It has been a long week, felt more like a month; though, I did it! I survived caffeine withdrawal! And I have to tell you it is so way worth it! I feel excellent. My energy is up, even and good. Can't believe it. Why did I give up caffeine? Purely by accident. We had switched from soda in the house to kool aide. After a day of this I was feeling so sick, thought the flu was back, then I looked at the kool aide container in my hand & the words 'caffeine free' loomed large on the container. And I thought...huh...wonder if I'm having a withdrawal from caffeine. Google search confirmed what I feeling. After much reading, I was sure that it was indeed, caffeine withdrawal. Once I felt how powerful the headache was, it was completely all I needed to know that anything that gave me that bad of a withdrawal shouldn't be in diet. So, I settled in for a long, painful journey, though, like a butterfly, I emerged on the other side a new creature.
What I gained by suffering the headaches? Those headaches were from blood returning to the brain. Caffeine shrinks down the blood vessels in your brain and reduces the oxygen to your brain by up to 30%! All the blood rushing back into your brain, causes headaches= net gain, more energy & clearer thinking! Calmer mood, less irritability.
Also, severe light sensitivity in my eyes....again, constriction, pressure and that being lifted...and now? Believe it or not...better vision & brighter white in my eyes.
Feeling bloated... and generally blahhhhh icky...
And now? feeling healthy and slimmer, skin feeling very soft.
Suffered nausea for days, and now? Feeling fuller longer, less thirst, less hunger.
my second favorite thing.... while withdrawals, my legs felt about 200 pds each, and like I was dragging them through the mud...by about fifth day, like I was dragging 10 pd weights... and now, today? light as a feather! My tendons etc were stiff, rigid, painful...sluggish muscles..and now? Light! and fluid! Movements are feeling more and more easy and free!!!!!!!
While giving up caffeine... could have been bed ridden about 50% of the day most of the week,
but duties called, kiddos and appointments & I had to drag myself around. Extreme exhaustion, .... did I mention extreme?! Like literally could not keep my eyes open. REALLY, not kidding you. Think falling asleep standing up tired. And this from someone who doesn't typically sleep in. Could not drag myself through the morning.
And now? waking up way before my sweet husband's alarm, fully awake, feeling rested & at peace and good. Still planning on the run this month, realizing that it is going to be tough, and not perfect, that I will most likely walk part of it, though I am doing it!