Post # 1
I am otherwise in great health, but I am a total caffeine addict and have been since high school. I know it isn’t healthy and I would like to stop, but I just don’t know how to do so without getting sick.
I eat well and exercise often, but I have gotten to the point where I absolutely need massive amounts of coffee to get through my day.
Anxiety runs in my family, and I have noticed lately that my anxiety is increasing. I feel like cutting out some caffeine would really help as it obviously makes you more jittery and anxious than you would be otherwise.
I am a teacher, so my lifestyle is crazycrazybusy. Cutting out caffeine in the past has literally made me feel like vomiting and made me sick to my stomach, and frankly I don’t have the time to be sick.
Has anyone successfully broken themselves from this habit who can share some practical advice?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@crh1729: Thanks for the tips, but I’m afraid I’m way more hard-core than you are! Haha I’m at the point where soda does nothing for me; I need dark espresso! It sounds like you are at a good place regarding your addiction, though. 🙂
@julies1949: I usually have a 4-cup pot in the a.m. and then have a 2-cup or a Starbucks Doubleshot at about 3 pm. Sometimes on rough days I’ll have some Tazo Awake tea in the evening. I know it’s bad!! Luckily I’m not a chocolate-addict or a soda drinker, so I don’t have to worry about those.
I like your 10% advice. I also forgot that half-caf even existed.
Post # 6
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
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.
Post # 8
@Mrs Hedgehog: I think you are right… crap. I am a coach and we are already in our practicing for the season. I have literally no break again until Christmastime. Why didn’t I do this earlier on in the summer?! Ahh!