• Sami Bakaitis

Why I Went Caffeine-Free For A Month

Yeah, that's right. 30 days, no coffee, no energy drinks and sadly no Pepsi Max. ;(


I'm not going to sugar coat it, it was HARD... that's why I only did a month :)


This week I will go through with you why and how I quit caffeine while working a 9-5 job and still had enough energy to write blogs and do other activities.

 

To begin with, caffeine, whether you know it or not, is a DRUG!


Once you quit after being on it for a while you might get withdrawal symptoms in the first 24-48 hours, and I would personally say, they are harsh.


My symptoms ranged from drowsiness, increased appetite and mood swings, as well as the big one... no energy.


So why would I quit something that would subsequently give me so many negative symptoms you ask?

Because I wanted to see if there were other methods of getting energy throughout my day without the aid of coffee!

 

The risks of drinking too much caffeine


Yes, sadly there are risks when it comes to drinking a nice cup of coffee in the morning. Here are some negative effects that can arise from drinking too much caffeine. More specifically over 400mg of caffeine. (It's usually 95mg for a cup of coffee)


(All information was gathered from reputable sources such as Medical News Today and Healthline)


Depression

Like drinking alcohol, caffeine can actually worsen symptoms of depression and anxiety. Although, it is unclear whether depression causes people to have more caffeine or if caffeine is the one that causes depression. So, if you do feel like you have similar symptoms of depression or anxiety, maybe try reducing your caffeine intake.


Dependency

The worst part is that you can get sort of addicted to it. And once you have too much caffeine in one day you are going to have to continue with the same amount tomorrow, thus leading to a negative spiral that would likely end with restlessness and irritability.


The Shakes

I experienced this once I actually quit caffeine. Other than making me look like an addict, all it did was clearly show me how my body was addicted to caffeine. This was a wake-up call for me and it made me even more motivated to quit caffeine!


Lack of sleep

A big drawback with caffeine is that it negatively affects your sleep cycle. Which is why if you do choose to have coffee or tea, it's best to have it before midday as the caffeine can stay in your system for a long time.


And if you have a poor nights sleep, then don't worry, you can read about getting the perfect night's sleep with my blog post here! :)

-------->https://www.theproductivepilgrim.com/post/how-to-quickly-improve-your-sleeping-schedule


These weren't all the risks, however: here is a short list of some more!

  • high blood pressure

  • headaches

  • nervousness or anxiety

  • dizziness

  • dehydration

  • muscle tremor

 

The benefits


Sorry for scaring you earlier with the all negative effects of caffeine. But don't worry, there are loads of benefits from drinking it too!


Energy

Well, everyone probably knows this one, but it's good to know how effective caffeine can be. Drinking 75mg of caffeine can actually improve attention and alertness by a lot. Which is great if you are revising for an exam or have an important project coming up!


Weight loss Although research hasn't confirmed this in the long run, caffeine may boost weight loss or prevent weight gain. This is because it reduces your appetite and it promotes thermogenesis which is when your body generates more heat when digesting your food. Sports performance Believe it or not, caffeine can actually improve how well perform in physical activities, especially endurance ones like long-distance running! So grab a coffee before a big run! (Just make sure you nip to the toilet first!)

Protection against certain cancers! Studies show that caffeine could protect your body against a variety of cancers. Ranging from head, neck, breast, skin and prostate cancer!

 

So how did I survive?


It's hard to define 'survive', but in terms of energy levels, the first week was hell for me. I was constantly tired and always had the strongest urge to brew a strong black coffee for myself.


But then it subsided, and after that first week it felt like my body reset and I was able to go through my day without having the need for an energy boost with a cup of coffee.


Of course, I did try other methods of getting some energy, such as meditating in the morning or running during the day. Drinking a lot of water was very helpful as well, so whenever I felt drowsy I would just have a glass of ice-cold water to keep me awake.


By the third and fourth week, I realised how other people around me were so dependent on caffeine, whether it's waiting in line at the coffee shop until you are late for work, or grabbing a Lucozade with your meal deal. We have become accustomed to having caffeine daily and perhaps too much of it.


However, at the end of the month, I was glad to say I made it out alive.

 

Conclusion


You don't have to quit caffeine for a month, but it's a good idea to let go of something for a while, so you can really understand how lucky you are to have it.

The coffee beans that are in your cup of coffee have gone through a lot. From the farmers who spent many hours cultivating the beans to the truck drivers on tight schedules. By quitting caffeine I learned to appreciate it more.

I definitely recommend you try this. If caffeine is too difficult why not try quitting something less intense like TV?

This will be my last post of 2020 sadly, I wish I could write more for you, but exams and family time are things that I need to focus on right now. But don't worry! I will be back in the new year with tons of new posts and videos!!!


Thank you for reading and have a productive week!

The Productive Pilgrim

0 comments

Related Posts

See All