When I first started a paleo style diet years ago I ditched caffeine completely. The first two weeks were miserable. My mood was lousy, I was lethargic and the headaches were almost unbearable. I slept a lot and was very unproductive with work. After about a month or so I noticed my energy levels get more stable and after even more time my energy was great. After over a year completely abstaining from caffeine I reintroduced decaf coffee (Swiss water technique) and herbal teas. They just didn't do it for me. I eventually went back to having 1 cup of coffee per day. The 1 cup per day sometimes turned into 2 cups and you all know the rest of the story. Now I try to quit coffee/tea for weeks at a time but always revert back to it. I can truly say its a drug and it is something that is hard for me to kick.
Originally Posted by heatseeker
The main reasons I love coffee is :
1 - It's delicious!
2 - Gives me a huge energy and mental boost
3 - It's a good way to socialize with friends and family
The reasons I want to stop drinking coffee:
1 - It destroys my digestion.
2 - Sometimes I will end up with GERD
3 - Stains my teeth and can also give bad breath
4 - It makes me feel like a crack head and I crave it more and more
I don't get the same negatives with tea. Tea actually works better with my digestion. Breath is better with tea and I don't feel like I have to have tea like I do with coffee. I still get GERD with tea though. Coffee just tastes way better to me than tea. In summary, I love coffee, I continue to drink it because the pleasure and energy high outweighs the negatives even though those negatives are pretty bad for me. I will probably continue to cycle it on and off unfortunately. After reading what I just wrote it really does seem like I am a drug addict and my drug of choice is coffee
"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.