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Trying to quit coffee

post #1 of 12
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Has anyone eliminated coffee from their life and really feel better because of it? I've tried multiple times to stop drinking coffee, and for some reason I always start again, because I'll read something about how healthy it can be. I'm confused about whether it is healthy or not, but I have a thyroid disorder and some anxiety issues that I feel could be helped if I eliminated coffee. So, I haven't drank it for 3 days and I literally feel depressed, so my body really must want that caffeine. I'm a horrible morning person to being with and now without having coffee to wake me up, I'm really struggling. Anyone go through this and eventually feel better because of it? My doctor says don't worry about it, one cup of coffee a day is no big deal, so I'm confused about whether I should even bother. I do only drink 1 maybe sometimes 2 cups a day, so it's not extreme. I'm thinking about just forgetting it and going back to drinking it tomorrow, but wondered if others truly have felt better without it in the long run.

post #2 of 12

I quit coffee a month ago during a detox/cleanse.  First I switched to Yerba Mate for a week, then I quit that completely and now just drink a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning.  I wouldn't say I feel incredible after quitting caffeine, but I do have more energy and stamina (although that could be from the cleanse).  My two primary motivations for quitting coffee are trying to find out what was causing my eczema, and trying to get my teeth to be whiter.

 

Probably not much help!  I am glad I did it.

post #3 of 12

Yes, I quit during pregnancy, twice....wish now I'd stayed quit, but the sleep deprivation demands something.

I think everyone is different. I have to quit slowly, over a month or more, or I get migraines. Even quitting slowly, the first week off is dreadful, and, for me, withdrawal peaks around 4-5 days after the last sip. Then, it gradually gets better. After a while, I wake up feeling refreshed from sleeping, sleep better at night, and just overall feel better. Until the baby stops letting me sleep.

post #4 of 12

I've gone off several times in the past and honestly, I don't feel that different on or off caffeine.  Now, I notice if I regularly am consuming more than my 1 or at the most, 2 cups in the morning then I can start having issues.  but just my one good cup of coffee with heavy raw cream in the morning?  It's a pleasure that I don't notice a difference when I have gone without it. 

 

If, however, you have some thyroid issues, and want to see if you do feel better without, you need to get over this withdrawal period to give it a chance.  Make an informed choice after a few weeks, don't just give up because your body is crying for it! I've been of for at least 6 weeks before and could tell I was totally not having addiction cravings or anything, had totally gotten off it, before deciding I didn't feel any different.

 

Another thing for me, is that when I have 0 coffee or caffeine, ever, I'm so sensitive to it that I CAN'T ever have it.  I like to walk the fine line between not being so sensitive that I can't enjoy a cuppa, and being so DE sensitized that I can't use it medicinally for headaches or fatigue.

 

Just my 2 cents, hth

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you, that does help! I'm feeling less crappy than yesterday, no headache today, but still really down feeling without that caffeine boost.
 

post #6 of 12

I used to drink a lot of coffee in the morning. A pot to myself. Hey, I wake up super early and rock out the chores, Mama needs a pick me up!! I was getting headaches in the afternoon that required me to lie down and it was really affecting my life. I knocked out the coffee and after three days the headaches stopped. I haven't had coffee in two months. I do, however, now drink three cups of black tea in the morning and switch over to caffeine free herbal after that. I do need a little boost at 4AM. 

post #7 of 12
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Wow, I have never drank that much, only 1 or 2 cups in the morning. I stopped drinking it for about a month and I literally felt depressed in the mornings and it took me forever, absolutely forever to wake up. It was pitiful. That feeling did not go away and I missed it so much, so I've started drinking it again, haha! I drink organic coffee and only 1 cup in the morning, but I feel a lot better. So, I guess I'm weak, and maybe a month wasn't long enough to know if I my body would feel better eventually, but I was just dying without it! It's only 1 cup, so not sure why it's such a big deal for me to get rid of. Maybe I'll try again some other time, ugh!
 

post #8 of 12

i've quit (and gone back on the stuff- i LOVE the taste of coffee- coffee ice cream, coffee flavor in chocolate milk shakes, i LOVE the stuff) for years at a stretch.  and i would stay off it if it didn't taste so durn good.  when i was off for 2+ years, my energy levels were more stable- from early morning, through afternoon, and into the evenings, i was able to keep even and balanced.  I drank a ton of herbal teas- i bought bulk stinging nettle (herbal, but very nutrient dense), red raspberry leaf (actually tastes like black tea), hibiscus leaf (cranberry citrus flavor), chamomile (my least favorite), dandelion root (never did get the roasted chicory that was supposed to go with this as a coffee substitute), and ROOIBOS.  the rooibos, w/ honey, cream, cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla, was the best thing ever.  it was nice as not having the coffee options made other things taste better to drink, and i'd have pots of various herbal teas all day.  if coffee is an option, i just don't want anything else.

 

during that time i did notice that people who were caffeinated always seemed off and edgy and unpredictable to me.  in fact, the entire culture seemed really jacked up on caffeine..... i could doze off whenever i was tired, wake up less groggy, i think my thyroid and adrenals really loved NOT being jerked around by the buzz.

 

my mood was more stable (i can have grumpy afternoons, especially on yerba mate, which is my other favorite drink) and my husband and kids benefited greatly from my being off coffee.  that said, it's also nice to sit in the morning and sip a hot cup w/ the husband.  i may go off again for a while, and know i will greatly appreciate it after about a month of being clean.....

post #9 of 12

I recieved this article in the sites newsletter that I'm subscribed to.  I now make sure my husband gets organic dark roast coffee for himself although I rarely drink coffee :)   You also have to be aware of what you add to it, such as flavors, sweeteners, and creamers.  Store bought creamers are horrible!  I remember when a family member finally made the connection to the "creamer" she was adding to her coffee and the horrible feeling she experienced shortly afterwards, she finally realized it was from a blood sugar spike and not the caffeine!  Now that she adds just raw cream to her coffee and thats it, she doesnt get that feeling afterwards.  She occasionally will add coconut cream too for the flavor although I've never tried it....

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/16/coffee-health-benefits.aspx

post #10 of 12

I have been off of caffeine for over a year, and will never go back.  If I have even a little bit now, I feel terrible - shaky, tunnel vision, jitters, racing heart - and it makes me feel like it can't possibly be a good thing to become accustomed to something that will do that to you.  The day or two after having caffeine I'm always incredibly exhausted, making me want more - if that isn't a cycle of addiction, I don't know what is!  

 

I DO drink coffee everyday, because I love the taste of it and it's a morning ritual.  I only drink organic coffee that has been decaffeinated via Swiss water processing, so it's a chemical-free decaf.  

 

I would say that it took me maybe a month or 6 weeks to feel really good without caffeine.  I haven't slept longer than 4 hours in a stretch (and that's a good night) in two years, and I am almost never tired.  I'm no expert, but from what I have read about it, caffeine is really not good for your adrenals, especially over the long term, and adrenal function is tied with thyroid function.  So yes, I would imagine that cutting out caffeine would help, at least somewhat, with a thyroid problem.

 

So to briefly answer OP's original question, yes, I have cut out caffeine and feel much better for it.

post #11 of 12

I tried giving up caffeine in January 2011.  I used to drink one large mug of strong coffee every day.  That was my only caffeine aside from dark chocolate.  But I realized that I needed to change b/c I was edgy, not patient enough w/my kids, and not patient other times, like in traffic.  Not good.  Anyway, I slowly weaned off the caffeine, substituting decaf coffee b/c I love my morning coffee.  Once I was completely caffeine free, (I even cut out the chocolate for the most part too to be super vigilant).  I lasted about two months.  I did sleep better, but I dragged during the day, felt tired and unalert.  And it never passed.  I was frustrated b/c I had taken weeks to wean, so I'd been cutting down or off caffeine for almost three months and I wasn't functioning like I wanted/need to.  Finally I added in a little caffeine and wow, I felt so much better.  Like my old self but improved.  I had energy, wasn't edgy, slept fine, and overall it was right for me.  Now I do a mix of decaf beans w/caffeinated beans (I have the coffee shop mix them so it's 15% caffeinated).  I don't need more than that, but I do need that.  I tried once again last January to go sans caffeine, and lasted three weeks.  Same problem.  I just need some.  So, bottom line, cutting out most of the caffeine was great for me and gave me a lot of benefits, but none at all is not beneficial for me personally. 

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by sundaya View Post

Yes, I quit during pregnancy, twice....wish now I'd stayed quit, but the sleep deprivation demands something.

I think everyone is different. I have to quit slowly, over a month or more, or I get migraines. Even quitting slowly, the first week off is dreadful, and, for me, withdrawal peaks around 4-5 days after the last sip. Then, it gradually gets better. After a while, I wake up feeling refreshed from sleeping, sleep better at night, and just overall feel better. Until the baby stops letting me sleep.


I also quit for both pregnancies and have started back up. When I quit, I get migraines, too.


I found tapering works best. I used to drink sodas, then switched to teas, then decaf teas (which still have a little bit of caffeine). A week on each seems to work best for me.

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