Quitting caffeine for me didn’t happen overnight, but I knew it needed to happen, and since many people have asked how I did it, I thought I’d share how I quit caffeine.
When my medical records proved that my adrenal glands have essentially bottomed out, I knew things in my life needed to change. I resisted many of these things, but the thing I probably resisted the most was giving up caffeine via coffee.
Coffee is one of my greatest pleasures in life. I am the girl who will buy a cute coffee mug for inspirational mornings even though we have one too many the way it is. I love the silence in the early morning with nothing but me, my thoughts and that warm cup of coffee. I could always justify “I am certainly not addicted” so that I’d never have to give it up.
How I Quit Caffeine
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I “quit” caffeine on Saturday, March 21, 2015. (Note: “quit” in quotations is because, on this day, I had decaf coffee, which still has a little caffeine.)
I might never forget that day because it was horrendous. My friend Susan was having a garage sale and Ryan was out of town for the weekend, so Samarah and I got up early and headed to Susan’s to hang out. That day, I brought with me to Susan’s one small, organic, fair-trade, decaf coffee. I was used to drinking no less than 2 c. of regular coffee a day, but I still figured I’d be just fine. Wrong. About 10 am I wanted to go straight back to bed. No headaches, but the super fatigue set in. It took everything I had to be present and able for Samarah all day. I even napped when she napped that day (I never do this). I struggled to pull it together after nap time. I couldn’t even eat dinner I was so tired, and subsequently fell asleep when it was her bedtime – 8 pm. The struggle was real.
I was addicted to caffeine via coffee.
The next few days were hard, but not nearly as hard.
The next couple of weeks all the same.
Each day I’d aim to have a little less decaf coffee. I’d replace it with water or tea.
And then I started figuring out how I could cut even decaf out of my life.
I don’t believe in coffee substitutes because for years people told me that Green Tea was an appropriate substitute, and I laughed at them silly. Sorry, but Green Tea will never be a coffee substitute. Green Tea makes a great compliment, but not a substitute. The flavors and rituals are completely different.
That said, I’d always heard that some people use Chicory as a substitute. I began researching it. After telling myself “no way” a zillion times, I decided to buy a pack of Organic Chicory Root Roasted.
Organic Chicory Root Coffee
I brewed my first cup just a couple short weeks ago.
I’ve never looked back.
My cup of Chicory has replaced the cup of coffee. (Click the image below to grab my super simple Chicory Tea “Coffee” recipe.)
How to Enjoy Chicory Tea
Caffeine is not just found in coffee. Caffeine lives everywhere, and it’s sneaky. I don’t do energy drinks or soda or even chocolate. The only caffeine I consume these days are the nil amount in decaf coffee if I’m out-and-about without Chicory and/or the nil amount contained in my Purely Cacao Peanut Butter.
And guess what? I survived! I no longer feel the caffeine-withdrawal fatigue, and have more energy in general. I am not perfect, but quitting caffeine via coffee was probably a huge overnight boost to my adrenal glands.
Will I ever have caffeine via coffee again on a regular basis? Probably, but not until my adrenal glands are functioning like a normal, alive human being.
I am doing everything I can to get well, and I am confident this was a very good decision.
Updated: Now you can completely quit coffee if you want. Here’s what I did.
You will heal. I will help.