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I am from today, giving up caffeine in all forms.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/popcorn.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Popcorn"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/popcorn.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Popcorn"><br><br>
I know its a big reason I dont eat enough and steals my energy.<br><br>
So from today I am caffeine free.<br><br>
So far so good.
 

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Good for you! I don't drink caffeine but I've heard it's tough to go cold turkey. I'm sure you can do it, though!<br><br>
I have a problem with chips. The problem is how much I LOVE them. I decided this weekend that I'm only going to have chips one day a week - Sunday. So I'm in, I guess <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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YES YOU GO YELLOWROSE thanks for joining on my mission.<br><br>
Yes I am super sensitive to caffeine so going to give it up. Very hardcore to go cold turkey as the headaches can be hardcore but I will do it.. One day at a time already feeling so much better today not having had that quick fix.<br><br>
LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> I LOVE Chips. Any kind of chips why I ask my husband to hide them away!
 

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I remember watching a good friend quit caffeine a few years back. She was constantly gobbling Tylenol and holding her head like it was exploding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> How long do the headaches/withdrawal symptoms typically last? A couple of weeks?<br><br>
Chips are the best! My sister keeps bringing them into my apartment...I'm going to need to have a word with her about keeping them out. It's so much easier when they're not readily available, but alas, there are two kinds in my kitchen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Out they go today!
 

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Good for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Good for you Kasandra. I was a total caffeine fiend. Had at least 6 or 7 cups a day along with energy drinks etc.. Gave up caffeine cold-turkey around a year ago, and the first 4 weeks were absolute hell. Felt like I had a permanent hangover. It's so worthwhile once you are done though. My sleep patterns returned to normal, and a lot of my random headaches disappeared (although I also became veggie around then so could have been that). Appetite increased too. Much better to get a nice natural burst of energy from a smoothie or some nuts than from a caffeine high. No more caffeine come-downs!<br><br>
I wish you luck over the coming weeks. Stock up on analgesics and don't be tempted to get a coffee for a quick headache cure (which really does work) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kasandra</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2968613"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I am from today, giving up caffeine in all forms.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/popcorn.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Popcorn"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/popcorn.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Popcorn"><br><br>
I know its a big reason I dont eat enough and steals my energy.<br><br>
So from today I am caffeine free.<br><br>
So far so good.</div>
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Way to go!!<br><br>
About two months ago I gave up added sugar in all forms, and have kept with it! Good luck to you!
 

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I am so sensitive to caffeine. I just drink decaf coffee now because I really LOVE coffee, but I get so anxious after a cup of regular coffee I have to take my meds, clearly that needed to stop.<br>
I will give up all beer. I will still have my weekend red wine and checkers but no more beer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Ugh, I also go through withdrawal when I cut down on caffeine and sugar. It's more the sugar, I think. I get headaches, sometimes even migraines. I'm super irritable, and just in general feel pretty crappy. I've found it helps to cut down gradually, although it's also satisfying to just give it all up (or most of it) at once, if you're feeling super motivated about changing your diet, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
And it helps to know that the pain you're going through is a good sign, that you're detoxing, etc. Like right now my shoulders are sore, but it makes me happy, because it's on account of having worked out yesterday or the day before. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> It's how I know I challenged myself enough, that I'm building muscle. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I'm tempted to give up sugar almost entirely, and to design a super healthy diet and finally stick to it. I'm vegan, but I eat lots of junk, lots of fried foods, etc. I hate the way it makes me feel when I overdo it, which is not all that rare. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> And I love the way I feel after nice clean meals like salads and green smoothies.<br><br>
I think a balance might be good, but it's hard when you're hanging on to junky foods that tempt you. If you hang on to them, you constantly have to watch out for that temptation to eat more and more of them, until they're displacing the healthier foods in your diet. It might actually be easier to be very strict about these things, to completely swear certain things off. What do you guys think?
 

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Chips, I need to stop eating them.<br>
They're the thing that caused me to get an eating addiction when I was 9, and then become a obese 10 year old , so that should help motivate me to not eat them again.
 

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Thanks everyone, I can really feel the difference in my energy levels, I even look more serene cause my skin dont look so dehydrated.<br><br>
I am def going to stick with this... See it through its just natural next step to going vegetarian.<br><br>
My appetite also increased which I need deseperately. Slowly but surely my energy levels are coming back.<br><br>
YellowRose, I rather keep some nice dark chocolate at home and when I crave something eat that instead of chips cause I know I will not over do that.<br><br>
Also gave up alcohol accept the occasional glass of red or champers.<br><br>
So far so good with the headaches. Under control..<br><br>
Come everyone give something bad up and jump on the band wagon.
 

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Thanks everyone, I can really feel the difference in my energy levels, I even look more serene cause my skin dont look so dehydrated.<br><br>
I am def going to stick with this... See it through its just natural next step to going vegetarian.<br><br>
My appetite also increased which I need deseperately. Slowly but surely my energy levels are coming back.</div>
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Yay! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"> Good for you for pushing through the hard times! So glad to hear you're feeling better already and the benefits are outweighing the headaches and cravings.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">YellowRose, I rather keep some nice dark chocolate at home and when I crave something eat that instead of chips cause I know I will not over do that.</div>
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I like that idea. Chocolate always tastes good. I actually have some of that really divine, 85% cocoa stuff, so maybe I'll have a square of that this afternoon when the chip craving hits <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Ooh you're going to feel so much more hydrated! I quit roughly 75% of my alcohol intake last year and I'm really glad I did. My skin is softer and though it sounds weird, my lips get chapped a lot less often.<br><br>
I like this thread - encourages us to push ourselves while offering support.
 

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LOL things YellowRose.<br><br>
My hubby (after a little bit of red wine) last night opened a pack of Simba Salt And Vinegar Chips. As I enjoyed the little bit of red wine I focused on that and not the chips. Usualy if I have one then I want more more more.<br><br>
So we both decided now to just keep chocolate in the house.<br><br>
Its been two days and I can really feel the difference already.<br><br>
Going to take my dog for a walk after work.<br><br>
Good luck tonight.<br><br>
My friend and I always joke and say we dont keep chips in the house cause the call us all day long EAT ME EAT ME EAT ME EAT ME.
 

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congrats you guys and good luck! It's hard to persevere through some hard cravings, but you'll be better out without them!
 

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Good luck tonight.<br><br>
My friend and I always joke and say we dont keep chips in the house cause the call us all day long EAT ME EAT ME EAT ME EAT ME.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> That's exactly what they do!<br><br>
Good luck to you too!
 

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congrats you guys and good luck! It's hard to persevere through some hard cravings, but you'll be better out without them!</div>
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Thank you! Much appreciated <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Best of luck. I remember working with somebody who never had caffeine and it was amazing how calm and composed he always was. That's one benefit of never having caffeine - you don't get stressed out nearly as often. My family, on the other hand, are caffeine addicts and are always stressed out about the littlest things.<br><br>
Personally, I take in a relatively minor amount of caffeine, like a 5 Hour Energy about 4-5 times a week. I may, however, also drop it at some point. You have now planted that thought in my brain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't drink much caffeine at all. An occasional cup of green tea in the morning, and maybe a diet coke or iced tea when I'm out to lunch.<br><br>
I've given up non-whole grain breads/pastas/etc. for the most part...even though I ****ing love them.
 

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Way to go!!<br><br>
About two months ago I gave up added sugar in all forms, and have kept with it! Good luck to you!</div>
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I'd like to give up sugar. I'm just not sure. I do love dark chocolate and a couple vegan cookies at lunch. How did you do it?<br><br>
I drink decaf with soy milk because I love the taste of coffee.
 

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You know, I <i>am</i> going to join you in giving up caffeine. Even though I don't have too much, I still think my life would be of higher quality without it. I read somewhere that when you wake up and need a "pick me up," that is actually your body going through minor withdrawal signs. Relatively recently I started taking 5 Hour Energy in the morning to help get me up and I have since realized that I am actually starting to become addicted to it. I have also gotten to the point where I am constantly thinking about the next time I will have a bottle.<br><br>
Also, I just read <a href="http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/05/how-to-give-up-coffee/" target="_blank">this</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> which really hit home for me: "I cant ignore the energy boost and mental acceleration that comes from caffeine. But I do notice negative side effects when I drink coffee. Caffeine seems to make part of my brain overactive and another part underactive. I become really good at doing things, but very bad at prioritizing what needs to be done. If I drink a lot of coffee, Ill often spend hours doing a bunch of low priority tasks, and I find that other unproductive habits are more likely to be done excessively. ... I also feel that caffeine blocks too much of my intuition and creativity. I miss subtle sensory input, and my thinking becomes too linear. ... if I have to sit down and do high-level work like developing my next quarterly plan, caffeine will make a mess of my thought process and dramatically reduce my ability to concentrate. My mind races too much on caffeine; its hard to stay focused on just one thing."<br><br>
Wow, that really resonated with me. I could not figure out why right after I would have a 5 Hour Energy, I would feel really productive, but unable to focus on what I really needed to be focused on. And I write for a living, so it appears that intaking 5 Hour Energy prior to working is exactly what I <i>don't</i> need in order to focus and be creative and intuitive.<br><br>
Thanks for this thread. You really got me thinking.
 
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