(Closed) Any tips for weening off caffeine?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I was pretty much addicted to Dr. Pepper.  I thought Diet Dr. Pepper would be better but the aspartame made me sick daily.  So, I literally quit cold turkey and switched to sprite. I had headaches the first week but I just pushed through and after that it was pretty much straight.  Now, I drink one Mountain Dew in the morning and sprite or water throughout the day and tea for dinner.  And I feel great!

Sorry if it wasn’t much help to the coffee part though!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 Start by identifying how many cups per day you actually drink. Then add in other sources of caffeine- coke, chocolate, tea etc. Now you know what your total caffeine intake is.

Cut back gradually. There are so many ways to do this. You can make every other cup decaf, use half caf coffee etc.

 If you don’t want to cut back by that much immediately, or you get headaches, aim to reduce by 10% per week. It is much better to take a longer time, and be successful, rather than try to quit cold turkey and fail.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Cold Turkey. Seriously. It will suck BIG TIME but if you are serious about it, it is the only way to go. Just make sure you stock up on Asprin and drink a lot of water. When you crave it, drink more water. That way you are replacing your craving with something good for you and helping your headaches with asprin. Oh and make sure everybody around you knows in advance so they can expect you to be a giant bitch. Sorry, detoxing from caffeine will turn even the sweetest person into a bitchzilla.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The only problem with gradual quitting of any addiction is that you end up making excuses and never actually get off it. It is much easier to slip up with a gradual climb down rather than a straigh up jump off. Why do you think when you go to rehab they don’t give you smaller doses of alcohol or heroin? They force you to quit it right then and there.

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