Cutting down on caffeine

21 Oct

I used to read people blog posts with the same title and roll my eyes. The fact of the matter is I’m deathly scared of cutting coffee out of my life. I love it. But upon recommendation of a book I am reading, and trying to deal with some symptoms I am having, I am trying to wean myself to one cup of coffee a day.


It’s really no big deal…..I usually only drink 3-4 cups so cutting down to one should be a piece of cake right? Right?!?!?! Plus I really think I am more mentally addicted than physically. I just love the taste and the smell. So decaf would probably be good for me.

Today was day 1. Here’s what I noticed:

*Woke up at 5:30 am, did my workout. Everything normal because I don’t usually have my coffee until after breakfast.

*Ate breakfast with lemon water. Found myself unusually hungry.

*Had my one cup of coffee on the way to work.

*Got to work- sort of sluggish. Kids kept me on my toes.

*Planning period: VERY HARD to get work done. Found myself fiddling with my phone way too much.

*Lunch period: more hungry than usual.

*Afterschool: Exhaustion setting in.


Now it’s almost dinner time as I type this. I feel relatively normal, just a little more tired than usual. And hungry. I suspect this is because I usually use coffee to distract myself from eating.

I hope that I can stick with it. Try to ask me about it on my blog so I can be held accountable!!!

Have you ever tried to cut coffee out?


12 Responses to “Cutting down on caffeine”

  1. Kayla Hoffman October 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    You and me both! I typically only have 1 cup in the morning and it is ENTIRELY mental because I drank decaf while pregnant and had the same cravings for it. There is just something about a warm cup and the smell! It literally calms me right down. Wait…isn’t that the opposite of it’s intentions?

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes October 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Me too it’s like the comfort of it and the smell. However after two days I would say I guess I am more physically addicted than I thought.

  2. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome October 22, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    Good luck! Cutting out caffeine is no fun! I don’t drink much but have tried to cut it out completely a few times and it’s not fun. I’ve cut back though and all those symptoms go away!

  3. The Cookie ChRUNicles October 22, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    Some days I drink more cups than others. I have been drinking more tea which sort of fills in for the warm mug in the hand. Have you tried that yet?

  4. di @ life of di. October 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I tried to cut coffee out after my honeymoon last summer and lasted three days. I never realized how addicted I was until that point. Nowadays, the amount I drink will vary. Some days it’s only a cup or so and other days I’ll drink an entire pot. I’m not sure how I’ll ever last during a pregnancy; I can’t imagine going a day without it! AH!

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes October 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      Me too! OMG today was similar…just feeling so overwhelmed and sluggish again. Like I said I cut from around 4 cups to one cup! I never noticed how much it affected me! See how long I last…

  5. Alisha's Appetite October 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    Awwww man that would be hard!! What if you tried replacing all of the coffee you used to drink with hot green tea? It’s just a teeny bit of caffeine and might keep you as full as coffee used to?

  6. Amie October 24, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    Omg I did try to cut out coffee once before and I had the worst headaches ever. What kind of symptoms were you having? Good luck and I hope it gets easier 🙂

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes October 24, 2013 at 7:09 am #

      It’s been okay this week. I am cutting it out to try and balance my hormones…it was a recommendation of a book I am reading called The Hormone Cure.

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