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    I've been drinking 2 cups of coffee a day which doesn't sound like too much but I'm very dependant on it. I have a pretty high paced and at times high stressed job. I want to try to kick the caffeine but I still need to be on my game at work. Any tips from anyone who's done it?

  • #2
    Wean yourself off. Hee Hee, he said "wean".

    Anyway, cold turkey will likely give you caffeine withdrawal headaches. Cut your dosage down by half for the first week, half it again for a second week, and then you should be good to go.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
      Wean yourself off. Hee Hee, he said "wean".

      Anyway, cold turkey will likely give you caffeine withdrawal headaches. Cut your dosage down by half for the first week, half it again for a second week, and then you should be good to go.
      The headaches are nasty. You WILL feel better on the other side, but the headaches are a squall you will have to navigate through.

      Once you have a drink with caffeine, the headache does fade - I recommend a caffeinated drink you don't like the taste of. Consider it medicine.
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      • #4
        Why would you even want to...?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
          Why would you even want to...?
          Again because I'm getting very dependent on it. Plus the afternoon crash sucks.

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          • #6
            I quit cold turkey with no headaches. When you make up your mind to do it, you will do it taking either path.

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            • #7
              I'm dependent on it too, and it's a nice dependency. Without caffeine, I'm sure I'd be ripping someone's head off before the day is over.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                I'm dependent on it too, and it's a nice dependency. Without caffeine, I'm sure I'd be ripping someone's head off before the day is over.
                This

                I like coffee, it dosn't effect me negativly in any way I can tell, there dosn't seem to be any long-term adverse health effects from caffine. I need I hell of a lot to get wired - always have, I ate about half a large jar of instant coffee washed down with cola when I was a teenager, that got me wired, but only just (on the other hand I am a total light weight when it comes to booze and I'm pissed on a pint of cider)
                I don't get a crash after drinking caffine, I'm just gonna keep on going
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                • #9
                  i have a high stress job too, and i quit caffeine in august of this year. great decision! i was drinking way, way more coffee than you though. at your amount, i would honestly not be too concerned, but if you'd like to quit, quit cold turkey.

                  i've quit many things in life, and cold turkey is the only way to go (for me). you make a clean break, pay your penance, remember how much it sucked, and build up resistance to the idea of either going back, or going through the quitting process again.

                  in the case of coffee - and i was drinking obscene amounts every day - i had some of the worst, unique headaches for about three days. totally miserable. then it cleared up, and i feel great. i have a balanced energy level, way less heart-rushing stress-pumping anxiety in the morning, and i wake up from sleep absolutely clear-headed.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                    I'm dependent on it too, and it's a nice dependency. Without caffeine, I'm sure I'd be ripping someone's head off before the day is over.
                    I clicked in here because my sleep is awful. I also have pretty persistent anxiety. I drink about three cups daily. In the new year I'm going to kick the afternoon cup and make the other two half-cafs.

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                    • #11
                      I did cold turkey a few years ago, but it wasn't any worse for me than low carb flu.
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                      • #12
                        How about switching to tea for transition to reduce caffeine amount?

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                        • #13
                          I never thought I was really dependent on caffein until I had to quit for a medical test. First day was foggy mind day, second day was crying myself to sleep in fetal position day. Omg, I thought that quitting nicotine was hard... Not trying to scare you or anything since every person is different. But two cups a day is not that much, it's possibly even optimal on the caffein upsides/downsides curve. IMHO the only problem with the dependency is that you need to manage your supply. A stable supplied addict is a happy addict!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
                            Wean yourself off. Hee Hee, he said "wean".

                            Anyway, cold turkey will likely give you caffeine withdrawal headaches. Cut your dosage down by half for the first week, half it again for a second week, and then you should be good to go.
                            I agree with John on this one. I have weaned myself off coffee exactly the way he describes here with no ill effects. In your case have two half cups a day, then one half cup, then none. I have also gone cold turkey and have had a massive two day headache. Why suffer if you don't need to? Go gradual.
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                            • #15
                              I'm still sniggering at 'wean'
                              You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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