Most of the working adults I know use caffeine as their go-to for a boost either at the start or middle of the day (mainly for that extra push as the day comes to an end). For those who train regularly, it's not considered uncommon turn to caffeine for help in grinding through a tough sessions. However, with one of the side effects of caffeine being headaches and migraines, caffeine-lovers looking to cut back on their caffeine habit often find themselves stuck in a rut. Luckily, we've got some handy tips to help keep both your productivity and energy levels high sans caffeine!
Take time to go to the bathroom!
You may think that you’re being productive when you’re holding your pee in as you rush to complete work; far from it! You need to give yourself time to make trips to the bathroom for your “daily business”. Not only will you find yourself feeling lighter, you may also become more creative!
Try a chocolate milkshake instead!
Swap out your morning coffee for a chocolate milkshake. If you want to make your own chocolate milkshake to give it that “healthy” kick, try blending and mixing the following ingredients:
- 1 frozen banana
- Unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- Dash of cinnamon (don't overdo it!)
- Chocolate protein powder (opt for the vegan kind if you're on a plant-based diet)
- A handful of watercress micro-greens
You’ll find that the extra dose of vitamins, antioxidants and fibre will help to get your day started with a bang!
Write down what you wish to accomplish for the day
When I get to work, I would make a list of what I need to do for the day on a piece of paper and check each item off as the day progresses. By penning down your thoughts, you may find that your mind is less cluttered and you don’t have to worry as much about forgetting something. (Check out what a bullet journal is!)
Try a green smoothie!
If chocolate milkshakes aren’t your thing, give a green smoothie a shot! Find your favourite mix of fruits and vegetables (try celery, apples, parsley) and add in spices such as turmeric and cinnamon to give it that extra kick! Try to use a higher ratio of vegetables in order to minimise the spike to your insulin levels (especially if you have a blood sugar disorder).
Train with water in the mornings!
To really get yourself going for the day, do a quick 20-minute session and get your blood pumping! Instead of caffeine, try training with water. Not only are you keeping yourself hydrated in the most natural way, you’re flushing out toxins and giving your metabolism a much needed energy boost as well!
At the beginning, even while you’re religiously practising these tips, you may find yourself craving for that cup of coffee. The key is to persevere and resist the temptation. This is about discovering new sources of energy to help you get on with your day, learning to control and keep your emotions in check when you feel caffeine-deprived, and to not rely on caffeine as your main source of energy. Once you come out the other end of this tunnel, you'll feel like a brand new version of yourself!