December 30, 2010

Coping with Addiction

I confess, I am an addict. Addict to hot choco mocha, that is! I have consumed too much hot choco mocha for the last 7 days...way too much that now I am experiencing withdrawal bouts. For 3 days now, I haven't had a cup of hot choco mocha. Though I must admit, for 3 days now, I have dialled coffee shops number at wee hours. Good thing they don't answer anymore. Otherwise, I'll be having this vicious cycle again.
As I make this post, I feel down and out. I had to take one Biofllu to ease whatever it is I am feeling inside. It's not as if it's all hot choco mocha's fault. Of course it was mine! Hot choco mocha was just there for any one's taking. I shouldn't have started it! Anyway, for whatever it's worth, hot choco mocha made me all happy, excited, energized, enthusiastic, agitated, nervous and awake all at the same time.
(Photo courtesy of Cupcake Jones)

For those of you who's experiencing the same, read on, you might find the article below helpful:

Many people rely on their morning cup of coffee to have the energy to go through the day, or sip soft drinks throughout the day to give them the boost they need to make it through. If you’re one of them, what you may not realize is that this creates a vicious cycle, creates an unhealthy dependency and can actually make you more tired and lethargic in the long run! Caffeine can exacerbate stress levels, cause energy levels to plummet after a time, and even interfere with your sleep, negatively affecting your energy levels the next day.

The following are some basic tips that can help you cut down or eliminate your caffeine intake:
•Replace coffee with decaffeinated green tea. The antioxidants are great for your health, and you’ll still get to sip something warm at times when you crave it.

•Drink lots of water. Because caffeine is a diuretic, you may already be dehydrated from consuming larger quantities of it; water will give you something to drink, and improve your overall health levels as well.

•No caffeine in the afternoon or evening. Because caffeine stays in your body for several hours, a late afternoon cup of coffee, tea or cola can still interfere with your sleep at night! And when you get a poor night’s sleep, you’ll likely want help waking up the next morning. As you cut down, if you remember to limit your intake to the morning and early afternoon hours, you’ll be less likely to want caffeine as much the next day.

•Remember that caffeine is a drug. You may have a difficult time quitting ‘cold turkey’ if you’re used to consuming a lot of caffeine; you might experience headaches and mood swings. If this is the case, maybe a more gradual approach would work best. Just have a plan and follow through with it.

(Source: By , About.com Guide Updated November 07, 2007
About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board)

2 comments:

  1. Hi Joy, relax with Hot Choco Mocha. You might ended up with insomnia :)

    Happy New Year!!!

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  2. Hi Anonymous! Thank you for the comment. I'm still craving for hot choco mocha, but I have to resist it, otherwise I'll end up looking like a Panda (with circles on my eyes).

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Thank you for the joyful comments!