The 7-Day Caffeine Detox

Break your addiction to caffeinated beverages with this plan.

The 7-Day Caffeine Detox

By Toni Gasparis

Coffee, soda, energy drinks, and other caffeinated beverages are a staple in many of our lives to help keep us awake throughout the day. But too much caffeine is not good for our bodies! If you've developed an addiction to caffeine use this detox plan from nutritionist Maya Feller to detox your dependency in just one week. Feller promises that this plan will help you avoid the side-effects of withdrawal, like headaches, and will improve your mental clarity, sleep quality, and energy levels.


More: Do You Need a Caffeine Detox?

Cut Back Slowly

You cannot successfully quit anything cold turkey and expect to see a positive change. Luckily, nutritionist Maya Feller says a gradual cut back is best. She recommends replacing a 1/4 cup of your coffee with decaf every two days. This means that on days one and two your cup will be 3/4 regular and 1/4 decaf. On days three and four your cup will be 1/2 regular and 1/2 decaf. On days four and five your cup will be 1/4 regular and 3/4 decaf. Then, day five through day seven and onward you will drink all decaf. This process helps you wean yourself off easily. You can also use this method for soda or energy drinks: just replace with seltzer water.

More: The Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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