Energy Drinks

joshuakcaron
joshuakcaron Posts: 343 Member
edited August 2015 in Health and Weight Loss
I was wondering if anyone had any tips on getting off of energy drinks. It's a bad habit and a big part of why I drink them is because if I don't i go into a vegetative state (I think part of this is in my head much like how smoking "calms your nerves," when in reality it destroys them.)

I'd rather not rely on drinking coffee or teas as I hate hot drinks. I just want to get over feeling the need to consume these unhealthy drinks.

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  • rhyolite_
    rhyolite_ Posts: 188 Member
    I used to drink four Monster Ultras by noon every day at work, and then go pick up a few more. Weekends were tough, because I would have caffeine headaches before I even had the chance to wake up.

    I stopped drinking all caffeine mid-May of this year. It was painful and miserable at first and I did feel like I was dragging. After a few weeks, the headaches were gone and the dragging/sleepy feeling was too.
  • juggernaut1974
    juggernaut1974 Posts: 6,212 Member
    Do you get sufficient sleep? Perhaps if you got more/better sleep you wouldn't need the energy jolt?
  • bsmith101112
    bsmith101112 Posts: 31 Member
    I know it sounds weird, but some people enjoy the ritual of opening the can, feeling the fizziness in their mouth.... maybe you could just try to replace it with a carbonated water or something. Just start with replacing one a day. Maybe one that you don't depend on so much. Not the morning or afternoon, but maybe one at lunch when you are already preoccupied with food. Hope this helps.
  • joshuakcaron
    joshuakcaron Posts: 343 Member
    Thanks guys. I'm on day 3 right now and I just feel like a zombie. Hopefully I can kick this habit and then I'll work on eating better, baby steps.
  • ShellyBell999
    ShellyBell999 Posts: 1,482 Member
    Eat more protein to feel fuller; quiets other cravings.
    Eat more fruits to help with energy levels; natural sugar burns more efficiently.
    And of course, drink more water!; will also quiet food cravings.

    Good Luck!!
  • Packerjohn
    Packerjohn Posts: 4,855 Member
    Thanks guys. I'm on day 3 right now and I just feel like a zombie. Hopefully I can kick this habit and then I'll work on eating better, baby steps.

    Good luck. You'll be better for it.
  • joshuakcaron
    joshuakcaron Posts: 343 Member
    My girlfriend will definitely appreciate me not drinking those drinks she worries about me haha drinking like 4 a day
  • crazyjerseygirl
    crazyjerseygirl Posts: 1,252 Member
    You can kick caffeine pretty easy. Do it over a weekend to contain headaches and you're golden. I've done it a couple of time myself (never with the intent of kicking it for good).

    Also, do are you ADHD? (You don't have to answer that). Caffeine, and stimulants in general, act on our brains differently, making it almost calmer and more focused. Makes it a bit harder to kick long term.
  • petitehealth
    petitehealth Posts: 148 Member
    I drank way too much caffeine today and I'm feeling really yucky :(
  • Liftng4Lis
    Liftng4Lis Posts: 15,150 Member
    Just stop. Couple of days of a headache and you're done :sweat_smile:
  • shabaity
    shabaity Posts: 791 Member
    I cut all caffeine save for one coffee flavored monster a day but I don't get enough sleep.
  • SLLRunner
    SLLRunner Posts: 12,943 Member
    Liftng4Lis wrote: »
    Just stop. Couple of days of a headache and you're done :sweat_smile:

    This.
  • Primmalim
    Primmalim Posts: 13 Member
    If you drink a ton of energy drinks the withdrawal headaches will be killer, so it might be a good idea to ween yourself off of them slowly. Maybe cut your caffeine intake by a third every week, or buy drinks with less caffeine in them. Eventually you can replace them with something altogether and you won't even notice the difference!
  • joshuakcaron
    joshuakcaron Posts: 343 Member
    You can kick caffeine pretty easy. Do it over a weekend to contain headaches and you're golden. I've done it a couple of time myself (never with the intent of kicking it for good).

    Also, do are you ADHD? (You don't have to answer that). Caffeine, and stimulants in general, act on our brains differently, making it almost calmer and more focused. Makes it a bit harder to kick long term.

    Not ADHD, but yeah it's a lot harder to quit than it looks. It's like I'm walking into the gas station my brain is saying no and my bodies acting anyways.
  • 5ft9andgettingtrim
    5ft9andgettingtrim Posts: 12 Member
    Just google harmful ingredients of Mountain Dew and you'll never want to go back to it
  • joshuakcaron
    joshuakcaron Posts: 343 Member
    Just google harmful ingredients of Mountain Dew and you'll never want to go back to it

    I know the harmful ingredients haha, doesn't stop me from drinking them. Caffeine is a drug, like cigarettes :P
  • Timelordlady85
    Timelordlady85 Posts: 797 Member
    carbonated flavored waters are the best, if you are craving the opening a can. they even have ones with vitamins and for energy you could get some b-12 supplements. they have them in gummy form, pill form and liquid.
  • joshuakcaron
    joshuakcaron Posts: 343 Member
    Well I've been off them for over a week now :)
  • jez_4ever
    jez_4ever Posts: 68 Member
    Take it one step at a time. It takes a while to develop such a habit, so it won’t be overcome immediately. Set reasonable and realistic goals that will leave you feeling successful rather than overwhelmed by an impossible task. Turn to natural sources of energy. If energy is what you seek, find it through more exercise, a good night’s sleep, and a nutritious diet.