Caffeine Intervention 101

by Heather

The faint aroma of coffee alone is enough to awaken my senses, take a load off my shoulders, and put a smile on my face. Put the words “coffee flavored” in front of almost anything, and I’ll devour it.

I simply love coffee & anything coffee related.


My obsessive love of this beverage is definitely not hereditary- my mom almost gags at the thought of the stuff. She’d probably hold her breath if she had to enter Starbucks for a cup of tea.

Well, I’m staying with my mom this week, and therefore I’m coffee-less. It looks like I’ve indulged in one too many 2 o’clock treat receipts & gotten used to the full pot of coffee in my kitchen in the morning. A few days sans coffee and I have the early afternoon faint head throbs & malaise- my body’s subtle way of telling me I’m in coffee withdrawal.


It kind of snuck up on me- I like coffee for the flavor, not necessarily the kick- but being at home & working in coffee shops has upped my intake without me realizing it.

I think it’s time for a caffeine intervention.

coffee grounds

How to cut back on caffeine:

– Mix coffee 1/2 regular & 1/2 decaf (I used to do that til the husband started drinking coffee…)

– Make the 1st cup regular & any other cups decaf

– Drink espresso not drip- (Did you know espresso has less caffeine than regular coffee? Crazy.)

– Watch out for other sources of caffeine: soda, tea, chocolate, Excedrin, etc.

– Drink water! (Helps combat headaches!)

– Do it slowly….oops, think I’ve already skipped this step 😉

(Just FYI 200-300mg/day is usually what’s considered “safe”)


Are you a coffee addict like me? Any tips to add?

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne @ a daily slice August 24, 2010 at 9:34 am
I am so addicted to caffeine. I try to limit it to 1-2 cups of coffee a day. Last year I went off caffeine and stuck to green tea. Maybe I'll give it a whirl again ;)
Matt August 24, 2010 at 9:56 am
Coffee addict here! I only drink it in the morning though or else I can't sleep! I have to have my two cups every morning. Once when I wake up and once when I go to class.
Tina August 24, 2010 at 10:08 am
I do love me some coffee! I try to limit it to 1-2 cups per day though. I've heard that about espresso before but always forget because it just doesn't seem right!
Katie August 24, 2010 at 10:08 am
I cut out Diet Coke three weeks ago, and thought it would be the end of the world. Actually, I think my head is much clearer and I'm so thankful not to crave the stuff anymore.
Theodora @ Losing Weight in the City August 24, 2010 at 10:11 am
I definitely drink it for the kick, not the taste. Though I don't mind the taste :)
Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life August 24, 2010 at 11:00 am
I was a big coffee drinker before I got preggers. Now I can't stomach it!
Dorry August 24, 2010 at 11:09 am
I used to be a coffee addict when I had my office job - at least 2 cups before 10AM. I haven't had coffee in months but it wasn't really an effort to stop - it just sort of happened. I started drinking iced green tea in the morning and still occasionally do...
Karyn August 24, 2010 at 11:15 am
no tips for you as i'm addicted to caffeine too! luckily i can't stand the taste of coffee (love the smell though!) so i like to think that i'm not getting as full a dose of caffeine as i could be haha!
Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 24, 2010 at 11:25 am
Oh addiction is the worst. I've quit a few times for two or three weeks, just to prove that I can do it, but then I'm always back to my old ways after about a week! I worry about this for when I get pregnant in the future, ha! No wine...aghghgh! :-)
Heather August 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm
Is it sad that I got really excited when I found out up to 200mg of caffeine is safe when you're pregnant?! That's like 2 cups a day, woohoo! If I can't have wine, I'll definitely need coffee ;)
Nichole August 24, 2010 at 11:42 am
I love coffee, don't know what I'd do without it. Sorry you're feeling bad. Fantastic tips for cutting back.
Heather August 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm
I don't drink coffee but I am addicted to tea - iced or regular. It doesn't matter. Earlier this summer, I tried to cut back to one "caffinated" a day - I did really well for a while, but sadly, that has started to increase.
Lisa August 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm
I made rules for myself. 1. Only ONE cup of coffee a day. 2. It must be in the morning (before noon). 3. Only Monday through Friday. That helped. :)
kate August 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm
I love the flavor of coffee, but Im far from dependent on it. Have you tried the Attune Coffee Bean flavored chocolate yet?
Heather August 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm
Nope not yet. I'm not a big fan of chocolate but I'm hoping the coffee flavor wins me over ;)
Gregg Shanefelt @grshane August 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm
I am addicted to caffeine and coffee. I get bad headaches when I don't have caffeine, so I just keep drinking it. I use caffeine enhanced food while cycling too.
Julie @ Pickley Pear August 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm
I simply like the taste of coffee - caffeine does not affect me one way or another. I will drink it regular or iced. Good luck this week and have fun with your mom!
Heather August 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm
It's funny, it usually doesn't affect me either! I can drink coffee and go to bed, and I never get jittery. Perhaps it's the actual coffee I'm addicted to.....hahaaa;)
Cynthia (It All Changes) August 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm
I used to hate coffee. Now my doctor wants me to drink just one cup a day. I drink it in the morning to not stay awake all night and now have trouble waking up without it. Such a catch 22.
Theresa @ActiveEggplant August 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm
I tried cutting back from 2 travel mugs a day to only 1 "regular" cup a day. Lasted about 2 weeks. Now I'm right back to 2 travel mugs each morning! The only rule I have for myself now is NO caffeine after 2pm. Otherwise I'm up all night!
Sana August 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm
I am not addicted to coffee at all because it makes me super sick! I do however love starbucks, I just have to make sure I eat something with my drink!
Heather August 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm
It used to make me really sick too- but I drank so much of it anyway that I've gotten used to it. Plus putting milk (or whatever) in it cuts the acid & doesn't hurt as much ;)
Amber from Girl with the Red Hair August 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm
I am a HUGE coffee addict. It got out of control when I was having 5-6 cups throughout my day! YIKES! Now I try to keep it down to 1-3 cups MAX. I still need my coffee fix every morning, though or I get those same headaches, sluggishness in the afternoon. Sometimes drinking non-caffeinated tea helps!
Angela (the diet book junkie) August 24, 2010 at 10:50 pm it's definitely my beverage of choice. not sure how to cut back, i never really tried :) what about French Press, does that have less caffeine than drip?
Heather August 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm
Hmm I think it has more but I might just be thinking that because it has more flavor...

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