Ok. I have to come clean. I have been working on a solution to the coffee problem for a while now. I think, friends, I have finally figured out a method of preserving the “good feels” behind coffee without having to take a complete brain-bursting headache-induced coffee break or mass consume such a quantity of the liquid as would most likely give a cat or other small animal a heart attack. I would like to offer a possible solution to the caffeine problem, one that allows you to back off while still giving you that warm, hot cup of Joe. when you really need it. It’s like this: you drink coffee, feel the buzz, boom boom get to work, have to go piss after ten minutes, etc. For us ADDers, we get a lot accomplished during that time, NEED to have that time, at least every once in a while. (And we get a freaking hell of a lot accomplished too!)
So, the issue becomes, “coffee doesn’t give me a buzz anymore – what’s the damn deal?” The deal is that your body gets used to the drug, caffeine, which so wonderfully speeds up seemingly every process in your brain and cells; after a while, the same amount of caffeine just doesn’t produce the same effect anymore. So, we consume more and more in our quest, until we become so accustomed to it that, not only do we feel nothing extra but, were we to quite, there would be painful consequences involved. Well, this solution might not work for everyone, but it has worked well for me so far. I can drink coffee all the time without having to suffer the negative withdrawal effects, and I can add in the functional benefits of caffeine as often as I need to.
It is important to note that as long as you reframe from drinking caffeinated beverages after six o’clock at night, you shouldn’t have much of any problems getting to sleep on time, if you follow my method.
Three steps to prepare:
- Have a lot more decaffeinated coffee on hand in proportion to the regular amount of coffee that you consume.
- Treat your decaf as the base of every invention of coffee that you concoct, both in the morning and in the evening. You will be drinking mostly decaf from here on out.
- Always mix in at least a miniscule amount of caffeinated substance in with the decaf in order to thwart off the god-awful headaches that would otherwise be the result.
Three general steps to the solution:
- As a rule of thumb, use the ratio of about 1/4 to 1/8 caffeinated substance to every 3/4 to 7/8 decaf.
- Even out the ratio from time to time, when the need arises or the desire flaunts itself, to perhaps a 50/50 ratio (or more!)
- Always bring yourself back every so often (read: MOST OF THE TIME), back to your basic ratio (to reset your system’s level of dependency on the caffeine), and keep up the ratio for a long enough period of time to force your body to adjust to it.
BOOM! Now, you aren’t nearly so dependent on coffee anymore, but you can still use it’s boisterous, bolstering effects when the need arises. Hope this works for someone else out there, ’cause it sure has helped me. In fact, I am going to drink my afternoon decaf treatment right now – with a little bit of fuel mixed in, too.
NOTE: I am not a doctor and do not offer any medical advice. Any problems or issues of any size and caliber that arise from your consumption of caffeinated beverages without the consultation of a board-certified medical doctor are on your own head!