than Gevalia, unless I grind my own beans. I used to roast 'em myself from green, but haven't done that in years. Even Braum's house brand coffee beans are pretty darned tasty when fresh ground at home, and cheaper than some fancier names.

Also, caffeine enhances the effect of some analgesics. That's why it's one of the ingredients in Excedrin. And it was an ingredient in caffergot, one of the traditional but mostly obsolete migraine meds, combining ergot derivatives with caffeine (later surpassed by Imitrex and other meds). I've had chronic, often severe headaches since I was a kid, long before I began drinking coffee as a young adult, and the doctor recommended Excedrin, or a cup of coffee with a couple of aspirin. (No, the headaches weren't caused by caffeine or withdrawal -- I had 'em long before I ever drank anything with caffeine. They're migraines and cluster headaches, according to my neurologist.)

For many folks experiencing aches and pains a cup of joe or other form of caffeine can enhance the two aspirins or ibuprofen (I won't take Tylenol or any acetaminophen). Try it next time you have post-bike ride aches and pains.

What does disrupt my sleep is alcohol, specifically beer since that's pretty much the only alcohol I keep around. I love good beer but it does act like a powerful jolt of keep-awake juice, more so than coffee. So I have to be careful to avoid drinking beer late at night if I expect to sleep. But that's a pretty common problem, not unique.
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Indeed. There's enough research that shows that coffee is good for you that it's not really a vice. I used to love coffee of most any sort, but know that it doesn't always agree with me and drink tea instead. It's not fair!
Some chai teas have that satisfying smoky, rich flavor similar to coffee, minus the stomach upset that some folks get from acidic coffee. Celestial Seasonings chai is pretty satisfying, especially with a dollop of cream.

I like tea also, but it never quite does it for me as a morning wakeup. I'll often have a cup of good tea later in the day rather than coffee if I don't want to waste a pot.
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I just got up from a 3-hour nap, lol. I never used to do that! No headache... yet. I'm drinking plenty of cold water. We're lucky to have a clean fresh private well to draw from.
Sounds like it might be the right choice for you. I know some folks who said they felt better overall after quitting coffee. I've tried it a few times, quitting coffee for a few weeks, but it didn't improve my sleep or overall sense of well being.
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Day 2

I slept pretty long last night. It might be because the bed in the beach house we rented was like sleeping on a piece of plywood propped up with cinder blocks.

Got a wee fuzzy headache since last night. Almost tolerable. I've got some painting to do today so hopefully it'll be forgotten for a while.

Its awful hard to sit here trying hard to stay "sober" when The Missus is sitting at her pc across the room drinking a nice cuppa. Sure smells good... but I am resolute.
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On a more serious note, I had a considerable caffeine intake many years ago, thanks to soda pop, causing my night sleep pattern cycle to be two hours asleep, then two hours awake, etc. When I quit soda pop cold turkey, my sleep patterns became six to eight hours of sound sleep the first week, and have been since.
I still drink a small cup of coffee in the morning, but it's effects are long gone by bedtime, and my sound sleep patterns are unaffected.
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