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Who’s Up For A Caffeine Fast?


It’s a sad day, but one I knew was coming.  I’ve got to take a break from caffeine.

1. I’m annoyed at how much I’m spending on it

2. Caffeine (and other stimulants) are highly associated to more frequent and more severe tics from Tourette Syndrome.  This doesn’t seem to be the case with every Touretter, but it’s definitely the case with me.  Usually it’s worth the trade off.  Right now, I think the potential relief from the symptoms will outweigh the pouting because I can’t have my diet Mountain Dew.

Not that there aren’t a million other reasons to dial back soda consumption, regular or otherwise.

So starting today, I’ll be taking at least a week away from caffeine.  Then I’ll evaluate and see if the experiment needs to be tweaked, extended, or abandoned.

If you’ve been trying to convince yourself to curtail your caffeine madness, feel free to jump in with me.

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  • Eric West | Friendship Society March 18, 2013, 11:46 am

    I gave up caffeine 5 months ago. I didn’t see any results from that right away, but after a few weeks I noticed that I didn’t get that mid-day crash anymore. Used to be that I’d need a coke in the afternoon to wake up and finish the day. Now I plug along all through the day without getting sleepy.

    It’s funny that I’m more awake and less sleepy now than I was when I was drinking caffeinated beverages.

  • Jesse March 18, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Here’s a possible alternative. Guarana. I’m sure you’ve seen it in “energy drinks” but in some locations (though maybe not Salt Lake City) you can get Guarana in pill form at health food stores. Keep in mind however, it like all other “supplements” can argue with any medicine you might be taking. This will, in my experience, dull the effects of caffeine withdrawal (yes Josh it’s basically crack light).

    As far as fasting from caffeine, I will as soon as I finish my triple shot mocha…or maybe my next coffee…

    • Josh Hanagarne March 18, 2013, 1:47 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion. I’m open to crack light.

  • mary March 18, 2013, 12:55 pm

    I gave up drinking coffee one time and then got caught in a hurricane in Mexico. At one of the stops we made on that long quest to get home I was offered coffee. The fast was off after that. OMG, I thought, the elixir of life! Never returned to a life w/o coffee after that – never will. lol

    • Josh Hanagarne March 18, 2013, 1:55 pm

      I’ll have to try to avoid that storm. I’m already starting to crack!

  • Gustavo March 19, 2013, 7:54 am

    Ok, I’m in. What are we taking now?

  • Casey March 19, 2013, 8:00 am

    I just took up that habit and I’m loath to get rid of it now. I definitely feel like it’s something akin to a mental performance enhancer. It has it’s side effects but it’s worth it to me for the benefit to my work and studies.

  • Stuart Atkins March 19, 2013, 8:01 am

    For me, it’s one strong cup of ground Starbucks in the morning with ground cinnamon and agave with a touch of milk. That’s it. I’m sipping it right now. Sorry to temp you for I know you can smell it 🙂 As for soda, of any kind–no way, especially Mountain Dew. The combo of sugar and caffeine is a no go. Josh: Mountain Dew? Stop it right now. Perhaps a light form of the real stuff in a single, daily cup?

    Also, I met Seth last Friday as he spoke in OC. He signed my Icarus Deception copy and we chatted. We spoke of both Tourettes and you. I told him I sharred the Dopamine gene with you 🙂 He said, “those with Tourettes are so brave.” We also talked of your book and he’s excited about it.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 19, 2013, 8:48 am

      But…did you put him in a headlock like I asked you to?

      • Stuart Atkins March 19, 2013, 4:11 pm

        No, because the first statement he made to the audience was as follows: “Professional wrestling is fake!”

        Really. He did. I promise…

  • Misty March 19, 2013, 2:04 pm

    There is caffeine free diet mt dew, if what you’re really looking for is the taste 🙂

    A week might not be the best evaluation point. If you’ve been heavy into caffeine until currently, withdrawal headaches and other symptoms could last to a week. You may get to your week point and think, “I feel horrible! Giving up caffeine isn’t a good idea at all!” Whereas if you stuck it out to, say, two weeks, you would have a much different experience.

    Personally I’ve dealt with chronic headaches most of my life. One of the first things doctors ask about is caffeine consumption, so I’ve maintained a state of caffeine independence. I don’t want such a minor thing to get between me and a potential resolution to my pain!

    Good luck on your venture!

  • Boris Bachmann March 20, 2013, 9:27 am

    Caffeine fasts – done a lot of them and they’ve never been easy for me. I usually have a migraine for a couple of days and what feels like horrible, horrible jet-lag for a week. After about three weeks, the cravings subside a little and I start to feel more normal. Usually soon thereafter I feel entitled to indulge my addiction anew…