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post #1 of 75 (permalink) Old 08-23-2015, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Goodbye Coffee!


Would anyone be interested in joining me as I try to give up coffee just to see what it's like? I have no idea if it contributes to my anxiety but over the years I have noticed that as my caffeine intake went up so did my anxiety. Probably coincidence but ya never know..

The goal right now is to have one in the morning and half a cup later on when the withdrawal kicks in. After that I'll try to go down to just one a day. After a couple weeks the goal is to be at zero cups a day.

I'm starting today. I had one BIG cup this morning and I'm having a cup now because my head feels like it could blow up!

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I take 1 scoop of my pre workout 400mg caffeine thats my only caffeine source. Ownage style

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Day 2 and I already want to quit and go back to three or more cups a day, lol. I stuck to my plan and had one in the morning and then drank another throughout the day to keep the withdrawal symptoms down. Addiction is a bad thing

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I wish you all the best, lol. I love my coffee and will never give it up. Although there are some days when I have only one and there are days when I have three. Today will be one of the days I have three, haha. Thankfully, I haven't linked my anxiety to caffeine.
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I need my daily coffeee
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I never got into drinking coffee but I did give up sodas back in march.

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Jeez.. I need support here people, lol

I have a funny feeling I won't be able to give up coffee anyway but even just cutting back to one a day would be a big victory.

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Good luck! I'm really addicted to caffeinated cola and drink way too much. Really need to quit.
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I never got into coffee, didn't even try it until my late teens, and I can't stand it. Too bitter for me.

But I really should cut back on sodas. I'm trying, mostly drink water, but I love me sodas when I eat dinner or go to fast food places.
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I recently cut back to a weak cup in the morning. I linked caffeine intake to increased Valium withdrawal anxiety.
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Heck no. Coffee is the only reason why I get out of bed early and it also helped me lose weight. I only drink one cup of coffee a day and will drink mint tea later on if I'm still feeling sleepy. Drinking more than one cup of coffee a day puts you at risk of heart disease. So good for you for giving it up.
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Day three and I'm off the wagon.. Had my morning cup as planned and then around 9:30 it was break time at work and I said to myself "f**k this, I need coffee". So I got myself one and then in the afternoon I drank my emergency withdrawal coffee too.

I'll see how tomorrow goes.

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I like to gradually taper off of coffee, just like any other addictive drug.
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I don't actually plan on coming off coffee, but I am steadily trying to make it more healthy. I used to have 2 cream and 2 sweetener. I went to 2 milk and 2 sweetener overnight. My next plan is to go down to one sweetener.
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I like coffee. It makes me shake sometimes but that's different from having anxiety.
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I gave it up as well. It has helped no doubt about it. Coffee causes a spike in blood pressure, and if you have anxiety chances are your blood pressure already spikes at random times. It also increases cortisol the stress hormone, which if you have anxiety you don't need any more stress haha. It took about a week for me to notice a difference. I was way less stressed.



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I don't actually plan on coming off coffee, but I am steadily trying to make it more healthy. I used to have 2 cream and 2 sweetener. I went to 2 milk and 2 sweetener overnight. My next plan is to go down to one sweetener.
I take it with 2 cream and 2 sugar and would like to get down to just 1 cream or maybe just black. But I hate the taste of coffee on it's own.

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I gave it up as well. It has helped no doubt about it. Coffee causes a spike in blood pressure, and if you have anxiety chances are your blood pressure already spikes at random times. It also increases cortisol the stress hormone, which if you have anxiety you don't need any more stress haha. It took about a week for me to notice a difference. I was way less stressed.
This is what I've heard and it's the main reason I'd like to give it up just to see how it feels.

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No way, I love my coffee. It doesn't give me hangovers. I'd be more interested in giving up alcohol.....if I could find a better substitute.
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