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    The need for caffeine

    Alright, a couple of years ago i stoped drinking soda's and caffeine all together. It is great, in college if i need to pull an alnighter i can just drink one coke and be up for hours! However, it is summer and i have turned into a working stiff. I'm also taking night classes and I'm really starting to need some caffeine or something to get me going in the mornings. I would really rather prefer not going broke visiting take-your-bucks in the morning, or even drinking caffeine if i can avoid it. so my question is how do you all do it?

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    Exercise. Go for a bike ride or jog for 20 minutes. It'll keep you up. And adequate rest and sleep. Healthy eating. You know, the same ol same ol.

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    coffee is the only thing i've ever really been addicted to. late last year i started to develop stomach problems so i went cold turkey. i felt really good, my energy levels smoothed out (didn't peak and crash as much). my problem was i just wasn't eating enough food.

    however, i find it nearly impossible to avoid in an office setting...so once in a while i get a small cup from somewhere and drink it only if i have a snack or meal. that seems to work for me.

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    Ditto on the sleep. It's the one thing my schedule has deprived me of the last several weeks. Sure 'nuff, I find myself compensating with caffeine (we have plenty of local alternatives to Charge-bucks, but I make it at work, 'cuz even the alt shops are expensive).

    If you must have caffeine, there's a tea/herb called yerba matte, that supposedly doesn't have the side effects (stomach, etc.) of coffee, soda, etc. It's astoundingly bitter, however, and you'll probably have to blend it with a much milder herb tea, or do as they do in Peru, and load it up with sugar (with its own clutch of nutritional baggage, of course).

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    Why on earth are you avoiding caffiene? Healthy people have no reason to avoid it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Cook
    Why on earth are you avoiding caffiene? Healthy people have no reason to avoid it.
    I gave up caffine for two reasons. First, even on two cups per day I would occasionally feel like my heart was skipping a beat ... freaked me out a bit. Second, if I didn't have coffee on the weekends, I would invariably wind up with a KILLER headache on Sunday. It sucked. Now, I dond't know if it's that I'm especially sensitive to caffine, but I don't miss it one bit. I sleep better as well.

    Oh and I'm very healthy ...

    -mark

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    How about power naps?
    Sometimes a 15 minute doze refreshes me really well...

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    I second the Yerba Mate Tea... I've been drinking it for a few years now... nice smooth caffeine kick, without the post caffeing letdown... according to the back of the tea box Guayaki brand Yerba Mate tea :

    Provides Mental Clarity
    Sustains Physical Energy
    Improves Digestion
    Promote balance in the body
    Contains Anti Oxidants...

    I'd recommend it fully..

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    Lance drinks Peet's. Nuff said.
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    When staying up late in school, I'd drink hot water... it would calm my system down so I wouldn't get panicky/fidgity etc.
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    There is no medical reasons that says caffeine is bad so why give it up?

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    I'm not saying that i will give it up, I'm just trying to find alternatives so I'm not "addicted" to caffeine during work.

    I think I'll look into the tea, and/or the morning cycling, but getting up early is not my specialty
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