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1/9/14 3:20 P

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I usually drink 2 cups a day - one in the AM and one in the PM.



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1/8/14 10:13 P

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I did it!
Just my one cup of coffee for breakfast. -for one week now.!


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1/7/14 11:01 P

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Well, I wish just one cup of coffee were my problem! My husband and I drink POTS of coffee - well, now he is - I slowly cut back on coffee upon starting the 6 week challenge (I'm on day 32 I think - I'm sure my mind would be clearer on this had I had COFFEE this morning - ha!)...anyway, I slowly decreased the amount I was drinking and have replaced it first with black tea, then green and now green and herbal teas. Actually this is the second time in my life I'm trying to quit drinking caffeine. The first time I went cold turkey and withdrawals were HORRIBLE! So was a bit wiser this time...

I actually find the tea is working out okay - it's the 'ritual' more than anything I guess - I'd hate it if I couldn't have a hot cup of 'something' each morning. As far as 'getting me going' - honestly eating this way I have MORE ENERGY than I ever dreamed of so don't miss the caffeine at all - and I'm sleeping so much better.

I will - however - when we go 'out' for breakfast once a month or so have a cup of coffee - I live where some of the world's best coffee comes from and I'm sorry - I have to support my island coffee growers SOME of the time! Though I may opt for the chocolate covered coffee beans next holiday season instead ... just for a treat!

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1/5/14 5:24 P

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Hey all. I love coffee..really love it. I did quit when I did the first 6 weeks and I think the first couple of days was just awful for me...withdrawal wise. I have been drinking tea in the morning (herbal and green mixed usually. I have the occasional cup of coffee but I know it would be an easy slide back. I have found the ETL program very satisfying. But if I started back on foods off the ETL list I would gain weight back and feel awful very fast. Not drinking coffee on a regular basis isn't too bad. ETL has been the answer for me after gaining 50 lbs with, menopause,low thyroid and thyroid disease. I honestly didn't think I would ever lose this weight again.

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1/5/14 9:29 A

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I think being addicted is what we try to give up- so after the 6 weeks you can have something but it has to be 10% of the diet- a piece of pizza/cake for ex.
It is not a good idea for ex to drink coffee all day to function/ other things- sugar.
I too am a bit in pout mode as I have 2 teens at home that can eat anything!- and of course having them at home without a beer /wine at the end of the day... emoticon BUT I have always wanted to complete the 6 weeks. I am being stubborn about it! emoticon

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1/5/14 7:23 A

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SparkSweden, I guess the idea is that you give them up for life, not just for six weeks?

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1/5/14 3:51 A

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I have items that I love and do not want to give up and have an arm list of reasons why I should be able to have them. But the question I ask myself is: Why not give them up for 6 weeks?

Not judging anyone but just putting it out there that if you find giving something up for 6 weeks to be so painful and difficult, maybe it is a problem for you if you have to have it.

With that said, I will be honest and say that giving up caffeine tea is really hard for me right now and I am in a full pout. Hope it gets easier.

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1/4/14 4:34 P

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Awww. The donut was the reason for drinking the coffee!! ; D

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1/4/14 4:07 P

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Fuhrman is saying that caffeine is a stimulant and raises your blood pressure and a bunch of other bad stuff (well just read the book) and when a person is drinking coffee...cup after cup...all day long is when you have all the problems...but if your only drinking one cup a day its not going to hurt (hey I'm sure none is better but....You have to live...lol)

So you can still have your ONE cup a day...but no more...just don't add the doughnut...lol

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1/4/14 3:37 P

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Wow! Thank you so much for all the great feedback! I will shoot for a zero of coffee for the 6 week challenge ... though I may resume having an occasional cup in the future. I'd switch to some hi-zu tea full of organic everything - but I've never felt like tea did it for me - and I have tried - I've really tried. I've even been all over the world - and I can enjoy a cup of tea - but it's like visiting someone else's house - however nice it is it's just not home.

Anyway - thanks for the fantastic input!! I'm raising my mug o'water in gratitude

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1/4/14 3:28 P

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ya know Eydie- maybe I will go back to the decaf organic I used to get from Wfoods- it was pretty good and my DH won't touch it as he says- decaf!- whats the point?

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1/4/14 3:20 P

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PS, don't read this WHILE drinking coffee or any hot beverage, but - if you reason that coffee comes from coffee beans, my guess is that Dr. Fuhrman would tell you to...

EAT THEM RAW!!!

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1/4/14 3:18 P

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Personally I think it is great that you managed to reduce your coffee intake like that.
I'm sure that your body is thanking you for it.
I would say just do your best and see what positive changes you can make.
Maybe later you don't even want or like coffee any more. For now 1 regular mug is much better than 2 large mugs.

But, I don't know what Dr. F. would say. He seems a fanatic person to me! :) Of course it's his job to be very strict with us!
I know that I cannot follow ETL to a T but still reading his books and trying out the ideas, striving to get more (and more) nutrients has been extremely useful for me. Even if I cannot do all that Dr. F. recommends, I still feel my diet and habits are much better.

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1/4/14 3:16 P

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I still enjoy a daily cup of coffee, but it's half decaf and always organic. emoticon

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1/4/14 1:44 P

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yep- I am new - old too emoticon He said if to stay on plan you have to have that one cup then that is ok. He saus the same thing about one alcoholic drink (but I bet he does not wwant you to do both) I still have a bag of organic coffee beans and when that runs out I will switch to a cup of herbal. I know I will feel tired the first few days- maybe even a week but I feel better without any. I do still need that ritual in the morning too- att least in the cold weather. I have about 2-3 mornings left! emoticon

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1/4/14 1:42 P

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Sadly, caffeine is not on the approved list.

"In essence, coffee is mostly like a drug, not a food. In spite of the presence of some beneficial antioxidants it also has some negative effects and withdrawal symptoms that may fuel drinking and eating behavior. Like most drugs, it could have some minor benefits, but its toxic effects and resultant risks likely overwhelm those minor advantages. It is best if we aim to meet our nutritional needs with as little exposure to stimulating substances as possible. This program will work more effectively, as you will be better connected to your body’s true hunger signals if you are able to gradually reduce and eventually eliminate coffee and other caffeine-containing substances."

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1/4/14 1:42 P

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Hi vegebiker
I have the 2011 book - I think it is the latest one.

He would prefer you to go caffeine free for the 6 weeks but

On page 307 it says "if a little coffee would make it possible for you to remain true to my dietary recommendations, I would not have a strong objection. Losing weigh is a more important goal for your overall health."

I am a tea person myself and if I had to give up my "morning cuppa" I would not last the 6 weeks. I would take a slightly slower weigh loss to have my cuppa. Your choice!

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1/4/14 1:30 P

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Coffee is bean juice? YAY!!!!!

I'm not sure what he says, but I think he wants us to limit or eliminate caffeine..? Anyone?

I can't give up my coffee either, so I have decaf most days. I like the taste and the soothing ritual of drinking it. I would like to move to tea, maybe even green tea someday. But I'm not there yet.

Good luck!!!


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1/4/14 1:24 P

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I'm "new-old" to ETL - meaning I've known about it since 2005 - but just recently discovered the much more detailed newer edition ...

anyway - I looked through the questions here and didn't see this one - so please don't judge ... I love, Love, LOVE my morning cuppa joe ... Fuhrman isn't into coffee too much from what I remember (I'm just re-reading the newer version of the book now) ... I've cut my coffee WAY back from 2 large mugs down to 1 regular 8oz mug ... can I have my tiny mug of coffee?

Tell me straight what Fuhrman says - and tell me what you do too please. I mean - coffee comes from beans - right?

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