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How to Beat Your Caffeine Habit

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By Brent Bechard

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Brampton

Tips on how to Beat Your caffeine habit

Nutrition Tips for Senior Care from the Home Instead Team

Have you noticed changes in your body after consuming caffeine? Do you get a headache, develop nervousness, or get dizzy? Does your heart feel like it is racing or beating abnormally? It is possible you have taken in too much caffeine and your body is letting you know about it. Many people who live life at breakneck speeds rely on coffee, soda, tea, and energy drinks to get them through the day. As you slow down your lifestyle and retire, your daily habit may be setting your body on edge and resulting in sleepless nights, among other things. Depending on your coffee or soda to get you through the day is no way to spend the best years of your life.

Break your caffeine habit to enjoy better sleep and overall wellness. Healthy eating for seniors begins by making good choices. The professional PSWs (Personal Support Workers) at Home Instead Senior Care Brampton understand this. They are highly trained to help make you nutritious food that enhances your diet and enables you to stay fit.

3 Tips to Kick Your Caffeine Dependence to the Curb

Aging in place on your own terms requires making decisions that on the surface seem hard, but the rewards quickly outstrip the sacrifice. Reducing or eliminating caffeine and soda is one of them. Here are three tips to get you started:

  • Assess Your Caffeine Consumption: It is hard to know how much to cut back if you do not know how much you are consuming. Take a few days, a week, or a month, and keep a food diary. Note how many cups of coffee you drink. List the number of sodas or energy drinks you consume. Some medicines, even over-the-counter ones, include caffeine. List those as well. Do you eat chocolate? Note that too. You can use helpful online charts that list the quantity of caffeine in your favourite foods and beverages. If you are consuming more than 400 mg per day, that’s too much according to Health Canada.
  • Avoid Going “Cold Turkey”: Since caffeine is considered a drug, you may experience withdrawal symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, problems concentrating, and constipation. Cut back gradually by mixing your morning cup with decaf or adding more water incrementally — substitute water for your favourite cola. If you can wean yourself over the course of 2-3 weeks, you stand better odds of avoiding most withdrawals symptoms.
  • Create a New Habit: We are all creatures of habit, and bad habits are the easiest to resume. As you cut out your caffeine, you will want to replace it with other alternatives. For example, check out different herbal teas or coffee-like substitutes such as dandelion root coffee. You can even enjoy green tea, which has 40 milligrams of caffeine versus 100 to 200 mg per cup of coffee.

Better Nutrition for Senior Care begins with a Personal Support Worker

Beat caffeine withdrawal symptoms when you reduce your intake gradually and have the support of a trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care. Our team can help you or your aged parent take the needed steps to regain their health through healthy eating. We can help with cooking healthy meals, personal care, in home care, and a variety of other services. We have several tailored service plans to fit you and your family’s needs.

Call us at (905) 463-0860 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Brampton, Caledon, Woodbridge, Halton Hills area.



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