Feeling that 2 o’clock energy zap? Need a mid afternoon pick me up to get you through the rest of the day?
Well.. I’m NOT A DOCTOR, and I can’t really explain the healthiest option for the overall population. It certainly depends on your own caffeine tolerance.
What I can do though, is tell 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 (or any of their menu drinks for that matter), 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've trained myself to like my coffee black and I try 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. Tea is also a great alternative, healthiest too!
If you’re on the go and wanna stop at Starbs, my order is the 16oz Americano with non fat milk, although to you, it might taste like shit at first.
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 inquire 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. This Redbull has 27g of sugar that's nearly 3 days of added sugar intake for me..
If you want more info, a nutrition program, a workout program or have questions/suggestions on blogs shoot me an email! I'd love to hear from you.