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Coffee..... Any tips... help

I want to cut back on coffee to maybe one to two cups a day. I drink about 1 pot to 2 pots a day. I have been trying to cut back slowly but just came right back up. I quit drinking diet soda so any replacements would be appreciated. I kind of like tea and i also drink green tea occasionally but i can't seem to get anywhere.

Sat. Feb 11, 8:03pm

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why?

The first question is WHY do you drink coffee? Do you like the taste or the boost that it gives you? Or do you like the comfort from the warmth that it provides?

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 8:44 PM

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I like both the taste and the boost. The warmth is also great in the winter time. But mostly i like the taste.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 12:44 AM

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The next question is: WHY do you want to stop? Your reason for wanting to stop drinking so much of it is going to have to be the basis for your ability to cut back. If you don't have a really pressing reason or health concern (keeps you awake or aggravates heart burn for example), it may be hard tor you to justify cutting back to yourself.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 12:58 AM

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what about cutting back the caffine in the coffee rather than the number of cups. Try 3/4 caf for a few weeks, then 1/2 caf, etc.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 1:22 AM

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Can you mix in some de-caf with the caffeinated coffee? perhaps that would help to wean you off of the caffeine? I understand that people get wicked headaches when they first try to quit, so weaning yourself off by mixing some de-caf in might help. Although I also understand that the caffeine adds a "zing" to the flavor....

If you like the taste, then moving towards decaf will mean that you can still get the flavor. ...

Watch out for teas though, if you are trying to quit the caffeine. Depending on the kind you drink, some will also have caffeine...

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 2:12 AM

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I've been there... one to two pots a day. I'm down now to maybe 3 cups a day. all in the morning.
I've gone cold turkey before, to clean out and cut back. it works, but those headaches are killers!! I don't recommend it.
What I do now is, first thing in the morning, I drink maybe 2 large glasses of water. then I start fixing my breakfast. then I have a cup of coffee. Then I fix my to go cup which probably holds 12 oz, and get ready for work. It takes me a while to drink that 12 oz, and I'm good for the day. I drinks LOTS of water through the day too. that helps.
I love coffee.... the smell, the taste, the ritual of fixing a pot, the warmth and comfort of sitting down with a hot cup in my hands... If you're used to drinking coffee all day and into the evening, try making your later in the day cups tea or de caf.Cut back SLOWLY! instead of making a full pot in the morning, cut it back a cup or two. do this for a few days, or a wk, then cut it back again by a cup or two. every time you fix a pot, make it a little smaller. cut back on your coffee intake and INCREASE your water intake.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 8:37 AM

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awesome thanks for the awesome tips coffee lover, i am the same way but i prepare the coffee the night before and hit the delay brew so its ready right when i get up. I also take the to go cup with me after i enjoy the first cup in the morning. But i will cut back slowly then increase my water intake. I am aware of the headaches though i cut out red bull completely i used to drink a four pack in an hour in a half every morning. Now i don't drink any

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 10:29 AM

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coffee lover here again...
that's great you cut out the red bull! good for you.
I also get my coffee ready night before. How much do we love our coffee?? LOL
cut back slowly, and you'll be fine. I'm amazed at how drinking water as soon as I make it into the kitchen has helped me cut back. I sometimes don't even finish my to go cup!


Sunday, February 12, 2006, 11:54 AM

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maybe a good idea?

I found that it helped me drink less coffee when I bought a one-cup coffee maker. That way, it's really more trouble to drink more than one 9 or 10 oz. cup at a time, because you have to throw the old pod out, put a new one in, etc. Plus, there are lots of them that you can find cheap on ebay and other places....maybe it's worth a try for you; there's also a really great and cheap website for buying the coffee pods and it evens out to about 25 cents a cup...it's www.coolbeanspods.com They're fantastic!

Link

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 2:49 PM

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How to give up coffee

Steve Pavlina's personal development blog has a great article on the subject.

Good Luck!

Link

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 3:33 PM

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How about weaning? One cup less each day for a week. Do it very slowly though, soon, it will become a habit and you'll be used to drinking less.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 5:35 PM

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Totally different advice from the poster above but I think you should go cold turkey and get a substitute. Trick your mind into thinking that it likes something different. Whenever you think of coffee, go make a cup of tea instead.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 8:42 PM

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Replace some coffee intake with teas such as chai spice or green chai from www.Stash.com. :)

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 10:35 PM

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I would disagree with some other posters: the coffee, not just the caffeine, can be really bad for you. It makes your stomach acid and can cause terrible halitosis.

Can't stand green tea myself, but I love yerba mate (chopped ilex, a South American holly). I would recommend, rather than making mate up like tea, getting a real mate gourd and bombilla as South Americans do, which gives you a very, very concentrated (and very hot) drink that you have to sip slowly.

Monday, February 13, 2006, 11:26 AM

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