How much caffeine are you drinking daily?

It’s 2 p.m. as I write this and I need a nap. I pretty much always feel like I need a nap. But alas with three children at home, you can’t sack out so I turn to my friend – caffeine! I literally say to my children “I need some caffeine.”

I have given up Coke-products for the most part (other than the occasional Diet Dr. Pepper at Chick-Fil-A) because they make me feel and look so bloated from the carbonation. This summer I have been drinking the Lipton Energize to Go ice tea mix – green tea with B vitamins, ginseng and Guarana. I have no idea what Guarana is but it does wake me up. The tea packages have 50 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid oz. (I often mix the little package with more water than that.)

(The best part about tea is my kids hate it so no more asking for a sip like they do with sodas.)

I went out a few weeks ago with some friends. I called my friend as I was almost to her house and told her I was just dragging. She said I’ll have something ready for you. It was a tasty little grape powder name Zipfizz. You pour it into bottled water and zip bang you feel better. My friend says it feels like you’ve just had a nap, and it did. No jitters or weird feeling. But I’m not sure where she bought it.

I am contemplating taking up coffee. (It’s funny that I’ve worked for newspapers for the last 20 years and have never developed the habit.) But I worry about getting coffee breath from it. Our fill-in host Keith always has a good cup of coffee in the morning and she seems more productive than me.

I think all the time about devout Mormon moms who aren’t supposed to have caffeine at all. I have no idea how they make it through the day without a little caffeine.

So how much are you relying on caffeine to keep you going through your day? How much caffeine are you taking in daily? Do you need it in the morning, the afternoon? Do you drink it all day? How are you getting your caffeine – coffee, tea, sodas or energy drinks? Have you tried the Zipfizz? What other mix-ins like that do you like?

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Once like you

July 28th, 2010
1:39 am

As a Mormon who spent five years living off of 3 or 4 LARGE energy drinks a day, I know you always want to keep 100%. I then thought about quiting and keeping the Word of Wisdom…I have now been five years caffeine “sober” and yes, I am not at 100%, but I am at a steady 75% throughout the day. It takes about three weeks of withdrawls and recurring headaches while being extremely tired, but being off caffeine and any stimulants is well worth it. Even guarana. You feel normal again. Feeling the ups and downs of caffeine is not normal.

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lakerat

July 28th, 2010
6:30 am

I am one of the lucky ones – I have never tasted coffee and have no desire to have it – I really need no “pick me up” other than water, though I will drink sweet tea (if available) at dinner.

Now my spouse and kids are totally unlike me in this regard, and yes, the coffee breath is not for me! My oldest son who is in med school has really taken up both coffee and those energy drinks – but with his study schedule I guess it is something that is OK, even though I worry that too much caffein is not really good for anyone.

Greg Williams

July 28th, 2010
6:37 am

I have a soda once a week. I don’t drink anything else with caffeine. I’ve never really felt I had to have it.

Jeff

July 28th, 2010
7:25 am

I drink @ 8 cups during the course of a day. I also drink @ 8 bottles of water and run @ 3-4 miles a day. I know it’s not the best, but I’m assuming one day (as the trend indicates) they’ll decide it cures cancer andisn’t bad for you after all.

Funny thing is, I don’t drink much of it when I have my daughter @ 10-15 days a month.

justmy2cents

July 28th, 2010
7:42 am

I like coffee, and my daughter usually makes me my 1.5 cups before work each morning. If she forgets, oh well, and most weekends I don’t bother with it. If I do dink soda it is caffeine free diet coke, so no real caffeine there. I used to have to drink a few cups a day; then I gradually just became a take it or leave it kinda person. No withdrawals, no dragging butt throughout the day.

You may want to look at the rest of your diet. If you are eating kid friendly things like mac & cheese, or other carb heavy things, that may slow you down in the afternoon.

justmy2cents

July 28th, 2010
7:42 am

oops *drink, not dink

smh728

July 28th, 2010
7:59 am

diet Coke was always my weakness until about four years ago when I started drinking coffee. I do not drink the fancy, surgary stuff, just plain old coffee with a packet of sweetener. I typically have 1.5-2 cups first thing in the a.m. I may have one more around 3p.m. and then no more. I have not tried Zipfizz so cannot comment on that. I switched my soda fix to caffeine free and I make decaf iced tea. My caffeine consumption is lower than years ago but I can still do better. If you want a cup of coffee, enjoy it.

Lady Strange

July 28th, 2010
8:29 am

I used to drink a ton of caffeine and was always tired. I’ve found by cutting down my caffeine (I usually have 1 coffee a day, occasionally a Coke in the afternoon) that I am much more awake. Getting a good night sleep helps too but that rarely happens for me.

DB

July 28th, 2010
8:29 am

I am a Diet Coke addict. Honestly, I should go to Diet Coke Anonymous, it’s shocking how much I drink during the day. I never learned to drink coffee — love the smell, hate the taste, and I have to add so much sugar and cream to it to be able to even bear the taste that it’s not worth the bother. And I’m not a big tea drinker, except for sweet tea — which is a whammy with the sugar calories.

For a long time, I would just sniff and say that I got my caffeine the same way everyone else did in the morning — it’s just that mine was cold and brown instead of hot and brown. I realize that that’s not the case, and that Diet Coke is bad for me. Every once in a while, I’ll switch to Arizona diet green tea, but I still miss my D.C. buzz. I would probably sleep better if I didn’t swill the D.C. all day, but I end up wide awake at midnight or 1 am, and then dragging the next morning, falling into the same trap of “needing” a D.C. to get me going and the cycle starts again. When I’ve tried to kick it, I’ve ended up with caffeine withdrawal headaches that get in the way of work — so I usually end up capitulating and start over again, vowing it’s just going to be a “little bit”, but quickly get back to the same levels as before.

“I’m DB, and I’m a Diet Coke addict . . .”

motherjanegoose

July 28th, 2010
8:36 am

T why is my comment awaiting moderation….Perhaps I am officially getting kicked out today and some of you will throw a party…not likely since you used my topic idea a few days ago but I could be on someone’s bad side! We’ll see!

motherjanegoose

July 28th, 2010
8:42 am

oops..maybe I spelled there wrong…should be their :P

BShepCarlin

July 28th, 2010
8:42 am

Oh how I love my coffee!!! I only drink one cup a day, but the day doesn’t start without it. I have been drinking 1-2 cups of green tea in the afternoon to help with the slumps and it provides enough pick up to get my to bedtime. I am now very curious about Zipfizz….would be willing to try it. I feel like I am pretty moderate in my caffeine intake…tried once to do without (getting ready for 1st pregnancy and went w/o during the pregnancy) and absolutely hated it. I never got that good feeling people claim to get going off caffeine, fact is I was pretty miserable. Coffee also helps with my headaches too. ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY BEAN.

BlondeHoney

July 28th, 2010
8:45 am

I’m about a 1-2 cups of coffee per day person, and I drink it black – no sugar, no cream, nothing. That’s about the extent of my caffeine intake (except for the occasional chocolate and cup of tea). The rest of the day it’s water for me; I gave up soda (diet & regular) long ago and now can’t stand the stuff. On the rare occasions I have a diet soda it just makes want to drink a gallon of water

FCM

July 28th, 2010
8:51 am

2-3 cups of coffee (16 oz) each morning -Tbsp cream no sugar. Then at least 1 20 oz Diet soda most days. That is until this past weekend. Now it is just the coffee. I am trying hard to kick the habit of soda. I really don’t miss it and prefer the tap water I am drinking instead.

I do white anti-oxident tea at night. If it has caffine (I have to look) it would be very low. Again no sweetner in the tea.

When we go out to eat, other than breakfast, we all get water. Doesn’t matter if the kid drink is “free” we get water.

FCM

July 28th, 2010
8:55 am

Zipfizz contains 25 nutritional ingredients:
9 VITAMINS: vitamins C, E, all the Bs, and folate
8 MINERALS: potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium, manganese, chromium, sodium
ELECTROLYTES: magnesium, potassium
AMINO ACIDS: arginine, taurine
ANTIOXIDANTS: green tea extract, vitamins C and E
THE 4 G’S: Grape seed extract, Ginger, Green tea and Ginseng

(pulled from FAQ on the ZipFizz website)

Allie

July 28th, 2010
8:57 am

I’ve never developed a liking for coffee or anything coffee flavoured. Eugh! The smell of it makes me gag – I can’t even walk into a coffee shop in comfort.

I will have the occasional soda, but mostly stick to water. And sometimes, if I’m really craving that fizziness that comes with soda, I’ll reach for a Fresca. No calories in those bad boys, although the sodium content is higher than I’d like.

FCM

July 28th, 2010
8:59 am

one more FAQ:

Zipfizz does contain 100 mgs of caffeine from green tea and guarana.

12 oz. Diet coke has 45.5 mg…less than half of ZipFizz.

8 oz. regular brew coffee 133 mg.

I’m just sayin’

FCM

July 28th, 2010
9:07 am

That Fresca has Brominated vegetable oil. Which is why I gave it up.

FCM

July 28th, 2010
9:08 am

@ BShepCarlin are you A+ Blood typed? If so that explains why you need the caffine. Eat Right for Your Type explained it. Course you shouldn’t eat much red meat then.

Kathy

July 28th, 2010
9:18 am

Zero…Zipp….Nada……I had to give up caffeine about a year and a half ago after having 2 mammograms in 6 months. The caffeine can cause calcifications in breast tissue, which I was getting, so I just gave it up. DB….I am a recovering Diet Coke addict and I am currently trying to get my husband to take the first step to admit that he is one as well!!

joe

July 28th, 2010
9:26 am

Proud to say…zip, nada, zero, none!!! Have cut out all soda as well and have dropped 15 lbs and 2 inches off my waist in just two months by running 2-4 miles every other day. I’m still able to eat like a pig if I want and run off the calories…

Akilah

July 28th, 2010
9:28 am

I like to drink coffee as a pick me up most definitely. Mostly in the morning hours is when I’ll have my fix. I used to go for starbucks but it became to strong. I like tea but sometimes it’s not as strong for me. Sometimes I have a craving for a midday cup but I resist temptation and take a power nap. I know that the that cafe via from starbucks instant coffee on the go is good and you can drink it anytime. Overall I know that to much can keep you wired so I try to stay away from to much of it.

Theresa Walsh Giaruso

July 28th, 2010
9:32 am

We Moms need a little ‘Mother’s little helper’ sometimes too. But kids……don’t do drugs.

newblogger

July 28th, 2010
9:40 am

@FCM-I just googled “Eat Right for your Type”. Very interesting! I read the section for type AB and just that little bit of information explains so much. I have never heard of the link from blood type to everything else, but it nailed my personality too. Thanks for the info! I like a couple of cups of coffee in the morning too-but too much caffeine works just the opposite and slows me down. I wish I could get a boost from caffeine but it just doesn’t work for me.

Becky

July 28th, 2010
9:41 am

I usually drink about 2 cups in the morning, but only during the week..I only have one kidney(donated one), so I drink a lot of water..About once per week, I might have a glass of tea or a Sprite..

Congrats to all of the recovering “addicts” and good luck..

Beck

July 28th, 2010
9:43 am

I do not mean this as a judgmental question in any way, shape or form, but how much cardio do you do in a week? I know you’ve mentioned the pool with the kids, but I’m guessing in that kind of situation mothering might take precedence over exercise.

It’s great for providing long-lasting energy and a clear head.

MomOf2Girls

July 28th, 2010
9:52 am

Sorry @FCM, but A pos blood types do NOT *need* caffeine. I am A pos, and for many years caffeine triggered migraines so I avoided most sources (couldn’t give up chocolate). I got through high school, college, working 3 days straight with only catnaps when my databases crashed and were destroyed, and 2 babies, both of whom required around the clock feedings because of medical issues. I did this all without caffeine :-)

CDD

July 28th, 2010
9:59 am

Hello. My name is _____ and I am a caffeine addict. I admit it. I have always, as long as I can remember, loved coffee. Tea, not so much, but diet colas are a great friend too. I remember my parents, not big coffee drinkers but maybe a cup in the morning, when they would have a cup I would beg to have some. I used to drink coffee with lots of cream & lots of sugar. Then in my early 20’s I cut out the sugar & kept the cream. Now in my mid-thirties I drink it black more often than not. I do drink probably more than I should but I figure smoking is much worse and I gave that up a few years ago so I’m not ready to do without my mug yet. My husband teases me sometimes when I go to the coffee maker to prepare a pot of coffee. “Get out of the way! Mommy needs the bean!” He’s not a coffee drinker but does drink a lot of diet sodas.

CDD

July 28th, 2010
10:01 am

Oh & that zipfizz stuff (like most everything else now) can be purchased on Amazon. I’ve never tried it myself.

TechMom

July 28th, 2010
10:19 am

Coffee drinker here. My parents still drink the crap out of the can but I crossed over to the dark side many years ago when I started buying whole beans and grinding at home. I could drink several cups if I sit around long enough. I work from home and try not to keep the heat running constantly in the winter so instead I sit around working in sweats and drinking coffee. In the summer I sit around sweating and drinking coffee. I did actually switch to decaf last year during the winter b/c I was drinking so much coffee and a little worried about it. But I can go without it, especially on the weekends if I have to get up and do something. My problem is that during the week I get up and sit in front of a computer for hours on end (BORING!). I drink a few Cokes a week but no more than 1 can a day at home. I never drink soda at restaurants since there are ‘free’ refills and I could probably consume the equivalent of 3-4 cans in 1 meal.

I wish I liked to drink water more than I do. I have to force myself to drink 6-8 cups a day and I normally do because I know the benefits of it but certainly not because I like it.

JATL

July 28th, 2010
10:42 am

I will NEVER give up caffeine! I often run into family members or friends who say they’re trying to get off caffeine, and my question is WHY? Like DB I love my Diet Coke, but I’m not incredibly fond of what the artificial sweetener may or may not be doing to me, so I try to limit those and gulp lots of tea instead. Tea is actually wonderful for you and full of antioxidants, and I like it unsweetened, so I see it as a health drink with a perk. TWG -I do LOVE the guarana! It really snaps me out of it in the afternoons. I only drink these as a treat because they’re horribly expensive and full of calories and fat, but the Starbucks cans of Mocha, Coffee, and Vanilla flavored cold coffee with B vitamins plus guarana are amazing! I can tell a huge difference when I drink one, and it’s one of my favorite treats.

motherjanegoose

July 28th, 2010
10:44 am

Would T spell her own name wrong at 9:32? Just wondering….

I drink my coffee black with 1/2 Sweet and Lo. I cannot drink mixed up coffees with flavorings. I like my coffee strong too and we grind our own beans.

FCM…WOW the Eat Right for Your Type is fascinating…I am type O and read this:

Type O was the first blood type, the type O ancestral prototype was a canny, aggressive predator. Aspects of the Type O profile remain essential in every society even to this day – leadership, extroversion, energy and focus are among their best traits. Type O’s can be powerful and productive, however, when stressed Type O’s response can be one of anger, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Some of you might recognize me here, as I recognize myself…I can get stressed and do get angry when I am overwhelmed! As many of you know…I chime in with impulsive ideas all the time :0

Thanks for the info…neat stuff! This is why I cannot understand those who say;

STAY ON TOPIC

you never know when someone might chime something in that is intriguing!

Chelsea

July 28th, 2010
10:48 am

The best example we can set for our children is to teach them not to rely on substances to control their moods. Especially harmful substances like caffeine. Just like cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs – the research will continue to grow, proving how horrible that junk is for your body.
Want to feel better throughout the day? Get 7-8 hrs of sleep every night, at regular times. Go to sleep early and rise early. EXERCISE. Eat small, frequent meals. That’s the real cure. The Mormons have it right.

theresa

July 28th, 2010
11:21 am

mjg –s donl’t know why you’re in moderation but not near my laptop to figure it out . Someone is impersonating me today so be aware. I’m letting my boss know on both things.

Isabelle

July 28th, 2010
11:30 am

I am a Pepsi addict — there I’ve admitted it! A few months ago I started giving it up, and now I’m down to maybe one a week, usually when I’m tired. I’ve noticed a huge difference in how easily I can fall asleep at night and a significant decrease in breast tenderness because of breast cysts. For years it would take me an hour or so to fall asleep every night, and I just thought that was normal. Now I’m asleep in less than 1/2 hour — unless I’ve had a Pepsi. Now if I could just learn from my husband how to fall asleep before your head even hits the pillow :-)!

motherjanegoose

July 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

@ Isabelle…we joke that my husband could fall asleep with someone pointing a blow dryer in his face. He falls asleep in the recliner all the time. He can sleep though anything! I wear 32 decibel ear plugs and can sometimes still hear him snoring when he is passed out in the recliner downstairs.

I do not drink coffee after noon, if I need to get to bed by 10:00. I have slept so great this summer, as I have not been working as much and love not being stressed and waking up at 3:00 a.m. Too bad there are bills to pay and I have to go back to work…haha!

BShepCarlin

July 28th, 2010
12:30 pm

@FCM…oh this is wild. yes I am A+. Gonna have to check this blood type diet out, I’ve heard of it, but don’t know much about it. as long as I can still have bacon I could give it a try :)

catlady

July 28th, 2010
12:31 pm

I am guessing you wrote this at 2 pm yesterday, since it is 12:30 pm Wednesday.

I wish I was strong enough to get off caffeine. I don’t “drink” before 11 am, but do steadily after that. Less when I am at work, but waayy too much Pepsi. (I am also an orange juice junkie till about 9 am, but that is another problem.)

I got off sweet tea 34 years ago but substituted that habit with the soft drink one. Maybe there is a 12 step program? I know it would help my sleep, weight, blood sugar, etc. if I gave it up. Truly, anyone have any suggestions that don’t require intense suffering?

FCM

July 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

@ MomOf2Girls Type does not need caffine your right….the problem is the blood type is more likely to become dependant on caffine than some of the others…since the body goes through withdrawl more severly when you try to kick the habit…which is what BShep was describing.

FCM

July 28th, 2010
12:40 pm

BTW having cut back to only the 2 cups of coffee and drinking the water I am seeing a better improvement in lots of things including my diet, weight loss, physical energy etc. I did cut back on my red meat intake awhile back. Opted for chicken and fish. A+ should do vegeterian diet but don’t think I will ever go that route.

FCM

July 28th, 2010
12:41 pm

ie she needs the caffine b/c of the withdrawl…same reason i never kick the habit 100%.

motherjanegoose

July 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

@catlady…I think T writes these blogs at any given time and then puts a “post up time.” Maybe I got this from an e-mail she sent me. This is my understanding but I have been known not to understand everything here….:P

You drink PEPSI and you live in GA? I thought that was against all rules….
When we first moved from Texas, we drank Pepsi and I got all sorts of looks. I don’t drink either here but I MUST have my sweet tea. I like Crystal Light Lemonade now that it is so hot!

We actually saw grits and biscuits and gravy in Boston…WOW!

HB

July 28th, 2010
1:06 pm

I thought the consensus among doctors, scientists, and nutritionists on the blood type diet was that’s it’s a bunch of hooey and its creator lacks credible evidence to support his claims.

As for caffeine, I think it’s all about moderation and gauging how you feel. I love, love, love having my morning breakfast latte to shake off the cobwebs, and occasionally enjoy an afternoon one as a high protein snack, but I try to limit my diet cokes. Too much of anything is a bad thing, but if you only have 2-3 caffeinated drinks per day, feel good, have low blood pressure, and don’t have sleep problems, I think it’s fine. If you need it throughout the day, I think it’s important to cut back, not just to reduce dependency but also to try and pinpoint why you’re really dragging — lack of sleep (or good sleep), lack of exercise, too much stress? Caffeine can’t fix those things, and it’s really important to work on those problems for good long-term health.

motherjanegoose

July 28th, 2010
1:30 pm

HB…lol…what is good sleep? I cannot remember. That was lost when I brought babies home from the hospital and then ( when they were older) and I hit 40 it was my issue of not sleeping through the night myself. I MIGHT get one night every two weeks, of good sleep :)

Yes, stress is often the issue. Having a family and my own business is often stressful to me…you are right on the money there.

FCM…what is up with HB’s comment…I thought you were really on to something and it is fascinating to me.

SHOUT OUT TO ALL MOMS WITH KIDS IN TOW…who gets good sleep most of the week?
What is the secret?

catlady

July 28th, 2010
1:36 pm

MJG, i guessed that about the posting time.

On the Pepsi, I am not originally from Georgia. But it is like being a Mac user in a PC world. LOL

Did I tell you about presenting at a conference in Pittsburgh awhile back? It was November, and cold, and when I got in I went to the hotel restaurant and ordered tea, then went to the bathroom. When I got back, what was sitting there?!?! A little cup, a little pot of hot water, and a tea bag! I am thinking @#$%&, I ordered TEA not HOT TEA! So I am telling my older daughter, a Ga Peach, about this, and I got to the punchline and said, “Guess what they brought me?” and she laughed and said, “UNSWEETENED TEA!” Because that’s as radical as she was thinking, too. BTW, I never could get grits but they had this cool food called “breakfast potatoes” which were a great change.

My younger daughter was on the D. Letterman Show years ago and we found it impossible to get grits in NYC, at least down there on Madison Ave where the hotel was. My daughter thought we had fallen off the face of the Earth. We really get used to our comfort food, don’t we?

Summer is almost over. When are we going to have lunch and swap stories? I can come to N. ATL almost any time if I know in advance, except Tues and Thurs when I go to the cannery. (Two grandchildren in Lawrenceville means I know the way there :)Can we get Teresa to put us in touch?

motherjanegoose

July 28th, 2010
1:47 pm

my comment to catlady is GONE… where is it Theresa?

I would love to meet you ANYTIME, if you dare….:0

FCM

July 28th, 2010
1:59 pm

HB as I understand the medical community is not disputing the belief that blood types should be “fed” what they need…only that using it as a weight loss tool may not be correct. There is some question about his documentation of the trials as well, but again that is as it pertains to losing weight.

If you think about it, it makes sense. Blood Type is very specific–it carries out all the immune functions (via white blood cells) to the body, carries nutrients from the stomach to the body, etc. So it makes sense that eating foods that work better with that network/transportation system would work be better. Just for a better health standard.

The folks I know that changed their eating habits to more align (like me cutting back red meat) etc felt better. Now I suppose that could be a placebo effect. However in my case I was doing that before I found the Eat Right book….I was talking about what I did and how horrible I feel when I try to kick caffine and someone said hey that sounds like A+ you should check this out. Like MJG and newblogger I found that it sounded familar.

Then when I factored in that Atkins, South Beach, etc never worked for me. Weight Watchers became a hardship….well it made sense that I FEEL better when I naturally went toward what the book said–again prior to even hearing about it–if the book is right. The weight loss just seems to be more a side benefit and I bet it has to do more with eating better/smaller portions, drinking more fluids to flush the system, getting better sleep, then of course that all lends to MORE energy to get up and exercise.

What do you think?

HB

July 28th, 2010
2:27 pm

Sorry, FCM, but my understanding is the medical community disputes the idea of feeding according to blood type and hasn’t found scientific evidence supporting any link between blood type and food needs. The changes you’ve made to your diet sound like healthy ones, though, so I’m glad you’ve found what works best for you even though I don’t think it’s because of your blood type. If most people trying to follow this diet are watching their portions, drinking more water, sleeping better, and exercising more as part of the lifestyle, and not just choosing foods based on blood type, I don’t doubt they feel better.

As for finding characteristics of oneself in the diet creator’s descriptions (especially the personality traits), it sounds an awful lot like seeing oneself in a horoscope. I think he’s just another quack selling a fad book.

catlady

July 28th, 2010
2:40 pm

FCM, I think your body can know, in a very real way, what it needs. It’s just that we ignore it so much!

MJG, maybe Theresa will forward your message to me.