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  • Caffeine: You Evil Mistress

    I have had no problem going primal... love it!... I stay away from carbs... I eat meats and veggies! I don't drink , I don't smoke...

    But caffeine... is an evil mistress.

    Diet Soda in specific.

    I have given up soda at least three times this year... it lasts for usually a month or sometimes up to three. Then I allow myself one a week (which is where I want to be).

    Then... it creeps up on me... one a week turns into four... then four a day.... YEEESH.

    So here I am... on day two of only drinking water and I just... wanna... die...
    March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
    Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

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  • #2
    You might consider replacing one evil mistress with another. Just make sure the new one is a bit more respectable.

    For instance, Yerba Mate. Still caffeinated, but the energy is different. Its a reasonable source of minerals, too.

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    • #3
      Caffine is not the evil mistress compared to the diet soda's Harem of evil chemicals! My husband was walking with a cane at 55 yrs old! He finally had a doctor (friend) walk up to him and say "I can get you feeling better, probably off that cane, if you just do what I tell you to do" My husband figured the first thing was giving up the cigarettes, like he has tried to do so many times. Nope, he took him off diet pepsi, because he suspected he was being poisoned by asparatame, sure enough, 2 weeks in he was feeling SO much better and by the 4th week he was without the cane!
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      • #4
        Oh my gosh! I love Yerba Mate with a splash of mint, or some mint leaves and then a splash of coconut milk. By itself it tasts a little hay-ish, but man I love it, great natural buzz
        Redflame
        Started PB Aug 9, 2010 then let 'stuff' get in the way
        Back to start and make a fantastic 2012
        Goal of Significant Weight Loss
        15 pounds down! with more to go!

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        • #5
          I drink green tea all day at work. It has some caffeine, but I'm good with it. I really don't see that it's having any negative effects on me. With diet sodas I'd be more worried about the artificial sweeteners than anything else. I suppose you could get some of the stevia sweetened diet colas and that would be a shred better.
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          • #6
            Funny you bring up this topic. I have been without diet soda for about a month now. Yesterday I went to a work lunch and all they had was Soda and diet soda so I got a diet soda and drank that with lunch. About 2 hours after drinking it I felt like complete crap. I lost all my energy and got a terrible headache and didn't feel good at all. I went home and took a Grok nap. Woke up and still felt bad. I didn't feel better till I woke up this morning. The only thing I had yesterday different was the diet soda so Ive got a pretty good feeling it was that. Let's just say i won't be drinking Diet or regular soda anytime soon.

            SN: Always take a bottle of water with you lol
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            • #7
              I love my coffee. It truly enhances my life. I gave it up twice for extended periods of time, when I was pregnant and nursing my kids. (So, almost 3 years for each kid.)

              Couldn't wait to dive back into my coffee habit. I love the taste of it, i love the experience of holding a hot mug in my hand and letting it waft into my nostrils, and I love the way it makes me feel afterwards. I've never heard a convincing argument for giving it up. We're talking quality of life here!

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              • #8
                Wouldn't that be more sugar than caffeine? Pre primal I hated the taste of diet soda and I used to heavily dilute regular soda. I was conscious of sugar even before ever hearing the word "paleo" or finding MDA.

                Try diluting your soda for now, it'll be easier to wean yourself off it that way... gradually increase the water to soda ratio obviously...
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dragonmamma View Post
                  I love my coffee. It truly enhances my life. I gave it up twice for extended periods of time, when I was pregnant and nursing my kids. (So, almost 3 years for each kid.)

                  Couldn't wait to dive back into my coffee habit. I love the taste of it, i love the experience of holding a hot mug in my hand and letting it waft into my nostrils, and I love the way it makes me feel afterwards. I've never heard a convincing argument for giving it up. We're talking quality of life here!
                  My ONLY issue with coffee is coffee breath...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dragonmamma View Post
                    I love my coffee. It truly enhances my life. I gave it up twice for extended periods of time, when I was pregnant and nursing my kids. (So, almost 3 years for each kid.)

                    Couldn't wait to dive back into my coffee habit. I love the taste of it, i love the experience of holding a hot mug in my hand and letting it waft into my nostrils, and I love the way it makes me feel afterwards. I've never heard a convincing argument for giving it up. We're talking quality of life here!
                    I'm with you on coffee! I am very ritualistic about it. I know that sounds ridiculous. haha

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                    • #11
                      A cup of strong, black coffee every morning for me. I don't see any problem with it. And for iniQuity, I rinse thoroughly afterward with water and then brush my teeth.

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                      • #12
                        I just love love my coffee. I make a stovetop small pot (enough for 2) then top it up with frothed raw milk. I only have one or one and half a day and not too early, between 10.30am-midday. Can't drink it later in the day have absolutely no desire for it, besides which it keeps me awake at night.
                        Today going out for lunch with a friend to a country cafe/restaurant that serves free range bacon, eggs, organic veges and raw milk (if you want) with your beverages. Can't wait!

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                        • #13
                          I'm a coffee drinker. I used to have a Coke Zero or a Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper everyday for lunch, but I replaced that with ice tea or ice water. I'm pretty sure that I couldn't give up the coffee as easily though.

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                          • #14
                            I'm a great coffee drinker, but if you want to give up sodas, I've done that because of the artificial sweeteners.

                            I weaned myself from diet sodas by switching to plain club soda because I had a need for 'fizz.' At first, I added a little lemon juice for flavor, and after about a week, I found that I preferred it plain. After two more weeks, I stopped the club soda completely--no more desire for 'fizz.'

                            However, I rarely drink plain water--mostly iced tea (make my own), but I actually prefer hot tea when I'm at home (restaurants don't provide hot enough water for good tea!).

                            If you want to eliminate caffeine, after you wean yourself off the soda, you should try making iced herbal tea--there are a lot of deliciious flavors available.

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                            • #15
                              That's a good point emmie, I switched from the diet sodas to flavored perrier for a little while when I was weaning from pop.

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