Reading this made me realise I have never seriously not drank coffee, also I have had issues with anxiety as well. I am going to try and give it up and see if there is a difference.
Im still relatively young but have been drinking coffee everyday for about 8 years.
I've given it up for a day or two at a time and as most of you know had the worst withdrawal symptoms ever. It is real.
Then again you have to ask yourself this as a regular coffee drinker, What is this really? A bean made from the coffee plant, processed, roasted etc, you drink it, gives you a sensory high/adrenaline/norepinephrine high followed by a subsequent crash.
It's the socially accepted legal everyday, liquid cocaine. (maybe just a lesser harsh version of it)
See all those studies year on year claiming the benefits of coffee?, I reckon it's all bullshit. Acidic shit made from a plant miles away that makes you chronically depressed and extremely fatigued when you don't have it is meant to be good for you?
Think about it.
If you're a coffee drinker, and I don't mean a pissy one which is weak like 50mg caffeine ash tray water, I mean a decent strong one....and you drink one or two of these a day, and have been for a long time I beg you to just stop for at least 3 days without caffeine.
Brain fog, extreme fatigue and tiredness,moody,depressed.
Been off it maybe 2.5 weeks now. Honestly the first 8/9 days were horrible. This is a real thing. I needed coffee every morning and afternoon to keep me awake. But ask yourself why do you need to feel awake? I also didn't realize caffeine will give you very very slight anxiety due to it's stimulant structure, although I knew most of this information, I can really see now how your body should function without it.
My sleep is at least 10 times better. I used to toss and turn during the night for years, even though my latest coffee would be 3pm max, bed by 11 usually, then dying to drink the same beautiful stuff the next morning at 7 am. Bad cycle to be in. And trust me I love coffee.
I'm more relaxed overall and get less antsy about certain things even though I never thought of myself as an anxious person. It also dries out your skin badly being a diuretic. I wont go into detail about the mineral leaching effects it has, google them.
I also think if you have any stomach problems you need to quit caffeine. That acidity over time will tear the lining of your stomach up. It's an unnatural compound doing damage to your brain, as much as you feel awake and focused when drinking it, it's all fake.
I feel like I can focus better now than when I drank it.
Maybe turn this thread into a challenge, I dunno, maybe some of you can post experiences giving up caffeine, the worlds most used otc drug.
I’ve been a lifelong daily soda drinker. For me, I think the caffeine addiction isn’t the hardest part, but it’s really that reward mechanism of the habit. I love stupid little missions to gas stations and convenience stores to create little stress free pauses in life. They are my “cigarette break” so to speak. It probably sounds quite petty for more disciplined people, but these little trips are often just enough jolts to stave off more depression for a day. They get me out and about, they reset me so to speak. I suspect thats why you tend to see lower class people patronizing gas stations and convenience stores in America, they cater to people with low impulse control (candy, soda, cigaretttes, lottery, etc.)I relapsed after abstaining caffeine for three weeks straight. It started slowly with black tea, then energy drinks, then espresso. Sometimes even two or three espressi a day. Took all the life out of me after a week or so. For now, I detox myself slowly with black and green tea for a couple of days before I go cold turkey. Headaches are severe, concentration off, and energy levels pretty low.
I really miss the trips to the corner store for coffee, even though its not great coffee.I’ve been a lifelong daily soda drinker. For me, I think the caffeine addiction isn’t the hardest part, but it’s really that reward mechanism of the habit. I love stupid little missions to gas stations and convenience stores to create little stress free pauses in life. They are my “cigarette break” so to speak. It probably sounds quite petty for more disciplined people, but these little trips are often just enough jolts to stave off more depression for a day. They get me out and about, they reset me so to speak. I suspect thats why you tend to see lower class people patronizing gas stations and convenience stores in America, they cater to people with low impulse control (candy, soda, cigaretttes, lottery, etc.)
Good luck, man. I used to be just under the "recommended" 400mg a day, all from my preworkout and those Bai antioxidant drinks, and the first time I tried to go without for a few days the headaches were brutal by day two. They eventually went away though. Now I limit myself to just a half scoop of preworkout on workout days, so about 150mg five or six times a week. I'm currently on one of my force five-day rest periods so no caffeine at all and I'm having no physical withdrawls, although I miss the caffeine psychologically and am looking forward to having it again in a few days.I used to drink over 4 cups a day, now I drink at least one, sometimes two, and it's supplemented with the occasional Red Bull or Diet Coke. Me and my housemate drink boatloads of that Bubly stuff because we're trying to get off of diet soda.
I decided to intentionally give coffee up this Christmas season since I'm not working at the moment - it'll be a decent enough experiment, and this thread is giving me more than enough reasons to kick the habit. (I love coffee from a culinary standpoint, though, so I want to enjoy it sometimes - just not be addicted.)
It's day 4. I didn't get that bad of a headache on days 1 and 2, but I had a bad one yesterday and woke up with a worse one today. Pounding water and trying to get through the days by not popping Aleve as a crutch. This is unpleasant.
It’s possible. I had a classmate on one of our break trips who I saw put down 6+ servings of coffee (the strong Espressos they sell in European cafes) without any effect. He was Asian which may be a factor.lol, maybe you have a very strong enzyme and can digest caffeine too quickly for it to have an effect on you
I haven't looked into the chemicals in it, but I do know when I drink it I still get a buzz, So I avoid it nowCan anyone of you recommend good decaffeinated coffee? I heard that decaf is worse because of the chemicals used to remove caffeine. If anybody of you knows of a healthy alternative I'm all ears.
I've quit all stimulants one year ago: haven't had a caffeinated beverage or any uppers in all of 2020.Has anyone quit all caffeine/methylxanthines (coffee, tea, dark chocolate, soda`s) for an extended period of time, I.e. months, and seen a substantial improvement in any or several of the following health markers of the skin and hair;
-More hair (both with male pattern baldness and in general)
-Less dry hair
-Less grey hair (both scalp hair and otherwise)
-Less dry skin
-Less dry eyes
-undereye bag`s improvement (size and colouration) possibly less facial puffiness
-improvement in acne condition and maybe things like skin tags etc.
I looked up "Swiss water process" decaf coffee and read some of their marketing material, it seems legit to my non-scientific ears so I went for it.Can anyone of you recommend good decaffeinated coffee? I heard that decaf is worse because of the chemicals used to remove caffeine. If anybody of you knows of a healthy alternative I'm all ears.