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How Do Caffeine-Free People Keep their Energy Up?


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Since I've had no caffeine for 16 days, I also have less energy. How do caffeine-free folks do it? I miss the little jolt I got from a small amount of coffee each day.

Also, is it my imagination, or are fewer Sparkers blogging and huddling these days?

Wishing all a fun day.

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MOMMACASSEY 4/18/2011 3:23PM

    Oh, wow, I thought it was just me. Yeah, it seems like fewer people are blogging and huddling and posting messages on the boards...

So, a great big thank you for letting me know that's not just me!

And I don't know how you do it, giving up caffeine. I gave up mine right after I had a baby, so I was sleeping every couple of hours throughout the day. I'm back to drinking at least one cup of coffee a day, though--trying to keep my tolerance low again, but I don't know if I could make it through the day without some caffeine.

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TRACYZABELLE 4/18/2011 3:28AM

    Apples give you more energy than a cup of coffee~~ Exercise gives you energy too!

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RYDERB 4/17/2011 2:47PM

    You gave up all caffeine? Ouch. I couldn't do that. I don't have to have coffee, but I love green tea. I have at least 5 cups a day. I thought it was suppose to be good for you. I'm glad you're a lot stronger than I am.

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KANSASROSE67 4/14/2011 11:25AM

    I never was a coffee or tea drinker, but did drink quite a bit of Diet Pepsi. I haven't been drinking it for almost a year now. I drink 10-12 cups of water a day, try for 8 hours of sleep, exercise every morning and eat as healthy as possible. I find that when I'm doing those things, I have way more energy than ever before. You'll get to that point, I promise!

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/14/2011 10:12AM

    Good questions... no good answers from me.

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KTMAE2006 4/13/2011 9:17PM

    Check out this blog entry! Mama Pea ALWAYS has great posts!
http://peasandthankyou.co
m/2011/01/23/wean-from-the-bean
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I think with the warmer weather people just aren't on spark as much. I find that Spark is a little busier fall-spring. and slow during the summer.

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YOUDONTOWNME 4/13/2011 8:48PM

    I have found since giving up my Diet Coke I want to do more healthy things so I am exercising more and being more active which gives me extra energy.

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CATLADY52 4/13/2011 1:56PM

    Possibly you've made a connection between people not having any caffeine and not blogging. They are so ampped from living a healthy life they forget to keep their blogs up. Just a thought.

And emoticon on quitting caffeine.

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JLITT62 4/13/2011 1:21PM

    When you find the answer, let me know! I don't do much caffeine & my energy is certainly better, but it's still not quite where I want it to be.

I wasn't trolling for comments on my blog today, just concerned at the lack of blogs from people who used to be regulars.

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LHACKING13 4/13/2011 1:16PM

    For me it's about getting the right amount of sleep, water, eating right and being active during the day. If I'm active then I'm more tired at night and I sleep better resulting in feeling better the next day.

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ANGEL_GRAVER 4/13/2011 12:45PM

    I am mostly caffeine free. The only time I have caffeine is my once-a-week lunch date with Hubby. The restaurant doesn't have caffeine free Diet Coke, so I have a regular one. (I only have one soday per day, and it's at lunch.)

I felt the same as you at first. Now that it's been several months, though, I feel SO much better! I actually feel as if I have more energy all day long. The caffeine would give me a quick burst of energy, but when it dropped off, my energy would totally crash. Now that I don't have to deal with that crash several times a day, I am more energetic than before.

Hang in there!


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LIBBYFITZ 4/13/2011 11:22AM

    I never really saw coffee in that way and now don't drink it unless I am at a decent coffee shop and I get an espresso. A good night's sleep usually does the trick for me. Or a piece of fruit. emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/13/2011 10:55AM

    emoticon Apples!!! Try eating an apple for breakfast. I read somewhere an apple naturally has caffeine like a cup of coffee.

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NATPLUMMER 4/13/2011 10:53AM

    I can't help you. I do drink at least one cup of coffee a day. I've been reading plenty of blogs...certainly enough to keep me really busy.
Have a good one!!

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KATYAROSE 4/13/2011 10:35AM

    I'm not purposely caffeine-free as I will drink a cup of coffee about once a month, but since joining SparkPeople I have been completely soda-free. I used to rely on soda to get me through the day. Ironically, now that I'm not guzzling caffeinated drinks throughout the day, I actually I have more energy. But I have made other changes too. I make sure I get eight hours of sleep a night, I drink 10+ cups water per day, and I exercise a lot, and I my eating habits are much healthier and more balanced throughout the day. If I feel my energy dive during the day (normally about mid-afternoon when it does happen), I drink more water and/or have a snack with a mix of carbs and protein. That always does the trick. I think the hard part in all this, is that it's not any one thing that keeps my energy levels so high. It's a combination of behaviors. But, I think if you implement them even incrementally, you'll still see improvements.

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