The Caffeine Dilemma: A Habit Hard to Break

Caffeine Addictions

So let me unveil my soul for just a moment and come clean on a problem that I’ve been experiencing. So the dealio is I love caffeine. Every morning I look forward to my little shot of espresso from my high-end grinding machine that puts out the most fantastic coffee that I feel like I’m just running to the local Starbucks.

You might know that every have it is for me because there are some pay off. So what is the payoff? I had to put my lab coat on and go to investigate what it is. I think it’s pretty simple in my case. The caffeine affects me in a positive manner. I feel a little bit more excited about life and it frees me up to write a lot more since that’s what I do for a living.

So my little cuppa Starbucks coffee is like jet fuel. Once it hits my veins all of a sudden the afterburners kick in and I’m able to write like Mark twain on Adderall.

Immediately I feel energized to write a ton of information to chop down the latest Paul Bunyan tail in order to communicate what’s going on in the world with others.

So that’s my pay off. It’s my reward. Now, they say the easiest way to get rid of a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. So, a couple of things came to mind. One of which was switching over to different types of tease.

So, I ran down to the local supermarket and stroll down the coffee and tea I’ll. What did I find? I found more tea variations that I could shake a stick at.

Each box was so well adorned with marketing hype that it made me want to buy everything I saw. One was going to cure me of all of my colon issues the other one was going to promise longevity in a lifted spirit.

My particular favorite ones are the ones that feel kind of Eastern. You know what I mean? They seem like they are fresh out of the yoga and health magazine that you could pick up at the local be crowned studio.

I mean seriously. I feel healthier just looking at the box. I grab a few even though I know that I already have like four boxes in my cabinet at home. I think that it’ll be the solution. A little Darjeeling in the morning followed by a couple of Taizo mint tea orange and possibly some sweet dreams nighty night tea at night.

I can already clearly see my new health springing forth from a zombie like state. Pretty soon just from drinking this tea I’ll be on the cover of yoga badass magazine.

I get homebrew the 1st cup and it is delicious. The only problem was because I boil the water, it was scorching hot!

No worries though a couple of ice cubes brought down the temperature ASAP. I think that’s what makes my espresso shots a lot easier to drink though. The temperature is just right. Can you hear it? Even in this writing I’m still celebrating my little espresso machine.

Maybe there is room in life for a couple of bad habits. I don’t know.

But, as I get older keeping up with my health is a little bit more of a challenge than it used to be. I can’t exactly not mount on rockstar energy drinks and stay hydrated. If I don’t stay hydrated well, my: starts to block. It sucks. This whole getting old thing.

I was kind of thinking that if I drink enough caffeine it would make me go to the bathroom cleanse my colon and I’d kill two birds with one stone. But, the dehydration is more than I can bear at times. There’s not enough Metamucil on earth in order to give me unlocked when I’m been abusing my body. So, I’m going to stick to as much green tea is possible. That is as much green tea as I can tolerate in the meantime.

I should tell you a funny story about my wife who overdosed on the clocks.

But, I’ll leave that for another blog post. Happy health!


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The Real Ratio in Eating Healthy

Balancing the Ratio of Carbs, Fats, and Proteins for Healthy Eating

When it comes to making sure that you’re eating right, one of the best ways to do it is to ensure that you have a winning ratio.

-What do I mean by that?

I mean that you need to balance your carbohydrates, fats, and protein intake. Many well-known diets actually do this for you. You don’t really see what’s going on behind-the-scenes but they are calculating these three items and making sure that you are only taking in what you need based on where you are in your fitness journey.

You will notice that most of the diets that are designed to get you to lose weight fast are going to limit your carbohydrate intake.

A ratio that you might see out there would be something like 50% protein 30% fat and 20% carbohydrates.

Nevertheless it always depends on how much physical exertion you’re engaging in each day. Many diets do not recommend that you go this low on your carbohydrates especially if you are participating in a rigorous workout program.


Essentially in order to maintain health while you are working out you need to understand what your glycogen levels might be and what they are doing. This is the amount of sugar that is stored in your liver.

As you limit your carbohydrate intake, you will find that you are eliminating the storage of sugar in your liver and you (your body) will resort to burning fat in order to have energy to participate in an exercise routine.

Keep in mind that you can always determine your physical fitness level by calculating how much time in calories you’re burning in an exercise program. If you’re engaging in high impact exercises, then it is natural to understand that you will need more carbohydrates in order to fuel your progress.

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Once you are at a place where you can maintain your weight, then you will want to naturally increase your carbohydrate intake in order to feel your activities. You’re no longer trying to lose weight and you just want to maintain lean body mass that you have already built.

A great maintenance mode would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 40% protein 30% fats and 30% carbohydrates. For extreme athletes they may even bump their carbohydrates to nearly 50%.

There are some great calorie trackers available on the market in order to determine exactly how much your intake is of each energy source (fats, proteins, carbs).

These apps are even programmed to recognize certain food sources by brand or restaurant and automatically calculate the calories involved.

I found that if you can keep up with your calorie tracking for at least 30 days, you will be set. You will also begin to understand the relative proportions based on experience.

In other words you’ll know exactly how many calories roughly you are consuming based on the portion size of what you’re eating. You will simply have had enough experience to recognize it (roughly) visually.

This can make a huge difference in how quickly you can determine whether or not you are eating the appropriate portions and speed up your progress.


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Food is Fuel: Colon Health

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What you put in matters!

( Post sponsored by www.SterlingAllJewellery.com )

When it comes to health it is really important to make sure that you’re paying attention to what you’re eating.

Did you see what ABC had to say about Pepsi? A friend of mine once told me that she was always intrigued by the fact that Kool-Aid goes into the body red in color and comes out… Well… Let’s just say not red.

Her question was, where did the red go?

The answer… It is metabolized. That means that your body is absorbing it on some level.

We seldom stop to think that what we are ingesting is actually staying (residually) inside of our bodies. For example, right now, I’m sipping down on a monster orange ultra sunrise energy drink.

Should I be doing this? Heck no! I’m doing it because I need to stay awake.

But I know that it will have consequences. You know when I’ll know this? I’ll know it at 2 AM when I can’t sleep very well. The second way that I’ll know it is the fact that I am sure that I am over on my caffeine intake for the day so it might make me nervous or jittery.

Thank God I can pay attention to what is going on with me. When I noticed my emotions are getting a little wacky then I understand that I’m probably ingesting too much caffeine.

The funniest part about human beings is that we think that we can control what we are doing, however, we find in the long run that it seems like somebody else is in control.

Have you ever wondered why it’s hard to stay on a diet? Hard to exercise when you’re supposed to? I finally figured out the answer to this. Do you know what it is?

I mean… Why is it that when we are ultra committed that we still seem like we can’t make the right decisions at the right times? We can even go to the extent of writing it all down on the piece of paper, cooking all of our meals before the week starts, or even hire a personal trainer. Yet, that doesn’t seem to satisfy the problem.

The bottom line is that there is a fluctuation in willpower and we seem to not be able to control it. In the mornings a lot of times it’s easy to control what we but by evening we just want to blast through a bag of Oreo cookies.

So do you know what it is? You want me to give you a hint? How about this it starts with “o” and ends with “s.” Still don’t know? OK, let me tell you. It is simple it’s the way that life “occurs” for you in that moment.

Today when I woke up I didn’t want to have any caffeine. 12 hours later I’m popping open a sunrise monster energy blast to get me through the next few hours.

Why is that? It’s simple. I need to get all my work done for the day. Even though I’m sitting here writing this blog post.… A complete waste of time maybe? Maybe not. Maybe you’re in enjoying this or getting something out of it

The point is and I’ll summarize it for you is that all decisions are tied to the fact that you’re making them based on how things occur to you at the time.

If somebody were to throw a baseball at you then you might actually dive out-of-the-way right?

That is because it occurs to you that you better move or you’re going to get hurt. You didn’t wake up in the morning saying hey I don’t want to dive on the ground today.

You didn’t decide that you wanted to make sure that you stayed upright all day. You simply reacted to the way life felt for you at the time. You sensed the danger and decided to dive.

Likewise, if I don’t get all my work done, I sense danger. So, I crack open the best thing that will guarantee me to stay awake the longest. Life simply is occurring to me that way right now. It’s a must. Even though I’m committed to backing off of my caffeine intake in maintaining a healthier lifestyle here I am. But, I’m OK with it. Because I understand it.

And… Because I understand it, I can do something about it. I simply have to manage my life in a way that I don’t get stuck in the situation. The way to do that for me is to make sure I’m ahead of my work. If I am ahead, then, I won’t have to stay up later to finish the job.

The job will be done. There will be no added stress. I don’t have to pound the caffeine. It makes for a healthier, happier me. So, what I’m going to work on right now is simply getting ahead of the game.

 


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