It took about 7 days for me and 9 days for Michael but we are finally free of any caffeine withdrawal symptoms! I feel great. I have to say that I was shocked I even had withdrawal in the first place. Granted my tea consumption was edging up from 1 green tea a day to 2 or 3 cups, and some of those cups were becoming black tea, and some of those cups were becoming giant mugs…but still! I suppose I really can't complain my withdrawal symptoms were quite mild: slightly restless sleep, some lethargy, a low grade headache and it was a bit harder to focus on the task at hand. Michael had it a bit worse with some extreme brain fog, restless sleep, and some anxiety. We both found that each day was gradually better once the symptoms peaked (day 1 for Michael, day 2.5 for me) - which is something you can look forward to if you decide to break your habit.
Michael has decided that now that he is 'clean' he is not going to start up again until at least January - I think that is a great plan, but I am not going to follow it! I really miss my green tea. I plan on having one normal sized cup of green tea first thing Monday morning. My long term plan is to make sure that my consumption remains moderate. Wish me luck.
I have added a new page to my website on Caffeine Use and Withdrawal that is full of information and strategies to get the monkey off your back. Even if you have no plans to quit your caffeine check it out, it has some interesting information abou
1 week done 1 week to go. So far, other than the caffeine withdrawal headache, the hardest thing was watching the Grey Cup without beer and wings. That was awful. I actually avoided going out to the pub or attending any parties because I knew that I would not have been able to say no!
A common question that I have been getting is: what do you eat on a gluten free, soya free, corn free, sugar free vegan diet? Great question. The answer is a lot…maybe too much! Oddly enough over the last week I have eaten out far more than is my norm - 4 times! I was surprised and delighted to find that each time with a few substations or omissions (e.g. no pita) I had little to no problems and some delicious food. The food may not have been 100% detox friendly but it was pretty close, i.e. there was probably a sweetener in a salad dressing. Eating out I have had: a bean & artichoke salad and a soup at the at the Scandinave spa; an awesome kale salad and mushroom soup at Oliver & Bonacini in Blue Mountain; a delicious spaghetti squash dish (the California) at Simplicity Bistro in Thornbury; and great mezes at By The Way. At home I have been testing recipes (I have included links to some of the better ones) and we have been feasting! In addition to lots of raw vegetables and fruits, we have had: braised white beans with roasted tomatoes and garlic; vegetable chickpea curry; kale salad with all different kinds of 'extras'; delicious buckwheat pancakes (caution I have had problems with several of the other recipes on this site) with peach, raspberry and apple sauces; red lentil dal with scented rice; roasted vegetables; roasted vegetables soups with white beans; chickpea flour pancakes (see below); baked steel cut oats with nuts & fruit & seeds; baked quinoa with fruit; quinoa flakes & oats with nuts and fruit; creamy broccoli pasta with 'cheese' squash cashew sauce; almond milk, fruit, nut & veg smoothies; and truly delicious date squares!…looking at this list I think that I need to eat less this week….
When I go online to look up recipes I find myself staring slack jawed & drooling at images like this! I think it is the caffeine. Pre-detox I had developed a habit of a cup of tea and a piece of chocolate around 3:00. Yesterday around 2:00 is when the drooling started, by 3:00 I had a low grade headache and a nearly overwhelming desire for chocolate. Today (it is currently 3:00) I have a bit of a headache and I am seriously craving a tea and some chocolate.
Michael is still experiencing some of the foggy feeling, but only in the mornings - which is when he would have had his coffee. By the afternoons he reports that he has shaken most of it off and that it is getting better every day. So that is something to look forward to.
I feel great...Michael (my husband) not so much.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to be treated to a day at the Scandinave Spa (thanks mom!) what a great way to kick off a detox. For the trip I made some Super Power Chia Bread for the trip and I really like it....It is not bread. I liberally sprinkled it with nutritional yeast (for B12) before baking and it is delicious with hummus.
Michael was at work. Micheal is reporting that he feeling: absent minded; and almost like he is craving something (food wise) all of the time - almost but not quite like a hunger. He thinks it maybe the sugar.
Lets see how we do today.
I gave a talk this weekend on detoxification and over the course of developing the material and giving the talk I realized that I should take my own advice.
I really could benefit from a detoxification. It has been several years since I followed a detox protocol. I have easily justified avoiding a detox by simply telling myself that my toxic exposure level is low – I am an environmentalist homeopath after all. Occasionally I will throw in the “I am really busy” justification. In reality the real reason is that I love cheese and wine and chocolate and scotch and pasta…oh my I think I really need this!
Where I am at right now: my yoga practice is down; my meditation is almost non-existent; the last time I swam was in fresh water (its November!); my wine & whiskey consumption is up; and, my food choices are veering heavily to cheese laden carbs – who doesn’t love grilled cheese for breakfast? Maybe not so surprisingly my choices are starting to starting to show in my skin (pimples); and, my belly has had happier days.
So this is day 1 of a 2 week detox protocol. So far so good.
I will be periodically posting my progress and sharing recipes and ideas as I go. Wish me luck.
Some people say (my husband mostly) that I have a problem because I mark the passing of the year using seasonal food - I think that I am just highly food motivated! Regardless, this is my favourite time of year for roasted root vegetables - they are still fresh and tender with a nice firm bite.
Anytime I think of it I will roast up a batch of vegetables just to have around - they make great snacks, side dishes, additions to salads and last minute dinners (think roasted vegetable soup, quinioa with roasted vegetables, or even in pasta with crumbled goat cheese or chunks of creamy brie)…I just made myself hungry!
The key to making this a super easy staple is the use of either parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet that is easy to clean. You can just oil your baking tray, but it there will be a bit more clean-up.
(Total time about 1 hour, active time 20 minutes)
I am a holistic healthcare practitioner - I am a registered Homeopath (Ont. Registration #15294) and I have specialized in holistic nutrition.