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Old 10-24-2007, 02:15 PM
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Make Mine Decaf

Have you ever tried eliminating caffeine from your diet? I want to consume less caffeine but I also want to do this "painlessly." Any tips I should try?
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:48 AM
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If I drink sodas they are always caffeine free and likewise my coffee is and tea. Generally green tea both hot and iced.
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Old 10-27-2007, 11:24 AM
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I cannot drink full strength coffee,as I get jittery if I do. So I but the Folgers Half Caffeine Coffee. It is delicious.
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Old 10-27-2007, 12:48 PM
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I drink decaf everything (coffee, tea and soda) but remember that even though it's decaf, it still has some caffiene in it.

I went cold turkey from caffiene to decaf and had pretty bad headaches for 3 days. If you want to avoid that, you should cut back slowly. For example, if you normally drink 4 cups of regular tea and/or coffee a day, try drinking 2 cups of reg. and 2 cups of decaf for 3-4 day, then cut it to 1 c. reg. and 3 cup decaf for 3-4 days then go to all decaf. Remember to drink plenty of water during this time, too.

I am like stellajean, I have always gotten headaches from more than 1 cup of regular coffee a day.

Now, I usually drink water, decaf iced tea or green tea or decaf coffee with Splenda. I do still drink soda but it's not a regular drink for me any more.


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Old 10-27-2007, 12:58 PM
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Barb - I just recently cut my caffeine consumption way down. I cannot go cold turkey because it makes me feel awful - headaches, nausea, extreme fatigue. What I did was start blending decaf in with my morning coffee. For instance, if I made a pot of coffee with 8 cups, I put 6 scoops of regular coffee and 2 scoops of decaf. I would do this for 3 or 4 days. Then I would put 4 scoops regular and 4 scoops of decaf. I did this for 3 or 4 days. Then 2 regular, 6 decaf, etc. I had also gotten into the habit of drinking a diet cola with my lunch everyday. This I was able to cut out cold turkey but I waited until I had gotten the coffee switched to decaf with no withdraw symptoms.

Ironically, I have much more energy when I don't drink any caffeine. Good luck!

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Old 10-27-2007, 04:55 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement, and the idea to drink water is a good one too. I'm bad about remembering to do that. (And I find that the less water I drink the more tired I am. Does that make any sense?)
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:36 PM
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LOL Barbszy on the hiding half and half. I agree on the water part. I drink a lot of water so guess it is helping. Right now I weigh 134.
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Well, I have used up the last of the "caffeinated" coffee. I was mixing it half and half with decaf. So tomorrow, it's all decaf, all the time.

I've also been drinking caffeine-free Pepsi, and if I have tea after dinner, it's decaf.

I realize that there will be "some" caffeine left in these things but it's way less than I had been having.

However, I've probably counteracted the decaf with the Halloween candy I've been scarfing
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My Dr said that Decaf coffee causes high colerstol so he said that I can have 3 cups of reg coffee a day but my soda and my tea is all Decaf and I dont likeany carmal colored soda.
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:00 AM
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Oh yikes, Bunny! I swear, you try to do something healthy and it bites you back
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