Please use this area to tell your stories, helpother people to give up too.
well, i'm 16 years old, and I am addicted to...energy drinks...but, I have not had one in about 1 1/2 months now...which is good...
I was addicted to coke at 16, had to go cold turkey myself. How are you finding it? Well done by the way. 1.5 months - Brilliant :)
I gave up my morning coffee a couple of years ago. It was one of my most ingrained habits. I started drinking coffee when I was eighteen while I was working as a meat wrapper in a cold-room, 40 degrees! My parents hadn't drank coffee when I was growing up. But in the cold-room we had a large pot going all the time. It helped keep you warm. Then I started making it at home. I got so my morning coffee was a very comforting ritual. Then, I drink several other cups a day. I worked nights for almost eight years in my twenties. That really reinforced the addiction.
But a couple of years ago my husband was injured in an auto accident. His chiropractor, during the course of treatment, asked him to try drinking water as the only the only beverage for two weeks. I went along for the ride and found it really hard to not drink anything but water--no wine, milk, juice, coffee, tea, etc. But after a week I lost my desire for coffee. It's never come back. I drink green tea now in the morning. I still drink coffee as a treat occasionally but never as an daily ritual. I wanted to chime in with this group because I found it interesting that there were others giving up coffee. I'm curious about how it's going with everyone. I usually drink only water in restaurants now. It saves a lot of money.
i love water. i almost always have water in restaurants. i figure i am perpetually thirsty, and water helps fill me up with 0 cals. :)
my issue? if i don't want water (say fast food) i don't drink sugared drinks, which leaves me with diet... and many restaurants only have diet caffeinated sodas. :(
I agree jessiemccrory. it really is annoying when you go out and want a drink other than water/alcohol and the only diet drinks they offer are diet soda's. I usually end up frustrated and drinking water....
I've become a big fan of unsweetened iced tea with a slice of lemon squeezed into it. I don't add sugar, and I love the taste of it. Oh, wait, I bet that has caffeine in it, too...
I always try to give up but never make it. I drink anywhere from 1-4 cups per day. I'm not sure where to start with regard to quitting. I hate the coffee breath thing and stained teeth but as a student I really need the energy boost.
I have given up my morning coffee recently, but still takes coffee on saturdays and sundays and in evening every day.Slowly I am planning ot replace my evening coffees with my after lunch juice.Hope I will be able to make this in a month and announce it here:)
I realized this weekend, that on Sundays I would get horrible headaches. I knew from past Lents that when I give up coffee or caffeine for long periods of time I get headaches. I counted and found that I have been drinking about 6 cups of coffee through out the day during the work week, but none on the weekend. So it catches up with me on Sundays and leads to headaches.
So today I decided to try something... get an actual 8-9 hours rest last night instead of the usual 5-6. And because my first cup when i first get to work was out of habit eventhough after the 40 minute ride in i find i am awake and alert and not needing coffee, just yet. For that reason, today I replaced my first cup with 20 oz of water. And waited for the usual time for my 2nd cup an hour in. I am now on to what would be my 3rd cup time, but replaced it with water. I will continue and see how replacing every other cup of coffee with water works.
Wish me luck
Rats ... I hate the withdrawal symptoms:
1. A terrible headache that begins the first day of "cold turkey" quitting, followed by two to three days of "no go" and bloating.
2. Two to three days after the "cold turkey" moment, vivid, frightening dreams that are so intense they wake me out of a deep sleep with sweats. These go away after about four or five days.
3. A general feeling of tiredness, every day, for two to three weeks after the cold turkey moment.
I found if I substitute green tea - very mild caffeine dose - one or two cups, the symptoms aren't as bad.
Diet soda doesn't help anything. I feel worse after drinking it than I do coffee.
Energy drinks are deadly. Ten times worse than diet soda. They cause horrible headaches the next day.
The bowels seem to take about two weeks to return to normal. For whatever reason, I find that problem far worse than feeling tired or getting a headache.
I've never, in my life since age 15, managed to quit coffee longer than three weeks. The longest in past years is seven days (which I did just last week).
Then ... that smell caught my nose ... hmmmmm ...