For reasons I truly cannot understand, over the past few weeks my body seems to have decided it doesn't want coffee anymore. The drink I once craved like no other now makes me feel sick. While I've spent every morning since high school savoring a cup of hot coffee, I'm beginning to come to terms with the fact that at least for now, it seems I'll have to give up that precious part of my morning routine. If you've found yourself in the same coffee-free boat, there are some signs of caffeine withdrawal that you should definitely be prepared for. Hint: They're not very pleasant.
However, there is a silver lining: According to Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RD, LD/N, a nutrition consultant for RSP Nutrition, if you're looking to cut out coffee from your diet, you might be able to reduce the severity of the caffeine withdrawal side effects by making the change gradually rather than going cold-turkey. "It may be more palatable to do a gradual wean so the side effects and psychological craving isn't as severe," she tells Elite Daily over email. One easy way to do this is to cut down your daily dose of the good stuff little by little. Either reduce your cup count, or mix in some decaf grounds with your usual coffee of choice to slowly train your body to go without caffeine.
As for how long you can expect to feel some of these sluggish side effects, Moreno says it can vary greatly depending on your metabolism, as well as other individual health factors. For a point of reference, Moreno tells Elite Daily that one of her recent clients adjusted to the switch 10 days after giving up coffee. That doesn't sound so awful, right?
Whether it takes your body 10 days or an entire month to learn to run caffeine-free, watch out for the following withdrawal signs so that you know exactly how to address them.