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Quitting Coffee

Seabishop

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I hear all the time that coffee is either good for you or bad for you. If you try to research it the experts disagree. So, what's your opinion as a regular person? Has anyone quit and is it worth it?
 

SGB

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I've never really quit, but had reduced my "habit" down to about 1 cup a day.

And then our daughter was born. I'm now back up to about 4 cups a day. 8-!
 

Rumpy Tunanator

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If its good, it must be bad for you; if its bad it must be good for you B-). Eventually your going to die, so I guess pick your poison. All these studies seem to change for the flavor of the month.
 

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Gosh, I've successfully quit drinking coffee DOZENS of times. It's definitely worth it! :-D Sometimes I take up drinking coffee just so's I can quit later. I have no idea whether it's good for you but quitting is loads of fun!
 

NHPlanner

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I never really got into coffee.....so it was never a problem for me. I maybe have 4-5 cups per year.
 

Gedunker

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Quitting coffee is easy. I quit every day ;-)

I LOVE coffee. Black, strong and hot.
But i stop drinking it before noon or I get jittery.
 

BKM

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In the grand scheme of my dietary sins, I doubt coffee would be considered "mortal."
 

Doitnow

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I think moderation is the keyword here! No Need to quit Coffee. But you can definitely reduce the consumptoin if it's very high at present.
During the college time ( studying planning all the the time) I used to drink too may cups of tea and it led me to acidity and digestive disorders.
Over the many years now I have reduced the tea consumption from around 10 cups to three cups only.
So if you want to do it you can. :)
 
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The longest that I've gone without coffee was approximately 40 days. No, I didn't give it up for Lent; I wanted to see how long I could go without it. I did fine, although I did switch to hot tea. I didn't go running back to coffee when I broke the dry spell, but after that point, I started to drink in moderation. Now, I only drink 2 cups (travel mug size) in the morning.
 

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Gedunker said:
Quitting coffee is easy. I quit every day ;-)
But i stop drinking it before noon or I get jittery.
Why, everybody quits drinking coffee at some point - you HAVE to swallow eventually......
Heck, I drink coffee sometimes expressly to experience that queezy, dizzy, disoriented, jittery feeling. Seeing as how they've made all the good drugs illegal ;-)
 

Budgie

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I quit trying to give up years ago. I started drinking coffee with my parents when I was 11 and I drink about 3 to 5 pots a week, depending on the weather and my schedule. I gotta have the jitters.
 

Plannerbabs

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If I gave up coffee, I couldn't get up in the morning. Coffeepots with timers are the best inventions ever.
 
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I'll get the jitters if I drink way too much of it, but for the most part, coffee calms me down and makes me less cranky in the mornig.
 

Repo Man

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I have felt no need to quit coffee. I usually have 2.5 cups a day (that is what my travel thermos holds). They have coffee here at work, but it sucks. There have been days where I forgot my thermos or ran out of beans at home. I try to make it but usually by 9 am I am out on a "site visit" getting some coffee. It doesn't feel right to be at work in the morning without drinking coffee.
 

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I totally kicked caffine for a couple of years because of my heart was throwing PVCs and I read somewhere that quitting would help. (it did) I now have 1 cup a day, and no other caffine.
 

SGB

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a relevant poem

THE CAFFEINE
a poem by BADBOB

I'm on the edge, I'm on caffeine
No conversations, only screams.
I could cut down, but not today
my mind is racing, miles away.8-!

There's just one thing that's on my mind.
It keeps me going all the time.
It's not the symptom, it's not the cause
that makes me drive against the law.

It's just the caffeine and nothing more.
It's just the caffeine that I adore.


I try to sleep, it's late at night.
My eyes are closed, but I'm uptight.
My last "cup-a-joe" was after six,
a temptation great to serve my fix.

Who's to blame for my demise
that keeps me troubled til sunrise?
It's not outrageous, nothing queer,
it's not a joint or glass of beer. :b:

It's just the caffeine and nothing more.
It's just the caffeine that I adore.


I'm at Joe's Diner at quarter til dawn.
I see a new waitress clocking on.
It's just my luck, she's serving me,
and asks me gently, "Coffee or Tea".

Before I spoke, she jumped the gun,
and thought she'd guess it, just for fun.
"You'll have the decaf, I can tell."
I said, "You're Satan, go to hell!" :d:

I just want caffeine and nothing more.
It's just the caffeine that I adore.


I built an alter to coffee high.
It's from my backyard to the sky.
Some say I'm crazy, some say I'm dumb.
Where is this love of coffee from?

It's from the drug inside the bean.
It's from the holy drug caffeine!
It's not the just the flavor, or how it looks.
It's not from pictures found in books.

It's just the caffeine and nothing more.
It's just the caffeine that I adore.


I'd like to know who devised this trend,
to suck the caffeine from nature's blend.
I'm not the mayor, not the lawyer, or judge,
but from my convictions, I shall not budge.

On the subject of coffee, that's what I mean,
and absurd removal of caffeine.
What makes my love of coffee grow?
What picks me up when I feel low?

It's just the caffeine and nothing more.
It's just the caffeine that I adore.


Some go for decaf, they think it's cool.
Some say their doctor made this rule.
Some dude in L.A. must have made this up
because he couldn't handle a single cup. +o(

That's where all the trends begin,
just like that codependant binge.
The world will suffer for this mistake,
for sucking life from something great. :-{

It's just the caffeine and nothing more.
It's just the caffeine that I adore.


Coffee..... my drug of choice.
It's my only dominant voice.
Inside my head and body too,
it commands the actions that I do. ;)

Drive to work, or drive to play,
just remember where your loyalties lay.
I'm ruled by coffee, I'm not ashamed,
there's not one person I can blame.

It's just the caffeine and nothing more.
It's just the caffeine that I adore.


I drink coffee when I wake.
It goes with every breath I take.
I pray to coffee every day.
My devotion to it never strays.

My love for people comes and goes.
My love for life I'll never know.
There's one thing certain, that's for sure.
My love of coffee will endure.

It's just the caffeine and nothing more.
It's just the caffeine that I adore.


Caffeine is special, and radical too. :cool:
It's not confined to any rules,
like "i before e except after c".
It's got our language on it's knees!

It rhymes with "fiend" and "feeling mean".
It's friends with drugs like nicotine.
I don't pretend to be refined,
and drink great coffee all the time.

It's just the caffeine and nothing more.
It's just the caffeine that I adore.
 

Repo Man

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Some more coffee inspired lyrics:

The Descendents:

Mug mug mug
Coffee mug
Gonna clear the haze
Liquid proof
That I can win this race
Coffee mug
The grip that keeps me tall
My inter-link
Keeps me questing all
I don't need no booze or drugs
I just chug-a-lug-o my coffee mug
And I don't need no kiss and hug
I just chug-a-lug-o my coffee mug
They haven't banned
My liquid drug of choice
There's too may hooked
And they've got too much voice
So for the moment
We're all pretty good to go
With 98 cups
With 98 more to go
Chorus
Here a bean, there a bean
Everywhere a mean mean
Bean Chug-a-lug-o, my
Coffe mug mug mug mug
 

Big Easy King

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NHPlanner said:
I never really got into coffee.....so it was never a problem for me. I maybe have 4-5 cups per year.
Same here, but I have even fewer cups per year. I prefer drinking juice. :-}
 

Richmond Jake

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If I ever stopped drinking coffee I'd never be able to get to work in the morning...hey, wait a second.... :-}
 
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Seabishop said:
I hear all the time that coffee is either good for you or bad for you. If you try to research it the experts disagree. So, what's your opinion as a regular person? Has anyone quit and is it worth it?
In my Economic Geography class (and my teacher had a great sense of humor -- we also covered Silicone Valley, which is the "Hollywood" of porn films, :-\ ), we were given a link to an article about how people used to have beer soup for breakfast and drink beer constantly because the water was not safe to drink and they were simply low-level drunk all the time. Then came coffee ("Invented" by a member of the clergy who noticed a mule acting up after eating some of the beans and he hoped to have something to help him stay awake when he had to pray all night and fun stuff like that for his job).

The article talked about how revolutions were fomented in the coffee houses of Europe and how the caffeine addiction that seems so "normal" now was a huge change in the way of life when it showed up on the scene...Etc.

I cannot drink coffee because it tears up my defective stomach. But I drink a LOT of diet coke and eat a LOT of chocolate. I find it preferable to albuterol and the like.

So, I think whether coffee is "good" for you or not depends on the particulars of your physiology and other details.
 

boiker

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Gedunker said:
Quitting coffee is easy. I quit every day ;-)

I LOVE coffee. Black, strong and hot..
woo hoo! coffee the way it was meant to be served.
 

Dragon

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NHPlanner said:
I never really got into coffee.....so it was never a problem for me. I maybe have 4-5 cups per year.
I have less. I never made it into the habit of drinking coffee. Probably because I become a hyperactive Spider Monkey when I drink it. 8-!
 

JNL

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I have a coffee habit of one cup a day. It's only one cup, but I NEED it. I gave up for a while and it was nice to not have that caffeine-craving headache prior to the morning cup. But I think the lift you get from coffee is worth it.

Plus, I remember reading that coffee helps prevent wrinkles :)
 

ludes98

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I don't drink coffee, but I substitute with Diet Coke. I have at least 2 before 9AM. I drink 6+ per day. 8-!
 

boiker

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ludes98 I fear you may need to 12-step off of the diet coke. I think we need a virtual intervention.
 

Zoning Goddess

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ludes98 said:
I don't drink coffee, but I substitute with Diet Coke. I have at least 2 before 9AM. I drink 6+ per day. 8-!
Ditto, but I'm hitting Diet Dew in the a.m. Sometimes I have to have one in the car on the way to work, too.
It's just too darn hot to drink coffee here most of the year, I'd end up sweating before I left the house.
 

BKM

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I only drink an iced latte for breakfast (Hey: The milk is protein, dammit!), but I have at least two or three diet sodas during the work day. Sometimes, I'll go with the diet root beer, so I'm not getting the bnanned-in-Europe artifical sweeteners (the guy at the FDA who shepherded Nutrasweet through the approval process left the government to work for M<onsanto soon afterwards) and chemical coloring agents :)
 

Doitnow

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Now I remember the song

" I love Coffee, I Love Tea,
I love Java Jive...
...... '

Now as it by bread or....?? :-\ maybe Manhattan Transfer?
 
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tsc

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I am a coffee adict... but moderation is the key. Caffeine can lead to fibriosity in women. I am sure it can have some ill effects on men as well. Caffeine should be avoided by those who get migraines... but go figure,, caffiene increases the effectiveness of some pain relievers and decongetants.

Quitting can be an awful experience if you consume a lot.....
 

Floridays

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It's caffiene in general. I don't really drink coffee, but I love Diet Pepsi/Diet Coke and iced tea. When I don't have my fix, I tend to feel a bit sluggish until I do.
I've heard that quitting caffiene can be a be-yotch...headaches, etc.
 

Plannerbabs

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Floridays said:
I've heard that quitting caffiene can be a be-yotch...headaches, etc.
It is. I tried it once. Asprin didn't help much at all. After two days, I broke down and went to Starbucks for the biggest, most caffienated coffee they had. Have not tried to quit since, don't recommend it.
 

Habanero

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Plannerbabs said:
It is. I tried it once. Asprin didn't help much at all. After two days, I broke down and went to Starbucks for the biggest, most caffienated coffee they had. Have not tried to quit since, don't recommend it.
Don't go cold turkey. I've stopped drinking most caffienated drinks, although I will have a cup of coffee on the weekends when it's the Cafe du Monde Chickory blend (wow, now that's real coffee!!).
 

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I used to drink stupid amounts of coffee, and tried to quit cold turkey. I had a migraine for 3 days and was not a pleasant person to be around. I found that green tea helped with the headaches, essentially acting as methadone for caffeine addicts. I'm now functioning quite well on 1/2 cup of black coffee and a cup of hot tea in the morning. But yes, the initial withdrawal is a horrible horrible thing.
 
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