I'm thinking of doing the January W30 and the only sticking point for me is caffeine. I'll admit it: I'm an addict. I work too hard and sleep too little and if I'm going to wrestle myself out of bed at 5:45am to go run tabata sprints, I need a chemical stimulant to get me there. I'm not trying to pretend it's healthy or anything, so I don't need a lecture on why it isn't good for me. I'm a grown adult and I've chosen to self-caffeinate in full knowledge of the consequences.
That said, my delivery mechanism of choice would be OUT on the W30 because I use FOOSH caffeine mints, which contain sorbitol (a sugar alcohol). They don't really set off any cravings to me, but I know it's important to do the W30 100%, so I'd have to cut them out. I've seen all kinds of other caffeine candy, but that obviously has sugar so it's out as well. I don't have time to make and drink coffee in the morning before hitting the gym (which is what I need it for). Red bull, Monster, etc. is obviously out. Does anyone have any W30-compliant suggestions for how I could get a quick caffeine hit that plays nicely with a super rushed morning schedule and bike commuting?
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on March 03, 2013
at 04:07 PM
I have sought this too, because I get a bad reaction from the tannins in coffee/tea/chocolate. I just take caffeine pills, which are basically just caffeine and a bit of glucose, thus avoiding the need for energy drinks. This helps reduce the psychological component of caffeine addiction too (i.e. the associations/enjoyment of drinking caffeinated beverages).
on December 31, 2012
at 07:44 PM
make coffee ice cubes and grab them on the way out the door. just make your pot of coffee and pour it into an ice tray and stick it in the freezer. in the morning you have a grab and go shot of coffee.
on December 31, 2012
at 03:31 PM
Seriously, if your intent is to follow the Whole30 guidelines, ingesting stimulants for that purpose is out. period. Do you have time to make a cup of coffee in the evening and keep it in a thermos of some sort. That's the only way around your dilemma I can see, unless you resign yourself to going caffeine free. The latter might be your best bet.
on January 01, 2013
at 04:56 AM
A whole 30 shouldn't just be about food. It should be about sleeping well, exercising smart, and yes, dialing in your nutrition. Good sleep, smartly programmed exercise and great nutrition...the question of to caffeine or not is moot (and most likely unnecessary).