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Coffee Brains

Posted by on November 4, 2013

Happy Monday y’all! Hope your weekend was great.

I can’t even remember my weekend. Oh right, sick kid. That’ll do it.

It’s awesome how we can sound so chipper in print than in person. Ha! My brain is so muddled. I don’t think I’m being as productive as I can be, and it isn’t even related to Monday mornings. As I contemplate my lack of get-up-and-go, I’m reminded of an article I read at the beginning of this year, and a blog post I wrote. Coffee Brains. So I thought I’d share it with you all today as I go grab another cup of coffee or tea. 🙂 Hope you all have a great week!

Coffee Brains

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photo credit: thesparechangekitchen: Louise Vansleve


Ha, I can hear the yawns and the growls. Don’t talk to me before I’ve had my caffeine. Can you relate? Three Sundays ago, I was making coffee at church in one of those BIG hot-water-ready machines, and I poured half of the freshly made decaf back in the water reservoir. What? Yeah, hadn’t had my usual dose of caffeine that morning. Yawn.

Recently a friend posted a link to an article about caffeine. I ignored it. I was afraid it was going to be one of those STOP drinking coffee articles. I love my tea, my coffee, but I’m finding that its helping less and less to get a good jump start on the day, except for staving off caffeine-depended headaches. And a second cup to help pull me through the afternoon just makes me jittery and buzzy. Coffee Brains. So I decided to read the article. Bingo. My lack of get-up-and-go stemmed from two reasons.

  1. I’m a mom of a spit-fire little monkey and the energizer bunny coupled with late nights, yeah, no amount of caffeine is going to fix that. SLEEP.
  2. My body has developed a tolerance for it. So I get less bang for my cup of joe/tea in the morning. Man, it sounds like I’m drugs or something. Oh, wait, I am!

So what should we do? Ante up the serving? No, this articles suggests lessening your caffeine take and saving it for the day you really need a jump start. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. LOVE me some tea in the morning, a little sugar, a little cream. Mmmm…

But perhaps there’s another way? Just maybe if I take better care of myself and eat healthier and get more sleep, would I need the caffeine? I used to shower in the morning, that helped a little but with the monkey and the energizer bunny, that won’t be happening for a long time. Now is not the time for muddled brains! I need clarity, objectivity and a color-coded schedule. I thought caffeine helped with those, but not so much anymore.

What do you think? Yay or nay? Are you a coffee, tea, or a pop person? (Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m from the North.) What do you do to get a jump start on the day? Any of y’all use B vitamins or supplements?

Well, here’s to a great start for the rest of the week. And no, I won’t be cutting back on my caffeine intake at this point, I’m only drinking a pot two cups a day. :-D


2 Responses to Coffee Brains

  1. Rebekah Gyger

    Yay, another Northener! I near to a pot a day sometimes, not because I have to, but because I like coffee. It has never actually helped me stay awake. Caffeine actually makes me sleepy, it helps me to relax. Nice, warm cup of coffee before bed and I’m out like a light.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Wow! So what do you do help jump start your system in the morning? Or do you not need it? I do like drinking warm beverages, so sometimes it isn’t about the caffeine content. Thanks for sharing!

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