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Why I Had To Stop Consuming Caffeine
My parents started sending me to a coffee shop when I was 11 years old. It wasn't that far and I loved being outside. They would give me extra money to buy myself one. I loved frappuccinos or granitas. It didn't matter if it was winter or not when I was consuming these blended ice drinks. My favorite flavors were mocha, vanilla, or white chocolate. I would go to school during the week and ask people to buy me one. I became addicted to caffeine and I never realized it for a long time. Years later, I realized how much money I had spent. I could have saved up and moved out of my parent's house sooner with that money. I started to believe that caffeine is a drug. I did research of what it does to the body and realized the drinks I've been consuming are not healthy. These drinks are so good to the point that I still crave them.
People always ask why I quit consuming caffeine. They don't realize I had to quit drinking a lot of items. I started to have stomach pains back in 2016. I though maybe I was pregnant or my stomach just hates me. I never ate 100% healthy, so it could be anything. I decided to go to a doctor. She told me to stop consuming food and drinks that pissed my stomach off. I was angry, but I knew I had to do it for my health. I started limiting my intake of caffeine, so I would get withdrawals. I never got head aches and I wasn't shaking like a leaf. I felt light headed and nauseous. I wasn't dehydrated at all. I was craving sugar. Companies use a lot of sugar to make these types of drinks to sweeten them. I was consuming up to four a day, but I cut back to one a day. Eventually, I had to stop completely.
I had no choice, but to find a different drink that had sugar or high fructose in it. I started reading labels and I found that apple juice has high fructose in it. No wonder people's children are crazy! Anyway, doctor's clinics will give you apple juice after a blood test is done. I though maybe I should start drinking a cup a day? I started drinking a cup in the morning. I noticed there is a difference between apple juice and apple juice concentrate. The concentrate tastes worse. My taste buds are probably screwed by now. The apple juice does help a lot. I don't feel dizzy or nauseous anymore. Now I feel like I'm addicted to apple juice.
Road To Recovery
I'm still having stomach issues, but it's not as bad. Doctor's are still trying to figure out what is wrong with me. When I stopped consuming caffeine, it did help. Do I hate it? Yes I do. I loved the taste of a frappuccino or granita. I miss drinking soda as well, but I had no choice. If I consumed any caffeine now, my stomach would hate me. Decaf doesn't even would like people say it would. I don't know why it happened to me. Please, if you notice your stomach hates you, go to a doctor. Don't wait or you might have to stop consuming caffeine like I had to.
Do you believe caffiene is healthy for you?
© 2017 Brittany Banks