Without Suffering Through Caffeine Withdrawal
Everyone wants fast results. Forget the fact it took us weeks, if not years, to nurture our caffeine addiction. Yet, we all want to press the reset button and start fresh NOW. It’s not a question of willpower.
Our bodies will literally fight back to maintain the caffeine addiction we have trained it to believe is needed. Caffeine withdrawal is the body’s version of a having a temper tantrum to try to get its way:
- Trouble Concentrating
- Flu-Like Symptoms
And, caffeine withdrawal symptoms won’t go away overnight. Most often, caffeine withdrawal symptoms can last from 2-14 days. But, some people report them lasting for months after they went “cold turkey”. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a way to beat caffeine addiction without ever experiencing caffeine withdrawal.
Everyone’s body will handle a caffeine transition differently. That’s why some people won’t ever get caffeine withdrawal symptoms (how lucky!). But others, may feel caffeine withdrawal discomfort for months. Yes, I said months. Some people report that months after going “cold turkey” they still struggle with caffeine withdrawal symptoms. This is most likely because they quit too fast and triggering more severe withdrawal than those that tried to quit more slowly.
But it’s not hopeless. And with the right approach, it can be downright easy.
Stop Caffeine Withdrawal Before It Starts
Approach caffeine reduction like weight loss, where experts will tell you slow and steady will win the day. By reducing caffeine at a low, but consistent level, it will hack caffeine addiction and never trigger caffeine withdrawal. Yes, that’s right. You can actually fool your body into believing that nothing has changed and there is no reason to panic and trigger caffeine withdrawal.
That’s because when you create a state of partial caffeine deprivation, your body realizes it has a consistent supply of caffeine. Nothing here to worry about. It might not be as much as it usually gets but it is consistent and there is nothing to panic about. But, consistently is going to be the key. Too much and you maintain the caffeine addiction. Too little, and you trigger the panic response of caffeine withdrawal. Slow and steady caffeine reduction wins this race.
Hidden Caffeine Triggers
The biggest problem in reducing caffeine is inconsistent caffeine levels. Without consistent levels, you can trigger caffeine addiction or caffeine withdrawal from cup to cup. And what most people don’t know: both decaf and regular coffee have caffeine contents that can vary from cup to cup.
Most people don’t realize that caffeine content can vary depending on the bean or the brew.
- Too much and you are triggering caffeine addiction.
- Too little and you trigger caffeine withdrawal.
- From day to day, you might find yourself dancing back and forth between addiction and withdrawal without making progress to your goal.
Don’t Quit Caffeine Overnight
Whatever you do, never go cold turkey. Quitting caffeine cold turkey has the absolute highest failure rate. Almost half of people that try to go cold turkey will fail on more than one attempt.
Ideally, don’t taper down more than 30% a week. Less would be even better, but this will be a balance between giving your central nervous system time to adjust to the “new normal” of reduced caffeine intake and your brain’s desire to see quick results.
It’s a balancing act that will give you the easiest transition the slower you go, while building subtle new habits that are more likely to stick and create lasting change.
Enjoy The Journey
Most studies will tell you that caffeine withdrawal can officially last from 2-14 days. But while caffeine may have physically left your body, the emotional withdrawal can still be triggered because caffeine also triggers a “feel good” dopamine release which your body may crave as well, trigging the additional symptoms that can last months.
Consuming foods that will help with dopamine production may also help ease your caffeine transition.
Consider incorporating these foods into your diet:
- Diary (Milk, Cheese, Yogurt)
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sesame Seeds
- Unprocessed Meat
- Dark Chocolate
Supplements like L-Theanine will also help.
Plan For Success
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