Thursday, August 12, 2010

OJ Challenge + Giveaway!

I was feeling like my stomach was doing carthweels all night last night. Rather than cook or work out, we mostly just layed around all evening long. Lazy, I know. But sometimes you need a night like this. It was just what I needed to get me through the rest of the busy work week!

This morning, my fiance, knowing my love (read: obsession) for coffee told me he think I would die if I went without it.

Enter, one cup of OJ.

I will take your bet, fiance! And I'll show you! I don't need coffee in my life! I like having it, but I don't need it! He thinks I'll be grouchy and snippity this afternoon and have headaches from withdrawal. I have always insisted, while I adore coffee, I try to keep it under the suggested 300mg of caffeine a day, so under 2 cups of coffee a day. He thinks I sneak coffee and caffeine throughout the day. There are days when I may have a cup of coffee and a glass of iced tea or some dark chocolate. So there may be days I dance with the 300mg boundary. But that's rare. Typically it's about 1 1/2 cups of coffee a day. Half a cup before work, 1 cup at work. End day.

I've found other ways to keep my energy level up, which is why I think I've been drinking less and less coffee. I honestly, drink it more for the flavor now than anything. Nothing says morning to me more than a cup of coffee.

I actually have a good guidance counselor friend who has had a fun lazy summer of getting married, vacationing in Jamaica, laying out all afternoon in the sunshine, and only working at her school part time. Now the school year is coming up, she wants to keep up the good workout routine she's started the past few months, but she feels exhausted at the end of the day. My advice for a caffeine free, energy filled day: ( Please note, I am not a nutrition counselor or RD. My advise is only from my personal experiences. This is what works for me, it may not work for others, it's best to listen to your body and seek professional help if you feel you need more guidance)

  •  I always get my 8 hours of sleep. It's a priority to me. I know there will be days when I can't get that, but as long as I have a pretty consistent sleep routine when I can, it helps for not just that day, but many days down the road.

  • And then, there is the greatness of greens. The more greens I eat, the better I feel all day long. A green monster in the evenings after a workout keeps me going til bed time. You can even make one pretty quick for the AM for a breakfast on the go option! I try to add maca powder to my green monsters. I notice a huge difference in my energy level when I eat maca powder regularly. I'm not trying to push you all to use it, it's just something I've used and found it has had a lot of great benefits...if you can ignore the taste.

  • The season regulates if I can workout in the morning here in Florida. In the winter, there's more sunshine in the morning, it's not humid or a big deal to work out in the morning. In the summer it's about a million times more humid in the mornings than in the evenings. A morning workout can get your body moving. For others who would rather work out in the evenings a great morning wakeup is yoga! I do yoga in the mornings when I need a pick-me-up. It stretches me out, keeps my stress level down and helps me slowly ease into my day and keep my energy up all day long! It's usually just a 30 minute DVD, not an intense yoga workout, but it's gets you moving!
I hope this helps some of you! I know I had a hard time when I first started in the "working world" with having the energy to do anything else after working 8-12 hours most days. I took extra hours to get some extra cash and felt really burnt out after only about a year of working full-time. I've found some things that have worked for me and made my days a lot better and more enjoyable!

Now, I promised everyone a giveaway! To celebrate Open Sky I thought it'd be a good opportunity for one lucky reader to get to try one of the products I'm selling on the shop.

I will send you this Garlic Gold sampler pack! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what helps you keep your energy up all day long without caffeine! Want an extra chance to win? "Like" my facebook group and then write me a comment letting me know that you did (or that you already do!). You can get one more chance by following me on twitter @emilytara and again, leave me a comment letting me know! Make sure to include your e-mail address. I'll pick a winner tomorrow evening at 5pm EST! Good Luck everyone!

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  1. I have a difficult time trying to keep my energy up in the afternoon. A good, tough workout always gets me going again until issue is that I have a bit of a drive to the gym and that makes me sleepy. Once I actually get there and do the workout, I'm fine. Maybe I'll try the green monster as my pre-workout snack between work and the gym to see if that helps!?

  2. I'm not sure if you know this about me, but I don't drink (or even like) coffee and soda.. therefore if I have caffeine in my day it would only be from a little bit of chocolate! Soooo what keeps me going?? Sleeeeeep! I HAVE to have 8-10 hours of sleep each night -- and if not? I end up needing a nap. Anyway, eating right and getting my workout eat also keeps my energy up toO!

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  4. You always get 8 hours?! I'm beyond jealous! I usually get 6-7 a night, sometimes less :( BUT, I have been really increasing my veggie intake. That's gotta count for something, right??

  5. I try to work out 2-3 times a week, I think that helps me keep my energy up without caffeine. I also TRY to get 8 hours of sleep a night AND a good night's sleep is really important too. If I eat certain foods or exercise too close to bedtime I will toss and turn all night. I try to have a good wind-down routine that gives me clues that it's time to sleep. I also have a candle that I light each night that helps make me sleepy. Finally, I eat some oatmeal as my bedtime snack and turn on my background noise machine (rain is my favorite)and my fan. The final way I keep from getting sleepy in the afternoon is I try to stay busy. If I sit for too long I will start to need a nap:-).

  6. I try to get plenty of sleep, and I also snack throughout the day so my energy levels don't drop :)

  7. I'm also a big advocate of getting enough sleep, usually 8 hours. I feel a huge difference in energy level if I don't. I think finding the right workout also helps. I recently started talking a hip hop exercise class (not my typical style since I'm not a coordinated dancer nor do I usually listen to popular music) but I love it! I went on Wednesday and was falling asleep on the way there, but all pumped up and energized when I went home.