A Day Without Coffee?

I made a crazy decision on Sunday, I decided that I wanted to try and start my week without caffeine. Meaning, no coffee, no soda, no energy drinks, no anything with caffeine. If you’ve been reading my blog, then you know in my 24 Before 24 post I said that I want to go a week without coffee. Well, apparently that is NOT something I can do cold turkey.

So obviously it didn’t happen because if it did the title would say “A week without coffee!” and not “A day without coffee?”. It did not happen the way that I was hoping/planning. When I woke up on Sunday morning, I decided that I was going to start my week of no coffee. At about 12 pm, I felt a headache coming on. I thought, okay I’ll eat and have a glass of water, thinking that’ll help my minimize my headache.

I knew that I would get a headache, I knew I would end up with withdrawal symptoms, I knew.

So, I ate lunch, drank a glass of water and I was okay. I picked up the apartment, got my mom’s Mother’s Day gift wrapped up and done, and then I left. Simple and easy, but it didn’t last for very long. Once I got to my mom’s I could already feel my headache coming back, but with it was an awful stomach ache that I didn’t really know was going to happen.

At about 2 pm, the headache really started to play a part into my thinking, meaning it was bad. It was bearable and again, I knew I was going to have some sort of a headache, but I never imagine it would get worse. A few hours later, and it got much worse.

At about 4:30 pm, I left to take my brother to work and come home, I get home and within an hour of being home, my head was hurting so badly that I was at a loss of what to do. So I went to sleep. Thinking that sleep would help my headache calm down a little, or maybe even stop it. But of course, that’s not what happened.

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At 7 pm, I woke up and my head was still pounding, I thought “I’ll be okay, I’ll make it through this” but it just keeps getting worse and worse. After this intentional thought, I went and sat on the sofa and spent a good part of 2 hours dozing off and waking up because of how awful my headache was getting. At this point, I won’t lie and say I wasn’t thinking about drinking coffee just to get rid of this awful headache because I was. But I wanted to push through because obviously, I knew this was withdrawal, clear as day!

But towards the end of the awful two hours, it just got to a point where I couldn’t even function. I couldn’t talk, barely could keep my eyes open and the headache was now most defiantly a migraine. I couldn’t stand it any longer, so I made myself a cup of coffee or two I should say.

So, I almost made it a day but in the end, I gave into the pain and let it win. I just want to say that I now know if I ever decided to go without coffee or caffeine again, it’s going to have to be taken differently. I’ll definitely have to wean myself off of caffeine and not quit cold turkey. I will say that I do not want to give up caffeine but I would like to not have to live my day to day life around it.

The whole point of getting off of caffeine is to really get back to the benefits that I used to get from it. Coffee does not make me hyper or even more alert anymore and in order to achieve that I have to drink more than what I should. I also would like to get to a point where if I don’t have it, I’m not a total grump because y’all it’s not a good thing when I don’t have it right now.

I wish that I could tell y’all that it was easy and simple but honestly, it’s not. I never thought that I would go through so much pain and suffering, just to give something up, but let me say, caffeine is a drug of sorts. So, giving it up is not going to be easy!

So there’s my first attempt at no coffee and it was bad.

Have you ever tried to go without coffee or caffeine?

Did you experience what I did? Let me know!

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  • Holly Davis

    I’ve given up coffee twice in my life. Both times were in the first few months of my pregnancies and only because I was too sick to eat or drink anything. Life is just better with coffee!

  • Amy Blake

    Good for you for trying to give it up! I m not ready to

  • Jen @ Saving with Spunk

    I’ve fasted coffee a few times, the longest was 30 days which I’ve done twice. So now I drink a cup a day max to make sure if I need to give up coffee in the future I can do it.

  • Erin Nicole

    I don’t drink coffee or caffeine while I’m pregnant or nursing. Giving up cold turkey is hard and I can totally relate. When I go back to drinking coffee it’s hard because it gives me the shakes because I haven’t had it in well over a year.

  • Bailey

    I’ve been toying with the idea of giving up coffee. This made me realllllly backtrack in thinking that. I will probably cut back though.

  • Maggie

    When I was pregnant my OBGYN recommended for me to cut down on the coffee. They wanted me to go cold turkey for none at all, but I had the exact same symptoms. I did cut down to 2-3 cups a day out of my normal 5-6, but that still gave me horrible migraines that Tylenol did not help at all with. I understand the struggle, I really do!

  • Jen Enoch

    I recently did Whole30, and there was no sugar allowed…coffee, yes-but no sugar. So I decided I would just give up coffee (cause what’s coffee without sugar). Well guess what I learned? I could do coffee without sugar!! I could NOT let the coffee go. I get a headache too, it was terrible.

  • Well done for getting through most of the day! I usually get a pounding headache by 10am if I don’t have a cup of coffee. And I get grumpy. And forget things. It generally isn’t a good time. I DID go without coffee when I was pregnant though, so I know I can do it. I just NEED it now that I’m a mum haha.