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Old 01-02-2005, 08:00 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by masteraznchefjr
No starbucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jeez lol i can't live one day without it
You can say that again!

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Old 01-03-2005, 09:28 AM   #12
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Good for you, Blondie. I did this earlier in the year and am so glad. Now, if I end up having a diet coke when we're out, I tend to get the shakes! Like Lifter said, the first couple of weeks, with caffine headaches, are the worst. Make sure you have some advil or tylenol with you and take them when the headaches kick in.

I now survive by treating myself to decafs at Starbucks!

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Old 01-03-2005, 02:00 PM   #13
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Carob is a funny thing. The carob bars that you buy are usually very high in fat, just like chocolate, and often quite unhealthy hydrogenated vegetable oils. I do quite like the carob drinks, but as Barbara points out, the caffeine factor isn't very high.

Carob can taste a bit like sawdust, give it a try and see what you think!
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Old 01-03-2005, 10:16 PM   #14
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Better to use aspirin derivatives, rather than Advil or Tylenol, unless there is an allergy issue...I forget why, but there is a good reason...

Another reason why "quitting" is something you only want to do "once"...

BTW, a chocolate (or two!) every once in a while isn't going to "kill you"...every couple months, I treat myself to a small pkg of "Lindor" (and probably suffer some "runs" as a result, but thats a small price to pay, IMOO!...

But feel "queasy and uneasy" if I get caused to drink caffeinated coffee, or Coke......have "lost the taste for it", thankfully...the de-caff stuff gets it done quite well...

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Old 01-04-2005, 06:05 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Alix
I think getting off the caffeine is a wonderful idea. It stunts your growth.
Great!!! Oh wait, you were refering to height, not an increasing waistline, weren't you??

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Old 01-04-2005, 12:39 PM   #16
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I quit drinking my morning coffee about 6 months ago. I am so happy I did. I feel great. I have not completely cut out all caffeine, but I cut way back. I don't drink a lot of soda, but lately I have been having the occasional cup of tea. Stick with it CookinBlondie, but like Alix said, make sure to give yourself a treat every once in a while. A little caffeine will not hurt you. I am sure you will do great!
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:32 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the support you guys. Well, it's been 3 days, and that may not seem like a long time but for me it is. On New Year's Eve, my sister made some chocolate chip cookies, so I have been really good about not having any. Also, my dad has a cup of coffee every morning, and I usually have some too, only I add some milk to it, so when I smell that aroma, I want to give in, but I haven't so far.

This is my first ever resolution, so I hope it goes well. Thanks again for the help!

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Old 01-04-2005, 05:22 PM   #18
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Actually coffee is good for you. It does many good things for you including helping to keep your heart in shape and it's also one of the most powerful detoxitants for your body there is. Recommended is 3 - 4 cups a day. As with anything, if you drink coffee to excess it's going to be bad for you. There should be no problem if you drink it with in sensible limits and in fact, as stated, it's good for you :)

Well, even if it WAS really bad for me I don't think I can live without my coffee lol :oops:
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Old 01-04-2005, 05:31 PM   #19
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I hear you Leaf! I NEED my coffee. It makes me happy, everything about it. The smell, the taste, and the caffiene!

I think that cup size is important too. When you say 3-4 cups you are talking tea cup size, not MUGS. Which is what most folks think of when they read that.

I read somewhere that caffiene is um...well it has laxative properties. Is that what you meant by detoxifying?
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Old 01-05-2005, 12:29 PM   #20
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YES! You understand. Must.... Have.... coffee.... lol

I was talking about a cup of espresso. Sorry, I should have made that clear :) Espresso being much stronger than perculated then I would say 5 - 6 cups of "normal" coffee would be ok a day.

You can read about the heath benifits that a scientific study found on BBC news coffee good for you and a link to a scientific study ( also from BBC ) regarding the benifits of coffee and a few other food stuffs being very potent anti-cancer fighting agents. coffee fights cancer

You can read the article on how coffee is good for you here. Really, there is no reason to quit coffee. Just eat and drink sensible and there is no need to quit anything.

Coffee is 'health drink'
By Mark Duff
BBC News, Milan

It is a daily routine for millions of Italians - the morning cup of espresso brewed on the kitchen hob or downed swiftly in a cafe on the way to work.

But for years their favourite way of kick-starting the day has had a bad press - most recently when it was reported that doctors had told British Prime Minister Tony Blair to drink less coffee.

Now it seems the tide is turning.

Forget the scare stories, says dietician Chiara Trombetti, of the Humanitas Gavazzeni institute in the northern Italian town of Bergamo.

There is sound scientific reason to enjoy your morning espresso without worrying about the health effects.

Coffee can be good for you - she says - and the stronger, the better.

That is why she recommends an espresso rather than a very un-Italian cup of instant.

Scientific evidence

Dr Trombetti says she hates the stuff herself - but points to a welter of scientific evidence to back her case.

Coffee contains tannin and antioxidants, which are good for the heart and arteries, she says.

It can relieve headaches.

It is good for the liver - and can help prevent cirrhosis and gallstones.

And the caffeine in coffee can reduce the risk of asthma attacks - and help improve circulation within the heart.

There is no denying that coffee is not for everyone.

If you drink too much it can increase nervousness, and cause rapid heartbeat and trembling hands.

Pregnant women, heart patients, and anyone with a stomach ulcer are usually advised to avoid it.

And even Dr Trombetti says no one should drink more than three or four cups a day.

But there is one group of Italians in particular who might benefit from her advice.

Many parents might be horrified at the thought.

But Dr Trombetti is adamant that a cup of milky coffee could make the ideal start for the next generation of coffee lovers - Italy's drowsy school kids - stimulating their brains ahead of a day that often lasts from 0830 until 1600.

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