Going cold turkey on caffeine

posted 5 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Courthouse

I used to drink obscene amounts of espresso shots in my daily morning coffee. When I wouldn’t drink any coffee, I would get a headache that would slowly go away that same day, but recur if I didn’t drink coffee daily per my usual routine. Your body goes through withdrawal-like symptoms, since caffiene is a drug!

At one point I wasn’t drinking any coffee at all. I was getting bad headaches and just feeling like my energy was off and having difficulty concentrating. So I did some research. I slowly tapered my coffee intake and then moved to teas. Black, green, white teas have different levels of caffiene that are usually posted on the box, and obvi some are non caffeinated.

Now I just do 1 cup of coffee a day. Sometimes on the weekends or on a cozy evening I’ll make some tea. You could also give decaffinated coffee a go! It does have a small amount of caffiene in it though. The more caffiene you drink, the harder it will be on your body to stop cold turkey! But 1 small cup of regular coffee a day shouldn’t be too bad. And cutting back on the Mountain Dew will be great for you. All that awful sugar in that soda!

Post # 3
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Worker bee

I’m still battling caffeine as it’s so easy to slip back into bad habits!

I’ve found when the headaches kick in, to take some asprin and drink water like there’s no tomorrow!

Every now and then I try to be strict with myself that I won’t have any more, which means I usually switch to peppermint tea so I’m still getting a hot drink but often it takes a week or so to get out the withdrawl and by then I’m like ‘oh, I don’t need coffee, so I’ll just have one as a treat…’ and the cycle continues!

Good luck bee, it really is hard to shake off! I’ve had 5 coffees in the last 5 hours and find it impossible to kick when I’m exhausted!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

lauralaura123 :  I am 100% addicted to caffeine through coffee. I have 2 cups every morning with milk and a little sugar. I love the entire coffee experience, the taste, waking up with a hot cup. I rarely have a 3rd cup in the afternoon. I used to get nasty migraines all the time and my 2 cups a day has helped mitigate them. While it is a stimulant, if you take care of yourself in every other way and get enough sleep at night, and it doesn’t make you jittery or sick normally, I see no reason to stop. I don’t drink alcohol or smoke or do drugs, besides “this one”. 

That said, soda and energy drinks are AWFUL FOR YOU, and not because of the caffeine. They are full of shitty chemicals and high fructose corn syrup.

If you are really serious about quitting, wean to one cup of coffee, and then one half caff cup of coffee, then stop. Quit mountain dew cold turkey. That stuff is like cancer in a bottle.

Coffee, or caffeine, is not a stand in for sleep and rest. You need to take care of your body and make sure you get enough sleep and nourish your body with good foods. Coffee is the only caffeinated drink I consume.

If you love soda, try IZZE sparkling juice. I have really loved the grapefruit variety during my pregnancy and I absolutely hate conventional soda.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I have never quit cold turkey but I’ve weaned myself to lower levels by reducing cups per day and drinking more green tea. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

lauralaura123 :  If I drink coffee too consistently, I get migraines when I don’t drink it. It’s awful, and to me the knowledge that I’m so addicted to it makes coffee not worth it. I drink the occasional cup, but never more than a few times a month because I don’t want to risk getting addicted to it again. 

I gave up my daily cup of coffee about a year ago, and it has been so very worth it! I wake up feeling energized now, which I never did before. 

Quitting sucked. It takes a few weeks to start to finally feel good in the mornings. I recommend getting Excedrin Migraine for the headaches. Take it as soon as you feel one coming on, and it should prevent it.

In the beginning, I switched up my routine. Instead of drinking coffee in the morning, I would take 5 minutes to drink some ice cold water with lemon, and stretch/do yoga to help wake up. I did that for probably a month after quitting coffee. Going strong a year later, and with far fewer headaches!

Post # 6
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Worker bee

It is not an easy thing to do! I had previously tried cold turkey but the headaches were really difficult for me to deal with.

I was drinking 3 cups a day for awhile there. 

When I started, I switched one of those coffees to green tea. Then waited a week and switched another coffee to green tea, and one green tea to water. i.e., drink one = coffee, drink two = water, drink three= water

I`m now drinking a coffee a week, maybe every two weeks. Green tea almost every day and alot more water.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I quit caffeine cold turkey at the beginning of December. I had a health scare that made me want to relax on the stimulants. The first couple weeks really sucks. I had some rough headaches, overall just feeling lethargic, and brain fog. And Too Much Information, the worst for me was constipation. Never realized how much coffee played a role in that department. 

I started trying to eat a bit healthier and drink more water. No magic way other than to give your body time to get used to living without the caffeine. 

After that adjustment period I can honestly say I feel AMAZING! My anxiety disappeared, I always feel calm and even headed now, sleep quality is much better, skin looks more clear (probably since I’m not constantly dehydrated lol). And the best part is I really don’t miss the feeling of being amped up on stimulants when before I never thought I’d be able to make it through a day without it. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I weaned myself down – not off coffee completely as I just like the taste – by cutting out my cream and sugar to make it less tasty. I also would start my day with a tea, black teas and then slowly down to green teas instead of a coffee. I just slowly stepped down on everything. I am now at a point where a cup of green tea will be any caffeine I need and I can enjoy a cup of coffee without NEEDING a cup of coffee.

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I’m trying to cut back so when I get pregnant I can cut it out completely. I know you said cold turkey but last week I did half regular half decaf and this week I’m going to go to 1/4 regular 3/4 decaf. I get bad migraines a lot anyways and cutting it out cold turkey is just unbearable. When I was pregnant in the past I was miserable and has the worst headaches when I stopped cold turkey and obviously didn’t want to take any meds so I’m tying everything to avoid that next time. 

Good luck! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

pivot :  you don’t have to cut caffeine out while pregnant. You can have up to 300mg a day. I’m on my 4th baby and I have had coffee my entire pregnancy. I stopped halfway through my 2nd pregnancy because it became gross, drank coffee my entire pregnancy with my 3rd. My first pregnancy I had no coffee whatsoever, had 3 to 4 migraines a week, and ended up with preeclampsia.🤷‍♀️

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - Beverly Hills, CA

I quit cold turkey almost 9 years ago and haven’t looked back since. I didnt experience withdrawal despite consuming WAY more than I should have, but if you’re getting headaches etc. I would suggest weaning off and really trying to get to 0.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

sf618b :  thanks for your advise, But as I said after a miscarriage I’d rather be safe than sorry. Congrats on your four pregnancies 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

i dont drink coffee, and the only time i ever really drink soda is at work. At home its either juices, milk or water. I know from hearing from others coffee is the hardest to cut back from though, maybe only drink half a cup in the morning, and replace the mountain dew with sweet tea or lemonade. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

Ugh, the headaches…I feel ya. Sometimes I try to fight through them (though they seem to last up to 3 days for me when I quit cold turkey) but often I just try to cut back slowly to avoid the withdrawals. Also, if I know I’ve gotten plenty of sleep, I often opt for decaf as it gives me that same taste without the unnecessary caffeine.

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