Anyone else quitting? IVe been trying for years have not been able to shake it off but today Is my last day! This drug is no good for me causes me depression/anxiety yet i still take it as a energy booster well im putting my foot down now
good luck! I am trying to limit my coffee intake, not so much because I think its unhealthy( i have read many things about how coffee can be good for you) but because its staining my teeth and also I hate how i feel when i dont have coffee and i hate to relay on something. I am switching to tea. Its very good for you and can give you engery.
I managed to shake the coffee habit and addiction...not easy...here is how I did it.
I first started narrowing how many coffee's I had in the day then when I was down to one small, I started drinking decaf.
By narrowing down slowly during the coarse of a few weeks I did not get slammed with the withdrawl headaches that often happen. Then I finally got to the point that I did not like the taste of coffee at all, so I switched to water...which is now all I drink, other than a club soda on Friday night dinner outings with my husband and friends, that keeps me from being bothered by others around me drinking wine etc....I try and stay away from wine, although has health benefits, does not like my wasteline.
I think giving up anything that becomes habit, like coffee, takes time and will power.
This has actually been a bit inspiring because I am a heavy coffee drinker but I have quit drinking coffee before for a couple of months, but then one cup and I was hooked again. It's hard because I use it to get rid of cravings, which tea doesn't really help with. Oh well.. I think I will join the quitting coffee bandwagon after today
For me, quitting was very difficult. I was such a big coffee drinker. However, now, on the contrary, I cannot tolerate the bitter taste of coffee. I have tried to drink a few sips and it just cannot go down.
I substitute herbal teas and green tea. I really, really like hot chocolate! But that has to be limited...
If your feeling that tired, I might suggest taking a multi vitamin and try taking potassium, often if your feeling that bad, your body is missing potassium, we don't get enough as adults, and you would have to eat a pile of banana's to get the amount we need. The caffeine is a false crutch and not a friendly chemical, I loved it too, very much, but I did found when I started taking my vitamins,potassium, ate well, exercised my need for the chemical was gone.
Weaning off of it was how I did it, and now I can't stand coffee, or even soda's that contain caffenine.
I had to quit drinking coffee because when I was diagnosed with optic neuritis several years ago, my optic nerves have been damaged and caffeine, intense heat, and alcohol irritates my optic nerves. Also, drinking coffee creates blurry vision because of my optic neuritis.
I will drink coffee one a week and that's it. I substitute it with hot water with lemon and teas.
Several things I noticed from quitting coffee:
1. My skin is not has red or inflamed anymore and when I was drinking coffee; it looked like I had rosacea.
2. I am not has irritated as I use to be
3. My optic nerves don't hurt like they use to with coffee and my eyes feel better
4. I sleep better
5. I am not grumpy or short tempered-minimal effect
6. Overall, I feel much healthier
I never really drank coffee, I will when Iím so overly tired, but I donít like it, and the thing is, since I never drink coffee, why is it Iím always tired? Because Iím always soooo fatigue, And canít figure it out. Nothing wakes me up, only once in a blue moon a do drink coffee it seems to work, but I still donít see any reason for starting. Because I believe if I become a major coffee drinker, it will only work for a short while then I will get back in to my regular fatigue. And then I will be addicted to coffee even though it does nothing for me. I too am trying to drink more tea, I hardly ever, but I want to start.
I think I have a "coffee gene" - I consider it one of life's greatest pleasures, BUT, I want to give it up, as well. I would really like to be able to indulge just once/twice a wk, but think ,just one cup and i'm hooked again.
The downside of coffee for me: it makes me jittery and my blood sugar drops, which makes me hungry and then I just end up eating more. I also have borderline high blood pressure, so don't need the caffiene.
I wouldn't mind switching to tea, but honestly find it so incredibly boring, compared to coffee. I could try water with lemon or lime, though. Also tried and liked the new green tea drink, Envinga- It does have caffeine and Splenda, but could mix with half water.
Anyway, I have tried half calf and decaff and they aren't too bad. So I will try what the other poster, did and go from 2 strong cups to one, then maybe try decaf, ect., until I get down to water or tea.
Hi i have had optic neuritis twice and i am recovering from an episode now, i get pain all down my face ears teeth and neck. I didnt realise coffee could have an effect like that. Has your vision returned to normal and are there any other triggers for your ON? Do you think tiredness and stress can cause it? Mine is a combination of sinusitis and stress i think because of my facial pain and also i have an infection, fluid in my ears and popping and swollen glands. I have had the pain 4 several years but the ON came last year. I would be interested in your symptoms.
coffee does the opposite to me when my leg and pelvic ache i drink 1-2 cups of coffee and im not in alot of pain still a lil but not as much and when I try to not drink coffee i get the worst withdraw headache in this world. so I drink coffe everyday 1-2 cups.
I just wanted to offer another coffee alternative for everyone who's trying to cut back on their coffee intake. I love my coffee drinks too and as I'm a grad student, I really find it helps me concentrate on my work. I've been seeing a naturopathic physician for some other health problems and she says a cup of coffee every other day is reasonable-- if you can do it.
Also, she said to drink 2-3 cups of green tea a day (or iced green tea as it's summer now). Well, I've been doing that for a few weeks now and I've noticed that green tea gives me a bit of a caffeine buzz-- not as much as coffee of course, but I've been able to do the cup of coffee every other day now as I'm drinking more green tea (which has WONDERFUL health benefits for you anyway, while giving you a bit of caffeine).
Another suggestion my doctor gave me was to drink yerba mate, an Argentinean tea drink, which give a pretty strong caffeine jolt *and* is good for you. It's a bit strong and bitter, so it may take some getting used to. Also, my doctor said that some stores (like Trader Joe's) sell flavored mate (chocolate, etc) which make it a much tastier tea drink and not as bitter as the original flavor. Just some suggestions! Good luck to all trying to wean themselves off coffee!