I actually decided to skip straight over the flirt section and go straught from meat and cheese to a vegan diet...with one exception: COFFEE! okay, so if i use soy creamer, coffee is still technically vegan, i know. but in the book, it's listed as one of the first things to drop, in other words, on the flirt transition list. this terrified me, so i decided to ignore it. the plan was as follows: stop eating meat, stop eating all animals products, stop eating processed foods, stop eating refined flours and sugars, transition to a full-blown superhero diet, and then FINALLY (if ever), give up my beloved coffee. but guess what...
i'm about a month into this vegan thing, and am finally getting over the detox uglies like sleeplessness, pimples, and cheese cravings. foods i didn't like my whole life, like kale and other veggies, are starting to not only taste good, but delicious to me! BUT i've still been drinking coffee. and this past week, i've continued with the morning routine. something has changed, though. it's started to feel like a chore. i feel like i'm forcing it. before, i would nearly crawl on the floor to the coffee pot every morning - before i even had my morning pee. and the whole family knows, leave mommy alone until she's had some coffee. and if i didn't have a coffee by 10am, the whole day was ruined from a migraine and feeling totally ill.
but NOW, it's like the coffee itself is what's making me sick. i don't know what's happening, but coffee (and i never thought i'd say this) is ....losing it's appeal. and it's actually CAUSING my headaches instead of preventing them! so i've made a big decision, possibly even bigger than giving up meat (for me, anyway). even saying it is a huge step for me....okay, here it goes. I HEREBY VOW....*sigh*....TO STOP DRINKING COFFEE. whoa....that's huge. wish me luck! eek!
Good Luck! I was sooooo addicted to coffee. Friends would joke about my dependence on it. I was feeling so crappy everyday that when I got this book I decided coffee was gonna go and be replaced by green and white tea's. And it's amazing. I haven't had a headache in 16 days, I was getting them every other day! Also my excruciatingly bad cramps that I have gotten during my period every month for the past 2 years were non-existent this month. I have kicked the coffee habit! It's a miracle, and I will never go back.
Good luck! I am nearing the point where I will be attempting the same thing and it's difficult. I equate afternoon headaches with lack of caffeine (which should probably be a red flag) but I just love that morning cup of coffee. I hope that all goes well for you :-).
I love, love, love my coffee but gave it up about a month and a half ago...it makes me jittery after the initial "buzz" has worn off. Anyway; was feeling great but the other day I caved and had a cup two mornings in a row. The result? HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE MOOD SWINGS. Beware going back to coffee after giving it up....I think it just goes to show what a powerful effect caffeine has on your body :( I'm sticking with decaf green tea and lemon water now--boring but makes me feel SO much better all around. The coffee 'high' just isn't worth it.
This is a really hard one for me too. I love my homemade cappuccinos. I make myself one every morning and have for the last 7 years. 3 ounces of espresso and 4 ounces of "milk". That's it. I never drink brewed coffee and I only occasionally ever have a second latte in the day, usually a Starbucks double short soy latte to get it closest to what I make at home. :) At home, I make my cappuccino with either soy, rice/soy, hemp, or coconut milk. It varies depending on my mood. (The soy and rice/soy make the best cappuccinos - better foam)
I don't think I'm addicted to caffeine because I can skip several days with no noticable difference. I do that when I'm traveling. I miss the taste and the ritual.
oh, god, sierra, PLEASE stop describing coffee in such delicious detail! mmmm....i am a serious addict. i might as well hook up a freaking IV or start eating the beans straight to save on time (i actually used to do this on a regular basis). this is day 2 of no coffee for me. i've been drinking coffee daily for the last 11 years of my life, and i'm only 26. yesterday was awful. i had a headache and was GRUMPY, to say the least. i brewed some decaf in the afternoon, and it helped my craving some. last night i bought some guayaki yerba mate, though, so that's what i drank today. i LOVE it. and i don't even need to add sweetener to it! i couldn't even do that with coffee. i add just a tiny bit of soy milk to it, and it's perfect. it isn't totally caffeine free either, which is good for me, at least while i'm transitioning. i do miss the brewing and the ritual of it. but today was much better than yesterday, so i think this yerba mate thing will work. i recommend it.
My big addiction is Mountain Dew. I have such an addiction to it that people around me call it my liquid crack. I know that sounds horrible but it's the truth. I have recently given up cigarettes, meat, and dairy (with a couple of small setbacks) and I haven't attempted the Mt. Dew yet. I am still going through detox and would really like to sleep a couple of nights first but then it has to go. If anyone has any suggestions I will greatly appreciate them. Thank you and good luck to everyone!
I have not read the book yet... ( I have absoloutley no disposable income at the moment) so I am curious to know why it urges vegans to give up coffee? I have read studies that coffee in moderation can be good for you..is this not true? Please, if anyone knows exactly WHY we shouldn't drink coffee let me know, thanks.
I gave up coffee 8 days ago when I chose to eat the vegan way.I take valerian root sometimes to help me sleep.I woke up with what I call a valerian root hangover.Really groggy and I couldn't snap out of it. I broke down and had coffee.Man did I feel like crap.I felt my blood sugar raise and my blood sugar drop.It's funny when you drink it all the time ,you don't notice how it affects you.I'm allergic to caffeine but I would still drink it. For those of you that haven't given it up yet,you can't believe how much better you feel.Even better than you feel now for this new way of life.I sure learned my lesson. I encourage all of you to try to give it up.All in your own time.