Monday, August 11, 2008

The Caffeine Addiction

For the past 10 years, my husband has been addicted to Mountain Dew. We're talking 2-4 liters per day. Recently, his doctor encouraged him to cut back on his caffeine/sugar consumption. I am so proud of him, because he has dramatically cut back to only 1 liter per week! This accomplishment is not to be taken lightly. For you coffee drinkers out there, imagine eliminating your coffee consumption! Because caffeine is a drug, he went through the initial withdrawal symptoms (headache, tired, grumpy, etc.), but now he says he feels much better than he did while drinking so much Mountain Dew. He hopes to completely eliminate his Dew consumption in the near future! He is considering starting a support group called "I'm Done With The Dew!" (IDWTD).

So now we are (almost) a caffeine-free family. To replace "The Dew" in our household, Todd requested that I start making Kool-Aid. We went to the grocery store and he (and Grace) chose the flavors. I was pleasantly surprised to see how cheap it is to make your own Kool-Aid. In my Walmart, the little generic packets are 9 cents each to make 2 quarts. All flavors are caffeine-free. You must add your own sweetener, and I choose to use a combination of Splenda/sugar.

Hey, I know it's not as good as drinking water, but it's a lot better than a Mountain Dew habit!

1 comment:

Mimi said...

I am sooo very proud of you! I know how very much you LOVE Mountain Dew and how hard this must have been for you. Way to go! Love, Mimi