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help, I can't stop drinking coffee!

seriously- this is my last vice left. strong coffee with sugar. I have NO control over the substance. And i know it is bad for me. Funny thing is that I have no problem with anything else. Food, alcohol- no problems. But coffee. There is something that causes me to find any justification to drink it.

Tue. Oct 12, 12:32pm

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Well - until you find that thing about it that is the final straw - why would you? If you don't precieve a benefit in quitting or a negative in continuing to drink it, then why exactly would you stop doing something you enjoy?

I quit drinking caffenated drinks earlier this year after a breast exam in which my breasts were 'hard' and tender on the sides. My doctor asked how much caffine I drank and told me should could tell I consumed quite a bit because that's where the body stores the excess amounts that it can't get rid of quickly enough. My co-worker just got diagnosed with breast cancer and I realized if I had a lump there, I'm sure I would not have been able to feel it. Plus I was tired of going to the bathroom every 1/2 hour and barely making it.

Those were my reasons, but until you find your own it will be difficult to change. Good luck!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 2:08 PM

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Coffee Addiction

Two thoughts...

First, have you figured out how many mg a day you're consuming? I think it's a problem over 200 mg/day. If you're over that, maybe taper off to a lower target number gradually. You could start cutting down on the sugar right aways, but it's probably better to start cutting back the actual coffee next time you're on vacation so you're not so derailed by the withdrawal effects.

Second, I have a good friend who was addicted to Pepsi, despite being a vegan and model of health otherwise. She tried hypno-therapy. It took one session, and she had the therapist replace her love of Pepsi for green tea. So now she drinks that all the time. The success of this can vary from person to person, but apparently this kind of issue is ideal for it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 2:53 PM

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I agree with the PP that you should try to cut down on the sugar in your coffee. As for the coffee itself, if you want to stop drinking it you should really do it gradually. If you try to cut it out all at once you could get headaches from the sudden caffeine withdrawl.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 4:49 PM

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I understand!

I too have a severe adiction to coffee that I'm trying to break. My best friend is always on my about how much sugar I put in it and how bad it is for me. Today is my first day without coffee to aid me in my weightloss goal. if you'd like, we can do it together. :]

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 5:40 PM

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There is hope! You can quit coffee. I used to drink about 2 pots a day and I quit about 20 years ago. I cut back slowly then I finally quit when I had a terrible case of the flu. I felt so terrible anyway, I decided why not just quit coffee for good.

I also had some breast problems and the doctor suggested cutting back.

I have to admit this: I love the smell of good coffee. When I shop Whole Foods I sometimes open the coffee bins and get a good whiff. I don't crave it much anymore though.

I also drink good tea. Every once in a while I have to cut back but the draw is not nearly as strong. It also has much less caffeine.

I used to drink Diet Coke a lot too and now I don't drink any soda. Just the occasional seltzer water (mostly in the summer when people are drinking soda.)

So keep the faith!

I agree, a good place to start is to cut back on sugar until you can drink black coffee. It will give you less of a jolt and cut back the roller coaster effect of sugar cravings. Also, it might make coffee less appealing. I sweetened my coffee too and that was a step I took. I didn't like sweetened coffee after I cut the sugar.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7:51 PM

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OP here. Morning 1. Working on a cup of green tea. Mighty leaf organic hojica green. Highly recommend!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 9:39 AM

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when you stop eating broccoli, you don't get a headache. When you quit coffee, you get a headache. Something to think about!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 9:57 PM

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OP here- working on day 2. Cup of green tea again.

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 10:34 AM

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Good going OP!!!!! You WILL do this.


PS. I love Mighty Leaf tea too. Even bought 2 lbs in bulk at Amazon (2 1 lb bags of loose favorite flavors). It really helps to stick with special new brews when you are making the transition.

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 12:02 PM

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OP here- day 3!! This silly thing I am doing with this thread is really helping me. I'm starting to finally understand how toxic coffee is for me.

12:02- thanks for the tip about Mighty Leaf on amazon. It is very expensive the brand I am drinking. Since i am an addict I can justify any expense. But I'd rather not spend 8 bucks on a box of tea!

Friday, October 15, 2010, 9:16 AM

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