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The impetus to quit was one evening when my heart was beating irregularly with atrial fibrillations. It's not serious, but it's weird to feel your heart thump in your chest like that. Despite knowing all along that caffeine isn't good for your heart, I had that false sense of infalliability - I'm young(ish) and healthy, so surely I can "handle" an enjoyable coffee habit? Such was my illusion. The unusual fibrillations were happening 2 or 3 times a day, for a few minutes at a time; they'd be triggered by some physical exertion (like carrying heavy laundry bags up 3 flights of stairs), and would be accompanied by a little bit of dizziness.
I went two days without coffee and all the symptoms stopped.
I've heard of people with coffee addictions having major side-effects and withdrawal when they kick the habit. I had... none. I just stopped drinking coffee and started drinking water instead, and I didn't notice any change in my mood, appetite, sleep, or anything. So perhaps what I had wasn't really an addiction, it was just a persistent choice of beverage.
it's been two weeks, and I've only had two cups of coffee in those two weeks at odd times while out dining, and I don't miss it in my daily routine at all.
my heart was beating irregularly with atrial fibrillations
I've had these all my life. Sometimes I thought I had an alien about to burst out. You must wonder though if it was the actual forfeit of one of Life's Allowable Pleasures or your change in attitude that made them go away. For whatever reason I haven't had one in years.
But it's possible caffiene was your source, everyone's body is different. My wife is sensitive to the slightest changes, from coffee to alcohol, mine is the cast iron mack truck of biosystems. I can take or leave the coffee, no effect either way other than I love the stuff. :-)
I feel MUCH better without all of that extra interference with my system. I used to get withdrawal headaches when I would "miss" my caffeine fix ... not anymore!
I gave up caffeine almost a year ago. I went straight from drinking 3-6 cups of coffee before noon each day to drinking none at all when I changed jobs last year. I abstained for almost six months before I allowed myself to enjoy an after dinner coffee one night while dining out. Nowadays I drink no more than 3 caffiene drinks per week.
I avoid coffee most of the time and drink it only once or twice a week - when tired or when I need to get productivity up.
The impetus to quit was one evening when my heart was beating irregularly with atrial fibrillations.
Magnesium deficiency (which coffee consumption often contributes to) can be a factor in many heart maladies including palpitations. Most of my heart issues topped after I found that out and started eating better.
I successfully gave up coffee. I now drink about a litre or more of diet coke daily. :(
Same here with the only difference I've never drunk coffee so far...but having diet coke all day long seems is my sin instead. I haven't tried to kick the habit but I guess I'll have to ...or at least reduce these terrifying quantities. Caffeine-addiction is obviously not easy to give throw away.
Recently I have taken to leaving one of these sports water bottles on my desk to remind me to drink more water.