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  • Premier Icon phinbob
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    OK, so I’m off the caffine as of two hours ago.

    How bad am I going to feel and for how long?

    I have a feeling this could be quite tricky, but on looking at what my diet coke habit (as in it’s about all I drink) is doing to me I think it’s worth it.

    I am now coffee free for 15 days – that is going from 12-15 cups a day!! 2 days of a sickness bug has cured me! 6 cups of tea a day now thats all 🙂

    Try drinking caffeine free pop and coffee – your brain might think it’s still getting it and let you down easily.

    Or it may absolutely throw a wobbler with you and shut down for a few days.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    It depends on how sensitive you are to caffeine TBH. Diet coke doesn’t have that much in (maybe half a coffee cup’s worth), also depends on how much you were drinking.

    You may feel a bit fidgety, or tense for a bit, but you’re probably not going to get the shakes, or start blacking out.

    Premier Icon Shandy
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    Man up, it isn’t like you’re kicking the smack!!

    bonj
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    How bad am I going to feel
    very

    and for how long?
    life

    bonj
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    what’s the advantage of giving up coffee?
    don’t understand the point in giving it up tbh.
    apparently caffeine mobilises fatty acids in the body.

    sofatester
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    So does moving more!

    hora
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    I must admit its harder than quiting smoking for me. I had an imense headache after two days- couldnt concentrate and almost fell asleep on people 🙁

    brakes
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    I used to drink 10-12 cups of tea a day
    I tried to stop but got headaches and started to nod-off in the afternoon
    I just cut down to 5-6

    Premier Icon Shandy
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    Caffeine isn’t terrible for you but it does affect heart rate – if you have a dicky ticker you are generally told to cut down.

    Premier Icon phinbob
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    It’s mainly because I drink it in diet drinks, which are pretty bad, phosphoric acid, sweeteners etc.

    Because caffeine doesn’t have the anti-social side effects of other drugs – alcohol, crack etc people tend to underestimate how highly addictive and powerful it is 🙂

    If going cold turkey headaches (or rather one very loooong headache) are very likely for 2 – 3 days. Use Paracetamol. Main problem is then getting over the slumps that you’ve hidden with caffeine. Takes a while but the body sorts itself out. Find something else to drink as a replacement. Falling asleep in afternoon just means you’re an old f**t :))

    Paul (chronic relapsing old f**t caffeine addict)

    Rambo
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    I do this every so often and tend to have low level headaches a feeling of lethargy and a craving for a decent coffee for about 2 weeks. Generally I feel crap and have be feeling mentally strong to try and get through it.

    Then one day you realise you feel pretty good.

    I tend to do it at the same time as giving up alcohol and doing more riding/training which is a bit mad I suppose.

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    It’s not the caffeine itself that’s bad (in moderation at least), it’s the diet drinks more than anything. Coffee is the drink of the Gods, I couldn’t imagine a world without it. Diet Coke I could easliy manage without…

    belgianbob
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    Headaches mainly, and last time I gave up (I’ve been caffeine free or very low intake for about a year and a half) I only had headaches for two or three days. Mind you, there was nothing low-level about them, they were stinkers. After they passed I felt strangely ‘normal’ again though, and have almost no desire to return to full strength caffeinated drinks at all. Ever. Ok, occasionally I get the urge, but I can use it as a boost when I really need it now.

    MrNutt
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    diet coke? hahahah grow a pair! 😉

    aphex_2k
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    Coffee is a diuretic too – you’ll probably wee a bit less often.

    As someone who OD’d on caffeine in my younger days, too much is bad. In moderation, no big deal. IIRC a cup of tea has more caffeine in it.

    Steelfreak
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    As someone who never drinks tea or coffee, I find the effects of occasional caffeine intake quite marked. For example, if I’ve got to drive somewhere at 4.00am I just down a Redbull or similar and I’m buzzing for the rest of the morning…

    Premier Icon miketually
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    IIRC a cup of tea has more caffeine in it.

    There’s about half as much caffeine in a cup of tea as in a cup of coffee.

    There’s more caffeine in a pound of tea leaves as there is in a pound of coffee beans, but not in a cup.

    aphex_2k
    Member

    Surely that all depends on how long you leave the tea to steep?

    Ti_Tim
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    I’d agree with the estimates above – I gave up all caffine about 3 years ago – the first two weeks were the worst – but after a couple of months you won’t miss it

    muddy_fox
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    I gave up all caffeine for no particular reason other than to ‘give it a go’ in August and now just drink fruit tea (twinings).

    Had the usual headache after a few days but paracetomol got me thru those and i havent looked back.

    It had the added unforeseen benefit of me losing more than ten pounds in weight too. I was 13 st 12 lbs but now hover around 13st to 13st 3lb. No, I didn’t change anything else in my diet 8)

    I did seem to suffer a loss of power on my bike but don’t know if this was just a mental thing. After putting in more miles over the next few months I felt okay again.

    tang
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    3 months now, still drink tea 3/4 cups a day and chicory root. mint tea, and good green tea. didnt need the buzz while having a stressful time and dont miss it now.

    Don’t give up. Be a man and drink stronger coffee.

    bigrich
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    drinking coffee significantly reduces the chance of Alzheimers’ disease.

    http://pt.wkhealth.com/pt/re/ejne/abstract.00054821-200207000-00009.htm;jsessionid=Jylbv1WLbGQLxGhhST0BhWTygRDhN7L6QXfWfnhGLsHZhbQLgdly!126031263!181195629!8091!-1

    so, its a health drink!

    i do like a nice drop of Chinese tea as well though. the stuff that looks like twigs in hot water.

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