Each Monday in the month of January, I’ll be hosting a link party of posts relevant to going caffeine-free. Are you giving up all caffeine, including coffee, teas, sodas, and chocolate? Maybe you’re just trying to go from regular coffee to water-processed decaf (regular decaf is unfortunately processed with nasty chemicals). Or perhaps you already gave up caffeine ages ago, but have a relevant post that may help others follow in your footsteps. Anything related to giving up caffeine is relevant — whether it’s about the health dangers of caffeinated beverages and foods or simply a progress report about your personal journey.
If you don’t have a blog, but are participating in the Caffeine Free Challenge this month, please leave a comment below sharing your progress. It’s DAY THREE. How are you doing?
This is our chance to encourage each other along the way.
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It’s a Caffeine Free Party
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I’m not really feeling the craving of coffee itself (I’ve been drinking Teeccino) but I have been having awful headaches the past few days. It doesn’t help that my cedar allergy is in full effect, but I know most of this is from the caffeine withdrawal, because I gave up coffee for 3 weeks last spring. Thankfully, I know it will go away, so despite the temptation to just run out and grab Starbucks I can power through it!
I did notice that I slept really well last night, although I don’t know if I can attach it to the lack of coffee.
I’m curious about improved sleep, too. As a nursing mother, sleep is always hit or miss with me anyway. I fall asleep quite easily with or without caffeine (so long as all the caffeine drinking happened in the morning), but I *have* noticed that with caffeine, my dreams are a lot more vivid and less… restful. It’s hard to know whether I wake up tired because my sleep is interrupted by an infant or whether it’s the caffeine disturbing the quality of my sleep. So, hopefully that’s something this challenge will help me sort out!
I got off caffeine years ago when I discovered Dandy Blend. With a pour of real cream in the mug, it is as satisfying if not more so than coffee, without the downsides.
Now, once in a while I will indulge in a coffee out if I have brought my own raw cream, but I am very sensitive to caffeine now. I have discovered that a Cafe Americano is the perfect coffee for me. It is made by adding hot water to a shot of espresso. Contrary to popular belief, espresso doesn’t have much caffeine because of the dark roast of the bean and I can tolerate it.
So, give me my Dandy Blend first thing in the morning and there is nothing like a cupper of Dandy and cream in the late afternoon. And it is great as a flavor for ice cream!
Megan – I’m having headaches too. I’m enjoying drinking tea (I’ve been drinking a roobois one) but I do have this low grade headache all day. While I’m busy I don’t really notice it, but once I get home and slow down… ouch! Also, I had to take Ibuprofen last night for the headache – it hurt so much I couldn’t fall asleep.
Otherwise I’m happy – definitely less jittery (which sometimes translates to anxious for me), less of an afternoon crash, and less, umm, digestion problems. The part after digestion, if you get my meaning.
Anyone have a guess on how long the headaches will last?