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  • Give me Starbucks or Give me Death!

    I am a Starbucks-aholic. I am not proud of that fact. Part of the reason why I started Primal was to get over that addiction to sugar and caffeine.

    This is my fifth day on Primal. I feel like crap. My head is fuzzy and heavy. I have zero motivation. I want my pillow and my blankie and a few days to just hibernate. I know it's probably the carb flu, but knowing it is not doing me any good.

    Before going Primal, I would cure this kind of hibernation desire with a grande latte. Now, I don't know what the heck to do. I need to be a normal member of society due to school and other commitments. I can go into a deep slumber this weekend but I need to survive until then. And I don't want to relapse into a carb-induced hyperness.

    Please help.
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  • #2
    okay have starbucks

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    • #3
      You could try a bulletproof coffee. I love them and it certainly scratches the Starbucks latte itch for me.

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      • #4
        I figured out how to drink coffee with coconut milk.

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        • #5
          You're trying to ditch caffeine and sugar at the same time? Ooooh no bueno! People here HAVE done this and maybe it's better to go cold turkey. But it's saner to ditch sugar first, then dairy, then caffeine, in my opinion.

          Starbucks coffee is super strong to the point of almost burnt - time to find an espresso machine!

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          • #6
            You have options.
            -You could start by weaning off. Switch to sugar-free versions, start to reduce the amount/frequency. Try alternating with decaf or non-caffeinated hot beverages, if you're looking for something warm to drink.
            -You could continue cold turkey. Make sure you hydrate plenty. You'll survive.
            -Make your own coffee at home, where you can control the ingredients. Cut back on the amount slowly, if you really want to. Many paleo/primal folks are still coffee drinkers.
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            • #7
              hehe nice title.

              I like Starbucks, there is one right across the street from where I live.

              I get a venti iced coffee with an add shot and heavy cream.

              ...and I always walk there barefoot.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KotikBegemotik View Post
                I am a Starbucks-aholic. I am not proud of that fact. Part of the reason why I started Primal was to get over that addiction to sugar and caffeine.

                This is my fifth day on Primal. I feel like crap. My head is fuzzy and heavy. I have zero motivation. I want my pillow and my blankie and a few days to just hibernate. I know it's probably the carb flu, but knowing it is not doing me any good.

                Before going Primal, I would cure this kind of hibernation desire with a grande latte. Now, I don't know what the heck to do. I need to be a normal member of society due to school and other commitments. I can go into a deep slumber this weekend but I need to survive until then. And I don't want to relapse into a carb-induced hyperness.

                Please help.
                I say, don't give up your latte yet. Let it be your vice while you change up everything else. Then as you get more strict, you'll find that it's easier to give up your goodies. I still drink a latte every morning, I just make it at home with whole milk and no sugar. Never thought I could have enjoyed a latte with no sweetener, but I swear your taste buds change as you eliminate the crap from your diet. I just started adding less and less, until I got down to none at all. As for the milk, it's a personal choice ... some people have issues with dairy and need to use coconut milk or almond milk. Personally, I'm fine with it - - but prefer to use raw, unhomogonized whole milk that I buy from a local farm. Together with bacon and eggs, it's a really awesome breakfast.

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                • #9
                  Ask for a Half-Caff Breve Latte! Only sugar is the milk sugar, less than usual caffeine, high-fat dairy... What's the problem?
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                  • #10
                    I want my ashes put in my stove top espresso pot. Seriously, this is one "vice" I'll never give up. And I think coffee is good for you. Not three pots a day, but a few cups. Makes your brain work better, enhances performance. Others disagree and as always, it's just n=1.
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                    • #11
                      I kicked the Starbucks habit by making espresso at home with either my moka pot or machine (just a cheap, steam driven one). Then I can use good milk (local, low temp pasteurized, non-homogenized) and flavored stevia drops to make an iced latte that trumps the 'bux (or an Americano w/heavy cream if I want it hot). I still occasionally get Sbux when I'm out and about, but I just get a plain latte and use a travel sized dropper of stevia drops to sweeten it. I keep meaning to try bulletproof coffee though, it sounds like it could be a good replacement.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KotikBegemotik View Post
                        I am a Starbucks-aholic. I am not proud of that fact. Part of the reason why I started Primal was to get over that addiction to sugar and caffeine.

                        This is my fifth day on Primal. I feel like crap. My head is fuzzy and heavy. I have zero motivation. I want my pillow and my blankie and a few days to just hibernate. I know it's probably the carb flu, but knowing it is not doing me any good.

                        Before going Primal, I would cure this kind of hibernation desire with a grande latte. Now, I don't know what the heck to do. I need to be a normal member of society due to school and other commitments. I can go into a deep slumber this weekend but I need to survive until then. And I don't want to relapse into a carb-induced hyperness.

                        Please help.
                        Stick it out. Make some half-calf Starbucks coffee at home to get you over the caffeine withdrawal and take the removal of caffeine more slowly? The coffee itself isn't what is ruining your health, it is the sugar from the mocha crappuwrappofrappocino with extra whip cream. Plus the $6/day or more you spend can be applied to something more useful.

                        Actually, decaf coffee with ghee/heavy cream is what I look forward to every morning at 6am!

                        Hang in there. I felt like shit for 2 weeks.
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                        • #13
                          Try heavy cream with cinnamon. It worked for me.

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                          • #14
                            Espresso straight up.
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                            • #15
                              They say it's good to gradually cut back on caffeine rather than all at once, but now that you've already gone cold turkey for five days, you're probably already over the worst of the caffeine withdrawal. I'd advise that you just stick with it. If you start caffeine again now, you'll doom yourself to another bad withdrawal later and this will have been for nothing.

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