Giving Up Caffeine

Last modified on September 26th, 2006

Well, the time has come for me to give up caffeine once again. Why you might ask? Because I’m way too addicted to it, and I know how completely shitty it is for the body. Here are some reasons why caffeine sucks:

The problem with working in a high tech industry is that there’s free pop. So, instead of just grabbing a cup of water, I usually grab a diet coke. Which is just so wrong.

Some time this morning, Clay came up to my desk and noticed the two diet coke cans I had on my desk. He was like “yo man, you should really give that shit up — it’s not good for you.” And he’s right. I sat there thinking as he left — thinking about my dad in the hospital, thinking about the brown liquid shit I put into my body everyday and decided he was right – it was time to give it up. So, I had my last can of diet coke around noon today.

I gave up caffeine once before, so I know just how hellish the next few days are going to be. Tomorrow should be ok, but sometime on Thursday I can fully expect to be in full withdrawl, complete with a splitting headache and the need to vomit. I really feel like I need to do this though, and start making changes in my life for the better.

The unfortunate part to this is that in an effort to stay away from carby/sugary drinks, I usually have a rum and diet coke. But diet coke has caffeine in it, so that drink is toast. Wine might be ok for a while, but it’s not really a pub drink. Anyone have any suggestions for other drinks?

4 responses to “Giving Up Caffeine”

  1. Clay says:

    If you drink lots of water while quitting caffeine you will reduce the headaches and nausea substantially; that’s been my experience.

  2. Hesty says:

    You can try ordering water, just like I usually do in a pub. 😉

  3. mel says:

    I’m all about tonic and gingerale these days.
    Rye & Ginger. Can’t go wrong! 🙂

  4. Joey says:

    hey man,

    I just came across your blog while googling “quitting caffeine”. Yesterday, I decided to quit caffeine as well, so it looks like we going through the same thing. It just cost too much every morning for two red bulls! Anyway, try a Vodka and Soda Water while out for a drink. A tough, clean drink that gets the job done.

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