I LOVE my coffee, so it's hard to imagine wanting to get over a coffee addiction. I know people who have done it "cold turkey", and only had headaches for a week or so.
Maybe not do as I did! While in Italy the coffee culture drew me in very quickly, as it was more or less expected that you started the day with a cappuccino and continue throughout the day getting progressively stronger from then onwards.
When I went back to the UK coffee, at that time, didn't have the same market as today so specialist coffee shops were few and far between...I went cold turkey very quickly...and boy the head pain, indescribable! It lasted three days! Not fun...so my advice would be to wean yourself off gradually!
whenever I do not get my coffee I end up with a headache. But for those trying to get over a coffee addiction may try tea. Then slowly wean yourself off of the tea.
I don't drink coffee BUT I had a Diet Mountain Dew addiction. I quit cold turkey one day. Withdrawals were BAD! I held tough! I lasted 6 weeks before I went to a Diet Coke addiction! Never went back to Diet Dew. Good luck!
The best way for me to overcome a coffee addiction is replacing it with something else. So I switched from a hot to cold one. And that would be a diet pepsi in the am now. Coffee was getting expensive and I could not afford it, so I weaned off to the diet pepsi which I get free from where I work.
Caffeine is exactly like nicotine in the effects of withdrawal. Headaches, anxiousness, jitters, etc. Your body has adapted to getting the caffeine so it's having to adapt to not receiving it. If you try to do this very suddenly the effects will be almost unbearable so I'll tell you what worked for me when I quit smoking. I had tried quitting cold turkey and it does not work. Your mind becomes completely consumed with getting the thing you want. The only way I had success was cutting my intake as follows... First week-cut down to half consumption, second week-quarter consumption, etc. Basically just keep cutting it in half and eventually you will meet your goal.
Drink one every morning - it helps. You won't feel addicted anymore
I don't see a reason for giving up on the coffee, coffee like chocolate is one of those pleasures in life I want to keep forever
I've read somewhere that Voltaire who had a habit of drinking 50 cups of coffee a day, was told by his doctor that it's a poison. His answer was that it must be working slow then as " I have been poisoning myself for nearly eighty years"
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