View Full Version : Stopping Caffeine

02-21-2010, 10:24 AM
Caffeine is an addictive drug that four out of five American adults use every day. If you feel you may be addicted to caffeine and wish to give it up, try the following:

Start by choosing a time when you are most relaxed, such as a long weekend.

Make a commitment to try three caffeine-free days, and see how you feel afterwards.

Be prepared to experience tiredness, irritability and a very bad headache, especially after avoiding caffeine for 24 hours. Prepare for these side effects by keeping yourself busy: take walks, spend time in the garden, or do other light, soothing activities.

Avoid anything that may aggravate a headache, such as prolonged TV watching or reading in low light. These side-effects will eventually diminish - and are worth it in the long run.

Or, consider weaning yourself off caffeine by gradually reducing your intake. Substitute green tea or decaffeinated coffee for caffeinated coffee, and drink water or fruit juice mixed with sparkling water in lieu of cola. Breathing exercises, physical exercise and a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables may also help reduce the severity of side-effects.

02-21-2010, 10:52 AM
I gave up caffeine a few years ago. I'm pretty stimulant sensitive though, but I don't have a problem staying up all day working full time and going to college full time and finding the energy to work out.. I feel sorry for the people at work, half of them drink around 5-6 Monsters a DAY. I find it ridiculous.

03-02-2010, 10:47 AM
I cut out coffee and soft drinks from my diet and try to drink primarily water throughout the day. As long as you eat throughout the day, you should have plenty of energy. After I cut out soft drinks and coffee, I didn't have that crashing feeling I used to get before lunch and in the afternoon. It's tough at first because you don't realize how much your body craves caffeine until you stop drinking it. But you should definitely feel better after a week or two and it gets better with time.

03-03-2010, 11:01 PM
This is true, caffeine is the most widely abused drug. I don't think its anabolic, and I don't think it helps endurance, yet somehow supplement manufacturers keep coming out with new products and "innovations" that just feature caffeine in different and more powerful forms. Like Jack3d... holy s***. I stick to one cup of coffee in the morning and that is enough for me. Gingko-biloba, alpha-gpc and DHA from fish-oil are my number one brain supplements. Especially the Alpha-GPC...