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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I saw the sense in this…

blog pic coffee nose

As the warmth envelopes me

From the tips of my fingers,

To my mouth

Nose

And

Forehead…

I get a comforting feeling.

 

This sets me up and energises me.

It’s like a meeting and catch-up with

An old friend.

An anticipated break,

A chance to sit down for 5 minutes.

As we sip our coffee

(de-caf for me his time),

I don’t want the heat from the cuppa or conversation to end.

 

Savouring every delicious mouthful,

The warmth lingers

And I enjoy the familiarity,

My safety net.

The net that I can turn to

Which encourages and

Makes me feel that all is well.

 

I can face anything now…

Thanks to my cuppa!

 

So where did this piece of writing come from?  Well, I follow a blog by Sandra Danby in which she has a feature called ‘Writer’s Block’  This piece came from her blog on coffee.  I love that this piece came from focussing on one of our 5 senses.  I hope you like it…

Thanks for reading.

Picture source:  http://zoeaustin.tumblr.com via Pinterest

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

I saw the sense in this…

blog pic coffee nose

As the warmth envelopes me

From the tips of my fingers,

To my mouth

Nose

And

Forehead…

I get a comforting feeling.

 

This sets me up and energises me.

It’s like a meeting and catch-up with

An old friend.

An anticipated break,

A chance to sit down for 5 minutes.

As we sip our coffee

(de-caf for me his time),

I don’t want the heat from the cuppa or conversation to end.

 

Savouring every delicious mouthful,

The warmth lingers

And I enjoy the familiarity,

My safety net.

The net that I can turn to

Which encourages and

Makes me feel that all is well.

 

I can face anything now…

Thanks to my cuppa!

 

So where did this piece of writing come from?  Well, I follow a blog by Sandra Danby in which she has a feature called ‘Writer’s Block’  This piece came from her blog on coffee.  I love that this piece came from focussing on one of our 5 senses.  I hope you like it…

Thanks for reading.

Picture source:  http://zoeaustin.tumblr.com via Pinterest

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

Old friends = good times :D

So glad I took time out to meet up with an old work colleague and good friend today.  I popped into town with our little bear, took her bucket and spade in case she wanted to go the park sandpit on the way home (talk about being prepared!!), got her some more stickers (current obsession), new colouring book and new ‘princess’ pants (she corrects me everytime I call them knickers!)  Then off we went to one of our old haunt that was, and still is, a good tea stop.  Like I said it was so nice to see Phill, great to talk face to face again.  Our little bear was more than happy with a gingerbread man!  We parted company with the vow that we would meet again very soon.  They have cats, which our bear loves, so a visit to Phill and one of his special strong coffees is on the cards very soon 🙂

 

Was very impressed that I walked into town and back… I felt like I’d had a good, healthy day.  Then hubby popped to the shop on the way home from work and got a nice cake to go with the cream left over from the discounted strawberries we had last night.  Might as well have a blow out now then eh!

Chuggington…

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