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Garlic 07-17-2013 08:23 AM

Giving up coffee.... anybody with me?
 
I figured that as long as I am breaking all these bad habits, I may as well break the one that I don't really know why I have it.... coffee.

I'm not a fan of hot coffee at all, but I drink it out of habit. I used to use it to get me started in the morning, but now that I sleep much better, I don't think I need coffee anymore, or the HWC that I wouldn't otherwise consume. ( I will still use HWC in other things, but this saves me 2 TBS a day )

OTOH, I do love iced coffee. If it was OK to drink 60 ounces a day, I probably would.

Anybody with me in giving up the bean?

Crazy Cat 07-17-2013 08:36 AM

Good lord, no! You can take my bread, my pasta, my cake-but don't touch my morning coffee!:lol:

suzanneyea 07-17-2013 09:09 AM

I did it five years ago. It was really rough. Good luck.

Ntombi 07-17-2013 09:15 AM

I drink coffee sometimes, tea sometimes, nothing at all sometimes. I don't have a morning coffee (or anything) habit. I often go weeks without coffee, and then have it several days in a row. It's just something I enjoy sometimes, not something I'm hooked on. I also don't think it's unhealthy in moderation.

So, no, I won't be giving it up. :)


Good luck to you, though, now that you've decided to do so.

RhondaC 07-17-2013 09:16 AM

Sorry--but no way! Coffee with HWC is my one creamy treat I allow myself every day! It usually satisfies a sweet craving, and relaxes me.

Now, if you ask me to give up cottage cheese with you, I'm first in line!! :p

Weezy 07-17-2013 09:20 AM

Over the years I've given up coffee many times. The most recent was about 6 months ago--it was an experiment to see if I would sleep any better (I didn't). After no coffee for about 3 months, I said the heck with it.

I LOVE my morning coffee ritual--it's comforting and satisfying. Not to mention it's my biggest hit of fat for the day (BPC) and without it I struggle to keep my fats high enough.

My rationale for going back on the bean is that I've given up a LOT of foods that I love, and since drinking coffee doesn't impact my blood sugar, ketosis, or sleep, it's OK for me to have something that I love and that is SO satisfying to me.

OTOH, I've never been a really big coffee drinker...about 2 cups a day, always in the early morning. I still stick to that. I do herbal teas in the afternoon.

Natalia 07-17-2013 09:30 AM

No. I'm with Ntombi. It's not a ritual, it's not a problem, I have one when I want one..it's not a problem. I'm not going to give it up just for the sake of being able to say I gave it up. :)

Aomiel 07-17-2013 09:50 AM

But it's not a bad habit...so enjoy! I do and nope, not gonna give it up. I've just started drinking 2 cups of caffeinated after decades of decaf because of hypoglycemic issues, but I'm keeping an eye on it. If it gives problems, I'll go back to decaf. This is from a Cooking Light article about 5 foods you should keep in your diet (along with peanut butter, eggs, avocado and mushrooms):

" Why it's good for you: The average cup of coffee has hundreds of different chemical compounds. Maybe that's why news reports about coffee vacillate between lauding its health benefits and labeling it harmful. Still, the benefits of coffee seem to outweigh the negatives.

To name just a few: Some Arizona researchers recently discovered that caffeinated coffee helps improve memory in older adults. A new study from the United Kingdom suggests that small amounts of coffee consumed throughout the day can increase alertness and improve performance on all kinds of tasks, including those that require hand-to-eye coordination and attention to detail. Preliminary studies suggest regular coffee drinking may lower risk of type 2 diabetes. A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that people who drink a daily four to six cups have a 28 percent lower risk of developing this illness--which is fast becoming an epidemic in this country--than folks who drink less than two cups each day. Researchers arrived at those numbers by pooling the results of nine different studies from the United States and around the world. Speculation is that caffeine deserves the credit, though it could be an antioxidant phenolic compound called chlorogenic acid. (If you drink several cups, spread them throughout the day to prevent the jitters, and avoid coffee late in the day, which can interfere with sleep.)"



I'm betting it lowers the risk of Type 2 because caffeine tends to lower the blood sugar (a real problem for hypoglycemics, but was a problem for me while my BG's were up and down).

Jackie123 07-17-2013 09:57 AM

Garlic, I fully support you in your decision, but, in a word no. They will pry a mug of coffee from my cold dead hands.

P.s. wish you the best of luck.

RDBhan 07-17-2013 09:59 AM

I give it up ... for around 4 hours at a time lol. Good luck buddy, hope you're able to do it without too much stress. But I won't be joining you.

MsWoods 07-17-2013 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Jackie123 (Post 16519193)
Garlic, I fully support you in your decision, but, in a word no. They will pry a mug of coffee from my cold dead hands.

P.s. wish you the best of luck.

:shake: Couldn't agree 1000% more. I drink coffee all day. I've given everything up. The hardest for me so far has been smoking. I'm 2 months in on that one, and no alcohol for 2 months also.

I would rather jump in front of a bus than give up my coffee at this point. It's the only thing keeping me sane.

But good luck Garlic!

GME 07-17-2013 10:19 AM

OK, I almost posted a response like most of the above but I thought I might be viewed as less than helpful. :laugh:

I see no good reason to give up coffee and I enjoy it, so, no.

MsWoods 07-17-2013 10:28 AM

Lol. The people around me, mainly my bf, also do not want me to give up coffee. It's the only thing between me and a life sentence right now.

Patience 07-17-2013 10:39 AM

I gave up coffee during my first pregnacy and somewhat during my second.
That's enough sacrifice.
I am cold brewing coffee now for my afternoon cuppa, it tastes really awesome.
I add ice, a bit of MCT oil and a bit of HWC. It is amazingly good. Did I say I think it tastes great?

emel 07-17-2013 11:38 AM

Garlic, if you do it, don't do it cold turkey.
A LOT of people get an afternoon headache from caffeine withdrawl. It doesn't go away when you give it caffeine.

Suggest you taper down with half decaf half regular, then 1/4 reg to 3/4 decaf, then all decaf, then quit coffee.

I'm all decaf now, except when I drink a cup of the 1/4 caffeinated pot I make when my husband wakes up.

teeingoff17 07-17-2013 11:58 AM

G'luck to you with this...(as I sit here drinking an Americano and an espresso shot...)

Garlic 07-17-2013 12:51 PM

So far, it's all good..... no issues.... but I never drank much in the last few years, though about 4 or 5 years ago, I was drinking 50 ounces a day.... I got laid off from my job of 19 years, and the free coffee went away, and I went to about 10 ounces a day, most days, and maybe 25 ounces a day 2x a week.

For the last few months I have had about 4 -5 cups ( 8 ounce cups ) per week, and one 1 iced coffee per week.

Today I just woke up and decided to not have coffee anymore.... I'm trying to cut down on HWC. Plus, since we only have a Keurig, I don't like spending 50 cents a cup, LOL. I am really a tightwad on some things..... Don't get me started on hotel rooms! :hyst:

So, I haven't missed it at all.... I am hoping that I convince myself at some point soon, to only drink water, an occasional glass of tea, and the occasional Powerade Zero.

I don't drink beer or really, any alcohol.... maybe 2 - 3 mixed drinks a year.... and no beer.... I don't like beer even a little bit.

These days, I guess, my only vice is the once a month cigar I smoke.... and even that is only April - October, so I can sit out on my patio and just enjoy the day and enjoy the experience.

Dottie 07-17-2013 12:56 PM

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Keurig? Seriously, less than $6 each at walmart (amazon carries them, too) - these let you use your own coffee for a fraction of the k-cup cost :)
I have the green one. It uses little paper filters that are also very inexpensive (also at walmart or amazon).

Garlic 07-17-2013 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Dottie (Post 16519474)
Keurig? Seriously, less than $6 each at walmart (amazon carries them, too) - these let you use your own coffee for a fraction of the k-cup cost :)
I have the green one. It uses little paper filters that are also very inexpensive (also at walmart or amazon).


Yeah, I have one of those, well actually a different one with a metal filter, but same idea. .... but it's too much like work for me, and I would need to have about 6 different coffees in the house. My wife buys cases of mixed coffees from a lady she works with, and they are about 50 cents a serving.

Dottie 07-17-2013 01:06 PM

I have the ecobrew one but it's a lot of work :laugh:. Same with the keurig one that came with the brewer. I find the melita with the little filters super easy and, since there aren't any decent salted caramel or butterscotch k-cups, I can use my favorite coffees ;)

Aleina 07-17-2013 03:37 PM

Garlic , if you don't mind me having a 2 day headstart I join you. Drinking green tea instead or herbal . I am on the fence as to whether I will have black tea.

DiamondDeb 07-17-2013 03:41 PM

Not me; I've already been there & done that. But good luck!

I went without for a full year, not even drinking decaf. It made absolutely no difference in my life.

I read up on the benefits of coffee and added it back. It has made a difference because I like coffee and enjoy drinkinng it. I would say I've always been a moderate coffee drinker, not a heavy drinker.

Garlic 07-17-2013 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Aleina (Post 16519678)
Garlic , if you don't mind me having a 2 day headstart I join you. Drinking green tea instead or herbal . I am on the fence as to whether I will have black tea.


Absolutely. The more the merrier!

avid 07-17-2013 03:42 PM

Why do you think coffee is a bad habit?
Various studies have all cited health benefits to coffee...including decaf.
I understand that you don't really like it but that's a matter of taste not of 'good vs. bad'
I use starbucks dark roast coffee's both regular and decaf. I use a Keurig machine but I have one of those little basket thingies to scoop my own blend in.
coffee with hwc and ez sweet is one of my daily pleasures.
Would never consider giving it up.

glennjones 07-17-2013 03:53 PM

No absolutely not ...

tinamanni 07-17-2013 03:57 PM

Call me crazy but didn't I just read on this board that some people will not lose due to caffeine?

I'm almost down to 1 cup a day and for me that is an accomplishment

tinamanni 07-17-2013 03:59 PM

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Today I just woke up and decided to not have coffee anymore.... I'm trying to cut down on HWC. Plus, since we only have a Keurig, I don't like spending 50 cents a cup, LOL.
OMG!!! if you register your Keurig on the website they send you a buy 2 get 2 free (24 packs) and you get coupons and member prices. Not to support your habbit, just saying haha :)

Aleina 07-17-2013 04:03 PM

I am doing it to rebalance my hormonal cycles. I have episodes of waking up stressed for no reason in the middle of the night and reading it could be the morning coffee as it misdirects what is already misdirected (adrenal fatigue). I won't bore you with details as it is different for everyone.

DiamondDeb 07-17-2013 04:27 PM

I have a Keurig, use it almost every day & have never spent a penny on K-Cups so that excuse doesn't work with me.

I use reusable filters that fit in My K-Cup. Some universal brand I got at BB&B. I tried the kind that don't need to go in My K-cup and they were hard to clean & broke easily.

Ah, note my "almost every day..." That is right; I actually decide not to have any coffee every once in a while. :eek: :laugh:

nspeedracer 07-17-2013 04:35 PM

i quit a few months ago no problem! i used to love it but now I dont even care for it.
good luck!


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