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I have been a big coffee drinker every morning. I usually have to start my day out with coffee. However, recently i have been having some anxiety issues and so I'm trying to cut out the caffeine as much as possible. So... that means no more morning coffee for me. I have done pretty good over the last week, but i feel like I'm missing something in my mornings. 

Anyone have any ideas for a warm morning drink or something else that will kind of fill me up? When i drink coffee i find that I'm not really hungry until lunch time, but i feel starving all morning now that I'm not drinking it. 

 

Oh... and i REALLY don't like decaf coffee... don't know what it is about it but i just don't like it. 

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How about strongly brewed black tea? Tea has less caffeine than coffee but you could always use decaf tea.

Have you tried half-caf coffee? Maybe if you dilute regular coffee with decaf, you could wean yourself into enjoying decaf?

Tea is always a good option!

Black or green are my personal favourites, but I'd recommend black tea for a good substitute. It can feel a bit more filling than green tea, and if you care, has just as many antioxidants, cancer-preventing, metabolism raising goodness as it's greener compatriot.

As for caffeine, it's only got about 40mg per cup on average, where as coffee typically has 115mg per cup. It might give you a little boost of energy, but I doubt you'll be all that affected by it.

I recommend Twinning's breakfast teas if you can find them. They're quite good, and like I said, can be pretty filling.

Thanks! Ill try some tea this week and see how it goes.

I'd suggest buying a bean grinder and buying some good quality decaf whole beans. I do this, and LOVE my coffee. I usually also blend in some regular - from 1/3 - 3/4 decaf.

Original Post by sybil878:

I'd suggest buying a bean grinder and buying some good quality decaf whole beans. I do this, and LOVE my coffee. I usually also blend in some regular - from 1/3 - 3/4 decaf.

 ^This...it makes a big different (in my opinion of course) which decaf coffee you buy.  I honestly cannot taste the difference between decaf and caffeinated when I buy good quality whole bean coffee.  I do add cream and sugar though, but I think there are some good decafs out there.  I buy the San Francisco whole bean decaf from Costco.  It's not bad and not too expensive. 

GREEN TEA!! ....and on really tired days some black tea should jazz ya right up!

Hot cocoa! ;-) Swiss Miss makes a diet version that is just 25 calories a pack, if calories are of concern!

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It is probably the milk in the coffee that keeps you from getting hungry. Go British -- try some black tea with milk! Works for me.

If you are feeling adventurous, there are some instant chicory drinks available (at least where I live). Some people like them...

Original Post by ssixbery:

Oh... and i REALLY don't like decaf coffee... don't know what it is about it but i just don't like it. 


As other posters mentioned, the quality of decaf matters a lot.  Try one that uses the
"Swiss Water Process," and is packaged, not bulk. Grind fresh and make one cup at a time (I use an Aeropress, which I love, and Allegro Decaf Blend from Whole foods.)

Many of the decaf beans are flavorless third cousins of "real" coffee, but others are really good.  If you like the taste of coffee, experiment a bit.

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Have you tried replacing half the coffee with chicory when brewing.  It's great tasting!  In fact, Trader Joes has a can of mixed coffee/chicory for sale that tastes wonderful.

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IT'S THE CAFFIENE THAT YOU CRAVE, I USE TO DRINK A QUART OF COFFEE EVERYDAY WHICH GAVE ME AN ULCER, TRY DRINKING A COLD 'DIET' COKE OR PEPSI TO SATISFY YOUR CAFFIENE NEEDS.

This may sound silly but if you can skip a warm drink...try an apple.  It will fill you and works in "waking" you up.  It is also healthier.  I usually have one during my afternoon "slump". 

I had the same problem. But just had decaf because it helped to wean me off of coffee.

Recently I bought a portable smoothie maker by Hamilton Beach Personal Blender: http://www.squidoo.com/small-blender

I have a smoothie every morning:

1 banana (or cup of frozen fruit like berries)

1 scoop of protein powder

1 -1.5 cups of milk or juice

This holds me over until lunch time, I drink it with a straw and it helps so I'm not chugging it.

I also have been drinking a lot of hot teas to help hold me over and lots of water. I hope this was helpful! :)

I used to think that I didn't like decaffinated coffee but I loved the coffee my Mom made. Time passed and we had to do their shopping and she asked me to buy decaf coffee because that is what she always used and had for years and years. When I asked her how come her coffee tasted so good she responded that she uses more coffee than she would with caffinated coffee. 1.5 to 2 times as much depending on the brand. It works.

I went thru the same thing a few years ago and was turned onto Yerba Mate tea.

If you perfer that dark richness of coffee- look for the Dark Roast- which is close to a coffee and full of robust flavor.

The nice thing about the Yerba mate is that is still gives you the energy buzz coffee can give you with out the "buzz". It stimulates your metabolism rather than your nervous system.

Check out the site of my favorite brand and you can read about how and where it comes from. I love it so much- I make ice tea out of it with the lemon and ginger or green tea and drink during the day. I'd advise to stop drinking after 5pm as I found myself staying up late.

http://www.matefactor.com/yerba-mate-tea-bags /organic-dark-roast-yerba-mate-tea-bags.html

 

Enjoy!

Up until three years ago, I also used to be a big coffee drinker in the morning.  Then, just like you, I started having anxiety issues. I felt the caffeine was significantly contributing to the problem......and I do not care for decaf coffee either.

I switched to green tea and it was the perfect change. I still enjoyed a little pick me up from the small amount of caffeine in the tea but no longer had anxiety. Now I mostly drink a tea from Trader Joe's called "Revive" which is a green tea, flowers, and herb blend. This is definitely the best tea for me and it doesn't bother my stomach when drinking first thing in the morning.

Just a note: Once I quit the coffee I found that it was only days before I stopped missing it. And because I have so little caffeine on a regular basis, once in a great while I will have just a small teacup of coffee later in the morning as a treat.....I think I appreciate the flavor more now because I am no longer addicted to it!!

Good luck with the change!!!Smile

Original Post by ssixbery:

I have been a big coffee drinker every morning. I usually have to start my day out with coffee.  i feel like I'm missing something in my mornings.

Exactly, whenever I quit drinking coffee in the morning (and I've done it several times), I always feel like I'm missing something.

Anyone have any ideas for a warm morning drink or something else that will kind of fill me up?

Been there, done that too, but...I just LIKE my coffee.

Oh... and i REALLY don't like decaf coffee... don't know what it is about it but i just don't like it. 

A hearty AMEN to that also! If I can't drink the coffee that I enjoy, then it's time for me to just quit drinking it altogether.

Hey, researchers are even saying there could be a beneficial effect from coffee leading to the prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

I knew if we gave them enough time, they would find that coffee really isn't so bad after all.

Maybe the best thing for you would be to just cut back on your consumption somewhat. I've quit drinking it several times, for several weeks at a time, but I keep coming back to it, because I just plain enjoy drinking it. It's nice to have something to enjoy every day.

That's probably not the advice you wanted to get, but that's my experience with your same issues.

 

 

 




I was a bigtime coffee drinker too but, I started to hate how the caffeine was affecting my moods. Then I found Tecchino, it is a wonderful coffee substitute that is yummy and it comes in all different flavors(coffee, chai, hazelnut...)and it has fiber so it works like coffee on the bowels. So checkout their website or they are sold in Wholefoods or Good Earth Healthfood stores. I weaned myself off by replacing half my coffee with it because you brew it the same way....Hope you try it!!!

I've been wondering about the effects of caffeine for a few weeks now.  I thought a cup of coffee was improving my energy and mood, but then wondered if it started to make me crash therefore making me more moody. I never drank coffee until I started working a few years ago.  Only caffeine I drank was iced tea.  And never any sugar or sweetener.  Then I got hooked on Starbucks - a tall or grande maybe 4 times a week.  Recently I've been dealing with dry-eye symptoms.  I thought it was the caffeine's dehydrating effects so I cut back to half caf coffee.  Seemed to help for a while.  Then I realized aspartame (in the sugar free flavored syrups in some of the "foo-foo" coffees I drink especially in the summer months) could be the culprit.  So be careful if you replace your coffee with diet sodas.  Aspartame causes a plethora of bad symptoms including moodiness, brain fogginess, dry eye, restless leg, just to name a few.  I'm now drinking half caf coffee or decaf, no sugar or sweeteners and always skim milk.  I know that green and black teas are supposed to be so good for you but I can't seem to switch over from coffee.  I am going to try, though!  Good luck! 

Original Post by brouhard1:

Have you tried replacing half the coffee with chicory when brewing.  It's great tasting!  In fact, Trader Joes has a can of mixed coffee/chicory for sale that tastes wonderful.

 That sounds awesome!

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