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How to quit coffee?

Post by TopHatFox » Wed May 24, 2017 7:11 am

I'm not convinced coffee is that great. It seems to dry out skin, remove water from the body, cause some anxiety, etc.

I am a pretty casual drinker (at most one cup a day, maybe 2 during big project deadlines), but I'm considering just switching over to green tea or something.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by James_0011 » Wed May 24, 2017 9:47 am

Checkout: http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/caffeine.shtml

Also, "The fact that a taste of chocolate can provoke a wild lust for more chocolate, or that once cigarette renews the addiction, does not mean that the presence of chocolate or nicotine in the blood creates a craving. Rather, it is that an organism in an unstable state perceives the availability of something which promises to partially restore the desired stability." - Ray Peat

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by BRUTE » Wed May 24, 2017 10:09 am

brute is literally drinking coffee as he's reading this.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by vexed87 » Wed May 24, 2017 10:11 am

Cold turkey would be the simplest approach. :lol:
Alternatively gradually reducing consumption, but if you experience headaches when going with smaller doses, cold turkey would be best, just to get it over with.

How can you be sure coffee is causing these problems though? Have you run controlled experiments? Life without coffee would be... bland.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by ThisDinosaur » Wed May 24, 2017 11:07 am

I went cold turkey about two weeks ago. After a day of headaches, and a few more of general fatigue, you mostly just have subjective caffeine cravings. My sleep quality is definitely better. The first cup of coffee after going three or more weeks without makes me feel invincible, like Kurt Russell in Big Trouble in Little China. I'll probably start up again next week.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by cmonkey » Wed May 24, 2017 11:14 am

Quit nirvana? :o

People have been drinking coffee for thousands of years. One or two cups a days won't hurt you and is certainly not an addiction. If you want to quit, simply stop buying it at the grocery store*.



*As a member of this forum, I won't even assume you are buying individual cups 8-)

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by enigmaT120 » Wed May 24, 2017 11:17 am

When I quit drinking Irish Breakfast tea (because I got tired of paying 80 bucks for a bag that only lasted me about 3 months) I just quit. I took aspirin for a couple of days which prevented any headaches that would have happened, then nothing. Now I drink a protein shake in the morning (more expensive than coffee or tea!) but maybe I'll start with coffee again. I had a couple of cups of coffee Sunday morning with no ill effects.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by Tyler9000 » Wed May 24, 2017 2:20 pm

Coffee was my soda replacement, so I'm not giving it up so easily! ;)

That said, I'm a lot more aware of my caffeine intake than I used to be. I got major withdrawal headaches when I kicked the soda habit, and didn't want to simply replace that with another delivery medium. I've taken a liking to decaf, and in the mornings I make my own half-caff. It provides all the same flavor I like, but without the caffeine shakes or withdrawal lows.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by Felipe » Wed May 24, 2017 2:25 pm

Zenhabits has a bunch of good posts on this.

Honestly, replacing with green tea is way easier than stopping. You keep a hot drink that gives some energy and the whole ritual around it instead of having nothing.

You'll get a smoother high from the caffeine in green tea. I get anxious from coffee too so I only use it if I'm on a deadline.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by Riggerjack » Wed May 24, 2017 9:19 pm

Step 1: Quit drinking coffee
Step 2: Why would there be a step 2?

Seriously, I have done this a few times. I like coffee, and I drink lots of very strong coffee. But, I build a tolerance. So, when drinking coffee no longer has the effect I want, I stop. Then, after a few months, I drink it again.

Seems pretty simple.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by vexed87 » Thu May 25, 2017 3:02 am

Tyler9000 wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 2:20 pm
decaf
:evil: :evil: :evil:

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by halfmoon » Thu May 25, 2017 10:27 am

vexed87 wrote:
Thu May 25, 2017 3:02 am
Tyler9000 wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 2:20 pm
decaf
:evil: :evil: :evil:
I'll add another :evil: for free. Decaf provides the negative (stomach acid) side of coffee without the benefits. I tell DH that caffeine makes me smarter, happier and more beautiful.

I used to quit drinking coffee about once a year because I was concerned about getting headaches every time I quit (I'm well aware that this makes no sense whatsoever). About 5 years ago, I made a New Year's resolution to quit quitting coffee, and I've kept strong. :lol:

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by fiby41 » Thu May 25, 2017 11:38 am

Water it down.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by Tyler9000 » Thu May 25, 2017 11:53 am

Tyler offers the key yet the minions clutch their chains. The caffeinated gods are pleased. :twisted:

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by vexed87 » Fri May 26, 2017 5:04 am

Haha, re-read this thread, replace the word coffee with heroine, and caffeine with dopamine and we see why we have a problem. A culturally acceptable problem, non the less. :roll: :twisted:

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by fiby41 » Fri May 26, 2017 6:10 am

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by TimeTravel » Fri May 26, 2017 10:33 am

I used to drink coffee years ago. Had a 2 cup a day habit. Not too much but enough.

When quitting, I quit cold turkey. Did suffer caffeine withdrawal headaches :( for about a week, but I survived.

Here is a link of someone keeping a journal of his week of quitting:

http://www.theyoganomads.com/survive-5- ... nt-sucked/
Seems like everyone I know regularly drinks coffee or another form of caffeine. Since everyone is doing it, it must be ok, right?

In this guide to beating your caffeine dependency, you will find:

Common side affects of caffeine
Why I quit cold turkey
Day by day analysis of the first 7 days without caffeine
Benefits of 21 days without caffeine
How to best handle caffeine withdrawal symptoms
Alternatives to coffee

Like many people with demanding jobs I used caffeine as a crutch. Also, I truly love the taste of coffee. Nothing better than waking up early on a Saturday, turning on some good tunes, cooking a nice breakfast and then enjoying a home brewed cup of perfection.

For the past 5-6 years I’ve been drinking between 300-500mg of caffeine per day (standard 8oz coffee has ~100mg). My typical workday would be a medium cold press from Caribou Coffee (or home brewed) and then a small coffee/tea in the afternoon to ‘keep productivity high.’

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by BRUTE » Fri May 26, 2017 11:06 pm

TimeTravel wrote:
Fri May 26, 2017 10:33 am
Had a 2 cup a day habit.
it's not a habit until 5 cups a day

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by Riggerjack » Fri May 26, 2017 11:36 pm

Wait. You guys measure in cups? Of coffee, or grounds?

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by TimeTravel » Sat May 27, 2017 7:11 am

BRUTE wrote:
Fri May 26, 2017 11:06 pm
TimeTravel wrote:
Fri May 26, 2017 10:33 am
Had a 2 cup a day habit.
it's not a habit until 5 cups a day
Probably true :D .

Yet, even 2 cups a day gave me headaches when quitting.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by BRUTE » Sat May 27, 2017 12:32 pm

Riggerjack wrote:
Fri May 26, 2017 11:36 pm
Wait. You guys measure in cups? Of coffee, or grounds?
liquid coffee. brute uses 3 coffee spoons of grounds for 2 cups of coffee, if that is a more familiar unit.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by enigmaT120 » Tue May 30, 2017 11:59 am

I fixed a cup of coffee Sat. morning, first in months. Man I was climbing the walls. I don't think I'll bother trying it again.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by leeholsen » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:34 pm

Why you guys want to quit nature's most perfect drug is beyond me.

It tastes great, not detrimental in non-extreme quantities except thru fast food drive thrus and is the perfect pickup for a little extra.

A little foldgers between your cheek and gum, that's start your morning.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by JamesR » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:00 pm

Zalo,

"How to quit coffee?" is the wrong question. A better question is "How to drink tea?" or "How to drink decaf coffee?" or "How to drink & enjoy H2O" The answers to those questions seems straightforward enough. You probably don't need to start new forum threads for those quesitons ;)
halfmoon wrote:
Thu May 25, 2017 10:27 am
vexed87 wrote:
Thu May 25, 2017 3:02 am
Tyler9000 wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 2:20 pm
decaf
:evil: :evil: :evil:
I'll add another :evil: for free.
It's way too easy to hate on decaf! A lot of us start drinking coffee for the caffeine initially, unfortunately that leads us to making a totally unfair association that decaf coffee is somehow dumb.

I found that drinking coffee almost always affected my sleep, which caused major issues with being productive at work and lead to a feedback loop of drinking more and more every day and yet barely staying functional. Other people get major anxiety from it, or other problems.

Decaf still has caffeine. It has 10% caffeine. It has 100% flavour of regular coffee. Plus there's the whole social thing around it, it's nice to be able to go with your coworkers for the morning coffee run every day.

To me, decaf coffee & tea have roughly the same amount of caffeine. Tea & Decaf are equally interchangeable depending on your mood. That's the best advantage of decaf.


tl;dr - Decaf Coffee & Tea are equivalents. Enjoy both as desired.

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Re: How to quit coffee?

Post by Treading27 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:00 pm

I don't know if it's a good idea to quit coffee altogether. According to a study from Annals, "coffee drinking was associated with [a] reduced risk for death from various causes. " That's pure, black coffee; once you add cream/sugar/etc the benefits decrease. So if you don't mind plain black coffee, might be better to keep the habit.

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