I’m going to blog this because it helps me to search and find stories of how others are experiencing this sort of thing. I quit coffee about a year ago by switching to green tea and “Teechino”, I would have an occasional soda/pop and was doing well. I discovered “Pepsi Max”, it made me feel happy, energetic and full of life. I was in love with it and decided that it would be fine to have that every now and then….but it turned into a daily thing, then about 2 liters a day. I was feeling anxious, fatigued, depressed, and very, very hungry. I haven’t had any since July 3 of this year…2010. I replaced it with green tea again, ginseng and “Zip Fizz”. I started with 1 Zip Fizz every other day or so…it has 10 calories so I had to have it with my meals….but then I increased it to 2 a day….and looked forward to it….it has 100 mg of caffeine in it. I started getting the same symptoms….not as severe as with the Pepsi Max or coffee….but enough to realize that it’s a problem….my biggest concern is what it will do to my health in the long run….and the benefits are so short lived….they don’t stick.
Today is day two without any caffeine….I have had ginseng….it’s an adaptogen and from everything that I’ve read, safe and actually beneficial….I have also been drinking a tea called “Treasure Tea”. I bought it at a demonstration quite a few months ago….the herbs are supposed to be energizing and detoxifying….I didn’t notice that before….probably because I was so jacked up with caffeine : )…..but I’m on day 2 and that is usually a do nothing day for fasting or detoxing from caffeine….and I feel pretty good….it’s 7:00 p.m. now and I’m a little tired even though I layed down for about 30 minutes….but I’m fine….in the past I would not have been able to function….that’s pretty scary on it’s own….I just seem to forget that when I get the charge and adrenalin rush from the caffeine : ) It takes 3 – 5 days to get completely out of the system, so I’m on my way….the trick is to stay feeling good later….that’s my venture now….maybe these healing herbs will be the key….we’ll see.
I started a forum on caffeine detox….please join if you have an experience with this. Have a great day!