Bean Real: How to Wean Yourself from Caffeine

Everything You Need to Know About Being A Coffee Addict

Nobody’s allowed to say a word to you before your first cup of coffee. It’s the only thing keeping you going throughout the day – your life force. Instead of making you feel wide awake and buzzed, it helps you to fall asleep at night. You can’t go a single coffee-free day without getting a debilitating headache.

You’re an addict – but you’re not alone. These celebs are rarely snapped without Starbucks in hand.

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Out and about, Jessica Alba and Katie Holmes need their caffeine fix.

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Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale need the occasional coffee to keep up with their kids. But Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (who will be gracing our shores very soon – excitement!) was once hospitalized for his coffee habit. Severe caffeine addiction can turn very ugly.

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So you’re Dave-Grohl-level addicted. What now?

There are worse addictions out there, let’s be honest. But being so dependent on anything can be problematic, and cutting down on coffee definitely won’t hurt your health. Giving up caffeine has a number of benefits, from keeping your mood consistent to improving your sleeping patterns.

Here are a few tips for kicking the habit with as little drama as possible:

1. Give it up gradually.

Instead of going cold turkey and risking some serious crankiness, cut out coffee slowly. Reduce your consumption to once a day, then a few times a week, until you’ve replaced your coffee habit with something else (you can get minor doses of caffeine from dark chocolate, FYI).

2. Replace coffee with other drinks

You’d normally have a cup of coffee morning, noon and night. If you stop, you’re bound to feel a cup-shaped void in your life. Try some other caffeine-free hot drinks. Do some tea-search – there are loads of delicious herbal teas out there with amazing health benefits.

3. Become more physical

Exercise is even more of a stimulant than caffeine – it’s the perfect way to beat the irritability and fatigue that will likely ensue when you go caffeine-free. Exercise will help keep your energy levels up, and endorphins will blunt the pain of withdrawal symptoms.

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Going Decaf

Sure, there’s a chance caffeine might be messing with your body, but coffee just tastes so damn good! If you can’t bear the thought of saying bye-bye to the bean… don’t! Decaf is an excellent alternative to its caffeinated cousin, without the added drama of those terrible withdrawal symptoms.

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Know your decaf method:

You’ve probably heard that decaf is bad for your health because of the chemicals used in the decaffeination process. This is partly true – but very few South African brands use the outdated (and dangerous) chemical methods.

Ideally your coffee should be decaffeinated using a water-based method. A frequent complaint is that the decaffeination process makes the flavour of the coffee milder – it just doesn’t have that kick anymore. Aside from its health benefits, natural water-based decaf methods preserve the aroma and full flavour of the coffee.

Nescafé Decaf, Nespresso Decaffeinated Grands Crus and Jacob’s Decaf all use natural methods of decaffeination while retaining the richness. Drink away!

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