Going Caffeine Free - What I Drink and Why I chose to do it!

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In December last year I made a choice to remove caffeine from my diet. 
I loved coffee and could quite easily drink several cups throughout the day without even thinking about it. I liked trying different blends and different types of coffee and loved having a Starbucks as a treat (especially a Toffee Nut Latte at Christmas!).

The decision came to remove caffeine because of my anxiety which seemed to be getting worse in December.
I always struggle around Christmas because I find it overwhelming making sure everything is sorted, perfect and prepared in time to travel and see all the different people we need to over the holidays.
I did some research online and found that with caffeine being a stimulant it can make anxiety worse in some people so that is why I decided to cut it out of my diet.
I had headaches for a few days but I can honestly say now, more than a month after quitting, I do not miss it one bit.
I feel brighter and energised and I'm not craving that caffeine fix.

What I've been drinking...

Firstly let me address caffeine free varieties of tea and coffee.
People have said to me what about swapping to caffeine free tea and coffee and to be honest this is not something I want to consume.
To remove the caffeine from the tea or coffee the companies have to use a solvent to remove the caffeine and I do not want to be putting these chemicals in my body.
They wash the leaves after using the solvent but there can still be a residue left on them.
Also they cannot guarantee that they have removed 100% of the caffeine.
This article from The Bluebird Tea Co. explains the process of removing caffeine from tea and weighs up the pro's and cons about having and removing caffeine from your diet.
It is my personal choice to not drink these teas and coffees and if you aren't bothered about things like this then it is a viable option for you.

Lemon water
If you haven't read about the benefits of Lemon Water you should check out these articles.

10 Benefits to Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning
http://tasty-yummies.com/ 

5 Amazing Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water
www.mindbodygreen.com

I won't go into detail myself all I can say it is definitely a healthy way to start your day.
I have a cup most mornings (unless I've run out of lemons!) and find it refreshes me in a morning and sets me up well for the rest of the day.  
I also try to make sure I take some slices to work so I can drink it when my colleagues have cups of tea and also add a slice to my water bottle for the gym.  
I find it refreshing and definitely drink more water when it has that added flavour which is no bad thing as I never seem to drink enough!  
I sometimes also add mint to my lemon water or ginger to give me some variety and they also have their own benefits for your health too!  
You could also mix it up and try slices of other fruit too!

Fruit Teas

Fruit Tea Healthy Health Living Caffeine Free
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I had never really tried fruit teas before but the lemon water, which I do love, was getting a little boring when it was the only thing I drank!  The lovely Joelle over at February Girl wrote an article about quitting caffeine and recommended the Twinings range.
I'm currently trying the Cranberry and Blood orange tea and the Blackcurrant tea.
They took some getting used to as they aren't as fruity as I though they would be but they are still a nice alternative to water and lemon.
I tend to drink them in an evening when I'm chilling out and watching telly.
I can't wait to try some other flavours and I think I might try making some iced fruit tea with fresh fruit in when summer finally arrives!

Hot Chocolate  

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This is my go to drink if I want something comforting and that is a bit of a treat!
I sometimes buy powdered hot chocolate such as Cadbury's but I find they are never chocolatey enough for me!
I've started making my own with a couple of pieces dark chocolate (my favourite!), some milk and some honey.
I cut the chocolate up into small bits (I use about 4 pieces but if you want it more chocolatey use more!) and melt in a pan with a couple of tablespoons of hot water on a low heat. 
I then add my milk (use the cup you are going to drink from to measure) and the honey and whisk until its all combined.
Put as in much or as little honey as you like.
Try to not let it boil as this will scorch the milk (something I struggle to control!)
When you think its warm enough pour it into your cup and serve!
If you have whipped cream you can always add some on top and if you've got marshmallows in your cupboard they go down a treat too!

Well those are what I've chosen to drink so far on my caffeine free journey!
Life has definitely become more interesting now I've given it up!
There are so many different types of drinks out there for me to try and I can't wait to work my way through them all!
One I'm really looking forward to trying is Rooibos Matcha Tea!
In regards to my anxiety I still feel anxious sometimes; I think I always will, but I think removing caffeine from my diet has definitely helped as it isn't exacerbating my symptoms anymore. 

Have you any ideas of alternative caffeine free drinks I could try?
I'd love to hear your ideas!


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6 comments

  1. I haven't had caffeine in about 5 years and I feel so much better for it. I drink a lot of fruit and herb teas.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog.

    Dannii - www.hungryhealthyhappy.com

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  2. No problem and thanks for commenting back :)

    Helen

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  3. I try to not have too much caffeine as well. I absolutely love hot chocolate!

    Made in Mauve

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    1. Thanks for commenting!
      I love hot chocolate too and its become my go to treat when I need something comforting!

      Helen

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  4. I cut right back on caffeine and it helps me sleep, clears my skin and makes me drink loads of water! I drink one cup of green tea a day instead and i've been loving hot chocolate lately, they are never chocolatey enough for me either so I've been using nutella, so good!

    sheepishlyshameful.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It has made me feel so much better too!
      I hadn't thought of Nutella!
      I'll definitely be giving that a try!
      Thanks for the tip!

      Helen

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