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January 22nd, 2004

Caffeine

The other afternoon, my boss and I were at a coffee shop. I got a hot chocolate, and he got decaf. He then said that he couldn’t handle caffeine in the afternoon anymore, and that “changes as you get older.” I agreed because I’m finding out that it’s quite true.

When I was growing up, my primary beverage was soda. Regular soda, so it was full-on caffeine and sugar all the time. At one point I prided myself on having a vast selection of soda available – once I had an apartment for it, that is. But now? I don’t drink nearly as much. I have coffee in the morning, and I might have soda with my lunch. But that’s about it. Caffeine-free diet soda has gotten me “down” from caffeine all the time, but I also drink a lot of water.

Are you hooked on the stuff?

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 10:21:56 am
I wish I could stand coffee, but I just loathe the stuff. So when I've had insomnia, the morning cure is Mountain Dew. It seems so wrong, but I gotta work. Besides, last time I quit my blood pressure dropped ten points, when it was normal before. So I have an excuse. Yeah, that's the ticket.



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 10:52:40 am
I've had to cut all caffeine after about mid morning. I still drink 2 or 3 cups of coffee in the morning, but after about 11 AM I avoid caffeine. The half life of caffeine in your system is about 12 hours - and I've found that caffeine in the afternoon will screw with my stomach at night, and my ability to sleep.



FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 12:56:51 pm
When I went off sugar, I went off soda, so there went my main caffeine source, since I can't stand coffee at all. I don't think I miss it and I didn't really have huge withdrawal symptoms, thankfully.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 1:36:13 pm
I drink soda only occasionally... maybe once every couple of weeks, on average. I drink coffee even less rarely (two or three times a year). Of course, I'm a frequent tea drinker, usually three cups a day during the workweek and only occasionally will I have one on the weekend. The caffeine in the tea I drink runs from none to some, and while I was extremely sensitive to caffeine growing up (since my mom never had soda in the house), these days it doesn't seem to affect me either way. I don't get very hyper or affected by having caffeine and I don't really notice it when I haven't had any. It's a good situation. :)

Ginseng can still give me a little bit of a boost, though... I remember in college when I first tried ginseng and how amazed I was at how it really made me feel energetic and alert but not jittery. On the other hand, when I chugged a Jolt without stopping during my freshman year of college, I thought my heart was going to explode out of my chest.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 2:40:43 pm
In addition to my traffic reporting duties, I work a Saturday morning news shift, producing the news while anchoring the sports desk, then I am a call screener for the following talkshow. Day starts at 5am, ends at one.

Except during football season.

During football season, my day keeps going with football coverage, usually doing a high school football game (producing or play by play), while getting updates from local colleges. Often, my Saturdays this past fall ended at around 6-7pm.

5am to 7pm.

You damn right I'm addicted to caffeine. Usually, by the end of the day, I've had way more than a two liter already..It got to be so bad, that I could actually feel my heart pounding by the end of the day.

I've cut down quite a bit, but I still indulge in soda from time to time. I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, so if I need a morning shot of caffeine, I get a Diet Coke.

Still, I know I should cut way way down on the caffeine consumption, because I always feel better when I'm drinking tons of water instead.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 4:30:01 pm
I haven't had a soda since May 2000. I am not a coffe drinker either. When I have tea ocassionally it is decaf.



FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 5:26:36 pm
Too much info, don't say I didn't warn you: I drank an incredible amount of Coke as a student, and now it gives me the runs.

People suspect that I'm still running on caffeine due to my bubbly nature.



FROM: lily
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 7:11:33 pm
i think ;when one gets old the arouser to do certain things depreciate .so i think its d same as taking caffeine.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 9:04:45 pm



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 9:05:38 pm
Umm..."the arouser"? Caffeine ain't exactly Viagra, and trust me, there is no need for Viagra on this end, thank you very much..



FROM: Kate
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 11:10:45 pm
I used to drink pop all day every day and never felt any effects. I gave up pop for Lent one year, and I had horrible caffeine headaches for the first few days. What's worse, though, was that I went straight back to the same amount as before, and let me tell you, I won't make that mistake again. Jitters and heart palpitations are not fun. The point is, you've got to be consistant with caffeine, or it will take its vengeance.



FROM: Alex C.
DATE: Friday January 23, 2004 -- 7:45:22 am
Coffee, not beer as Homer S. proclaims, is the drink of life. I love the stuff, caffeinated, decaf, iced, hot, whatever. Since I get to work fairly early, a cup or three of caffeinated keeps me on schedule and focused.

Nowadays I try to stay away from soda, though with the holidays I've been slipping back into the comfort zone of Coke and Dew, two drinks I really don't need to be consuming.

Viva la Coffee Revolution :D



FROM: Ace High
DATE: Friday January 23, 2004 -- 10:31:04 am
Make sure your breakfast has all four foor groups sugar ,salt ,grease and caffeine.



FROM: Alex
DATE: Friday January 23, 2004 -- 10:36:39 am
I agree with the notion that as you get older caffeine has a greater effect on your system. I used to drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day, 4-5 Cokes a day. Now that I'm 40ish, I have coffee on the weekends and I haven't had a Coke (or any type of soda) for over 3 years. Now, it's water, water, ooohhh, that cool, clear water.



FROM: AC
DATE: Wednesday February 4, 2004 -- 7:37:25 am
Oh snap - coffee does have benefits!!

Woowooo- pls refer to :

http://content.health.msn.com/content/Article/80/96454.htm

for more information. Right on!



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