Monday, December 3, 2012

Hello, my name is Ryan and I drink caffeine

And sadly I rely on it way too much...
When you work full time, are married and have 2 young kids, you tend to burn the candle at both ends, and that's without tacking on things like triathlon training and keeping up with the ole blog.  I have had little luck getting up in the morning to work out, and now that it's cold and dark, it makes it even more tough.  Boo hoo, right?

This isn't a sob story, but delving into why I am hooked on caffeine.

I Googled "caffeine health studies" and it was surprising to see that a good majority of the results came up with somewhat positive views of caffeine.

  1. Caffeine and Health: Clarifying The Controversies
    Caffeine & Health: Clarifying The Controversies. Caffeine is one of the most comprehensively studied ingredients in the food supply. Yet, despite our ...
  2. Health effects of caffeine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The health effects of caffeine have been extensively studied. Short term side effects such as headache, nausea, and anxiety have been shown as symptoms of ...
  3. Caffeine-diabetes link still unresolved, study says | Fox News
    Nov 23, 2012 – Results of a large new U.S. study confirm that sugary drinks are linked to a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but shed little light ...
  4. Caffeine Linked to Lower Skin Cancer Risk - ABC News › HealthHealth
    Jul 2, 2012 – PHOTO: A new study finds that coffee fanatics are less likely to ... too much caffeine -- not to mention sugar -- can have harmful health effects.
  5. Caffeine fix it: How a regular cup of coffee could help you live longer ...
    May 16, 2012 – Too much caffeine used to be considered a bad thing. ... and 173,000 women, taking part in a diet and health study between 1995 and 2008.
  6. Coffee: Friend or foe? | MNN - Mother Nature Network
    Oct 2, 2012 – With study after study being published about the health effects of caffeine — and the new attention in relation to vision issues — when all is said ...
  7. Information about Caffeine Research Study
    Caffeine is the most commonly used mood-altering drug in the world.
  8. Exercise and caffeine change your DNA in the same way, study ...
    Mar 6, 2012 – When healthy but inactive men and women exercise for a matter of ... Perhaps even more tantalizing, the study suggests that the caffeine in ...
  9. Ask the Expert: Coffee and Health - Your Nutrition Questions ... › ... › Your Nutrition Questions Answered
    The latest Harvard study on coffee and health seems to offer good news for coffee drinkers. What did the research find? We looked at the relationship between ...
  10. Caffeine from two to four daily cups of coffee may reduce - CBS News
    Aug 1, 2012 – In the latest study to tie coffee to health benefits, new research finds a daily caffeine boost may ease symptoms of Parkinson's disease in ...

Notice that any study that show benefits of caffeine correlate that benefit to drinking coffee, not soft drinks.

Sadly I've been known to suck down a diet pepsi or pepsi max in the morning, at lunch and find something to keep me going at night to stay up with the kids.  There's also studies about the negative effects of diet pops on the body and they chemcials and ingredients used to create a better taste with no sugar.  Caffeine + chemicals - calories = mood enhancing + health reducing side effects.

Luckily at the new office gig, they have an in-house cafeteria that had a little coffee / latte area.  So, I go about 2/3 coffee with some sugar free latte and a little hot chocolate mix to cover up the nasty coffee taste.  I'm not into the taste of coffee, just the boost from the caffeine.

Anyone else in this boat?

Sure, I could go to bed at 9pm every night, get my 8 hours and get up at 5am.  But I have to be at work by 7am at the latest and I face a 30 minute commute.  Tack in time to get ready for work, let the dogs out and feed them, grab whatever misc chores I need to do before heading to work and there's no time for workouts or basically anything else.

So, usually hit bed around 10pm, try and drag up around 5:30am and head to work.  Maybe work out over lunch, maybe grab a quick workout at the gym after work and head home.

That's a busy day and sadly I rely on caffeine to get me through it.

What about everyone else out there?  What do you use?  It's ok to share, we're in a safe place... in the trust tree.

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