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May 10, 2019 10:12:16

No Coffee

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Basile Samel

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It's part of the programmer cliché to love coffee. I do too, I crave for its stimulating effects. I drink between one and three cups of Americano every day - a double espresso with a lot of water and some brown sugar.

But today is not one of these days, I'm progressively reducing my caffeine intake to zero. The reason is quite simple: I want to get back in a biphasic sleep pattern.

It might appear paradoxical to cut down on caffeine because tea and coffee boost your metabolism to reduce fatigue. However, they're also disrupting your circadian cycle, by definition. Since my new sleep pattern relies on a nap during the afternoon, I can't afford to consume any form of caffeine.

I don't need to rely on caffeine to increase my energy levels, I can get the same effect through more natural means: exercise, meditation, diet, and quality sleep.

Removing my coffee intake is also removing most of my refined sugar intake, which is obviously a good thing for my health.

For now, I'm switching from coffee to green tea to reduce the withdrawal symptoms, and in two weeks I will completely stop my daily caffeine consumption.

It didn't start well yesterday. I woke up, made myself some tea, and drank it directly without having eaten beforehand. The tea was so strong I almost threw up, way to go! I'm looking forward to the headaches.

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    @basilesamel Hi! I like your post. I am a tea person, tea is part of my morning ritual. I like Japanese green tea, matcha and Yerba mate tea.
    You can drink tea with some cookie, don't forget to eat something before drinking tea. I hope you will have a amazing experience with tea :)

    henthany avatar henthany | May 17, 2019 05:01:05
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      @henthany I do enjoy tea. Never tried Yerba though, thank you for the suggestion! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 17, 2019 08:44:00
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    @basilesamel I used to drink coffee daily up until a couple of years ago when I switched to either lemon water (hot water with a slice of lemon and honey) or herbal tea. I never felt like the caffeine in coffee really had any noticeable effect on me and I drank it more out of habit. I do still occasionally have a cup and I've been drinking it black most of may adult life as this is my preference. I always say no sugar or cream for me because I'm trying to maintain my cheetah-like form ;-). As with everything, I believe moderation is the best approach. Good luck with your decofeeing.

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 10, 2019 10:58:35
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      @Rawhead I'm not used to adding honey to my drinks but it's a great alternative! Thanks for reminding me. What's your kind of herbal tea?

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 10, 2019 17:19:05
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      @basilesamel My tastes vary with my mood, but I like Chai, Rooibos, Peppermint and Maple (cuz I'm Canadian, eh) teas. Highly recommend the honey if you can swing it. I'm fortunate my wife work's with a honey farmer so I get flavour variety (blueberry, cinnamon among other) there too.

      Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 10, 2019 12:41:55
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      @Rawhead Nice! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 10, 2019 23:16:21
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    @basilesamel - You are just hard core aren't you. I am with you when it comes to reducing coffee but tea - no way. I love tea. Well you can have herbal teas without the caffeine so you are not completely without any hot drinks. Here are some spieces I use in my tea - zero caffeine and it tastes heavenly.

    1) Cloves - Also very good for health
    2) Cardamon - Also very good for health
    3) Cinnamon - Also very good for health
    4) Thyme
    5) Few drops of citric juice - lime/orange

    You can look into spices in chai tea to make it yourself without actual tea in it. Mix it with milk and voila.

    Keni avatar Keni | May 10, 2019 10:27:23
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      @keni ho yeah I do drink hot drinks though! Mainly Rooibos with spices! I love it :) Thanks for the tips, I will try them!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 10, 2019 16:54:33
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      @basilesamel @keni +1 vote for coffee here especially Bulletproof!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 10, 2019 10:59:27
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    @basilesamel wow so you're finally doing it. Good luck! Let us know your coping methods, so that we can try too hah

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 10, 2019 20:21:54
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      @jasonleow right now I'm just drinking a lot of water and breathing some fresh air :P The headache is annoying but not too strong.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 10, 2019 14:30:55
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    @basilesamel I remember giving up tea and coffee once. In the office where I worked, there was a free hot drinks vending machine and working in a team of 15 people, there were frequent trips for drinks throughout the day.
    When I stopped, I went cold turkey and for days I felt like I had really bad flu. I think reducing my sugar intake too also had an impact but I was shocked how crappy I felt.
    I can't give it up now - it's too yummy :D

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 10, 2019 10:13:02
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      @twizzle Yes, it's a drug :P But it feels good when your mind is not in a constant need for distraction because of caffeine!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 10, 2019 11:41:33
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    @basilesamel hehe, I've also reduced caffeine to one cup with my breakfast in the morning, and none after. Since I got used to drinking it without sugar, the nutritionist I visited said it was fine.
    I'm no expert, but I think that maybe most people suffer from the withdrawal because they associate it with a forbidden fruit? Well, wish you luck :)

    Sara Silva avatar Sara Silva | May 10, 2019 05:08:09
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      @sarasilva I can't stand black coffee, which means I must not like coffee in the first place. What thought process did you go through to decide to drink it this way?

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 10, 2019 11:44:00
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      @basilesamel It might have been an influence from others. At first, was my mom and family who would always "only use half" or "a little", then my bf who got used to drinking it black with his father, and I with him. But at first, I think I was drinking it with something sweet on the side, like a desert or if none I'd have a chiclet.
      In my company I see people drinking it with a cookie, there are places that give you a chocolate, something sweet but not too sweet to help you get your mind off sugar :P

      Sara Silva avatar Sara Silva | May 10, 2019 05:53:56
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      @sarasilva Haaa I see, so that's the trick! :D Thank you for sharing

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 10, 2019 12:19:32
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      @basilesamel @sarasilva i hated black coffee too, until i recently discovered drip coffee and cold brew. Smooth, light and easy on the palette and less caffeine than espresso. Some cafes even do this thing called nitro cold brew, which adds a delicious layer of foam on top, like beer. It's the only coffee I can drink without sugar. Do you guys have that over where you are?

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 10, 2019 20:24:40
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      @jasonleow coffee connaisseur!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 10, 2019 14:32:02
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      @basilesamel @sarasilva @jasonleow - I had a barista steam a mug of Nitro cold brew once, It was actually delicious.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 13, 2019 00:20:51
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      @jasonleow @brianball is that like milk on top?

      Sara Silva avatar Sara Silva | May 13, 2019 05:32:15
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      @basilesamel @sarasilva steam a mug of nitro cold brew??? 😱Hot on cold? Serious??!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 13, 2019 20:05:56
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      @sarasilva - no, nitro is a cold-brew coffee that is dispensed with pressurized nitrogen gas (nitro) (think of beer on tap)

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 13, 2019 06:04:59
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      @brianball that does sound good :)

      Sara Silva avatar Sara Silva | May 13, 2019 10:11:16
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      @sarasilva - I haven't requested it since because the cost is quite a bit higher than normal coffee if you were to ask them to take cold brew and steam it up.. most would kinda laugh - but then remember they're charging you $5 for the experience, so why not.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 13, 2019 07:20:11
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