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Hey!

 

I'm new to the forum and just beginning the journey from being a meat-eater to eating a plant-based diet.

 

I have been a coffee drinker all of my life and have always used half & half to hide the bitter taste of coffee. I understand the detrimental effects of consuming dairy products (e.g., my coffee creamer) and decided that instead of trying to adjust to drinking black coffee, I would give up coffee altogether. Well, that didn't go so well, the withdrawal effects are nasty and debilitating. So I have a few questions:

 

1. Is it common for people who embrace a plant-based diet to also quit drinking caffeine?

 

2. If you did quit, what recommendations would you give to minimalize the withdrawal effects?

 

3. Do you drink coffee, but use a non-dairy option such as Coffee Mate (excluding soy)?

 

I’m not looking for excuses to continue drinking coffee, but rather wanting to hear other people’s stories around this topic as I learn the dos and don’ts of eating plant-based.

 

Thanks,

 

Josh

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When I was fully vegan I would just have black coffee or use soya milk, rice milk works well too.

I would drink a lot of it and even now I have at least one a day but get most of my caffeine hits from green tea,

I don't think I could function without coffee, so if you like it drink it

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havent drunk coffee in a long time... i dont really like the taste for one.. and in the past when i have drunk it, i would get a bit hyper for a while, then feel like shit for a couple hours after that wore off

 

i drink tea and water nowdays, don't get the caffeine shit from it, mostly low caffeine teas, or herbal stuff... developing a dependancy on a stimulant like caffeine seems just just a really poor idea to me, should be getting energy from food, not drugs.. also why i dont think i'll ever try a pre-workout

 

if it were me, i would prefer to just go cold turkey, and feel miserable for a couple days or a week or something like that, then afterwards, feel alert all the time.

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Caffeine actually is a natural pesticide so may want to cut down.

are you implying because it is a natural insecticide, people should cut down..?

i mean, many spices have insecticide properties, like cinnamon, but it's still overall quite good for you, weird point to focus on.. "if it's an insecticide, it's bad for you?"?

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Caffeine actually is a natural pesticide so may want to cut down.

are you implying because it is a natural insecticide, people should cut down..?

i mean, many spices have insecticide properties, like cinnamon, but it's still overall quite good for you, weird point to focus on.. "if it's an insecticide, it's bad for you?"?

 

+1

 

Water is used as a coolant in nuclear reactors so don't drink it!!

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When I went vegan I just didn't crave coffee anymore. I went from 3-4 cups to 0 with no issues. But that was with a whole foods approach. No processed foods dragging me down plus massive green smoothies every morning injected me with energy to spare. I have a splash of coffee now once in a while but it just doesn't do anything for me anymore.

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I like my coffee black, no sugar. Same for iced coffee. Just my taste preference.

 

I've quit coffee a few times over the years. Day 3 was always the most difficult. That's when withdrawal kicked in. I would last two weeks a the most then start back. The odd thing is that my palate and body would be clean so 1) I would feel the buzz more from less coffee due to a lower tolerance, and 2) I could only drink good tasting coffee because my taste buds had adjusted.

 

Currently, I drink about 2 1/2 cups a day.

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I typically enjoy one cup a day with some almond milk . . . on days I take an herbal energizer (pre-workout) I allow myself a cup of decaffeinated. Just a routine that works for me; unlike some people, I actually enjoy coffee but have cut WAY back from my younger days when I was doing 3-4 cups or more a day. Everyone has a different tolerance to it so you have to find your middle ground. If you have no health problems, eg, high blood pressure, anxiety, etc., that could exacerbated by caffeine, enjoy a cup here and there but as with everything in life, in moderation. If you can find organic brands without preservatives, etc.. always a good thing.

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I love coffee, but I now limit it to the morning/pre-cardio, because it was affecting my sleep and promoting anxiety.

 

If you're dealing with bitter coffee, maybe you need to change up the brewing method. I used to need non-dairy creamer, but the more I learned about coffee, the less I needed it. Have you tried a french press?

 

The other option would be to use Almond, Coconut, etc. Milk and a Torani flavored syrup. Maybe you could mix some coffee with vega mocha protein powder?

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