Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Healthy Decision

 

 

 

There is something that I have been pondering for a while. But in the Starbucks era, where coffee becomes a social activity rather than just something to drink, giving up caffeine is hard to contemplate. But, I have been noticing some unpleasant side effects from caffeine that are pushing me towards a decision. I don't drink a lot of caffeine; usually one or two cups in the morning and maybe a Diet Coke during the day. But, I have noticed that even a small amount of caffeine lately is causing some slight dizziness, as well as being a prime trigger for occasional migraines.

I think that these symptoms are telling me that it is time to finally give up on caffeine. There are plenty of alternatives from decaf coffee ( no - I'm not giving up coffee) to herbal tea to a wide variety of soft drinks without caffeine. I will keep a water bottle with me at all times and it will be beneficial to drink more water in the long run. I can also make flavored water with my infuser that is both healthy and delicious.

I may slip now and then, but it's really something I want to try, not just for a while, but for the long term. It's all part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a low carb diet, exercise and better sleep patterns. It really is the next piece of the puzzle for me.

Happy Wednesday!

 

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8 comments:

  1. I am finding I can't handle caffeine lately either. Just another delightful side effect to aging : ) Sometimes regular old coffee (even the decaf) doesn't agree with me. I'm not craving it like I used to, which I guess is a good thing. Good luck!

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  2. Particularly in the summer months caffeine can have an even stronger effect due to dehydration. We need to remember to drink BEFORE we become thirsty. Dehydration is a cause of migraines. I love flavor infused water!

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  3. Good luck!! There was a time when I was addicted to caffeine and had to have it in the morning or I could count on a terrible headache by 10:00 a.m. I did give it up for awhile. I am back to 1-2 cups in the morning, but if I don't get it, it's okay. I can go without it now and don't get headaches. Keep us posted on your progress and it will be interesting to learn if your symptoms stop!

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  4. I gave up drinking any kind of coffee sometime ago because I was adding too much sugar and cream. Plus, my A1C levels were creeping up. I also gave up all sodas, too. I now drink decaffeinated tea with lots of lemon in the morning and plain water throughout the day. I've always loved coffee - started drinking it as a child but don't miss it at all now. My numbers are so much better and I've lost a few pounds.

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  5. I drink 2 cups of coffee in the mornings and that is it:). The rest of the day I drink water. Hope that your routine will be what helps you. Hugs.

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  6. I used to be a Diet Coke addict. I gave it up after I realized it was causeing me to have adult acne. My skin is now clear and ive managed to stay away from it for a few years now. I do drink a large cup of coffee each morning. But I have added water as my only other drink during the day. Im not a fan of water but eventually you get used to it and actually start liking it once you see the health changes in your weight and mood.
    Lisa

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  7. It was difficult for me to do . . . but I did it . . .
    I was a "had to have my coffee" gal . . . first thing in the morning.
    After I retired it became less and less of something I needed.
    Water took over . . . and truly is my " drink of the day" . . . several!
    Three years ago I "had an episode" with drinking coffee while I sat outdoors in the sun at a coffee house. Scary indeed . . . caffeine and sun played their number I guess. Emergency visit, blood pressure out of whack . . . Since then I seldom have coffee, and if I do, it is decaf. I read the other day that it a very healthy thing to do for our body to begin our day with 8 ounces of water . . . I prefer cold, but warm, hot works too . . . infused with lemons, berries, cukes . . . really very good!

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  8. We know what we should do but actually doing it is the hard part. Good for you! Hopefully positive reenforcement comes in the form of feeling better every day!

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