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I love the fruit idea. Caffene gives me a "fake" energy, like a jittery rush, and then my eyes are heavy and hurt. Not fun. Fruit is tastier!
 

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Unfortunately, I have a fruit allergy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> I still eat it in small quantities, but can't have it in the doses Oatmeal suggests.<br><br><br><br>
More exercise, I'm sure, would help me.<br><br><br><br>
But, what about those times when I've been an insomniac the night before, go through a full day of work, and then have to drive 1.5 hours home after my class lets out at 9:15? Those are times I really feel like I need a quick fix. Is there nothing that can do what coffee does (ie keep me from crashing my car on the freeway)?
 

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I knew that would get a response from you! Supposedly it's the proteins in the fruit that cause the reaction. I really need to go to an allergist and get more specifics. If I eat apples, my lips get red and burn. If I drink oj, I get little red cracks in my lips. Etc. Sometimes, my throat gets sore. I have the least problems with bananas, blueberries, and grapes.<br><br><br><br>
I've only had this problem for ~3 years and it seems slightly better recently. Maybe I'll get over it, but I don't want to tempt fate by introducing lots of fruit into my diet.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by pirata</i><br><br><b>But, what about those times when I've been an insomniac the night before, go through a full day of work, and then have to drive 1.5 hours home after my class lets out at 9:15? Those are times I really feel like I need a quick fix. Is there nothing that can do what coffee does (i.e. keep me from crashing my car on the freeway)?</b></div>
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OK, if the choices here are die, be maimed or hurt someone else OR- suck down a latte, then by all means drink the coffee. That is not usually the choice though.<br><br><br><br>
I put in 10 hours with a one-hour commute on both ends. I get up at 4:30am so that I have time to walk and have devotional time. I dont drink coffee. If I have an occasional social mocha I just do not find that it makes me a better driver or teacher. It can however make me an insomniac.<br><br><br><br>
I do not load up on fruit, there is no magic food or fluid to replace sleep. Everything Oatmeal said is true yet there is a need for complex carbs to sustain that mental alertness. I eat well when I am hungry (I am only just learning what hungry feels like now that I am five months off of coffee). I stop part way home some days to buy fresh veggies or fruit for dinner, that walking break can be very helpful. Singing with the radio helps, sharing the ride helps, taking public transportation helps. You, like many of us, sound like you have as much of a mental addiction as you do a physical one.
 

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we've been supplementing with seasilver (liquid) which gives us more energy - ingredients: aloe vera, sea veggies, pau d'arco and cranberry - trying to wean husband from caffeine, he now just drinks mostly decaf out of habit...so I guess he's improving. I had to cut out caffeine b/c I am pregnant.
 

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I avoid caffeine (except for the occasional consumption of chocolate), and have never been a coffee-drinker, so I don't know what it's like to have that kind of dependency. I wanted to mention, though, that getting plenty of sleep every night makes a big difference in a person's energy level. I have a pretty crazy and demanding schedule, so I know how challenging that can be. You mentioned insomnia, so it sounds like that might be an area to explore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Too much sleep is bad for my energy level. Finding the balance, and then maintaining it, is the trick.
 

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I'm surprised no one mentioned Ginseng. I swear by the stuff! Also, a concentrated protein (tofu, tempeh, veggie burger) first thing in the morning can really make a difference in how the whole day will go.
 
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