Question of the day (6th May).

Have you ever quit caffeine? What was it like? Did you wean yourself off, or did you quit cold turkey?

My answer:

Yes, I’ve quit caffeine very recently. I felt I had to. I was feeling very jittery in the mornings and my anxiety was often sky high and I couldn’t put my finger on it for a long time why it was this way. I used to drink only a cup of coffee a day most of the time, but very strong coffee, because for me it felt more like a necessity than simply something I did only because I wanted, though yeah, I loved my coffee. I had to drink it because my blood pressure is always very low, so it kinda helped me in the mornings to have the energy levels that little bit higher. It wasn’t really helping spectacularly, I gseem to have fairly high caffeine tolerance and it had happened to me a few times that I actually had a nap after my strong coffee without a problem, but I’d tried lots of other things like strong teas or energy drinks and couldn’t feel any effect at all. Coffee helped at least a bit in a way that I could actually feel somehow. Yet most often after a while it would become so that my anxiety and jitteriness would increase while energy would drop again, and all the dizziness and stuff would be back, and that was pretty bad. So, despite I really loved my coffee, I quit it cold turkey, I was really surprised by that discovery but also kind of relieved that I’ve figured it out. I don’t think I’d been addicted like on a physiological level, I didn’t have any withdrawal symptoms or anything like that despite my coffee was really strong and EVERY single day, which confirms my theory that I probably tolerate it very well but just react strangely. But I’ve surely become addicted on the psychological level and I miss my morning coffee ritual a lot, I miss the taste of coffee. And there is my low blood pressure stil with which I don’t know what to do, I really don’t like the idea of taking supplements or medications for that, yet neither green teas nor anything alike that I’ve tried seems to help significantly. I’ve kinda get used to it over the years but now as I don’t even have my coffee it’s a pain in the neck a bit. So I feel the lack of it.

Have YOU ever quit caffeine? 🙂

2 thoughts on “Question of the day (6th May).”

  1. I’m sorry you’ve had to go off the coffee!! That sounds stressful. I’ve never developed a taste for the stuff, so my caffeine intake is from cups and cups of John Conti black tea that my dad brings me from restaurants.

    I wish there were a way you could drink coffee. Are you sure it’s problematic?

    I have gone off gluten. Oh, mercy. The withdrawal was hellacious. It passed, though, and then simply became a matter of making sure never to eat any. I stayed off it for a year and didn’t notice any major health improvements, so I went back on the bread.

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    1. Yes, unfortunately I’m fairly sure at this point it’s coffee that was making the issue. When I got the suspicion, I went a few days without it and the anxiety was less yucky than I most often tended to have it in the mornings, then went back on it and anxiety came back too, and tried living with coffee or no coffee for a couple next days and it seems quite clear, so that I’m actually surprised I haven’t noticed that corelation earlier. I think though that I’ll still have a cuppa once in a while, but just not the way it used to be. Oh, my Mum had to withdraw gluten, she has some intolerance or sensitivity or something, but I can’t remember her having any bad symptoms other than just having a craving for something with it once in a while, so that’s yucky that you did experience it and so badly, and it didn’t even make a difference for your health that you quit it.

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