Trying to cut back

My Latest Coffee Mug - This should help me decrease my caffien intake?
@webeishere (36353)
United States
March 21, 2008 10:09am CST
Most here know that I am an alcoholic. And most here know that I am a heavy coffee drinker. I drink, on the average, 5 pots or more each day. I am trying to cut back and this new personalized coffee mug should do the trick. I got it awhile back and just thought it would be a kewl discussion theme as well. Now I also will add a photo of the coffee pot I use to fill this mug in a comment in this discussion later. Okay the mug is a joke, as far as cutting back, but, I really need to try and cut back. But each time I do try I get migraine headaches. I get the shakes really bad. So have you ever tried to cut back your caffiene intake? Were you succesful at all? When you tried to cold turkey yourself from coffee did you get the shakes and headaches as well? I have tried caffiene free coffee and it's not the same as far as taste goes to my pallette. Thanks in advance all. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@TerryZ (22085)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Well my friend I think thats way too much coffee your drinking and yes you really should cut back. I would try cutting back gradually. I wish you luck and I know you can do it your a strong person. Hugs!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Thanks bunches friend. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@TerryZ (22085)
• United States
21 Mar 08
So how much did you cut back on today? Hmmmmm?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I only had 574 of my small pot shown in a comment somewhere in this discussion. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
21 Mar 08
First of all, congratulations on your years of sobriety and for actively trying to overcome the coffee thing! We're all different, so what works for one may not necessarily work for the other. I've no doubt that you would get headaches and the shakes if you suddenly stopped since you drink that amount of coffee each day. Still, making the quick break might be better rather than prolonging it. You would no doubt be miserable, but possibly for a shorter period of time than you would by cutting back gradually. Weaning yourself from that amount would probably take a good while, and you might still experience some form of withdrawal anyway. All this to say, you're going to have to see what works best for you and your physical/emotional state. You can do it!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Thanks you very much also. I am proud of my many years of sobriety. It wasn't and still isn't easy staying sober. Thanks. I am going to try the suggestion from here about mixing decaf with reg to brew it then gradually adding more decaf to the mixture etc. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I looked this up in wiki and got a long detailed explanation that no one outside the medical community would understand. One part I noted was that the body develops a tolerance to the caffeine effect after awhile. What it amounts to is your body is addicted to the caffeine, but the effects on the body from the caffeine are diminished so you either need more caffeine, or on the other hand, you can go to sleep without any problems. And I know I can't drink decaf - I'd drink something else first, even water. Maybe when you get to be my age , your stomach will rebel after two cups like mine does and your problem will solve itself huh?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I think I've gotten tolerant to caffiene as I can drink a pot late at night and go right to sleep at anytime. How old are you? My body loves the coffee it seems as of late. I am only 53. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Now I want your little mug as well as your coffee pot. I just spent 15 minutes googling magnets and couldn't' find one. Did finally find one wholesale, but we'd have to go into business since the minimum order was so huge. I'll probably be in a gift shop somewhere and find one I know I will. I'm only 57 - Folgers Simply Smooth is good on the stomach so I drink a whole pot of that.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I bought the coffee pot magnet at an outlet store that sells kitchen supplies. I can't recall the name. And NO! you can't have them as they are mine. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
Hi Grandpa Bob...I drink lots of coffee too. I have a mug that can fit 2 coffees from a vendo machine. I mix them up 1 cup is coffee and cream and one is cappuccino. It taste very nice. Sometimes I get another 2 batch before going home. Then when I come home I drink another cup again. I work at nights and coffee keeps me awake. I am trying to cut back on it too because I have weak bones. I am trying my best to avoid filling my cup again I just drink the 2 fillings when I get to work then I try to rarely drink coffee when I get home..which is really rarely..lol...Well, I do hope you succeed in cutting back your caffeine intake. Good luck to you and to me too..
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I also use large mugs as I hate having to refill it so often. I dislike cappuchini. I never buy coffee from shops like Dunn Bros or any along those lines. Just regular coffee only please no fancy schamncy frilly tasting looking coffee here. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Mar 08
I myself never had that problem but my husband was like you. He drank coffee all day long and when he tried to cut back he got those terrible head aches. So he went back to his old habits and the head aches went away. However he had also started smoking more and as a person with angina that really did not help him at all. He did finally go to Postum and I think he liked it but myself I really hated the taste. He did slow down though on the coffee drinking. I can drink a cup or two and thats all for me but he really did slug it down.I don't know if Postum is a good replacement for coffee or not I just know I would rather drink coffee or tea myself.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
What exactly is potsum? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Fishmomma (11523)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I kicked the habit awhile back and it was one of the hardest things for me to do at the time. I use to make a pot of coffee just to get up in the morning and soon was drinking coffee all day to stay awake. Now I can actually walk into a room and not need a cup of coffee. I did it cold turkey and couldn't sleep just wanted to walk the walls. My bigger problem was cola drinks, as I was drinking a pot of coffee in the morning and then drinking cola and for awhile a case each day. I know this explains why I only took naps. My doctor told me I was consuming to much caffeine. He told me I had to get control of my drink and food intake, which would help me lose weight. I have lost 5 pounds this year. I feel great and have a lot more energy.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Great on the weight loss. I can't drink sodas/pops like I used to for some reason. They don't seem to taste as good any more. I still drink them but just not like before. I hope to kick the habit as well. If I don't have a pot in the morning I can't get motivated to move and I have a hell of a migraine all day as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@ctrymuziklvr (11060)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I've tried to cut back on coffee and the same thing happens to me....headaches, shakes and feeling sick. I'm definitely addicted to caffeine and there's always a pot going. What is this new coffee mug you got? How will it help you cut down?
• United States
21 Mar 08
I just noticed the coffee mug! I need one of those!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Ms Coffee maker - This will help cut down my coffee intake as well.
The size of it will help me cut down. Now check out my Ms. Coffee Maker. It's a magnet on my fridge. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• United States
21 Mar 08
. Now that's the coffee maker that I need!
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@polachicago (19077)
• United States
21 Mar 08
instant coffee  - instant coffee substitute
Thinking about your new coffee mug, I may have at least 200 of those. Shaking is not good BOB, you better stick with coffee. As far as coffee, some of my drinking is more like habit, so I tease myself drinking instant coffee substitute after 3 PM. Taste very good and makes me happy...
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Do they all have your name on them like this one of mine does? I sjake a lot withoput coffee. It's like I got the chills or something. I hate instant coffees taste. Tried many brands and never found one I liked to this date though. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@polachicago (19077)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Bob, I am talking about Instant coffee Substitute I hate instant coffee, but instant coffee substitute taste different.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
What brand or name does this subsitute go by? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@howard96h (11663)
• New York, New York
21 Mar 08
Hahahahaha I love that new coffee mug of yours. I need one of them also. I too drink a lot of coffee and I don't even try to cut back anymore. I do feel jittery when I don't have my intake of coffee. I'll continue with the coffee, I could be doing worse things. LOL
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Go up to my comment in response #1 and check out my new coffee maker as well. It's not new actually but it works well with this new mug. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@howard96h (11663)
• New York, New York
21 Mar 08
Hahahahahahaha
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 08
That's great isn't it? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I am a huge coffee addict. It was so bad at one point that I got migraines if I went to many hours (mins.?) without coffee. I always have a cup of coffee and an ice water within my reach. My doctor suggested that I make my coffee 1/2 decaf and 1/2 regular and gradually wean off. I tried that for a bit but it was costly and didn't taste the same. I gave up the battle. there are worse addictions out there and I've had some of them. I love my coffee. I am healthy otherwise. I am 51 and I have not missed a days work in 20 years and I walk and excercise and I'm not overweight. In fact, I am always shocked by this but I get asked out regularly by guys much much younger than me. NO ONE is going to take my caffiene away. You gave up drinking which was a huge benefit to your health and I'm sure your family life. Unless it is really adversely affecting your health, then I say do the dunkin donuts double brewed iced coffees....they are delicious. I got a travel mug and the refills are cheaper than the small coffees. I also make my own coffee at home...extra strong. Indulge yourself!
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@mbs730 (2152)
• Canada
22 Mar 08
I have never had a coffee addiction but I am a food addict so I understand how it is being an addict in general. And being a food addict is very difficult because you HAVE to eat to survive. But let me tell you, cutting out simple sugars and white flour was awful! But now I don't have a real craving for it.. it did pay in the end but it was awful to go through. I am doing better with my addiction overall and have lost weight. But its still a daily struggle for me and I have to work on portion sizes.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Any addiction is not a good thing for someone. I know this firsthand as I have conquered a few addictions. Now the caffiene ans nicotine addictions need to be tackled soon at my end. When I found out I had very high cholesterol I had to cut down on so many foods that I love. I still eat them as I have meds to control my level, but I do not eat as many as before. It's hard to give up my baked goods like pies, donuts, cakes, etc. Thanks for your response as well. I appreciate it greatly. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@mbs730 (2152)
• Canada
23 Mar 08
Yes any addiction is bad, and I can imagine trying to quit the caffeine addiction would be tough. Funny thing is, the more I read into why I want to eat, the less I want to eat but I still have a bad habit. I mean I am not hitting the drive thrus anymore but my portions need some adjustments still and still a member of the clean plate club.
• United States
21 Mar 08
Well when i try to cut back on caffiene, nothing happens to me. i could completly stop drinking cafiene all together.as long as i have a carbonated bevrage. as to coffee. i am not a long time drinker. i just started drinking coffee withen the last year. and i drink 1 oe 2 cups a day.. here in the l;ast 4 days. probally about 3 cups a day only cause im sick and my thoat hurts and its warm and tasty. so. Now i wouldnt really say the coffee drnking is much a of a problme. BUT the alochol:( I hope you can cut back on that. that can cause u serious health issues. ive herd the shakes and stuff with alocohol. and ive herd cutting it out or down doesnt really work without bring somewere were u cannot by alocohole for yourself. or dont have acesses to it at all. Good luck to you. and all your struggles:) xoxoxoxo britt. I love the coffee mug lol:P
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I believe you're on my friends list? If so I don't think I have seen you araound for sometime now? Anyhow, if I feel sick with a sore throat etc I make me a cup of tea to soothe it and soothe myself as well. I have been sober for nearly 17 years actually. April 6th 1991 is my sober birthday. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Phfill (18)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Ah, I know how you feel. My dad is trying to quit coffee but has been unsuccessful. He has been getting better and better though. I think all you have to do is keep trying. Sooner or later, it should work. Also, have you tried having other people help you i.e. a sibling or girlfriend/wife?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 08
My wife has tried and shwe also gets the terrible headaches. Someday I'll cut back. Just not today. (sipping my coffee) HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I probably drink a pot of coffee or so a day. Caffine does not affect me. They thought that was the reasons for my ADD symptoms, but no it wasn't. I just like the taste of coffee. I can drink decaffinated coffee or caffine free pop. I always thought it was so weird that caffine does not affect me. I can drink coffee and then go to bed, with no effect at all.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I have tried caffiene free pops and coffee and just don't ;like the taste. Someday I may accquire the taste for them. But niot today anyhow. My wife thinks it's wierd as well that I can drink a pot of coffee after midnight then just lie down and fall asleep. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@lavmadog (75)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
Anything that is taken in excess is always bad. So u have the migraine,then take analgesics. Years ago, i thought, I'll never kick the habit of smoking but what do you know, i did it just 2 weeks ago. Whenever I attempted to cut down on my bad habit, i always got cold sores in my oral cavity. These were too painful which made me go back again and again. Last March 7, 8 and 9, I attended a Solo Parent Retreat at the Covenant and i took this as an opportunity to stop the vice once and for all. Of course, I prayed hard that God help me with my resolution not to smoke again. And yessssssssss, i did forgot all about smoking the whole time that i was inside the retreat house. I did it, you can too! Kick it, Man! lol.
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@jeanniemay (1803)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
Hi grandpa, it's good that you are aware you have to cut back. I am not that coffee addict, I drink coffee and I can't sleep for a day or two. That is how caffeine affects me, my heart pumps so fast so I am not good at taking coffee. Well, have you tried taking choco drinks, no sugar, instead of coffee? I don't know if that would be healthier or better.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
My heart at times races from too much coffee as well but not always. I could try replacing it with chocoaltes but that won't cure the addiction to the caffiene really would it? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
I am not sure grandpa. Maybe it will help you eliminate intake of it. Have you tried just plain hot water or warm water?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Ewww just hot water? No thanks HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Britelite (149)
• Singapore
22 Mar 08
Hi Webseishere, 5 pots a day sounds like a serious overdose. According to a study, every cup of coffee you drink, you'll end up losing 2 cups of water. You may find yourself really dehydrated as a result. May I suggest replacing half of that 5 pots with just plain water as a start and gradually reduce it to 1-2 cups a day? As you drink more water, it will help to detox your body and that cold-turkey effect will gradually reduce. Another long-term side effect is that too much coffee actually weakens our bones. So it is crucial to get your calcium supplement, preferably one that has vitamin D, so one can start to combat against osteoporosis.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
HiYa brite. Please call me Grandpa Bob. That's what I go by here all the time. I am seriously trying to cut back. I've only had a few cups today even though I am dying for a HUGE mug full each passing hour. I drink a gallon of water daily as it is. tHANKS FOR THE RESPOPNSE AND SUGGESTION(S) AS WELL. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• Canada
22 Mar 08
Ha ha.. your coffee mug applies the "nano technology" to cut down the coffee intakes.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Go look at response number one as well. I also have a "nano" coffe maker. It's awesome. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Are you serious...5 pots a day??? OMG, Hubby drinks 1, maybe 2 pots a day and I thought that was alot. You must drink it one cup after another. I'd hazard a guess that the reason you get the headaches and shakes is b/c your body is used to getting the caffeine and when you take it away it goes into withdrawl like symptoms. I wish you luck on cutting back though. BTW, love your coffee cup LOL !!HAPPY EASTER!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
That's 5 pots on an off day. Did you notice that this discussion was the top rated discussion for Friday? I was stunned to see this mentioned in my activity sortie. Proud yet surprised. Wooo Hoooo me! Thanks bunches also. I've had just 3 cups so far today and it's killing me. My gut is bloated from too much water now. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Try mixing you coffee with decaf. If you use 10 scoops in a pot, start for a week using 9 scoops of caf and 1 scoop decaf. The next week cut it down to 8 scoops caf and 2 scoops decaf. Every week decrease it by a little bit and hopefully your body will adjust to the lowered caffeine levels without the headaches or shakes. I drink a lot of coffee...but if I skip a day I am fine.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Mar 08
WOW! The activity sortie states that this discussion was the highest rated discussion for FRIDAY. Wooo Hooo! I'm famous now? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~