It’s been something like 3 weeks since I decided to cut caffeine out of my diet and if I’m being totally honest, it’s gone much better than I expected it to. When I first stopped drinking caffeinated beverages I assumed in total honesty that I would be just plain exhausted all the time. I’ve only been kind of tired all the time so that’s pretty good right? Really I’m not even that tired anymore since I’ve had a couple of weeks to actually allow my sleep schedule to compensate for the lack of caffeine in my system. Basically I mean that I actually go to bed at reasonable hours now instead of staying up into the wee hours of the night constantly. It’s a little bit annoying to actually have to sleep eight full hours everyday instead of being able to go several days on just a few hours a night and then recuperate over the weekend. That old system had some nice perks you know! Ultimately unsustainable and had many adverse effects on my health, but that extra time in the day was quite nice to have.
Another thing I was quite concerned about when I cut out caffeine were headaches. I had become so very dependent on my beloved caffeine that if I went even a single day without it I would get headaches starting in the afternoon and continuing well into the evening. Most people will read this and think to themselves, “Holy moly dude, you have a problem!” and you would have been one hundred percent correct. Luckily for me I only had these, “Withdrawal” (For lack of a better word) headaches for a few days and then my body seemingly managed to get it all out of my system. I had expected these headaches to occur everyday for at least two weeks, so I am definitely grateful that this particular problem seemed to work itself out much more quickly than I expected.
The last of the three anticipated problems was irritability. Being significantly more tired than normal and having constant headaches I thought that I was going to have a incredibly short temper while I transitioned away from caffeine. I won’t lie, at first I was certainly more frustrated with people than I normally am, but I managed to keep my large increase in “less than kind” thoughts to myself and never lashed out on anyone so not bad right? I think I didn’t struggle with my temper as much simply because the problems of headaches and exhaustion weren’t so bad so I had the energy to focus on staying calm.
Now I did have one problem that I honestly did not anticipate. What to drink instead of my glorious Coca-Cola? I really didn’t think this would be a problem at first, I had gotten some caffeine free Pepsi from Safeway and thought that would work right? Absolutely not. Nope. Not even close. What a joke. Caffeine free Pepsi is literally liquid disappointment. Most true statement I’ll ever make on this blog. That is the only way that I can describe drinking that garbage tier beverage. NEVER AGAIN. Good for me though I have the best mom in the world and she went across the US border and bought me some respectable caffeine free Coke. It Still is not nearly as good as regular Coke, but it is a serviceable substitute unlike that awful Pepsi trash. I’ve also upped my water game as well since that’s probably the more long term solution. I just want to say that water is seriously underrated. It’s so good! It’s good for you! Even if you buy bottled it’s way cheaper than buying pop! Why haven’t I been drinking all the water my whole life?!
In the end though while it has been a struggle (first world problems!) to cut caffeine out of my life I know that it’s for my own good in the long run. So my question to you today is what is your vice and how/do you plan to cut it our eventually? Make good choices everyone.