View Full Version : The best way to decaffinate ...without headaches?
04-26-2007, 11:11 AM
I am new to this raw thing, still learning lots and trying new things and slowly eating more and more raw. I have been about 80% for the last week.
I usually only have 1 cup of instant coffee in the morning. I put either creamer in it or mix it with 'no added sugar' cocoa for my cheap version of a 'mocha'.
I usually have the occasional diet coke, but not every day.
My goal is to give up caffiene completely, but I want to transition smoothly, not cold turkey. I have too much going on to make myself sick and get headaches!
Anyone BTDT? I appreciate any advise.
04-26-2007, 11:36 AM
I assumed I would continue drinking coffee when going raw. I wasn't even trying to give it up. I started by having either fresh fruit or a fruit smoothie in the morning, and a green smoothie at lunch. I simply never felt like having the coffee or tea anymore. That's what did it for me. I haven't had any coffee for over a month now. I have not had any headaches, but I did go through a a 2 to 3 day detox period a couple days after starting this.
Try teeccino (www.teeccino.com). You can wean yourself off of caffeine, they have info on their site: http://www.teeccino.com/quitting.aspx.
04-26-2007, 11:41 AM
I recommend continuing on the path you're on ~
adding more and more raw, not focusing on the caffeine part of your life (or on eliminating ANYthing) too much. After a while, for me, my green tea became totally unnecessary -from all that RAW energy- and it effortlessly fell away!
04-26-2007, 11:53 AM
04-26-2007, 12:17 PM
The above suggestions are great. Stay well hydrated...get plenty of rest.......some light exercise.....and try not to do too much at once (like going 100% raw cold turkey AND quitting caffeine...AND quitting smoking! Ha! ha!....all in the same weekend!) LOL.
-David Z. Mason
04-26-2007, 02:40 PM
Wean yourself by consuming less caffeine. Make your coffee/tea weaker or do half regular, half decaffeinated.
You can also wean by drinking weaker teas. So, if you drink black, try oolong; if you drink oolong, try green; then go to white teas.
If you consume 3 cups of caffeinated beverages a day, make one of them an herbal, then move to two, etc.
For tea, you can also steep the first cup and throw it out; it contains 90% of the caffeine. Then make a second cup out of those leaves and you will get just enough caffeine to avoid the headache, but a dramatically lower actual amount. This is a very old, very effective technique.
If you go off slowly, it's much easier and you avoid the headaches.
Also, if you find the taste lacking in watered-down coffee (if you drink coffee), add some carob powder.
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