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SlateRDays:
Of all the things I've had the pleasure of testing the waters of, Caffeine happens to be a strong vice grip for me. I didn't get into weed, beer stirred up my acid reflux, and cigarettes I enjoyed for pleasure but had to give up when asthma came into the picture. For these things when it was time to stop. I could...stop. Then Starbucks came into the picture. My first taste was pleasurable, and I craved it a bit more. I found it to be a good compliment with my love for chocolate. As a few more years past I remember vowing to my doctor I was stop with drinking caffeine because it was affecting my nervous system and heart.

I stopped for maybe a month. Then the craving came back. It always started with a small piece of chocolate. One day...two days...etc. Then it became troublesome when I blew quite a bit on it. Then slowly coffee crept back in. The effects are very noticeable. Motor problems, racing mind, and then the depressive crash afterwards. It really didn't hit me till this year when I started to eliminate more subtle addictions with ease and then I hit the brick wall. "Hmm...I seem to can't stop drinking coffee...Now I know something is wrong."

The effects I get: Energy, a strange feeling of...status, the pleasure of the taste
Negative effects: Facial twitching, inability to control my arms and other various muscle contractions, elevated heart rate, then the usual effects of a crash( depression and end thoughts)

What cause the trouble with quitting? It's my reward for doing the best I can. It's a time to get the pleasure of something sweet since I started changing alot of my diet over the years. It's a sense of deserving. I quite drinking soda quite a long time ago, don't eat regular sweets often if at all, I exercise more, meditate and pretty much cut out a lot. So somewhere it says "ATLEAST keep this one thing!!" I've even tried to excuse this by upping my water to flush the coffee so it doesn't linger, but realistically things just don't work like that. And where I'm at now in this is finding some kind of way to just stop. To say no to this thing that craves these stimulants. Because if I keep going on like this my heart can get disturbed, I can run a high risk of diabetes, and my nervous system may try to unlock something latent that can affect me in the long run.

Anyone else here have this problem? I did notice an older post about this, but I did decide to make a newer one.

DriftingCrow:
I love coffee and drink it maybe 5 days a week, but I don't get any negative effects like that. If I drink too much, my heart races a little but that's about it. I don't drink any sort of fancy coffees like Starbucks has, just plain ole coffee, black for me.

However, if you drink it because it's a sweet reward I have a great caffeine-free drink for you:

2 bags of Celestial Seasoning's Bengal Spice Tea (it's a caffeine-free version of Chai tea)
Handful of Ice Cubes
Sugar, honey, or agave, etc. to taste
1 cup of milk of choice

Brew the two bags in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Place ice cubes in a tall glass.
After the tea is brewed, remove the bags and stir in your sweetener.
Slowly pour the hot tea over the ice cubes, just a wee bit at a time.
Add the milk.

Tea is a great substitute for coffee. It can still be made sweat sweet, and in a variety of ways so you'll never get bored.

Devlyn:

--- Quote from: LearnedHand on November 26, 2013, 10:49:34 am ---I love coffee and drink it maybe 5 days a week, but I don't get any negative effects like that. If I drink too much, my heart races a little but that's about it.

However, if you drink it because it's a sweet reward I have a great caffeine-free drink for you:

2 bags of Celestial Seasoning's Bengal Spice Tea (it's a caffeine-free version of Chai tea)
Handful of Ice Cubes
Sugar, honey, or agave, etc. to taste
1 cup of milk of choice

Brew the two bags in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Place ice cubes in a tall glass.
After the tea is brewed, remove the bags and stir in your sweetener.
Slowly pour the hot tea over the ice cubes, just a wee bit at a time.
Add the milk.

Tea is a great substitute for coffee. It can still be made sweat, and in a variety of ways so you'll never get bored.

--- End quote ---

Ewww, Henry!

DriftingCrow:
Ew that is disgusting!  :D

SlateRDays:
LOL

And I'm definitely working on substitutes. I'm interested in trying your suggestion. I will say when it comes to tea I don't like the taste, but the scent is wonderful. Jasmine tea was the first I chose when I tried to switch. Very bitter but nice and calming on the inside and pleasant scent on the outside. I was always wary of adding anything to tea in fear of it losing it's natural properties

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