I love coffee. I’ve loved the taste of it since I was a child. I love the taste of coffee ice cream. It’s my caffeine weapon of choice. I start my day with a pot that holds 32 ounces. I don’t always finish the pot. Sometimes I get half-way through it and I don’t need or want more. On other days, I finish the pot.
Once I’m done, however, I’m done. If I keep drinking coffee I just feel dehydrated. I’ve learned to switch to water for the rest of the day. If it’s cold outside, or if I’m at work, sure, I keep a cup of coffee at my desk. But I hardly ever finish it.
There are days when I need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon. Sometimes I’ll have tea. Most of the time, my body tells me that it’s had its fix of caffeine and I end up with herbal tea instead.
Cola leaves me feeling as if I’ve been hit by a truck. It stays in my system for at least two days. The second day feels like a caffeine hangover. It makes me jumpy and irritable and for that reason I avoid it. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that makes sense to order at a restaurant. I’ll have one, but I usually don’t finish it. I always drink it along side a glass of water. Without water, I do feel dehydrated and sluggish, in spite of the caffeine. I drink diet coke. Regular is too sugary for me. Not the taste, but the way it makes me feel afterward.
Red Bull? I never drink it. I think I tried it once and the result was that not only did I get the same caffeine hangover that I get from cola but I got it more quickly and it lasted longer.
Here’s a link to info on caffeine. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/caffeine.html