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  • #31
    Modern lifestyle wreaks havoc on our poor bodies and minds and yes, we have to jack ourselves up artificially to survive/keep going!

    And yet... my coffee detox was real. The cravings were very strong and I had headaches too.

    I have never worked in an office. At the time of quitting it was summer, I was swimming outside daily, hiking and was not eating processed food. I wonder whether withdrawal might have been more acutely felt because I dont numb myself with the stimulation and distractions of modern lifestyle?

    I wish I could tolerate coffee better, b/c I like the idea of fasting into the morning, I did always enjoy the bitter taste, and I would like to have the widest possible experience of things, esp food/drink
    Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Journal: Vibrant Life

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    • #32
      Im confused about coffee-is it good or bad? Ive heard both cases that it can "boost metabolism", but ive also heard that it can increase cortisol esp in the morning and cause bloat, and is the last factor to "lean out". I feel more alert whenever i have coffee, but idk if that is a good effect or a bad one, because i feel a difference (kind of like a withdrawal) when i cut it out.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
        Coffee is a major anti-stressor. Drink it.

        There is a reason why people feel so awful "detoxing" from coffee. With their terribly unhealthy lifestyle of bad food, no sleep, no exercise, no sun and sitting all day in an office, the coffee was the only thing keeping their poor body going.
        This definitely wasn't the case for me. I have crazy withdrawals from coffee and I feel that my diet is really great. I have never been overweight, I get 7-9 hours of sleep, walk/exercise regularly, work from home with my own business not in an office, and I get sun everyday. I made French pressed organic coffee. When I didn't have it I would act like a raging asshole until I made my first cup. When I switched over to green teas I felt so much better all around. I agree with one of the previous posters that coffee tended to make me a bit on edge and moodier especially when I had to wait to get it.
        "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

        People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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        • #34
          I do, maybe one a day, sometimes none, other times more than one. I like it. I rarely have any after 3pm.
          I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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          • #35
            I love coffee and drink too much. Its become the one thing I struggle to limit since going paleo. It could be worse - I'd prefer to have a coffee problem than be overdosing on pizza, but I do find it's a stressor if I have more than two cups a day. Trying to replace with hot water and tea at the moment.
            Healthy is the new wealthy.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Energy! View Post
              Generally, no. In my thirties I used to drink a cup of instant decaf (sacrilege, I know) with cream and artificial sweetener every afternoon.
              That isn't coffee.

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              • #37
                I LOVE coffee. I was having real issues with it though, firstly couldn't drink after about 3pm then not after 12pm then started to cause a possible TIA. I now find I can have coffee just fine if I have the Upgraded Bulletproof coffee, so I have proper Bulletproof coffee in the morning and then drink decaf upgraded coffee a few times more during the day.
                Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
                Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
                Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.

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                • #38
                  Coffee is the ELIXER ! People have too many ideas In Their heads that it's a bad thing. It's way to easy to go with the naysaying pack on this one! Relax...have a cup o joe

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                  • #39
                    I stopped drinking it a year and a half ago.
                    Don't miss it at all.
                    I weaned myself off of it over the course of a month. Half a cup for one week, then tea for a week, then green tea for a week, then decaf tea for a week.
                    Withdrawal was minimal, and my energy is much more level without it.

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                    • #40
                      One has to really know quality coffee firstly. It goes right along with knowing quality chocolate ,wine , pastured grass meat etc. buy your coffee locally from a quality roaster not from the supermarket it makes all the difference. I find that Rooster Brother Coffee Roasters is far superior Than most others

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                      • #41
                        Two cups a day with honey and heavy cream.

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                        • #42
                          Now your talkin!'

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Balance View Post
                            Thanks Tarek. I actually read this article by Cheeseslave a couple weeks ago when I was researching the benefits of quitting coffee for good. DLPA looks promising. I have always quit coffee cold turkey in the past but I'm not looking forward to the migraines and irritability. Looks like DLPA will help a lot. Congrats on giving up coffee. Are you completely off caffeine or do you have tea once in awhile?
                            Totally caffeine free for the most part. I still drink kombucha here and there, but the brand I drink has around 8 - 14 mg of caffeine per 8 oz, so I'm not too worried. I feel less grouchy and way more energetic/confident without caffeine, so I'm pretty set on dropping it for good.

                            But yeah, I would definitely recommend weaning off as opposed to going cold turkey - you don't even have to mix with decaf or anything, you can just lower the amount you drink every 2 - 3 days until you're off of it. And then use the amino acids, of course.

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                            • #44
                              About 4 or 5 cups a day. I pretty much got addicted when I was in college. The way I figure it, there's far worse things to crave.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by mikekola View Post
                                Any research backing that statement?
                                Caffeine is a major stressor- at least in the scientific/biological understanding of "stress".

                                The fact you get used to the dose by up-regulating adenosine receptors makes the stress effect diminish with time.
                                Caffeine detox is just down-regulating the receptors again, hence the withdrawal effects.

                                Now- I'm not trying to tell if coffee/caffeine is healthful or not, and I guess nobody knows that for sure. Just trying to point out that by no means we can call the substance "anti-stressor".
                                Coffee is a massive soup of antioxidants. Who cares about caffeine? Totally overstated. Coffee substantially raises body temperature and increases pulse. It is a major metabolic boost, and has pro-thyroid effects (as evident by the higher body temperature). Things that speed up the metabolism are generally good, and things that can do it with no significant calories are a Godsend.

                                Remove your daily cup of anti-stress and things can go South. Especially if coffee is helping your biological processes happen at a good speed. Feeling lousy after giving up coffee? It's probably the slower metabolism.
                                Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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