So this is kind of a new thing for me ... but I can honestly say that I have been caffeine-free now for almost one full month!
How did it start? By accident. We ran out of soda one Sunday, and never went out. You see, I despise the taste of coffee, so I typically got my caffeine fix from diet sodas (mostly either Coke Zero or Diet Mountain Dew).
That Sunday I was miserable, and my wife challenged me. "You still think you are not addicted?" she asked. So I took the gauntlet that was thrown.
Monday was one hundred times worse than Sunday. I went to work and suffered through some horrible headaches. I was exhausted, and my whole body hurt.
Tuesday everything changed. It was the most awake I had felt in a long time.
That was the great contradiction. I didn't realize how tired I felt drinking caffeine all the time until I didn't drink it any more.
I'm not going to tell you that caffeine is necessarily bad, or that it doesn't help certain people. But I CAN tell you that since I stopped drinking all that soda, I've felt MUCH better. I don't know the science behind it, but it worked for me.
Just know this - if you are a caffeine "junkie", and you decide to quite, the first two or three days will be absolute hell. You can't say I didn't warn you! I'm not one for public service announcements, but I just wanted to pass along my recent experience on this.
So what about you? What are your thoughts about caffeine?
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