I am totally addicted to caffeine. In my opinion, any tough spot in life - or celebration - can be made better with a diet coke - especially one from McD's! After surgery, I will not be able to have carbonation or caffeine - at least for a while. So, I decided to go ahead and start weaning myself. I had given up carbonation a few months ago as I was losing weight. That wasn't nearly as hard as giving up caffeine. I am struggling. I didn't have any caffeine until this evening. On top of that, I have a head cold/sinus congestion. A caffeine withdraw headache and a sinus headache combo is not fun.
The reason for not having carbonation is that the air bubbles cause even more of a sensation of fullness, causing me to not want to eat. I will have trouble eating enough asit is...also, they lead to bloat, and are just generally not a good thing for my new tiny stomach. The reason for cutting down on caffeine is that caffeine is a diuretic. Because I will be taking in so much less liquid to begin with, there is danger of becoming dehydrated. That's not a good thing for anyone...but it poses even more issues for someone with a tiny pouch for a stomach. These are the issues that I have chosen to deal with in order to end up healthier on the other side!
My plan for tomorrow is to have a little caffeine in the morning...then lots of water...and then maybe a little tea tomorrow evening.
Beginning Monday, I will be on a liquid diet...I want to have the caffeine thing kind of kicked by then. I can't imagine the grumps that could come from hunger and caffeine withdraw at the same time.
Any words of wisdom on kicking caffeine would be appreciated!