1. Sharon McEachern

    Hi Kat — Props to you for being brave enough to make some big changes in your life. Change is very hard! And boy so is kicking caffeine addiction. Manufacturers keep pushing caffeine on us because it is addictive and guarantees they’ll continuously have repeat customers. The world’s most popular drug, caffeine is in EVERYTHING! Beverage (think energy drinks), food and pharmaceutical products have more and more caffeine — even chewing gum and potato chips!

    The problem is that people have no idea just how much caffeine they consume every day. And now “caffeine intoxication” is a real problem. America’s poison control centers and hospital emergency rooms are seeing increasing numbers of people who are ill from caffeine intoxication — more than half are under 18 years old.

    Again, when it’s health versus profits, the winner is profits. It’s so important to be aware. Ethic Soup blog as a series of concise, informative articles on caffeine at:



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    You are a very, very brave woman! I too have fought to call it quits but cannot muster the strength to see it through…

    I think it has something to do with having worked at Starbucks years ago (therein grew my addiction).

    On a serious note though, I really do think it’s a good thing. It’s a great feeling when you can go through your days and weeks without having to grab a cup of coffee (or redbull in my case).

  3. Crystal Peterson

    Kat – great post. I’m doing the “pee-pee” dance as I type because I did not want to take a break. ?

    The church retreat sounds like it was awesome! Can’t wait to read your blog post about it.

  4. Kat


    Thanks for the reply–that’s an interesting article. I’ve fortunately never been a big energy drink fan, but I had no idea that the levels of caffeine in some were that high.


    If I had ever worked at Starbucks, I probably would have never gone home at night. I’d have just camped out drinking till I passed out… 🙂

    And I think it’s going to be a good thing. Once I get used to it.


    It’s funny, and yet it’s not, that we push ourselves like that, isn’t it? And I’ll probably post a link once the blog post is up–but it’s not going up here–it’s going up on my church’s blog.


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    A good alternative that I’ve enjoyed is decaf herbal teas. The hot drink aspect fills at least part of the need that coffee hits.


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