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Posted: 3/9/2010 9:41:43 AM EDT
I'm just curious to what the general consensus on ARFCOM is regarding caffeine intake. Some people say they need it every day to keep going others never take it at all.

Where do you stand?
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:47:20 AM EDT
I de-caffeinated last summer. I sleep better. I don't have to take Nexium any more. My hair has grown in thicker (on my head; really). Lots of other little health issues dissappeared. I can live without it.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:47:21 AM EDT
I used to drink a pot of coffee for breakfast, then keep going all day (with more pots)

I've had zero or near zero caffeine intake for the past few years though. the transition sucked for me... I imagine it was even worse for those around me. (180/110 BP - stopped so my head would not explode - no choice)
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:47:28 AM EDT
A cup or two in the morning to wake up. If I don't have it there's a minor morning headache & limited crankyness for a few days.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:48:47 AM EDT
I have a coffee IV drip I use all day and night.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:49:49 AM EDT
I like having my daily Rockstar. I don't need it and can function fine with water/milk, but it's tasty and definitely helps me focus at work a bit better, as well as power through my workouts.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:50:22 AM EDT
I quit using caffeine about a year ago. So I do just fine without it.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:51:02 AM EDT
I don't like caffeine, it makes me feel crappy, especially on an empty stomach.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:51:37 AM EDT
I have to drink my iced tea in the afternoon to get going.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:52:19 AM EDT
In the cold winter months it is vital to my survival … I typically give it up for most of the Summer believe it or not. I'm not even sure how, it seems so vital to basic life function at the moment. Seems once I'm waking up and the bedroom is 75-80 degrees I just don't need the caffeine anymore. Might have an iced coffee on a hot afternoon as a tret, but that's only once, maybe twice a week.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:52:34 AM EDT
critical
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:53:07 AM EDT
I like coffee, but it's not a necessity.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:53:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Kevin993:
I'm just curious to what the general consensus on ARFCOM is regarding caffeine intake. Some people say they need it every day to keep going others never take it at all.

Where do you stand?

I thought I needed it, until I quit smoking.

I thought coffee would help to make quitting cigarettes impossible too.



Turns out, I don't need anything.

Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:53:50 AM EDT
My caffeine is black tea, so it's a pretty healthy intake of caffeine.

I seem to be moving into the "one cup of coffee a day" thing lately though.

When I get up in the AM I make a cup of tea, sit on my ass for about 20 minutes sipping the tea and pondering the day.

Green tea,peppered kippered beef sticks and blueberry PopTarts are my favorite hunting snacks. Coffee and hot chocolate make me piss too much.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:53:57 AM EDT
I can either drink my Coke, or I can get migraine-level headaches.

-Mark
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:54:33 AM EDT
Haha how many "I NEED IT DAILY!" caffiene users accuse anybody of partaking in MJ now and then to be addicted pot heads? lol
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:55:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By oulufinn:
A cup or two in the morning to wake up. If I don't have it there's a minor morning headache & limited crankyness for a few days.


This. And a Coke (the liquid kind) or two during the day.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:56:10 AM EDT
I have coffee every morning. I have about half a pot.

Just in the morn though, I dont drink it all day.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:56:13 AM EDT
Hardcore user from 6Am-noon at work. I'm more of a social user at home.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:56:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2010 9:58:06 AM EDT by N2CH_556]
I get addicted to caffeine easy and will get headaches, etc if I don't have it. So, I avoid it, or at least avoid making a habit of it.

Free coffee at work Keurig machines... But I have never used it. I only drink coffee socially, once in a blue moon.

I will, however, grab some of this (see below) if I know I've got a big project or presentation I have to hammer on for 12-24 hours straight. Helps with energy, focus:



But that's really only every few weeks/months. Not every day or every week.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:57:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2010 9:58:40 AM EDT by Dan0076]
Originally Posted By MVolkJ:
I can either drink my Coke, or I can get migraine-level headaches.

-Mark


This. It's not that I can't function. It's just I'll get a major headache. I'm not as bad as I used to be. I used to drink Dr. Peppers like water. During that time if I hadn't had a Dr. by 10am...pounding headache. I've since weened myself from caffeine (mostly) and only drink one Dr. a day in the morning (I don't drink coffee). Now if I skip it, it's usually the evening till I start getting a slight headache.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:57:49 AM EDT
I use it daily, but don't need it to function.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:57:52 AM EDT
I drink a Rockstar pretty much every morning.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:58:19 AM EDT
No caffeine for me, it raises my heart rate dangerously.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:59:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By COLT45AGGIE:
I drink a Rockstar pretty much every morning.


Punched ftw!
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 9:59:54 AM EDT
Slaves to the hot brown water.

Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:00:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SNorman:
Haha how many "I NEED IT DAILY!" caffiene users accuse anybody of partaking in MJ now and then to be addicted pot heads? lol


Pot is not addicting in the same way as caffeine. caffeine is similar to tobacco in how you get addicted to it. I often think it's harder to kick than tobacco too.

I get a raging headache without pop. I am not a coffee drinker.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:00:54 AM EDT
I did until I got hooked on K2.

Seriously, I drink a pot of coffee every morning, but can't say I "need" the caffeine. I can do fine without it, I just enjoy the taste and drinking it.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:02:13 AM EDT
I never drink tea, coffee, or energy drinks. I walk two miles to work, and one mile to classes. It wakes me up for free!
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:02:13 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tekka:
I have a coffee IV drip I use all day and night.


You can have my Bunn carafe when you pry it from my cold dead fingers.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:02:41 AM EDT
I quit smoking, no change. I cut out most of my soda and coffee use. No change. I'm thinking of taking both of them back up.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:02:56 AM EDT
I have two cups of coffee in the morning at work, and that's my total caffeine intake for the day. Sometimes on the weekends I get up, get to doing things, and forget to have coffee. By lunchtime I'll have a headache, and a dose of acetominophen takes care of it.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:03:56 AM EDT
I start most days off with 2 cups of coffee, and that's generally it for my caffeine intake for the day. Very occasionally I'll have a Pepsi or Mt Dew later, but keep that pretty limited. There are some health benefits from moderate comsumption of coffee and caffeine, especially if you are active or exercise.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:04:36 AM EDT
I gave it up.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:05:38 AM EDT
I have cut back a lot on my caffeine intake.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:07:55 AM EDT
I'm sure Starbucks could make espresso out of my blood.

I am useless to anyone until after that first cup, and if I don't have any I'll get the worst headaches.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:09:44 AM EDT
I want it daily, every day, but have purposely gone without it just to make sure I can if I want to. No big deal.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:10:37 AM EDT
Not every day, but "as needed."
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:12:33 AM EDT
Originally Posted By osprey21:
I gave it up.


Why?

I think the health benefits, when used in moderation, far outweigh the side effects.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:16:09 AM EDT
I drink coffee to make other peoples' lives easier.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:17:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:19:15 AM EDT
I just drink coffee/soda for how it tastes. I've never noticed a caffeine effect. Either it does't affect me, or it's very subtle.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:22:57 AM EDT
I just had the flu, and since I was kept away from coffee, had withdrawal on top of everything else.

One of these days I am going to detox myself, but it isn't going to be pretty.

Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:24:23 AM EDT
It is the only substance known to man that can keep me from mutating into some kind of Thetan warrior. Coffee is essential to the survival of the human race.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:25:20 AM EDT
Life without coffee????


Not just no...but HELL no!!!!!
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:26:19 AM EDT
My parents have given me coffee mugs ever year for my birthday for maybe the past six years. There's your answer.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:27:58 AM EDT
I could survive without it.

The people around me though might not survive.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:28:21 AM EDT
My grandmother started me on coffee when I was 5yrs old.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:29:56 AM EDT
I can drink decaf. It doesn't much matter to me.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:30:22 AM EDT
No coffee, but I go through a couple three 12oz sugarfree Red Bulls a day. My back is thoroughly fucked, so between the vicodin, flexeril and lyrica on top of the sweet ambrosia that is Red Bull, it ends up a wash.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 10:32:48 AM EDT
I kicked my caffeine habit several months ago. Now I eat breakfast and if I feel like coffee I'll drink some, but decaf only.
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