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Caffeine Break

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PostPosted: August 30, 2004 8:28 AM 

I finally did it.

It used to be that every year I would take a week off coffee, consume no caffeine for a full week - just to show that I could. About 4 years ago I tried this for the first time in a few years, and failed. On day two, I felt really sick. To the point that I had to go home from work. Later that day I had a coffee. Perhaps it was just coincidence, perhaps I was getting sick anyway - but it took four years for me to try it again.

This time I decided to do things gradually, rather than cold turkey. Over a span of the past 3 months, I gradually reduced my coffee intake from 4 cups a day to 3 cups a day and then to two cups a day. After that, I reduced it to one cup in the moring and a cup of Yerba Mate tea in the afternoon (Yerba Mate is an organic tea that contains some naturally occuring caffeine - not a lot - and 149 nutrients). Finally, 3 weeks ago, I eliminated the coffee altogther, having Yerba Mate in the morning and afternoon. A week later, it was only one cup of Yerba Mate, in the afternoon. Then finally last week zero caffeine for the entire seven days. I had some minor headaches, but nothing too bad, since I stepped things down slowly.

I am now drinking my first coffee in three weeks. Going forward, I am still going to drink coffee, of course, but probably not as much. :)

Mark Carey

PostPosted: November 23, 2004 9:23 AM 

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PostPosted: December 9, 2004 12:35 PM 

The good word of yerba spreads itself. It has been our philosophy from the start that a good thing need not be marketed with hyperbole (others do far too good of a job with that) but with the love of the product. Yerba mate really is the only tea that has been able to supplant coffee drinking in our daily habits. It's flavor is complex enough and it's stimulant properties strong enough and it's effects benign and positive enough. Our site (which started out as a hobby) now sports low prices of the best, most traditional brands of yerba mate, and folk art mates, gourds, and bombillas for the yerba mate tea ritual. You will find information and links to alternative sources of information. We'd love to hear from you. Cheers!


PostPosted: May 10, 2005 10:15 AM 

After drinking Yerba Mate on a daily basis, have you ever had to stop cold turkey for any reason and if so, did you experience any headaches? Each time I had to do this (mainly when I would go out of town and had no access to Yerba Mate), after 3-4 days, I'd experience very bad headaches. Perhaps this is coincidental...thought I'd ask.

Mark Carey

PostPosted: May 10, 2005 10:21 AM 

The answer to your question is no. I haven't had to stop as you describe. However, I still drink about 1.5 cups of coffee every morning and 1.5 cups of Yerba Mate every afternoon. Becuase of this I would expect to get caffeine withdrawal headaches if I suddenly stopped drinking both.


PostPosted: August 23, 2006 11:45 AM 

Try leaving cafeine on a ski trip - it worked for me. In day 1 I didn't really understand how I got to the slopes but on day 4, after 9-to-5 ski daily schedule I was feeling quite good. I guess cold might be of some help...


PostPosted: October 29, 2006 12:43 PM 

Hi guys there!

If you want to know more about this great tea, Yerba Mate, please visit our website:

You will find history, nutrition properties, helpful links and lots of ORGANIC Yerba Mate brands.

Also, here´s a slide show in 9 steps to learn how to brew Yerba Mate the south american way:

Would love to hear some feedback!

Have a nice day!

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