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  • I want to quit coffee, but I also don't want to quit coffee

    I only drink one small cup a day, but I can't help but feel like it raises my stress levels just a bit all day. Also after the high of a cup there's a slight low where I feel a little blue.

    But I freaking love that one cup a day, and for an hour or so I feel awesome. I can't give it up for more than a week.

    I know that if I gave it up my energy and moods would be more stable, my chronic stress would be lowered, and i'd probably eat a bit less too since sometimes I feel like I indulge a bit to calm myself.

    Idk man, have any of you people givin up coffee long term? How does it feel?

  • #2
    Coffee has never worked well for me. Consider switching immediately to green tea. Go to Wal Mart or other big box store and pick up a sun tea jar- fridged green tea in the summer is amazing and will help you get the caffeine fix you need. Put lots of green tea in the jar.

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    • #3
      try teecino and crio bru. Teecino is gluten free, smells and tastes like coffee... crio bru is probably the better way to go. Roasted cacao nibs brewed like coffee.
      I don't think anyone will argue the health benefits behind crio
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      • #4
        Yeah maybe it's one of those things you need to ease off of

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        • #5
          I am the same way. I never drank too much coffee - just a small cup or so a day and I love the ritual, the smell, the taste - all of it. But I cut it out. I feel so much better without it in my diet. My sleep is better and deeper and my energy is more even.

          I relapse every now and then and I still have a cup once a week or so, but I really feel a LOT better without it.
          Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

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          • #6
            Are you sure that just one cup of coffee is throwing you off that much? It certainly does for me, but I believe I am in the minority. I believe you though, I do. I guess just will yourself to make it happen, coffee free, for one month. Then you can evaluate if there really is much of a difference in the way you feel and function. If you do not find there is much of a difference, than stick with the coffee, there are far to many health benefits to drinking a fresh cup of coffee to give it up if you don't have to. I wish I could drink the stuff regularly.

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            • #7
              Yeah f$&@ it, coffee errrrday

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              • #8
                Here's how to break a coffee addiction:

                Switch to instant
                Buy one jar of regular and one jar of decaf
                Start mixing in a small amount of decaf in the the real stuff.
                Slowly increase decaf every day unitl you are drinking all decaf, how slowly and how long you take is up to you.
                Start mixing in Teccino (Whole Foods) with your decaf, slowly and gradually just like you did before with the real coffee
                Finally you are drinking all Tecinno.
                Start drinking a cup of herbal tea later in the day after your Tecinno.
                Gradually shift to herbal tea.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dbalch View Post
                  Here's how to break a coffee addiction:

                  Switch to instant
                  Buy one jar of regular and one jar of decaf
                  Start mixing in a small amount of decaf in the the real stuff.
                  Slowly increase decaf every day unitl you are drinking all decaf, how slowly and how long you take is up to you.
                  Start mixing in Teccino (Whole Foods) with your decaf, slowly and gradually just like you did before with the real coffee
                  Finally you are drinking all Tecinno.
                  Start drinking a cup of herbal tea later in the day after your Tecinno.
                  Gradually shift to herbal tea.
                  There is no reason whatsoever to stop drinking a cup a day as long as it is not impairing your ability to feel and function better.

                  Coffee has been shown in recent years to have several health benefits for a few reasons.

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                  • #10
                    I want to quit coffee, but I also don't want to quit coffee
                    I know exactly how you feel! I have quit coffee but I always go back to it. When I was off coffee last time, I was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I noticed I always felt really great the day I left a resupply town. Invariably I had a big breakfast in a little diner before I hit the trail again. I totally attributed it to the pancake sandwiches I would usually order. Then one day I acquired some chocolate covered espresso beans and got the same revved up, I feel Great, I'm Super Woman!!! feeling. I realized it wasn't the big breakfasts, it was the coffee. After that, I realized quitting coffee is both good and bad. Good because when you have some caffeine it really works on you and feels incredible. Bad because then you don't get that good feeling every day.
                    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                      I know exactly how you feel! I have quit coffee but I always go back to it. When I was off coffee last time, I was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I noticed I always felt really great the day I left a resupply town. Invariably I had a big breakfast in a little diner before I hit the trail again. I totally attributed it to the pancake sandwiches I would usually order. Then one day I acquired some chocolate covered espresso beans and got the same revved up, I feel Great, I'm Super Woman!!! feeling. I realized it wasn't the big breakfasts, it was the coffee. After that, I realized quitting coffee is both good and bad. Good because when you have some caffeine it really works on you and feels incredible. Bad because then you don't get that good feeling every day.
                      What was wrong with the good feeling? Were you crashing later? Did it eventually throw of mood? Just curious

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                      • #12
                        Nothing wrong with feeling good. I like it. It's just that if you quit coffee but have it infrequently, when you do have it, it really revs you up and makes you feel amazing. If you have it every day, you don't feel it quite so much. You get used to it. If you quit entirely, then you never get to have that feeling. The trick is to quit but not quit. I haven't figured out how to do that.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                          Nothing wrong with feeling good. I like it. It's just that if you quit coffee but have it infrequently, when you do have it, it really revs you up and makes you feel amazing. If you have it every day, you don't feel it quite so much. You get used to it. If you quit entirely, then you never get to have that feeling. The trick is to quit but not quit. I haven't figured out how to do that.
                          I think 3 or 4 cups of FRESHLY ground and brewed coffee have plenty of health benefits that make it well worth consuming.

                          I hear ya on finding the balance. Speaking of balance, I need to get away from this computer, phone and tv and get out and do something fun!

                          Anyone a Washington Capitals fan? Go Caps!!!!

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                          • #14
                            I too think one cup of organic coffee, freshly ground, made with filtered water and using an unbleached filter..... Can you tell the ritual in the morning is nearly as important as as the coffee. The smell makes me happy - that is an anti-stress start to my day.
                            PB led me to change many things about the way I eat, drink, play and sleep - I'm not sure if coffee will ever be one of those.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by morganpmiller View Post
                              I think 3 or 4 cups of FRESHLY ground and brewed coffee have plenty of health benefits that make it well worth consuming.

                              I hear ya on finding the balance. Speaking of balance, I need to get away from this computer, phone and tv and get out and do something fun!

                              Anyone a Washington Capitals fan? Go Caps!!!!
                              I agree. Coffee won't kill you. It may even have some net health benefits.

                              However, I thought the OP was having a problem with a caffeine addiction. My advice is for people who are addicted to caffeine.

                              I got the monkey off my back several years ago. I have replaced it with a wide variety of herbal teas, which obviously have multiple, multiple, mulitple more health benefits than the monoherb coffee without any of the side effects.

                              But if you love coffee that much, go for it. Just make sure it's not the caffeine talking. I don't think it's ever good to eat something that takes control of you.

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