Reminder For The Caffeine Contest And Jerky Update

Last week on Thursday, I challenged you to stop consuming caffeine. In order to win the $75 in jerky and a free hour of Private Paleo Coaching with me, start writing in today about how it’s going for you. Some of you have already written in with, quite honestly, some amazing results.

Please comment in one of three places in order to be automatically entered to win:
1) below this post OR
2) on our Facebook page here OR
3) below last week’s post here.

I’ll be choosing a winner on Sunday, so get your comments in by Saturday night.

Jerky Update
I realized after I posted our jerky supplier, Slant Shack Jerky, that while they use grass-fed beef and all natural ingredients (very cool), all of their jerky is made with soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, both of which contain wheat and/or soy. I’m not about to give you guys $75 worth of something that contains wheat or soy, so I sourced (with the help of Slant Shack Jerky – thanks, guys) a more Paleo friendly jerky from Caveman Fuel. They’ll be providing the winner with a $75 gift certificate to buy some amazing jerky. Actually, I haven’t tried it, so you guys should order some up and let me know how it is.

That’s it for today. Hope to hear some life changing stories about how you ditched caffeine and now feel like a different person (or how not drinking caffeine sucks and you hate me for even suggesting you do it). I want to hear it all…


  1. No caffeine is going well. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love my tea! I’ve been successfully able to give up the black tea and go for herbal which is naturally caffeine free.

  2. It was a little difficult at first, but now I’m waking up alert so it’s more missing the ‘morning cuppa’ than the caffeine. Good thing there’s decaf! I’ve also been trying some new herbal teas, which I love because I don’t feel the need to add anything to them.

  3. I have been (mostly) off caffeine for years, but I do still drink green tea, and most recently, have been in training for my very forst half marathon (which is this Sunday!) My caffeine struggle came when it was suggested to me that I use those gels during my longs runs . Most of these gels 1. taste awful, and 2. are HIGHLY caffeinated. Well, I am a happy girl because I recently found one that is all natural! Tastes like honey and is made with ginseng for the engergy punch! Works great for me… and allows me to beat the caffeine reactions! No more caffeine for this girl!

  4. Well, as a now “ex diet coker” I have to say its been difficult. However, I made up my mind that I was done with it and haven’t turn back since. I have to say though that I have had a sprite or 2 to satiate my bubbly, cold, sweet craving.

  5. I’m not a coffee drinker, so my pain isn’t as acute as those who are giving up the dark brew. But I love green tea. I’ve been drinking a lot of herbal tea, and I made one cup of DIY decaf green tea which didn’t give me any buzz to speak of. (I think dumping the first steeping takes out 85-95% of the caffeine, if I remember correctly.) I’m also looking for kukicha (made from the twigs of the tea plant rather than the leaves), which Chris Kresser mentioned on his podcast as a good option that has a fraction of green tea’s caffeine content.

  6. WOOOO! I’m going to try to win all of your contests! So, I LOVE caffeine! I love coffee, coke, diet coke, green tea, kombucha, etc. But moreover I love the tradition of my morning coffee and my afternoon coffee break plus I just love the taste of my candy coffee. So, when I first started paleo I cut out all forms of caffeine immediately. I went through a *really* bad detox because of that but obviously that means it needed to be outta my body! I’ve had a half cup a few times though and it made me so jumpy, and immediately gave me heartburn. So, there’s my answer – I shouldn’t be having that stuff anymore!

  7. Well, I’m a coke addict, recently moved to diet coke for weight reasons. Am going Paleo from tomorrow, so giving up coke!! Wish me luck!!

  8. giving up caffeine has not been bad at all… I used to drink coffee every day first thing at work.
    I am on my 4th week of Paleo and its been great. I feel more awake even after a long day at the office and am starting to see the dark circles under my eyes fade.
    I will admit I still have a cup or two on the weekend as a treat and its even better then.
    I am realizing I really don’t need coffee, I am very happy thus far! Instead of coffee I drink herbal Peppermint Tea in the morning with either raw honey or Stevia In The Raw.

  9. I quit my caffeine crutch about six months ago…cold turkey :) I feel soooo much better with a more consistent energy level not to mention all the money I save not going to Starbucks!!

  10. Well, I have been off caffeine, sugar, fast-food, eating out for 8 days now…I have more Natural energy, I have some headaches (obviously going to happen when your pretty much going through a detox), I have lost 10 pounds Already! I’m just glad I am getting the toxins out of my body and will be Allot healthier for it. Paleo is a great way to eat/live…all organic, grass-fed, pasture raise meat and vegetables! And it makes me feel great cooking home-made meals for my fiance and I!

  11. I went cold turkey last July on a road trip through OR. Twice. On Day One without the morning Cupa Joe, I had a migraine headache at 11.30am as if I was stabbed behind my right eye. All I could think of was where to get a coffee. Couldn’t even keep a conversation with my kids. Felt like a junkie on a mission.
    In complete denial of any dependency, I tried again a week later. It can’t be that bad to go without coffee, I thought. Day One was probably a fluke. Oh No. It wasn’t. The deja vu started at exactly 11.30am and my eyes rolled back in pain.
    Upon returning home I knew I had to overcome the addiction. But with a tapering plan. First, I cut my volume, then I switched to decaf. Now I only drink tea – mostly herbal. I am happy to report that with a plan I had no withdrawal symptoms and have been coffee clean since August 2011.

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