Date: 2006-02-10 08:27:00
Tags: caffeine
I've been completely caffeine-free for about the last two weeks. When I started working here in Victoria, I also started waking up at 06:00 on weekdays in order to get a ride downtown with a coworker. I thought I was needing caffeine, so I ended up falling back into an old coke-a-day routine. Get to work, crack open a coke or a root beer or something, and sip on it for most of the morning (as an aside, my usual caffeinated beverage of choice, Mountain Dew, is available in Canada but has no caffeine).

I've switched to ginger ale (no caffeine but still full of sugar) and haven't noticed any ill effects of being decaffeinated. I can still wake up at the crack of dawn, and aside from that day earlier this week where I got no more than about five hours of sleep, haven't felt tired during the day at all.

I read that the US per-capita annual consumption of Coke in servings is 411. A can of Coke is 12 oz, so I'm not sure whether a can is one serving or 1.5 (if they're measuring by 8 oz serving). In any case, that's one heck of a lot of sugar and caffeine.

Years ago I completely eliminated aspartame from my diet; I'm considering doing the same with caffeine. I still enjoy tea, but fortunately there are caffeine-free (or low-caffeine) options such as herbal or white teas.
This stuff is absolutely delicious. Highly recommended. After four months of being caffeine-free I've allowed myself a little bit in the form of green and white teas. Monica and I bought a bunch of the adagio samplers and it's been a lot of fun trying and learning about the various types of tea.

I'm really enjoying the white peach, especially cold.
I'm starting to go that route, but have the occasional lapse in will-power. I thought if I have to be awake at 6 a.m. (when greg gets up) and toss and turn through the night, then something is going to need to change. So far, haven't noticed any significant effects. It's been a week. I don't seem to be yawning so much during the day though.
Come! Join my Carob Cabal!
I forgot about chocolate. Maybe I'm not ready to give that up quite yet. :)
I can't be your friend anymore =(
Someone had to preserve the caffeine parity, and that someone was me.

I started drinking coffee again about two or three weeks ago. Just a big mug before leaving for work at dark-thirty in the morning.

I'd already cut way way back on my Dr Pepper habit, but that was financial. I used to drink two 20-oz bottles a day at work. $1 a bottle, twice a day, five days a week. It adds up.
I'm envious of you, I'm thinking of switching to decaff once I'm off the night shift. Regardless congratulations ;)

Getting off coffee is one of those things I've tossed around since I was 15.... I'm just addicted to the taste I swear!
Greg Hewgill <>