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1/18/08 11:33 A

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It is true. I cut off caffein already in the past(when I was on South Beach Diet) and I know there will be symptoms. But they usually don't last more than a week, and then your level of awakeness is back to normal, even higher a study showed - the other night on the Health Discovery Channel.

My gynecologist recommends me to cut off caffein for hormonal reasons.

I am not sure I will like decaf, but I guess I can guess use to it the same way I got use to soy milk... emoticon

Thanks for your input!

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1/18/08 11:12 A

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You don't have to completely cut out caffeine, just cut back, if you need to. A number of the refueling gels (e.g. Gu) contain caffeine, BTW.

I don't know if anyone has ever tried to go completely off caffeine, coffee, especially, but be prepared for withdrawal symptoms! Personally, I've managed to adjust my system so that I have my 1-2 cups of coffee on the weekend and can go all week without any. Coffee is my welcome warmth after a cold morning's training run and something to share on Sunday morning with My Darling Groom.

Caffeine does have its positive properties, such as stimulating thinking (kick jump those little gray cells!).

If you do want to go completely off coffee, I would suggest a gradual decrease in consumption to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. It's not unusual to feel headach-y, mood shifts, a little lethargy, etc.

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1/18/08 10:29 A

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This is a great list, AKORELC!

Although I have ordered the book a while ago - I haven't received it yet - I have printed the list out and stuck it on my fridge. Thanks! emoticon

personally, I need to work on #3 and #12.

I am about to cut off caffein (#8) as soon as my last can of regular coffe is gone.

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1/17/08 11:17 A

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I do have the thickest chair cushions I could find, but the angle of the chair back forces you into an uncomfortable seated position. I even have cushions to prop you forward a bit, lol! The style is (was) very pricey Ethan Allen "Early American" that my parents loved (I always hated).

Table height also makes a difference. I hate feeling as though I need a booster seat, hahaha!

Comfort is more important to these old bones. Ruth's Chris Austin has the most comfortable dining chairs I've experienced in ages; I need to find some like those, when we're able to get this set replaced.


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1/17/08 8:08 A

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dining room chairs being uncomfortable...what about adding some cushions? It worked for my Mom's chairs at their house. I say this and I don't eat at my table all that often either. I have no excuse, my chairs are comfortable. It was nice reading these tips, it helped me realize I have already made a lot of changes, still need to work on some.

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I need to work on 7 and 9

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1/16/08 7:28 P

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GREAT ONE! I also do a great job with these EXCEPT #11. Our family is bad about that. We usually (95% of the time) have a healthy meal and sit down to watch a Discovery Channel, etc. documentary thanks to our Tivo. We really need to get back to the dining table. We don't eat junk in front of the t.v., but that is our unwind time to feed our stomachs and brains.

Gotta work on #11,
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Great info!!!! I am right on track (other than #11) In fact, right now, I am eating (in front of the computer screen obviously) some homemade soup comprised of pinto & black beans, red onions, garlic, corn, brown rice, tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, chipotle pepper & green chilis. I threw it together after shoveling the snow while I was putting groceries away. It's yummy (& spicy AND right in line with all the good advice you shared).

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1/16/08 6:39 P

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I just got a book by mail titled "Performance Nutrition for Runners," and found some guidelines that are good for anyone. These are loosely based on Dr. Andrew Weil's recommendation to make just one new change in your dietary regimen every week for 12 weeks and you could lose 10-25 lbs.

Week 1: Drink H20 instead of fruit juice, sodas

Week 2: Swap whole grain for refined (and enriched)

Week 3: Stop eating when you're full

Week 4: Switch to low-fat dairy from whole milk dairy

Week 5: ADD 1-2 servings of veggies

Week 6: No more than 1-2 servings of fried foods per week

Week 7: ADD 1-2 servings of fresh fruit

Week 8: Cut back on caffeine, sugar and alcohol

Week 9: Add healthy midmorning and midafternoon snacks

Week 10: Introduce post-workout "recovery" snacks, meals or supplements (in training, we have something salty, bananas, etc.)

Week 11: No eating in front of TV or PC

Week 12: Eat more slowly

Are you already following any of these recommendations?

I'm really bad about eating in front of screens (TV, laptop), largely because my dining room chairs are terribly uncomfortable and I'm usually the only one here. [sigh] I know, replace the chairs. Easier said than done - I have to replace the entire dining room suite (it's my mom's from her old house, anyway), and that entails a whole lot of pieces!!! One of these days...

Oh yes - the book is by Matt Fitzgerald and published by Rodale for Runner's World.

Edited by: ACORALSEA at: 1/16/2008 (19:06)
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