I was listening to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and he talked about quitting coffee and he experienced elevated mood levels, increased energy levels and feeling more "level".
I'm thinking of going cold turkey for three days and see how it suits me. Anybody here experience anything positive from stopping their coffee intake. I've been drinking coffee since I was 10 so I'm hoping the withdrawal symptoms aren't too drastic.
Heh. Well, I've quit several times, and have even made it as long as four months. I've quit while eating the SAD, while eating VLC, and while eating paleo ZC. I can't report any noticeable positives, and each time had nothing but misery during withdrawal, so I'm sticking with my multiple daily cups of Joe.
OTOH, quite a few people report improvements in mood and sleep issues, so I don't want to rain on your experiment. I agree with the posters who counsel you to give it a reasonable (meaning more than two weeks) shot. But if you've been drinking coffee since age 10, you might find those first two weeks pretty rocky. Be strong.
I've had a great experience quitting caffeine! Well, to be honest, it was pretty crappy experience, but the end result has made it worth it. About a year ago I first quit drinking caffeine by cutting back significanly for a couple days and then my first day caffeine free coincided with a Saturday so I had the weekend to nap and do what I needed to do to get through it.
I'm one of those people whose 'moderator' is busted. I can't seem to regulate much of anything-- how much I'm exercising, sleeping, eating, not eating, alcohol/drugs, or drinking caffeine. As a result I'd gotten to the point where I was drinking pots of coffee a day starting from the time I got up and going until nearly bedtime. My mood would go up and down with the caffeine intake and I always hit a point in the day where I would get tremendously tired and no amount of caffeine would get me through it. After quitting I was forced to actually go to bed at a reasonable hour like Renee mentioned because I couldn't just plan on drinking more coffee to make up for a lack of sleep. My mood is much more even now as is my energy level throughout the day. I definitely recommend giving it a try! I was really worried about quitting, but overall I can't tell you how great it's been for me. Now instead of constantly drinking coffee I drink water and nearly nothing else. I suggest giving it a while-- like a month or longer to really get the full effects. Good luck!
Yes, I have benefitted tremendously from quitting regular caffeine intake.
I used to drink a cup or two every morning, and get extremely tired in the afternoons. Even if I drank more coffee in the afternoon, (which I often did) it didn't affect my tiredness.
Once I quit caffeine, this stopped. My completely non-scientific, but probably close enough, explanation is that the caffeine was somehow causing me to "burn out" my energy stores and to use them all up in the morning, leaving me low-energy the rest of the day. So now my energy is much more even and I have higher energy throughout the day (though it takes me longer to fully wake up).
I still drink decaf for the delicious ritual of it.
I also sometimes drink caf -- I just make sure not to do so regularly enough that I get habituated to it.
As a side benefit, when I drink a SMALL amount of caf now -- say 1/3 of a cup -- it gives me a great, jitter-free energy boost. This didn't happen when I was a coffee regular. It's actually quite useful at times. (I don't get the downside, the afternoon tiredness, until my body becomes habituated to caffeine).
On cold turkey: if I do this, I get a terrible headache and become so tired as to be useless for about a day. I much prefer to phase the caffeine out over a week or so -- no negative effects that way. Some people can go cold turkey just fine though.
Another coffee drinker who started at 10! Awesome. :) It was all those boring, stuffy old church gatherings that got me.
I was really sad when coffee started causing me problems: acid reflux, jitters, sweats, etc. I was BUMMED. I used to roast the stuff for a living. For years I drank chai in the mornings, but decided all that honey and milk weren't doing me any favors. Also, it just didn't give me that boost I like from coffee (I'm an addict and I admit it openly). I thought I was going to have to give up coffee completely.
Then I discovered Bulletproof Coffee: http://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/
He talks about how most coffees these days have mold on them from being dried slowly in the sun. Here's what he has to say about that: "The real reason that cheap coffee and old coffee are bad for you is that they harbor some particularly toxic molds. Those molds that form when green coffee is stored are tied to cancer, heart disease, high LDL/VLDL cholesterol, and hormone irregularities."
You want to find water-processed coffee. I tried it out a few weeks ago (luckily, we have a hoity-toity coffeeshop here in town with several to choose from) and it actually works. No jitters, no sweats, no reflux. Amazing. Seriously. I don't make the bulletproof coffee recipe in entirety, though I want to try it with butter. But just switching to water-processed has made a world of difference to me.
So no, don't drink that decaf. Bad stuff.
I gave up coffee around 15 years ago because I have IBS. I found it fine. I mean, yes when I smell it, for a moment I miss it, but that applies to freshly-baked bread as well. I think one thing that going caffeine-free forces you do to is get enough sleep - you can't "fake it" the next morning anymore.
I'm on here for mental health problems, and right around when my mood, personality, abilities, excitement, all started decreasing in life, was actually around when I started drinking Coffee. I started at about age 19, I'm 23 now, and drank coffee before work because I had realized that it made the morning enjoyable once again like when I was a kid. But that following year into college, I sort of continued drinking a kurig cup every morning before class out of habit, not that I really needed it, and someohow I developed severe major depression that year. Once I quite coffee, 4 months ago, I'm mentally more stable, but nothing like the person I used to be prior to coffee.
Coffee's just another thing you wouldn't eat if you were really in connection with nature.
i've been decaf'ed for about 14 weeks now. the first few days was awful -- major headaches. i never drank coffee for the caffeine / energy, i just love the taste! i quit because i noticed myself drinking more and more of it, and i was just curious how i'd feel with out it. after the withdrawal, my stress levels were MUCH lower and my sleep was significantly better. i never realized that the caffeine (even if i only had one cup in the morning) was actually making me toss and turn in my sleep. i'm the kind of person who tends towards anxiety, and in cutting out caffeine, i saw a huge improvement with that.
since decaf still feeds my desire for the taste of coffee, i don't expect that i'll go back to regular coffee. well, at least not as my go-to.
Quitting coffee changed my life! I was am attending college and the late night studies increased my coffee drinking. I began to be really foggy everyday, I couldnt concentrate on my studies longer than 5 or 10 minutes. I would get drowsy and fall asleep during the day several times. I had 2 sleep studies done and they said I had Narcolepsy. I didnt beleive that, a I decided to quit drinking coffe cold turkey. The first day I had flue like symptoms and was really sick. I continued to have headaches for around 10 days. Now that I quit I dont fall asleep during the day. I dont have Narcolepsy or have to take all ot the Dr.s medication. My energy and focus has increased tremendously. I FEEL LIKE A NEW PERSON. I Give thanks to God!
Yeh, I've commented to this effect on a number of similar threads on here: reducing/cutting caffeine is the health adjustment that has had the biggest impact on my health of any other by a long shot. I would think that you'd need to do it for more than three days though. I've felt awful for a week after withdrawing from coffee before- the benefits are profound, but long term.
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