Caffeine Addicted…

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah I had an issue with it after working at a coffee shop and not paying attention to how much I was taking in. I just weaned off of it. I have 1 cup a few times a week now. I always have a bottle of water with me. I did get bad headaches when I stopped the caffiene but it went away after a few days. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

You just have to wean off of it. Start slow, eliminate your soda at dinner or drink caffine-free, try only having one coffee in the morning. Yes, you will get headaches, but they will go away. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Dh was downing a six pack of dr pepper a day. It was expensive and horrible and when he decided to stop, it was literal detox. Like, curled on the bed in the fetal position for two days. It was ugly but he feels sooooooo much better now, doesnt drink caffine at all. If you dont want that, he decided to totally stop it totally, many people dont need to do that, start by replacing one caffeine drink a day with a healthy one. But be careful, lots of juices and other drinks are just as sugary and bad for you, just without the caffine. The withdraw headaches suck, but do go away. Like DH (who I get was pretty insane extreme) would get headaches almost daily if he wasnt constantly drinking dr peppers. Once he stopped, he never gets headaches anymore. But it is rough for a while. But it does get better! And you will feel so much better after. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Kicking the caffiene habit is hard 🙁 you have to subject yourself to a solid two weeks of headaches  before you’re over it. 

Coffee and tea isnt really that bad for you. It’s the sugars and fats that are added by coffee shops and flavored creamers that can really take a tI’ll on you. Can you start by switChing to black drinks? It really helped me knock a lot of extra cals off my diet and I’ve learned to appreciate a quality cup of coffee now. 

Definetly drop the coke ASAP. Try replacing it with a low caffeine black tea instead. If you need some sweetness there’s a brand of flavored organic agave necters called mad java? They are super delicious!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

imhisoneandonly:   Coffee is a wunderfood, don’t stop drinking it! Seriously, it is SO good for you. Coffee is a healthy addiction, like exercise. But obviously soda and adding tons of sugar/milk to your coffee is terrible for you.

To kick the unhealthy parts of your habbit, try drinking coffee at all times instead of soda. If you want a cold drink, have filtered coffee over ice or freeze it in advance instead of having a frappoccino or soda. I find using a little bit of real cream (or half & half) in good-quality, dark-roast coffee is so delicious that you don’t need sugar. You might need to wean yourself off sugar by using 1 tsp instead of 2, or whatever, just slowly cut back. Dark roasted beans are sweeter than light roasts (counter intuitive) so you need to drink dark to cut down on sugar. If you can afford it, I reccommend 100% Hawaiian coffee or real Jamaica Mountain Blue coffee. But if you can’t afford those, try a few different dark roasts.

The health benefits of coffee aren’t exclusively linked to caffeine, since some of the same benefits have been observed by drinking decaf coffee, as well, but if you like the caffeine there is no need to stop drinking it. Why subject yourself to the headaches and deprive yourself of a longer life?! There is a horrible misconception that coffee is bad for you — this is based on few erroneous articles which keep getting regurgitated, but the science is indisputable: drink up, it’s good stuff! Just cut the soda.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Here are some of the health benefits of coffee (sources available through wikipedia). As you can see, it has been VERY well studied and it is very good for you:

Studies suggest coffee consumption reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease,[129] dementia,[129] Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,[130] cirrhosis,[131] gout and cancer of liver,[132] skin,[133] prostate,[134] bowel, brain, gullet,[135] colon, endometrium,[136] breast,[137] mouth and throat.[138]

The fact that decaffeinated coffee also exhibits preventative effects against diseases such as prostate cancer and type 2 diabetes suggests that coffee’s health benefits are not solely a product of its caffeine content.[139]

Specifically, the antidiabetic effect of caffeine has been attributed to caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid.[140]

The presence of antioxidants in coffee have been shown to prevent free radicals from causing cell damage, which could lead to cancer.[141] Antioxidant levels vary depending on how the beans are roasted as well as for how long. Evidence suggests that roasted coffee has a stronger antioxidant effect than green coffee.[142]

Coffee is no longer thought to be a risk factor for coronary heart disease.[143] A 2012 meta-analysis concluded that people who drank moderate amounts of coffee had a lower rate of heart failure, with the biggest effect found for those who drank more than four cups a day. [144] Moreover, habitual coffee consumption is associated with improved vascular function.[145][146] In a ten year study among 50,739 US women (mean age, 63 years) free of depressive symptoms at baseline (in 1996), coffee consumption was negatively correlated with risk of developing clinical depression.[147]

A review published in 2004 indicated a negative correlation between suicide rates and coffee consumption.[148] It was suggested that the action of caffeine in blocking the inhibitory effects of adenosine on dopamine nerves in the brain reduced feelings of depression.[148]

Coffee consumption is also associated with improved endothelial function.[149]

Coffee extracts have been shown to inhibit 11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1, an enzyme which converts cortisone to cortisol and is a current pharmaceutical target for the treatment of diabetes type 2 and metabolic syndrome.[150]

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve been addicted to caffeine since college (a little over 15 years for me). Over that time, my caffeine consumption has gone up and down. Since I started grad school last year, it’s unfortunately gone up to an avg of 3 cokes a day. I’m working on lowering it now. If I try to quit cold turkey, I can’t function. The headaches and tiredness are too much. I have the most success when I cut back gradually. I will cut out one drink per day, or maybe even just have half of that drink. Eventually, I’m able to feel like drinking less is normal. We want to start TTC soon, so I’m trying to get down to being caffeine-free for the first time in years. This is my first week after cutting out one drink completely. I’m feeling good so far, but I still have a way to go.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

imhisoneandonly:  based on what you’re consuming it sounds like it’s a combination of SUGAR and caffiene you can’t kick.  I would try cutting the sugary drinks first.  Reduce the sugar in your coffee.  I drink tea, and a lot of it, but I put the tiniest bit of milk in it and no sugar.  Once you’ve reduced the sugar, try and reduce the caffiene. 

(This is coming from someone who used to drink 2L of Pepsi a day, sometimes more)

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

imhisoneandonly:  Eeek. It sounds like you are more addicted to soda than just straight coffee/caffeine.  Soda is terrible for you on so many levels, and 20oz of soda a day = an extra 20lbs a year.

How about trying to drink caffeinated teas? You need to start slowly replacing those sodas with something else ASAP.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

imhisoneandonly:  I think you missed the point of what I was saying.  CUT THE SUGAR.  Worry  less about the caffiene.  The sugar will give you the headaches and is WAY worse for you.

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