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Quitting Caffeine Without Feeling Like a Zombie

Not enough people are saying it: but quitting caffeine is probably the single best thing you can do for improving your health and energy.

The negative effects of caffeine on the body include:

– Energy swings or periods of fatigue during the day
– Mood swings or periods of depression
– Headaches
– Gastrointestinal distress, cramping, diarrhea
– Constipation and/or dependence on caffeine for bowel movement
– Tension or stiffness in the neck, shoulders, hands, legs or stomach
– Premenstrual syndrome, menstrual irregularity, camps, sore breasts
– Painful/sensitive lumps in breast
– Insomnia
– Anxiety
– Irritability, including inappropriate fits of anger
– Irregular or rapid heartbeat
– Light-headness/dizziness
– Waking up feeling tired
– Generalized pain (back, stomach, muscles)
– High blood pressure
– Ulcers
– Anemia
– Shortness of breath
– Difficulty in concentration
– Ringing in ears
– Coldness in extremities
– Hand tremor

This list is taken from the highly-researched book “Caffeine Blues“.

But that’s only the beginning!

Once you do realize that caffeine is not good for you, and you try your best to quit caffeine, you then have to face the terrible withdrawal symptoms, which include:

Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms

Headaches
Depression
Profound fatigue
Irritability
Disorientation
Increased muscle tension
Nausea
Vomiting

That’s one of the main reasons why people are afraid of quitting caffeine: those damn withdrawal symptoms.

Here are a few helpful tips for you:

– Don’t go cold-turkey! Allow a period of 2-3 weeks to completely get off caffeine. Use the painless program at: http://www.teeccino.com/quitting.aspx
– Once you have completely quit caffeine, don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t immediately feel better. It will take 4 to 8 weeks AFTER you are completely off caffeine to feel back to your old self. But be prepared for a big change in your health: you will feel a lot better! Just give it enough time.
– Replace caffeine with exercise! Get a natural oxygen boost that way.
– Learn some valuable breathing exercises.
– Improve your diet. Drink more green smoothies. The beneficial elements in greens will help you overcome caffeine addiction.

Raw Vegan Mentor Club

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.