I'm a programmer and while I used to be a sort of god, I've grown somewhat fat (hard to tell because I'm extremely tall, but it's there) and hopelessly addicted to caffeine. It's bad enough that I wake up feeling slight withdrawal symptoms (headache, slow mental acuity, difficulty giving a crap about anyone or anything), so I want to figure out how to at least control that aspect of my health before I start working out again, so that in theory when I do work out, I don't have to do so with a Whomping Willow of a headache. (My workouts are always at 6 AM, due to my work schedule.) Thanks for any tips!
Drink a cup of coffee....then slowly eat an apple. Repeat 3 times each morning for 2 weeks.
Then Take the coffee down to 2 cups and the apples up to 4 for 2 weeks.
Finally, two apples, then one cup coffee, then 3 apples.
Then....switch to hot, naturally caffeine free herbal teas....and keep eating apples in place of the coffee.
I'm not drinking coffee specifically (even though I love it). At this point, I drink 2-3 Crystal Light Energy packets dissolved in 48 oz of water every morning, then usually one other caffeinated drink during the day. It's not necessarily that much, but it's definitely enough to make me jittery and also paranoid (which is my normal state, too, but it's worse).
@Donotbelieve: I hope you're going to be okay. When I quit about a year ago, I held out for maybe 8 months, and then wham (the band), I dove back in harder than before. I hate addiction so much.