Quitting caffeine is one thing, but you’re probably going to get more benefits from quitting the other stuff.
What other stuff? For me, I was addicted to caffeine because of diet soft drinks. Diet Drinks have all sorts of terrible things in them (most notably aspartame). Dr. Mercola talks about this in depth. Anyone else find it ironic that he has “cola” in his name?
Anyway, the best part of quitting caffeine for me was drinking more water. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel after drinking more water. That’s part of the plan drink less of everything else – drink more water.
Here are some of the items Dr. Mercola lists as long-term effects of aspartame:
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
I don’t know about you – but none of those sound like something I want. What are the side effects of water? I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure there are none (unless you drink MASSIVE amounts).
Coffee isn’t really all that bad for you, either – it’s all the other stuff. Hardly anyone I know drinks straight coffee. They add all of these artificial sweeteners (have you ever read the label on a Coffee-Mate bottle, go do it right now). Or look at a drink you get at your local coffee shop. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in their flavorings? They will be full of chemicals, too. These are the things that are making you gain weight and not feel your best.
I used to love energy drinks. I could have several in one day. I won’t go into all of the bad things in energy drinks, but think about how much caffeine is in one. Caffeine is supposed to keep you awake, right? An you feel tired in the morning, right? Well, I wonder why? It’s because lots of caffeine use can keep you from sleeping your best. Ever since I quit caffeine, I’ve used a couple different sleep tools to measure my sleeping. Guess what – my sleeping improved with no caffeine.
You’ll also have less mood swings and higher energy levels. Don’t believe me? I dare you to quit. If you can’t, I’ll send you a gift card to Starbucks to feed your addiction. That’s how confident I am that quitting caffeine will be one of the best decisions you make.