I gave up caffeine at the beginning of the year. I was completely caffeine free for 3 weeks. I suffered through the headaches, the side-effects of withdrawal, all of it. It was miserable.
Gradually though, I have let a little caffeine back into my diet. I am still not back on coffee every morning, though I did enjoy a coffee at the Olympic Marathon Trials and last Saturday from Starbucks. I have had a caffeinated soda (or as we call them in Texas – Coke) with a few meals.
I wish I could say that the deprivation was worth it, but, it really wasn’t. I didn’t sleep way better. It wasn’t any worse, but it wasn’t noticeably better either. I didn’t see pounds magically melt away because I was drinking more water. Honestly, it was pretty disappointing not to see any major effects of dropping caffeine from my diet.
I have tried to moderate my intake since allowing it back in – I do avoid caffeine after 4. Being without it, I don’t want to accidentally give myself a buzz right at bedtime. I limit my carbonated/caffeinated beverages to 1 per day. It’s water or caffeine free/sugar free tea all other times.
I guess caffeine isn’t the horrendous thing for me that I might have thought it was. Granted, there were some gnarly effects of quitting cold-turkey, but I don’t plan to do that again, so…
Anyone else have experience with going caffeine free? Positives? Negatives?
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