This is interesting: How many read the email that said an Apple will wake you up faster/better than coffee?There are two things that get you up in the morning:
adrenalin and glucose. In the morning, after a likely 10
hours without food, blood glucose is at an all-time low.
We are designed to wake up by light, stimulating the brain,
which boosts adrenalin and raises blood sugar and you
from horizontal to vertical. However, the more stimulants
a person consumes the more insensitive they become to
adrenalin. This is called downregulation and is akin to
becoming partially deaf to adrenalins wake-up call.
So whats the way out of this vicious cycle of addiction to
stimulants and chronic fatigue? The answer is essentially
a primates guide to living in the 21st century.Wake up with light
You will wake up better if you wake up to natural light.
Im not suggesting camping, but thick curtains that exclude
all light arent good news. If you dont fancy starting your
day shortly after dawn invest in a Lumie BodyClock.
You set the time and it simulates dawn, waking you up with
light rather than an alarm [dont worry theres an alarm
as well in case all else fails]. Quite simply, it works.
You sleep better and wake up more alert.http://www.lumie.com/bodyclocks/index.htm
[£59.99](US dealer http://www.biobrite.com/products.php...nRise%20Clocks )Eat three meals, two snacks and low GI foods
Theres truth to the saying Breakfast like a king, lunch like
a prince, dine like a pauper. Eating protein with slow-releasing
carbohydrates stabilizes blood sugar levels, with
breakfast being the most important meal.
Eating foods with a low glycemic load or gl
score, will keep your blood sugar level, and
energy, more stable. GL's of 10 or below
are considered low, and 20 or above are considered
The worst would be coffee with sugar
and croissant for breakfast, bananas as snacks, white bread
sandwich for lunch and white pasta or rice for dinner. These
are all fast-releasing sugars, which means your blood glucose
peaks and troughs quickly, leaving you tired in the
aftermath. Sugar, of course, is bad news.
ETA: here are some links to GL index -- http://www.fatfreekitchen.com/glycem...ex-values.htmlhttp://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htmhttp://www.nutritiondata.com/glycemic-index.htmlThe craving for caffeine is nothing more than a response to low blood sugar.
It takes three to four days for the body to upregulate and develop
increased sensitivity to your own home-made natural stimulant, adrenalin.
Swap caffeine for natural stimulants
If you still need a boost, especially during the first week
off caffeine, you can do it the natural way. The body makes
adrenalin and its cousins, the feel-good neurotransmitters
dopamine and noradrenalin, directly from an amino acid
called tyrosine. Supplementing 1,000mg of actual tyrosine
on an empty stomach or with some carbohydrate such as
a piece of fruit gives a positive lift.
Well worth it in the
week youre quitting caffeine.
In addition to tyrosine there are a number of
adaptogenic herbs. These include Asian ginseng, Siberian
ginseng, Reishi mushrooms and Rhodiola.While Rhodiola
was a favourite in Siberia, Reishi mushroom is one of the
most respected tonics in Chinese medicine. In Asia it has
been revered for as long as 5,000 years. These herbs are
called adaptogens because they help to even out and
maintain normal levels of another energy-giving adrenal
hormone called cortisol. These are all available as herbal
supplements however you can also find them combined
with tyrosine, for example, in Higher Natures Awake
Food Formula, available in health food stores and at
the Cultivate Centre.
Personally, I have not given up coffee. However, the more I read and hearing your stories makes me want to consider it. I haven't been drinking coffee everyday lately. I find I feel better if I drink a vegetable drink in the morning.
I bought GreensFirst http://store.yahoo.com/bodybuilding-qfac/grfiwewa.html
It's a little expensive, but tastes pretty good. Sometimes I'll add apple juice (100% juice) or some other natural juice to it. I do recommend it though.