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Anyone give up caffeine?

Still love my morning caffeine....has anyone given it up and had positive results? (ie, awake and alert in the morning?)

Wed. Jul 26, 11:45am

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I havn't had caffeine for almost 2 years. I feel great! At first it was really hard- During the time I was going off caffeine (about 3 weeks total) I had headaches and felt sluggish all the time. But when I had finally broken free from caffeine when I woke up in the moring I actually woke up! Now I am able to sleep better and I feel sharper- I'm more on my game as a result.

What ever you do-- don't stop cold turkey! Caffeine withdrawl symtoms is one of the worse things you can put yourself through-- it's best to reduce the amount you consume gradually over time. I was drinking the equivillant to 11 cups of coffee a day- I started reducing the amount of caffeine by one cup a day. When I was down to 1 cup of coffee I replaced it with black tea for a few days, then green tea for a few days... then I stopped drinking caffeine all together.

Good luck- it's worth it!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 12:29 PM

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I had to give up caffeine for medical reasons, and I feel just fine without it. I was actually able to stop cold turkey, and didn't experience any symptoms. I never had coffee, but my morning routine always included a huge diet pepsi. Now I drink water in the morning, and I feel like it gives me the same kick.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 12:33 PM

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you can replace your morning coffee with an apple for the same pick-me-up...there was actually a study done to support this idea, but i know not when...

also, to the OP-you can do a search for this topic and find many responses from the past...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 12:37 PM

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Yes, Dr. Perricone's diet - Switch to Green Tea and lose 6 lbs.

Dr. Perricone notes that coffee -- causes the body to release cortisol and hold onto fat. By switching to green tea, he claims and several have demonstrated, that you can lose 6 lbs in 8 weeks just switching from coffee to green tea

Sunday, July 30, 2006, 4:35 PM

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dr. perricone

OMG, where to i sign up! i've been interested in his theories but too lazy to read the books... i've been slowly weening off coffee for my complexion and replacing it with - green tea! caff. in the morning and decaf after lunch and dinner... i don't know if i've exactly lost 6 lbs but people have been complimenting my skin!

Sunday, July 30, 2006, 10:32 PM

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do you give up all caffeine, or just in drinks? what i'm getting at is do i have to give up chocolate? i can give up coffee and soda. but chocolate????

Sunday, July 30, 2006, 10:49 PM

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Coffee requires body to emit cortisol which holds fat -- It's NOT the caffeine!

It's NOT the caffeine! Coffee requires the body to emit cortisol which holds onto fat.

The caffeine in Green tea and chocolate is DIFFERENT!

Don't lump everything together ...

Dr. Perricone:

Prescription for Aging Beautifully

Dr. Nicholas Perricone shares his secrets for healthier skin, and a mind and body makeover to boot!

Secrets to an Age-Defying Diet
Inflammation is at the basis of age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, auto immune disease, and wrinkled, sagging skin. The wrong foods—such as sugar, processed foods, pasta, breads, pastry and baked goods—can increase levels of the pro-inflammatory peptides.

Sugar is the number one enemy. It causes inflammation that destroys our bodies and attaches to collagen, which results in stiff, inflexible, sagging skin. Controlling our blood sugar level and insulin levels will improve our health and give us beautiful, youthful skin.
The anti-inflammatory diet consists of high quality protein, like that found in fish, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, and adequate amounts of good fat, like that found in salmon, flax, nuts, seeds and olive oil.
Our skin is a perfect reflection of our internal health and when our skin visibly improves from this anti-inflammatory lifestyle, we automatically reduce our risk of age-related disease and body weight normalizes.
Eating hot peppers can relieve various types of headaches, such as cluster headaches, migraines and sinus headaches.
Essential fatty acids are necessary for elevated mood, beautiful skin, healthy immune system, increased mental clarity and normalizing weight (you need to eat fat to burn fat).
Coffee (and it's not the caffeine) can result in elevated levels of cortisol and insulin, leading to weight gain. Remember, elevated insulin puts a lock on body fat. If you substitute green tea for coffee, and do nothing else differently, you will lose 10 pounds in six weeks.
We must drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to maintain health and beautiful skin, as all biochemical reactions in the body take place in the presence of water.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 8:39 AM

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More info @ Dr. Perricone

Nicholas Perricone is a dermatologist who has written several books, primarily on the subjects of weightloss and maintaining the appearance of youth. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and he has appeared in a few special programs on PBS. He also sells his own line of skincare products.

Dr. Perricone presents himself as a radical in the dermatological community, repeatedly encouraging his audience to challenge the status quo. He compares his work relating diet to skincare with Ignaz Semmelweis's work on handwashing and the spread of disease in the 1800s.

Dr. Perricone has written five books. These all take a similar "three-tiered" approach to different skin problems. The three tiers are diet, supplements, and topicals. The books share some general recommendations, but each contains unique material.
The Wrinkle Cure

Dr. Perricone's first book, The Wrinkle Cure, published in 2001, suggests a diet and products that can allegedly slow, or even reverse, the visible aging process. Some of his most notable recommendations are a diet high in salmon (primarily for its omega-3 fatty acids), supplementation of alpha lipoic acid, and topical application of vitamin C ester and DMAE.
The Perricone Prescription

Published in 2002, The Perricone Prescription, recommends a "rejuvenating" program of diet, exercise, and skincare that is intended to not only improve one's appearance, but also to increase energy and reduce the risk of several major health problems, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Many of the recommendations, such as a diet high in fish, are repeated from The Wrinkle Cure. The book became a #1 New York Times bestseller.
The Acne Prescription

Published in 2003, The Acne Prescription is a follow-up to The Perricone Prescription targeted at those who are suffering from acne, especially (though not exclusively) those who have older, drier skin that does not respond well to treatments intended for oily adolescent skin. The book is particularly notable for attacking the widely held opinion in the dermatological community that there is, with few exceptions, no correlation between diet and acne. (High intake of iodine is an acknowledged exception.) Dr. Perricone claims that foods do have anti-inflammatory (and therefore anti-acne) and pro-inflammatory effects; which foods fall into which category is somewhat counterintuitive. For example, apples are in the anti-inflammatory food list, while bananas are considered pro-inflammatory. This book's paperback version was released under the title "Clear Skin Prescription" in 2004.
The Perricone Promise

Published in 2004, The Perricone Promise offers a new theory of aging circulating around neuropeptides, and focuses on an extensive diet intended to regulate them. He claims that the diet can be helpful in simultaneously losing weight and smoothing wrinkles, as well as improving one's mood and decelerating aging. New topical recommendations are also included, the primary one being a neuropeptide-based serum exclusively sold by Perricone's company that currently costs $570 per bottle (a 3-month supply), far more than any of Perricone's other products.
The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet

Published in 2005, The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet describes how a variation of the face-lift diet introduced in previous books can also be helpful in losing weight without losing body tone. New supplement regimens are introduced along with an updated version of the salmon-rich Perricone diet, as well as several new recipes.
Product line

Dr. Perricone's company, N.V. Perricone, M.D. Ltd., sells relatively high-cost topicals, as well as some dietary supplements. For example, the least expensive moisturizer currently sold by the company costs $50 for a 2 oz. tub. However, Dr. Perricone's customers claim that this cost is justified due to the concentrations of active ingredients such as alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C ester, and DMAE, all of which are strongly recommended by Dr. Perricone in his books. These products are sold at a select few cosmetics stores, most notably Sephora.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Perricone's company grossed $11.9 million in 2001 and $42.4 million in 2002.

Dr. Perricone's critics accuse him of making outlandish, unrealistic promises in order to sell books and products. His claims, they say, are backed by very little scientific research, and any research he has done himself has never been published in medical journals, where it would be subject to scrupulous review.

Dr. Perricone's recommended diet has come under particular scrutiny. Although the specifics vary in his books, all of the recommendations focus on the regulation of blood sugar levels. Specifically, he recommends preventing rapid increases in blood sugar by eating only foods with a low glycemic index. This eliminates most breads and fruit juices, both of which are strongly recommended for consumption by mainstream diet organizations such as the USDA, which makes grains (including bread and cereal) the base of their food pyramid. Perricone's diet is similar to those touted by books such as The Glucose Revolution, and mainstream diets recommended for diabetics.

In his defense, Dr. Perricone accuses the dermatological community of conformity, of ignoring common-sense wisdom, and of closing their minds to minority voices. His books are filled with spirited rebelliousness. For example, in The Acne Prescription, Dr. Perricone cites Bertrand Russell's famous line: "Even when all the experts agree, they may well be mistaken."
External links

* Dr. Perricone's official website
* An informational site about The Perricone Promise Includes a Forum and Video Clips of Dr. Perricone
* 3-Day Face-Lift Diet at Dr. Perricone's official website
* Perricone Prescription Book Review
* Dr. Perricone Timeline of his life
* Perricone on Oprah Video, transcript and highlights.


Monday, July 31, 2006, 8:40 AM

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"This eliminates most breads and fruit juices, both of which are strongly recommended for consumption by mainstream diet organizations such as the USDA, which makes grains (including bread and cereal) the base of their food pyramid" Ah, but the USDA is a puppet for agribusiness. It's useless and untrustworthy. It can be bought easier than a three dollar hooker.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 12:56 PM

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At the last scientific conference I went to for my work, I saw some research presented which was regarding the quality of skin after 1 month of following the perricone diet. I have to say, the data looked very good that the diet does improve wrinkles and tone.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 2:00 PM

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This makes sense. Seems similar to some of the ideas in the Fat Smash Diet- no?

Saturday, November 11, 2006, 7:12 PM

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I am on day 3 of no coffee. Doing the green tea thing. I feel a little calmer not drinking coffee. I feel better. This is the second or third time I have done this. I keep going back to coffee because I love it. But I like trying different things, at least so I have the knowledge of how different things effect my system.

Friday, February 16, 2007, 9:49 AM

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I too love coffee. I repeatedly try to give it up and to replace my morning fix with green tea. I think I need coffee to get me through these last couple weeks of winter. After then, I will attempt the green tea detox. One thing I will start doing is measuring the amount of coffee so that I don't exceed two cups!

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