My method: I faithfully abstained from coffee for one month. I started to feel MUCH better! No more stomach aches by the afternoon and surprisingly more energy. So by month two I was interested to see what would happen if I drank coffee just once, "it'll be fiiinnnneee". Boy was I wrong! After a 6 oz coffee + 6 hrs I was not a happy Robin. I had a couple more relapses (just to see) and had a cup while at work or an espresso at home. These were not comfortable days. I seem to get stomach pain very high up (not lower intestinal or anything) about 6 hours after drinking the delicious brew. Is that weird?
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I've tried it black, with organic beans, with regular milk, soy milk, almond milk, that gross non-dairy-creamer we have at work, sugar, no sugar, other sweeteners and nothing makes a difference. It's too bad since I just got some yummy new coffee syrups this past Christmas and adore lattes - especially made on our new espresso machine gifted at our wedding. I'm coming to terms that coffee may not be in my future. One day I suppose I could get medically allergy tested to see what comes up but up until now I've never seen the need as I'm not allergic/intolerant to anything. I still love coffee flavored things (ice cream, cakes, desserts) and those are still a go; for now.
Ideas still to try (cling to): try caffeine free diet, low acid coffee, coffee alternatives, teeccino... learn to love tea?
le sigh... we'll see. Bye coffee, I loved you.