Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:00 AM
 
Addicted to caffeine? Us too. Whatever your caffeine drug of choice, there's no denying that it's hard to break the habit. Follow these steps to get you going in the right direction when it comes to breaking up with caffeine.

Caffeine can contribute to a host of health problems. For every individual who consumes caffeine with no issue, there's another who experiences adverse effects. It's not easy to quit caffeine, but if you're ready to try, we're here to help.

Consider the reasons to quit

Side effects of consuming caffeine can include restlessness, heartburn, frequent urination, headaches, anxiety and worsening of existing conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Side effects of consuming caffeine can include restlessness, heartburn, frequent urination, headaches, anxiety and worsening of existing conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome. If you have issues such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis or a heart condition, consuming caffeine can make these problems worse. With these complications in mind, get ready to embark on a journey to cut caffeine out of your life. When you're no longer consuming caffeine, take careful note of how you feel and whether or not your existing conditions seem affected by the absence of caffeine in your life. You may be surprised by how good you feel.

Wean yourself off of caffeine

Whether you drink a few diet sodas a day or you have a coffee habit, you need to wean yourself away from the caffeine slowly. Even a gradual process is likely to make you feel unwell for a little while. It's common to experience effects like sleepiness, irritability, headaches and trouble focusing. Try going 50/50 with decaf or coffee alternative on your coffee for 2-3 days. Slowly increasing the amount of decaf until you're not drinking caffeinated coffee anymore. If you drink soda or tea, lower the amount and switch to sodas and teas that do not contain any caffeine. Try to mentally prepare yourself for feeling bad for a few weeks. It's a necessary step in the process.herbal iced tea

Replace caffeinated drinks with healthy substitutions

Part of caffeine consumption is habit. You may crave your morning cup of coffee as much for the ritual as for the effects of caffeine. You may reward yourself with a soda at a specific time of day. To help break the caffeine habit, replace these beverages with healthy alternatives. Try not to switch to high calorie drinks or decaf in the long run. Instead, drink a coffee alternative, herbal tea or herbal iced tea. Drink water with a light flavoring. Limit the decaffeinated soda you drink and avoid drinking lots of juice or sports drinks.

Find alternative sources of energy

Quitting caffeine doesn't mean giving up on energy. There are lots of natural, healthy ways to boost your energy and focus. Try a new fitness routine in the morning before you start your day. The endorphins will carry you through the day and help you sleep better at night. When you are feeling sluggish and unfocused, drink a very cold glass of water. The chill will perk you up. Eat healthy foods that boost your energy and avoid processed sugars that only boost you briefly before crashing your mood and productivity. If you're trying to cut caffeine out completely, be aware that chocolate, some teas and most energy drinks contain caffeine. Read labels carefully.

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Sherri Kuhn January 16, 2013
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I do love my morning coffee...but stop after two cups.

Does that count?