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  • Caffeine and Teenagers.

    Hey all.
    I am 17 years old and have been primal about 3 months now and I am in the greatest shape of my life BUT I have a question about caffeine.
    Yesterday I tasted a little bit of my mother's coffe and I liked it, so today in the morning I gave it a try and drunk a mug of coffe with a little bit of sugar and milk. It was tasty but I can't say that my energy had raised and all that staff. So should I stay away of caffeine now in my teens? Or is it ok to have one mug now and there?

    THanks in advance!

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    I've been drinking coffee since I was five. I hated milk and would only drink it if my mom put a couple spoonfuls of coffee in it. I wanted more and more, and by the time I was 10 I was drinking coffee with a little milk in it! Never noticed any ill effects from it.

    My opinion: The coffee is fine, but not the sugar! Put some half-and-half in it, and some stevia if you want it sweetened.

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    • #3
      I also started drinking coffee when I was five. We all did. Kind of a family thing.

      A couple of cups a day is what I drink now, with heavy cream if I have it.

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      • #4
        Maybe it was decaf? I would limit it to a cup or so and try for black if you can. You'll get used to the bitterness.

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        • #5
          I say wait another year and then go hard or go home.

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          • #6
            Caffeine is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. If you get used to it, you can get headaches from not having it, even just one cup per day. A lot of teens I see are drinking similar amounts of caffeine, but are doing it in Mountain Dew or Coke, with all the sugar and nastiness that brings.

            It can mess up your sleep, too. I rarely drink it past noon, and never past 3pm.

            The better quality the coffee is, the less stuff you need to put in it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
              Caffeine is one of the most addictive substances on the planet.
              keep it real.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                Caffeine is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. If you get used to it, you can get headaches from not having it, even just one cup per day.
                Yeah, no. Sorry. Getting a withdrawal headache does not make caffeine as addictive as cigarettes or heroin.

                You should drink it as close to black as you can though.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post

                  The better quality the coffee is, the less stuff you need to put in it.
                  THIS! So true!
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                  • #10
                    Every once in a while? That's fine. Beware though, because every once in a while turns into 3 a day+. It's addictive. I actually stopped for over a week, and when i went back to it it had lost it's magic. So now i'm not going to drink much of it anymore, if at all. Unless it's reeeaaaaly good shit. I actually felt a noticeable difference in the week i didn't drink it, clearer and fresher for some reason.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah, if you don't get any effect at all from a single cup you're may be taking in too much caffeine already.

                      I'm trying to limit my coffee consumption enough so that I only need a single cup to get a decent energy boost, but it's hard. If you drink it regularly you're probably going to keep ramping it up. Right now I'm at 3-4 cups three times a week (pre-workout) but I'm trying to get back down to a single cup. It's harder than you'd think.

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                      • #12
                        Individual affects vary. I usually drink it all day, even right before bed. Doesn't mess with my sleep either. On days I don't drink it, no noticeable withdrawal. If you like it, by all means enjoy it. Considering all the other "in moderation" Primal indulgences, I don't think a teaspoon of sugar for a whopping 4grams of sugar is going to matter from a Primal standpoint.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                          Caffeine is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. If you get used to it, you can get headaches from not having it, even just one cup per day. A lot of teens I see are drinking similar amounts of caffeine, but are doing it in Mountain Dew or Coke, with all the sugar and nastiness that brings.
                          My apologies, I was mistaken. The figure I was looking for was this:
                          It is the world's most widely consumed psychoactive drug.

                          It is habit-forming, but not addictive, apparently. Thanks for the corrections.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                            My apologies, I was mistaken. The figure I was looking for was this:
                            It is the world's most widely consumed psychoactive drug.

                            It is habit-forming, but not addictive, apparently. Thanks for the corrections.
                            Yeah, they separated addiction and dependence into two separate things. You can be chemically dependent and not be addicted(an addict). I think they were spot on to separate them more clearly. Before this, caffeine would have been considered addictive. We all know what we mean when we say things are addicting because of the old definition.

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