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Cutting out caffeine and sugar

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hello, my name is Clare and I am a caffeine and sugar addict. I have gone cold turkey with caffeine this week, having had up to 8 energy drinks a day and at least 2 litres of diet cola daily. These drinks are addictive. I have cavities in my teeth for the first time, since I have been drinking these.

The caffeine withdrawal symptoms so far have been seriously unpleasant - headaches, extreme tiredness and constant aches in my leg muscles. I have been waking every night at about 3 or 4 am in pain. I hope in the weeks, months and years to come I will remember this experience and avoid caffeine altogether.

As for the sugar, it is hard to say. I think it is responsible for the terrible mood swings and anxiety I have suffered and is probably the biggest factor in my struggle with my weight. I will try to blog to keep you posted on how I get on and what I notice with this new approach
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BACKYARDER1 2/21/2013 9:18AM

    I switched to decaffeinated tea and coffee 3 years ago and now I can't tolerate the regular stuff. It sets me to jittering and keeps me awake and lightheaded...an awful feeling. I know there is likely still a bit of caffeine in the decaf types but it is miniscule. I never got into energy drinks..they scare me.
Sugar is a tough one. I try to eat as little as possible but there is still way too much in my life.
Kudos to you for tackling a difficult task..You Go Girl! emoticon

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ROSE284 2/19/2013 7:06AM

    Wow, good luck with the caffeine withdrawl. Hope it eases soon.

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CALLIEGS 2/18/2013 4:05PM

    Thank you all for your support and advice. I finally stopped getting withdrawal symptoms after 7 days. I can honestly say I am feeling better. I have been really shocked about what foods have had sugar added. There are so many with hidden sugar - even chicken!!

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XTINA46 2/18/2013 11:48AM

    Congratulations on sticking it out so far! You are definitely doing your body and your spirit a favour, it just doesn't feel like it at the start. I just finished a 21 day detox program (no alcohol, no sugar, no caffeine, no wheat and no dairy!) and I've emerged 12 lbs lighter (still 30 to go) and have so much energy I can barely contain myself. And no depression and no joint pain! I honestly feel born-again, and now am exercising steadily as well. So yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel - just chug along one day at a time, and you will feel amazing at the end of this journey!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/16/2013 9:51AM

    oh I sympathise with you going cold turkey is no fun, wishing you every success

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CALLIEGS 2/16/2013 4:38AM

    Thank you for the comments and support. I am on day 6 and still getting cramps but not as badly. I am doing Harcombe Diet and have completed phase 1 so I can introduce complex sugars now (the first phase is about dealing with candida, hypoglycaemia and food intolerances so all sugars get cut right back to starve the yeasts and rule out intolerances in the first 5 days)

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1FEISTYMAMA 2/15/2013 3:28PM

    I've never developed a caffeine addiction (and it can be addicting) but I have kicked the sugar habit a couple of times. The first time was definitely the hardest. It takes about 2 weeks to kick the sugar beast....not sure about the caffeine. At least with sugar, as Celest said, you can replace refined sugars with complex sugars....those found in fruits and veggies. I don't know of anything that'll help your caffeine withdrawals. emoticon

Bananas are said to help with leg cramps and they have good sugars. Maybe you start eating more of those to help with the withdrawals??

GOOD luck to you!!! emoticon

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SHEILA1505 2/15/2013 1:29PM

    Congratulations for sticking it out so far - keep going - you don't want to have to start again from scratch - and you're going to feel so much healthier, cleaner, brighter

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CELEST 2/15/2013 1:23PM

    Ouch detox is no fun. Hopefully you will increase your fruit intake (if there is a need) which is where you will get your healthy sugar needs and DONT forget to at least eat healthy carbs for energy like sweet potato and baby potatoes etc.

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