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Old 07-13-2014, 12:34 PM
Location: Fort Gordon, GA
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I've found that orange juice keeps me alert. I don't know if there's any real reason for it to happen but it works for me.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by mainebrokerman View Post
Kahlua and milk
avoid caffeine by drinking a liqueur made from coffee......?

Yerba mate is also caffeine-containing.

If you can't consume a natural stimulant like caffeine, try some artificial ones.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bg7 View Post
Yerba mate is also caffeine-containing.
But it may be different enough for the OP to avoid problems.
I know too much caffeine can give me stomach issues, yet the mate has no ill effect.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:21 PM
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Originally Posted by Life7 View Post
Due to my sudden sensitivity to caffeine, I decided to give up coffee and all caffeinated drinks. I work in a print shop where I need to be very alert, so I need an alternative to get me going during the day. A coworker suggested a homemade fruit milkshake or an omelette. What other suggestions do you guys have?
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:19 AM
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You can make your own caffeine-free coffee by pulling up the chicory plants that grow along the side of the road near your home -- they are blooming sky-blue right now so are easy to find -- roots and all. Wash, dry and roast the roots in a 350-degree oven until they are browned. Then grind them in a coffee grinder or food processor. The roasted and ground roots taste so much like ordinary coffee that it has been used as a caffeine-free substitute for generations. Since chicory is also a ubiquitous weed, it's also the easiest thing in the world to have your own steady supply. The plants transplant easily and like poor, sandy soil, but they are not fussy at all. Any soil that is not sopping wet and has sun all day is good enough for them.

As far as alertness and staying on the go: regular exercise is the best way to boost energy and alertness naturally, along with a well-balanced, fairly light diet high in green vegetables. (Ever notice how your mind seems to grind to a halt after a heavy, greasy meal? Every drop of energy is going into digestion.) Half an hour of brisk walking, swimming or even yoga are the best ways to increase circulation and energy levels in my own experience, but your mileage may vary. Caffeine leaves you dependent on adrenaline rushes to be alert -- just be patient with yourself until your system rebalances. You are not as slow and stupid as you feel.

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