I recently decided to start a new experiment with my life and quit caffeine. I have been a regular coffee drinker for over a decade, and my caffeine consumption was exceeding 400 mg per day (sometimes over 500). This is more than what many health organizations recommend. I also don’t think as a healthy person in my twenties, I should be dependent on a substance just to have enough energy to get through the day. So I decided to quit. Cold turkey.
I planned in advance to make sure that I didn’t have anything to do the first 2 days (although day 3 turned out to be the worst), and was well stocked with ibuprofen ahead of time.
Day 1: Relatively easy. No headache until the evening and was only slightly fatigued.
Day 2: Had a more noticeable headache and was fatigued all day. I was also more irritable and was resorted to some recreational eating during the day. I kept my appetite in check by drinking a lot of herbal teas. I saw coffee everywhere. I didn’t physically crave it, I was just very well aware that drinking coffee would make everything feel better.
Day 3: Slept more the night before. I woke up with the headache at its peak and getting out of bed was a struggle. Had to go from 2 ibuprofen to 3. I was exhausted and out of it all day and ended up going to bed at 9:30.
Day 4: Headache was gone and I finally started to feel like a human again. My energy levels weren’t 100%, but I felt functional.
Day 5-7: My energy levels increased each day. They are now where my energy was with caffeine, except I don’t need a drug to keep them up and I don’t deal with the crashes every few hours. I still can’t focus as well as I did with coffee, although I’m hoping that will improve over the next week or so.
My workouts this week were lighter than normal, and I mostly focused on cardio. But I actually felt more of an endorphin rush from my workout than before when I would usually drink a coffee before working out.