Oh, yes...that's what made me cut back was the headaches highlighting my dependencies. No more soda at all, and half-caf coffee in the morning. Much better...just have to embrace drinking water, and that took awhile.
I took it as the headaches came from the caffeine withdrawal! ;-)
Could be from the withdrawal from aspartame. I got that when I quit drinking Diet Coke as my drink of choice. Went cold turkey and took three months to feel completely better. But I don't love Diet Coke anymore, though sometimes I'll drink it when there's no iced tea.
Yeah, water would be best ...
I think Tori was saying that when she didn't have her usual load, she got a headache, as did I. This highlighted her dependency on caffeine, so she cut it out. I am weak and had seven diet cokes today. I willl need to try the one DC, one water plan, and see if that helps.
I've found when I needed to cut back on caffeine gradually is better...my drink of choice is coffee (we make it 50% decaf in the morning but I drink two full mugs).
So about 2/3 of your typical load the first day, less the next, and so on, such that in a week you could be weaned. I haven't had diet drinks in a long time, and stopped drinking soda (except when iced tea isn't available and I don't want water) a decade or more ago. (Now my biggest vice is a beer a day).
Yup, that's what I was trying to say. The headache made me angry, and that was that. It was a painful week+ of withdrawal, though. Every time the caffeine creeps back in, I end up going through the headaches again.
It is easier to put down more water now that it's warm/humid enough to leave me dehydrated after my morning runs.
You can do it... I cut all caffeine several years ago as it was having awful effects on my body. (Basically setting off minor panic attacks.) It took me a while to figure out what was causing the problem. I still eat chocolate but that's it. No coffee, no tea except this caffeine free herbal type Arizona sells, no soda except things like orange, grape, and most root beers (Barqs is not caffeine free but most others are).
Decided to stick with the Diet Coke... The alternate was worse - a ton of candy.