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Old 07-12-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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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 07-12-2014, 06:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Eye-Opener Smoothie - Caffeine-Free Drinks for Energy - Shape Magazine
Top 5 Natural Energy Boosting Drinks Without Caffeine
13 Caffeine-Free Ways to Get More Energy - HackCollege
Amazon.com: Irwin Naturals Triple Boost Caffeine Free Energy, 75 Softgels: Health & Personal Care has good reviews
Ginseng Tea
Vitammin B-Complex
Kelp, licorice root and even cinnamon have all been found to boost energy when used correctly.
Guarana (Guarana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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Old 07-12-2014, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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How about decaffeinated coffee or is that also too much caffeine (1-2%)?

Here's an interesting article on other sources of caffeine:

12 Surprising Sources of Caffeine | Fox News Magazine
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:03 PM
 
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Beer!

oh, alert? umm...never mind
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Mate, it doesn't have caffeine in the same way as coffee.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:04 PM
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Kahlua and milk
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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The best solution for staying awake and being alert is good nutrition, some sort of exercise regularly and plenty of uninterrupted sleep.
(there is no substitute or alternative to coffee for me)
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:10 PM
 
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I agree with Jade above, try Yerba Maté tea.
I prefer the old fashioned way of using loose leaf and a bombilla, except I use a small ceramic gourd-shaped mug rather than an actual gourd.
Anyway, it can be an acquired taste but it has a very different effect vs coffee.
Instead of a strong jittery energy and crash, you get a very mild focused energy from it and no crash.
The first time I drank it I thought it was B.S. because I wasn't feeling anything. Then I went for a lunch time bike ride doing laps around this mini track we have and OMG I was hauling butt!
And on top of that, there are several health attributes.

Here's some info...

How To Drink Mate Like An Argentine

Yerba Mate enthusiast! This site is all about Yerba Mate from a big fan of the Argentina Drink! Yerba Mate is a wonderful green tea!
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:32 AM
 
Location: NYC
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The only way to stay alert is like others have said to get enough sleep, eat less, and exercise. A 10 min short jog or just getting out of your work chair for a quick walk is enough to keep your blood flowing.
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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I work split shifts often that are over 12+ hours long. Water helps me stay hydrated and alert. Another trick I recommend is taking B-12 supplements. I find they give me a boost naturally.
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