6 Weeks Without Caffeine

I have a vivid memory (and if you know me well then you know I don’t remember anything). I’m lying on my parents’ couch. My head is pounding. I’m supposed to go camping with my friends because we’re finally seniors in high school but I can’t sit up without feeling like I might faint. I could hear my mom making dinner. It seemed s o  l o u d.

True story: I wasn’t hungover. I just didn’t drink coffee. That’s what happens to me when I don’t have any caffeine before 4pm. Well, not anymore. I haven’t had coffee since February 8th. I’m starting my 6th week on the candida diet and so I’ve been without caffeine, refined sugar, legumes, grains, alcohol, fruit and dairy the entire time. More on that later.

So what was it like quitting caffeine? I’ll tell you:

February 9th: 

I wake up around 10am (it was a Saturday) and eat eggs and veggies. I feel a little bit of sadness wash over me when I realize I won’t get to drink a cup of coffee or a shot of espresso. I try to work and be productive because I know it’s coming.

By 3pm, I feel the darkness settle. Sounds dramatic but it’s the truth. By 4pm, I can’t move my head without feeling the worst pain. I find a way to lay on the couch watching Making a Murderer where I can still wear my glasses but where the pressure from the pillow presses into my temple. Somehow it helps. A little.

I feel nauseous and fall asleep at 8pm. I wake up at 10pm. Still feel like death. I fall back asleep for the night.

February 10th:

I wake up without a headache. It’s a miracle. I feel skeptical because I heard from others that their headache lasted 4 days. I take it easy (I mean, it is a Sunday) and start experimenting with recipes in case the headache comes back.

Week 1: 

I’m tired, groggy and foggy. Every morning is a struggle but I’m thankful there isn’t a headache. I try peppermint tea or any other herbal blends. It’s just not the same.

Week 2:

More energized. Still drool a little when I smell coffee. I don’t really go anywhere and Adam is sweet and drinks it outside the home (ha!)

Week 3:

Had to tell someone that I don’t drink caffeine or coffee and got the ultimate, “What the hell is wrong with you” look. I used to do that to others. Oh, past me. Oddly, I keep meeting a lot of other people who don’t drink caffeine. It’s like when you meet someone knew and then you see them EVERYWHERE.

Week 4:

Holy crap I feel amazing. I fall asleep quickly. I wake up quickly. My energy stays constant ALL DAY. I will say, however, that I do get 8-10 hours of sleep as of late. I can’t risk being tired without spiking my adrenaline.

Week 5:

Feels totally normal to not drink coffee. Still miss it when I catch a smell but I’ve found a really amazing herbal tea blend that I make myself. I think it rivals a good latte.

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I’m currently in week 6 of this diet. I have 2 more weeks and then I can reintroduce things slowly. For now, I think I may stick with a caffeine-free life. It seems daunting to get re-addicted. I will explore the decaf route (although I know it contains a bit of caffeine). I just can’t decide.

Are any of you caffeine-free? Do you ever cheat? Are any of you limited caffeine consumers? As in, a couple times a week? I’m so curious!

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