I have also cut a lot of coffee/caffeine from my daily intake in the last month. It has made a big difference but an unexpected side effect was wanting to snack more without having a cup of coffee. Drinking a lot of water helps, though.
I've been a coffee addict for a long time - I love trying out different blends and mixing and matching and all that.
I always thought I wouldn't be able to give up but about two weeks after joining SP I realized that not only am I sleeping much better but I've almost completely eliminated coffee from my diet and only indulge in a really GOOD cup once in a long while.
I tried to figure out what it was that caused it. I know it's because I have a lot more natural energy and so don't need caffeine to keep me going. I think the extra natural energy comes from a mixture of three things:
- good amount of sleep - lots of water. lots of water. lots of water. - yoga (or any other exercise)
Biggest credit goes to sleep though. I never knew how big a role it had to play in a healthy lifestyle!
Also I don't need to mention that I've actually ended up saving a bunch of money because I'm not wasting it on overpriced coffees (and often biscottis and other snacks that I don't even like much anyway!) every day.
I love coffee. I was drinking up to 8 cups a day before I got pregnant with my son. I barely sleep so it was 'needed' to get through the day at a deadend job. I cut it out completely while pregnant. (I was a crazy pregnant lady) It was super hard because my sense of smell was thru the roof.
The coffee at my current job is disgusting. I make my own in a little french press. I can make it as strong or weak as I want. I get one carraf full then two of decaf tea... and water. With using a small cup it makes me feel like Iike I'm having way more than I am.
Ya know, this is an interesting conversation. I LOVE coffee, and I don't sleep very well, so really its a marriage made in heaven. However, I didn't realize that dehydration actually increases fatigue. So, I now only allow myself 1 - 2 cups in the morning and the rest of the day there is no more coffee. Good luck to you guys! Just start sucking down as much water as humanly possible!
i have gone a week w/o caffinated coffee a few times. i must not be addicted. LOL. but, if i had to for my health, i would give it up. as it is now, i usually only get it a few times a week because i go to Caribou coffee and small independent places throughout the week.
I would never talk to my BFF the way I talk to myself about my body.
I feel you on this! I have decided to go without coffee for an entire work week (weekends are still sacred coffee-days for me). I'm on Day 3, and it's going ok. I really want a cup of coffee, but every time I start to get a craving, I battle it with tea. Not the same, but drinking the tea gets me my water intake AND stops me from drinking coffee.
This just means that Saturday morning is going to be so good!
I am a self-confessed caffeine addict. I've managed to cut my intake down to 3 cups a day and no coffee consumed at the office. It helps that the coffee in our office is TERRIBLE and so I don't have a desire to drink it while I'm working. I also want to drink even less than my 3 during the morning hours. One of my goals in the coming weeks is to drink only 2 cups; it's better than three.
I believe it truly is an addiction. I've got all kinds of stories about withdrawal and visits to the doctor/ER due to my former out-of-control caffeine intake.
Good luck! Let us know how you're doing, Pat
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Yes I'm a newbie to spark....However, I am a seasoned coffee addict. One of my personal goals is to 'Say No to Joe' at least one day during the work week. To my fellow office worker addicts, I promise you this is the equivalent to a months worth of fasting (lol).
Embrace the pain, the stress, and anything else Murphy will throw your way when you put the Java down for a day.
So pick a day, any day, and bypass the coffee pot for the water cooler. Then post back here and let me know what challenges the day threw at you to make you return to the brew.
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