No matter what time you wake up, 4:00 am, 9, 10, or even noon, we all know what that 2:00pm wall feels like. I woke up at 4:15 today for my workout, downed some pre-workout caffeine, came home to get ready and packed my pre-workout water bottle for work today that I'll drink around 2:00pm, and I'm about to leave to get a coffee for work. Let's just say, caffeine gets me through the day.. (I don't sleep much).
And as I’m not doctor, and I can’t really explain the healthiest option for the overall population (It depends on your own caffeine tolerance), but I can share with you what I do, and let you know the options to avoid.
What not to do:
Don’t go to Dutch Bro’s and get the Blue Rebel, 911 or Double Torture, you’ll either give yourself a heart attack or be at your sugar limit for the week.. This includes avoiding gas station energy drinks like Redbulls and Monsters. Cross that off your list, burn the list, and throw the ashes away. It shouldn’t even be on your mind.
Also don’t get a caramel frap, white chocolate mocha, pumpkin spice whatever thinking it will solve your problems. Again with the sugar.
1st evaluate your diet at the 2 o’clock hour. If you’re feeling like you could fall asleep at your desk think about how many carbs you’ve had so far in your day. Did you have toast for breakfast, oat meal, or red potatoes for lunch? What have you eaten. Because food is energy and if you’re low on energy you likely need food. See where I’m going with this? Evaluate your diet and make sure your body is getting what it needs to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.
2nd Do you like coffee? In the morning I drink my coffee with breakfast. Freshly brewed from my fancy shmancy $10 coffee pot with my $5 winco brand coffee. Talking creamer.. I don’t use any. I like my coffee black and I like to stay below 10g of added sugar a day. Creamer has some sugar. BUT if you absolutely cannot have coffee black, a little dash of creamer will make all the difference and a little creamer is better than the 12 oz Redbull. It’s about the lifestyle. If you want to enjoy a cup of coffee with vanilla creamer every morning then do it. You only live once! And there’s not potential for a heart attack like your other options;) If you’re on the go and wanna stop at Starbs, my order is the 16oz Americano with non fat milk.
3rd If you don’t like coffee there are alternatives to caffeine intake. I’m not going to make any statements about what’s healthy for you here, I’m not telling you it’s the best option. But if I need it, I take caffeine in pill form. There’s also new coffee chewable tablets you can get. I’ll leave the research and rest up to you!
4th pre-workout. I use energize from Beachbody about 30 minutes before a workout and it makes all the difference. I know people who take pre-workout in the morning as well as a coffee alternative. If you want pricing/purchasing information click here:
So that’s pretty much it! I get my energy from FOOD/CARBS/Fruit, COFFEE, (sometimes pills), and PREWORKOUT. Obviously the best option is getting your fuel from natural food sources. I would recommend evaluating your diet, if you need a nutrition program let me know and I can work something up for you. The most important thing to note when looking for caffeine sources is SUGAR.