My good intentions of quitting caffeine were ended by mid-day on Day 2. Well, I shouldn't say ended. I have every intention of quitting. I made the mistake of not weaning myself off before starting the Reset. Those first 2 days were pretty miserable with the withdrawal headaches and related nausea.
|Click the pic to read about caffeine withdrawal symptoms.|
Those withdrawal symptoms are reassurance that I am doing the right thing by giving up the caffeine. Food should not make us sick and if it does, we need to give it up so we can feel our best. Caffeine withdrawal symptoms are similar to, but not as severe as, withdrawals from narcotics. Seriously, how can it be good for you with those kinds of reactions. I should say in the quantities I had been consuming it is not good for you. The headaches subsided the moment I drank one cup of coffee. As of today, I had only one cup of coffee, enough to stave off the headache. I'll reduce the amount each day until I'm off it completely. The only exception I'll make is in my pre-workout energy supplement. For Insanity and BODYCOMBAT, this pre-workout boost is a must, especially when I'm awake at 4 am on the days I teach at 6 am!
Aside from this minor setback, the reset has been exactly what my body needed. The discomfort in my gut is gone. My energy level is back up. My head is more clear and I can focus better. I'm feeling back to myself already. I know by the end of this 21 days I will feel better than I have ever felt, even after I did this 2 years ago. I'm very much looking forward to it!
My meals for the first week are the same each day with the exception of the fruit. I'm adding in fruit to fuel for my workouts. My fruit choices change each day. You can find them on Twitter.com at @bbcoachheather. I tried to post them but it isn't working (crappy internet).