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#1 Old 10-03-2010, 07:10 AM
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Recently I fell off the wagon a bit on my whole foods, high-raw diet. Still vegan, but too much junk food (way too much) and not enough whole foods. I found myself needing coffee in the a.m. and the mid-day just to function.

I pulled the plug on this debacle and got my diet back on track. I didn't drink coffee day 1 (detox day) and now I don't need it at all (just a few days later). I don't even miss it. I have my energy back, I'm sleeping better, and I'm over coffee.

Have other people found this to be true? I'm starting to wonder if caffeine is just a coping mechanism for problems caused by poor diet.
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#2 Old 10-03-2010, 09:57 AM
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Definitely. I have gotten rid of caffeine/coffee I think three times now, and it was the same every time: I felt like I needed it and couldn't function without it. The first day of no coffee, I felt like I couldn't get up and might have had to call off work. The next few days are tough but I stick through it. All of the sudden, I have more energy than ever and feel free of the addiction. It's great! Coffee and me don't mix. It's mostly a stressful event/PTS that I would start drinking it again (espresso). And then it's hard to stop once you start again! Kind of like cigarettes.
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#3 Old 10-03-2010, 01:26 PM
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Since I've gone raw the only thing I can't stop consuming that isn't raw is Diet Coke. I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to the caffeine and I have to take sleeping pills every night to counteract all of the soda. I'm not drinking as much as I used to because I'm making sure to drink 3 liters of water as well, but it's still very difficult.

I wonder if I tried to let go now that my diet is much better if it would be easier. Reading your post is definitely encouraging...hmmm...
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#4 Old 10-04-2010, 07:03 AM
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I have found this to be true for me as well. I stopped drinking coffee because it was upsetting my stomach and I noticed a huge difference in my sleep pattern that I wasnt anticipating.

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#5 Old 10-04-2010, 10:45 PM
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I go thru phases where I'll have a daily cup of coffee and then I'll switch to tea for a few weeks, and then go weeks without any caffeine, although there is often a withdrawal or some sleeping problems with these patterns.
After weeks of coffee, a switch to tea makes the transition easier.

Sometimes the green smoothies in the morning are so activating that I won't dare have coffee or tea. Like, this morning, I made a raw vegan chocolate shake with water, cacao beans and powder, macadamia nuts, apple, pear, and frozen banana in the blender,,, and I wouldn't consider any coffee or tea.
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#6 Old 10-08-2010, 01:49 PM
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I am no longer the coffee fiend I was once, that's for sure. I can really tell the difference between synthetic chemical energy and natural fruit energy. I still drink some coffee though as I'm both a creature of habit, unfortunately, and not 100% raw
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