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MikeS
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Posted on Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - 4:19 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If I'm feeling a bit tired late afternoon, or driving home late at night, what's the best solution?

I had been trying to use the 88% pure dark choc, but I'm going to avoid that now.

Is a pepsi better?

How 'bout a no-doze tablet?

What do people do?

Thanks for any tips,
Mike
EmilyS
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Posted on Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - 1:39 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For me and my husband, we have found we have the most amount of energy when we continue to eat a healthy diet of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and lean meats. If we exercise on a regular basis (I love the P90X workouts) and get a regular amount of sleep each night- we feel fantastic. Because I'm so sensitive to anything man-made, I do best with the natural approach for energy.

That being said, it's not always easy to have a "picture perfect" day. We do keep a few snacks on hand in our car if we are ever driving home late and are tired and hungry. I do really well with Brother's All Natural Freeze Dried fruits. They come in little prepackaged bags and store great in the car. I also keep canned tuna, beans, peanut butter, crackers, water and applesauce in the car for a true emergency as well.

For chocolate I do great with EnjoyLife chocolate chips.

I know this doesn't answer your question in what you were wanting but hopefully this helps a little. Thanks, Emily
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 - 1:24 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I find that nothing beats a short nap before driving. I tried no-doze once and the effects of the caffeine spike made me never buy it again.
Faith
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Posted on Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 12:49 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No Doze also contains benzoates, which I myself am sensitive to. It made me dizzy.
MikeS
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Posted on Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 3:24 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Interesting, thanks for the info.
Jerry Story
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Posted on Sunday, January 09, 2011 - 5:33 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Stimulants take away the energy they appear to give. Stimulants create an illusion of energy. But it is energy borrowed from the future. Using a stimulant to increase your energy is like spending money you don't have in order to get rich.

Worse yet, most stimulants are poisons, which is why they are stimulants. The stimulating effect is caused by the body's action against the poison, to remove or neutralize the poison. Sure, you can speed up the metabolism by a poison, like you can increase the economic activity of a country by going to war. Fighting against a poison increases energy output, and waging war creates jobs. What would you think of a politician who said "Let's go to war to improve the economy."?

The case of caffeine (one of the more common stimulant-poisons):
Caffeine is sand in the gears, a monkey wrench in the machinery of sleep. Caffeine stops sleep by blocking adenosine. Adenosine causes sleepiness. When cats are injected with adenosine, they promptly go to sleep. During sleep, adenosine is used to make ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is an energy source. During being awake, the phosphates drop off and ATP changes to ADP, then to AMP, then to the bare adenosine. And then sleepiness happens again.

If you use caffeine as a substitute for sleep, you will still have a need for sleep but you won't be aware of this need. The caffeine prevents adenosine from getting on the adenosine receptors and so you don't get sleepy even if you are suffering from symptoms of sleep deficiency.

If you need more energy, get lots of sleep and avoid caffeine and everything else that interferes with sleep.

Blessings be upon him who invented sleep.
Ted
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Posted on Sunday, January 09, 2011 - 6:46 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And being retired helps a whole lot. Cause that's the first time I could do this thing...about letting sleep determine the cycle...
Jerry Story
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Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 12:14 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

More about caffeine. Caffeine is bad stuff.

"The truth about Caffeine" - 6 min
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLfBW9Z3BcA&

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