Caffeine ~ how you can get off it too

How I Got Off Caffeine And How You Can Too For Your Wellbeing

The story of how I got off caffeine

Once upon a time, I used to drink my fair share of caffeine, in the form of coffee.  My morning used to start with a good-size bowl of cereal (I’ve got to have my breakfast!) followed swiftly by a cup of caffeinated coffee.

Then, apparently out of the blue, I got the usual symptoms of a water infection (urinary tract infection).  The frequency, the burning, the back ache…

I took myself off to the doctor’s and was very surprised when my sample showed no infection.  Literally a day later, I was in so much pain and feverish that I was on the verge of going to A&E because I couldn’t get a doctor’s appointment.  However, I settled for the walk-in centre and lo and behold, I had an acute UTI.

Questions and answers

“How could that be?”  I asked the nurse.  One day I was clear and the next, I was close to going to A&E.  They suggested that it could be triggered by fizzy drink. “I don’t ‘do’ fizzy drinks,” was my reply.

“Caffeine can irritate the lining of the bladder.”

That was enough for me.  I was prepared to try anything to avoid this pain again and decided to go ‘cold turkey’ on the coffee.

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Decision time

“I don’t drink alcohol anymore, I don’t smoke, and now I don’t drink coffee; chocolate and candles it is then!” I decided.

Over the next 3 days, I had a headache and I was tired… beyond tired.  I mean way more than the tiredness of having a 1 year old baby.  Way beyond THAT tired…

But by day 4 of no caffeinated drinks, I was feeling like I’d broken through the barrier.  My caffeine craving was easing and I was breaking the habit loop.

Because it’s a bit of a ‘chicken and egg’ situation isn’t it?  It’s a habit and mild form of addiction that you crave.

Fast forward to present day and I haven’t had a caffeinated drink since the day I felt pain from that UTI.

I’m not suggesting the UTI was caused by caffeine irritation alone but from that day on I never wanted to experience such pain again.

Ride the storm

Yes, there are days I really need a pick-me-up but I just ride through it.

And now I reach for a Redbush (Roobois) Tea or a herbal tea.  Or simply a hot water instead.

I see people, especially young people, gulping down the energy drinks and my heart palpitates for them!  Do they seriously know or understand what that stuff does and how strong it is??  Clearly not.  Anyhow, that could well be another blogpost…

One reason for telling my non-caffeine story is to demonstrate willpower.

When I experienced pain like I did that day, I was prepared to avoid that level of pain at all costs.

Breaking the habit loop

Yes, I love chocolate and yes, that contains caffeine (and of course sugar) which has the same effect, but I don’t rely on chocolate in the morning.  Chocolate is not part of a daily habit loop.  And it’s not *quite* an addiction!

I do love the taste of coffee though and regularly need the comfort of a hot drink with a bitter taste… so I have de-caff coffee.

The purpose of this post is not to say ‘go me’ (well, maybe a little bit!) but to say that if you really put your mind to something, you can do it. You can break a habit, you can change a thought pattern.  You can break through barriers to achieve something.  You need grit, determination and your ‘why’!

I’ve recently started to drink Thyme tea and you can read the review soon.  (Opt-in below or in my sidebar to make sure you don’t miss that one!)

Have you got off caffeine?  How did you do it?  Have you got big plans to get off caffeine? I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  
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My # Word of the Week is…

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So it’s Word of the Week time and what a week!  Just when I thought it was safe to say “be gone ye lurgy, good riddance!” it came back with a vengeance and it got our little bear 🙁  She was so disappointed when we told her that she couldn’t go to school on the second day of her sickness because she was still poorly.  “But Mummy, I’m not sick anymore!” she implored.  Poor little bear didn’t understand.  As horrible as the lurgy was, it was actually quite nice to cosy up on the sofa with her.  I’m not sure if she dozed off but I know that I did at one point… during the 1st 14th sitting of ‘Black Beauty’!

All was not lost because as she recovered, we made paper chains together for the Christmas tree.  She decided that Father Christmas would like to see her tree when he delivered her presents, so we had a good couple of hours of just chilling out and making 🙂  We’re very grateful that it was this week and not last, when we saw her in her first Christmas Production.  Phew, that was close…

Poorly little bear and an extremely sleep deprived and caffeine-fuelled Mummy Bear aside (I very rarely have caffeine these days so you know it was bad!), the week was very quick and productive.  After an average of maybe 4 hours sleep for a couple of nights (I could never do newborn days again!), followed by a solid, deep sleep and another coffee just to see me through, I find myself on a roll with creating content for this here blog, linking, commenting, sharing… the whole blogging/writing shebang.  This keyboard is tap-tap-tapping away 😉

After a run-down of my goings-on this week, what would you say my #WordoftheWeek is??


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I sometimes feel like a train… chugging along and not stopping for anyone!  Tonight is one of those nights but you know what?  I love it!  Sure, there are some days/nights when I just say ‘whatever’ to the housework and don’t potter around but sit still.  It always feels odd though, like I should be doing something else. 

Maybe the fact that I’m working on my next book (while marketing the first one!) means that I’m not actually tired at the moment.  Just incredibly excited!

I’ve made it through the day without a coffee too!  A couple of years ago I went cold turkey on caffeine (eeek!) due to a very bad water infection which I didn’t want to recur in a hurry.  The doctor suggested cutting out caffeine and fizzy drinks.  So I did.  Just like that.  Without a doubt I do feel tons better when I haven’t had a coffee.  Also the fact that I’ve slept much better the last couple of nights helps to stop me feeling zapped.  Possibly because I’ve been so zonked out from lack of sleep from the heat…

The feeling you get when you’ve achieved something is immense and that’s why I’m working on my next book…  I’m not stopping for anyone J