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The Secret Method To Fight Caffeine Tolerance.

The Secret Method To Fight Caffeine Tolerance.

Good morning! Have a good sleep? Probably not since you drink coffee like me! but now that you’re sitting down to read this, may I ask a question? What type of coffee drinker are you?

Are you a two cream two sugar type of person? Or a single, single? Well, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is if you’re drinking coffee. Now if you’re a two cup of coffee a day type of person I would assume you are long over do for that buzz.  After all, that’s why your here isn’t it?

For me to share the secret method to fight caffeine tolerance.

Right?

Of course, you are! Now, take a sip of that warm coffee and listen up!

1. You need a battle plan.

Before we get into how to fight caffeine tolerance, we need to see how our body responds to zero caffeine levels for a day, and our daily dosage.

This is our battle plan. Tomorrow when you wake up, I want you to put a piece of paper by you as you drink your coffee. I need you to write down how many hours you slept, and how you feel before you drink the coffee, and write down how you feel after.  For example, today I slept for eight hours. I feel tired. After drinking my cup of coffee I feel awake and normal. Now when you drink your second cup of coffee see how you feel.

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Do you feel more awake?

Do you feel the same?

Do you feel tired?

After you do this, when noon rolls around, write down how you feel. By supper, same thing and just before bed. The next day I need you to mimic the day almost identically. EXCEPT no coffee.

Do you feel tired?

Do you feel the same?

Do you feel more awake?

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Logically, you might tell me: duh, you’re going to be tired.

And you’re right. You’re going to be tired because it’s the morning. But how do you feel at night? How do you feel at supper? And I ask this because most people think of caffeine as a “jitter drug.” But in reality, it’s an imposter. Caffeine doesn’t give you energy. All it does it slows the “tired” process. That’s why you always crash. if I was going to describe how caffeine works in the brain I would describe it as building a wall to try and keep a bunch of tired zombies out of your home. Eventually, that wall will crumble. No matter how high you build that wall it will fall. And the higher you build it, the harder you fall. That is why they call it a crash.

And every time you build that wall, more tired zombies come. Now, I need you to keep those results. We will get back to them.

2. Understand the half-life of caffeine.

The secret method to fighting caffeine is a complex one. It involves paper and numbers. Now, going by a study done on caffeine informer we can safely say the half-life of caffeine is 5.7 hours. Or, five hours and forty-two minutes. Now, if you don’t know what a half-life is I’ll explain quickly and you will understand. Trust me.

If you consumed 200mg of caffeine in one cup of coffee, in 5.7 hours you will have 100mg left in your system. 5.7 hours after, your will have 50mg, then 25mg, then 12.5mg.

Now, you see the problem here? If I drank two cups of coffee a day for 240mg of caffeine at eight o’clock in the morning. It will take more than 40 hours to get out of my system.

Now, if I had two cups of coffee every day at 8 am, I would already have around 30mg of caffeine in my system when I’m drinking another cup of coffee in the morning. So, all of a sudden 240mg + 30mg = 270mg of caffeine.

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You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see the pattern here. You and I consume caffeine at a rate quicker than our body can get rid of. Thus, our body raises our caffeine tolerance to compensate for the amount of caffeine in our bodies our body simply increases the number of receptors.

So how do we stop this?

3. Know Your Limit, Stay Within It.

I never said the secret method would be easy. And it isn’t, but it is rewarding. And this requires self-reflection. Ask yourself these questions:

How do I respond to caffeine?

Why do I drink coffee?

I drink coffee for the taste, and I have found through experimentation that I develop a tolerance very quickly, and lose it just as fast.

Thus, I have no problem drinking decaf coffee. Maxwell to be exact. I enjoy it. And the little bit of caffeine in it, 15mg-25mg is just enough to bring me to “normal.” Now that is considered low. an adult can safely consume 400mg of caffeine and be okay. I just happen to by hypersensitive to caffeine, thus, I need less to get the same effects. But, I’ve also found my caffeine tolerance grows quickly if I consume a couple cups a day.

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So figure out how you respond to caffeine!

4. Time To Prepare For War.

Now that we have found out how our body responds to caffeine we need to put our battle plan into action. Compare your results. Did you find that you felt better or worse drinking coffee? and to what extent? has drinking decaf helped you at all? has going without coffee for a day killed your productivity?

Now, this is the hardest part. Depending on how long you’ve been drinking coffee, we will need to either go cold turkey or switch to decaf for a few months.

I know my body pretty well and when I hit the caffeine-tolerant wall I have a tendency to go on decaf for a week, and get back on coffee with no issues. But again, I’m pretty caffeine sensitive. Depending on how sensitive to caffeine you are, some of you may find yourselves going on decaf for a week, to a few months. Some researchers even suggest staying off coffee entirely for three months! But, that’s absurd. After all, we know your body starts growing a tolerance after a minimum of four days of drinking coffee!

No matter your results you will need to remove regular coffee from your daily consumption for a minimum of one week. After one week, I suggest having one cup of coffee and reevaluating how you feel. Once you have a “desired” caffeine buzz you will need to be conscious of your daily caffeine consumption. No more than 500ml of coffee a day or a maximum of 300mg of caffeine. And in a session, you should have about 125ml of coffee or roughly 50-70mg of caffeine spread out every three to five hours. More or less depending on you tolerance level. Also, feel free to adjust accordingly. After all, your body is different from everyone else

Now you know that the method to fight caffeine tolerance isn’t much a secret after all. It’s just being conscious of how your body responds to caffeine. The key is to learn to how your body responds to caffeine and maximizing the time it takes for your body to grow tolerant is the key to having a beautiful buzz every morning.

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Published on October 12, 2018

15 Flavorful and Healthy Family Meals That are Perfect for Picky Eaters

15 Flavorful and Healthy Family Meals That are Perfect for Picky Eaters

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that finding one meal that everyone in the family likes is a challenge!

But as busy parents we also don’t want to have to make separate meals for the kids either. The good news is there are some amazing healthy family meals out there that are:

  • Healthy
  • Cost-effective
  • Easy top prepare
  • Great tasting
  • Sure to please kids and parents alike

There are a lot of food and recipe sites out there, but we’ve whittled down the thousands of recipes to these top 15.

These healthy family meals are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters and will make a great addition to your dinner table. More importantly, these winning recipes meet the challenge of today’s busy families.

Let’s review the best healthy family meals for your picky eaters!

1. Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers

    This recipe, courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian of The Food Network is delicious, healthy and surprisingly easy to prepare. It’s no wonder it has over 100 reviews and rates 5 stars!

    Melissa is the host of Ten Dollar Dinners and The Picky Eater’s Project. She’s also a mother of four and recent first-time cookbook author.

    This amazing recipe features:

    • Store-bought puff pastry saves a lot of time
    • Only 20 minutes prep time
    • Kids will love the “hot pocket-style” but the flavor of a traditional chicken pot pie

    ~ Check out the recipe here!

    2. Mini Meat Loaf

      This healthy family meal, courtesy of Susie Cover’s book The Supper Club: Kid-Friendly Meals the Whole Family Will Love and published on Parenting.com is a healthy option in that it can be prepared with either ground beef or turkey.

      Kids will love that these fun-sized mini meatloaves are easy to dip in ketchup. They are also perfect for packing for a school lunch or picnic.

      Susie has over 15 years as a professional chef, cookbook author, and founder of a series of prepared food companies.

      This future family staple:

      • Tastes great warm or at room temp
      • Can be formed to any size – no wasted food!
      • Can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free panko breadcrumbs

      ~ Check out the recipe here!

      3. Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta

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        This delicious and healthy mac ‘n cheese alternative comes to us from Hillary Smith over at Bon Appétit.

        Hillary is the associate marketing director at Bon Appétit, but clearly knows her way around the kitchen too. Here, Hillary does the unthinkable and gets picky eaters come back for seconds on cauliflower!

        This new family favorite:

        • Is easy to make
        • Features delicious parmesan and pine nuts
        • Roasts the cauliflower to get it tender with a deeper flavor

        ~ Check out the recipe here!

        4. Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

          This 5 star recipe is from Rachael Ray, courtesy of The Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals.

          This amazingly flavorful dish:

          • Can be made in 25 minutes
          • Is so delicious kids won’t even question eating lettuce
          • Is packed with veggies

          ~ Check out the recipe here!

          5. Eggplant Parmigiana in a Pasta Sauce

          This amazing recipe re-do comes from Ole & Shaina Olmanson and Babble is a much healthier, but just as tasty a version of traditional eggplant parmesan.

          This fantastic dinner option:

          • Cuts the fried eggplant and lengthy prep stages
          • Calls for ground beef but could easily be made vegetarian
          • Tastes even better the next day!

          ~ Check out the recipe here!

          6. Po-tacos!

            This creative reinvention of the classic taco comes from Weelicious founder Catherine and her friend Joanna. The idea is to use a baked potato split down the middle as the “shell” for your taco.

            Of course a baked potato is healthier than a fried taco shell or fat-laden tortilla. But she also gets incredibly creative with the topping options, going far beyond a typical taco.

            This new classic:

            • Has endless filling possibilities from pesto veggies to pulled pork
            • Could easily be made with sweet potatoes instead
            • Only take a whopping 10 minutes prep time!

            ~ Check out the recipe here!

            7. Crispy Chicken, Ham, and Swiss Roll-Ups

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              This tasty addition to our healthy family meals comes from Jiselle Basile over at Cooking Light. Jiselle has taken the classic ham and cheese sandwich and reinvented it as a roll-up.

              This “meaty, cheesy, moist and crunchy” treat gets healthy by going in the oven instead of into a frying pan.

              This amazing recipe:

              • Is only 351 calories per serving
              • Uses all white meat chicken and ham
              • Is low in sugar and saturated fat

              ~ Check out the recipe here!

              8. Easy 30 Minute Orange Chicken with Rice

                This amazing redo of everyone’s favorite Chinese takeout comes from Kristen over at A Mind “Full” Mom.

                Kristen has crafted a recipe that is not too spicy or sweet. That makes the kids happy. But it’s has enough complex flavors to have the adults coming back for seconds.

                Healthy family meals never tasted so good!

                This fantastic recipe:

                • Is ready in under 30 minutes!
                • Uses fresh orange juice
                • Skips the fryer and the unnecessary calories

                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                9. Noodle Pudding

                This creative recipe, courtesy of Barbara Wener and Country Living is a great way to get kids to eat cottage cheese and cut the fat from traditional baked pasta dishes.

                Country Living features the best food and drink recipes that are delicious and easy to prepare. The recipe was handed down to Barbara from her mother and remains a family favorite.

                This tasty treat:

                • Has under 400 calories per serving
                • Will have kids gobbling it up like mac n’ cheese

                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                10. One Pan Chicken and Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Spinach Cream Sauce

                  The key to truly healthy family meals is getting picky eaters to eat their vegetables.

                  This fantastic recipe, courtesy of Christina Cherrier, editor at Eatwell101, does just that.

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                  Christina has crafty a yummy cream sauce that packs a flavor punch of garlic, tomato, spinach, and cheese. Even the pickiest of eaters will be back for more.

                  This amazing dish:

                  • Lightens the fat with half and half instead of cream
                  • Gets kids to eat their spinach
                  • Saves on clean up by using just 1 pan

                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                  11. Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

                    This no-hassle lasagna recipe, comes to us from Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum.

                    Lindsay and her husband Bjork run both Pinch of Yum and Food Blogger Pro and are here to save us a boatload of time, cutting calories in the process.

                    This amazing dish:

                    • Is all done in the crockpot
                    • Is loaded with veggies
                    • Calls for uncooked lasagna noodles

                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                    12. Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Strips

                      All kids love chicken strips. Thankfully this classic recipe redo skips the fryer and still delivers a delicious healthy family meal.

                      Amy Roskelley, of Super Healthy Kids, walks us through the simple steps to get extra crispy chicken without the deep fryer. Amy is mom of 3 and has a background in health and nutrition and in shows!

                      This amazing dish:

                      • Skips the salt, fast & preservatives of fast food chicken nuggets
                      • Are amazingly crispy
                      • Packs 36 grams of protein per serving

                      ~ Check out the recipe here!

                      13. Sausage, Brocolli & Rice One Skillet Meal

                        This delicious weeknight staple comes to us from Kasey Schwartz over at All Things Mamma.

                        With a hungry husband who helps parent their 3 kids, Kasey knows a thing or two about healthy family meals. Her recipes are designed for busy parents looking for quick, easy and healthy meals during the school week.

                        This tasty mealtime option:

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                        • Is ready in under 30 minutes
                        • Is a great way to get kids to eat their broccoli
                        • Can be made with turkey or chicken sausage to cut the fat

                        ~ Check out the recipe here!

                        14. Baked Chicken Chimichangas

                          This simple, yet tasty Mexican-themed dinner staple comes from Christy Denney over at The Girl Who Ate Everything.

                          Christy makes healthy family meals for her husband and their 5 kids. And with 5 kids, you can bet Christy knows how to please even the pickiest of eaters.

                          This awesome dinnertime staple:

                          • Are oven baked instead of fried
                          • Can be prepared in under 15 minutes
                          • Goes great with guac and low-fat sour cream

                          ~ Check out the recipe here!

                          15. Baked Gnocchi with Sausage, Kale, and Pesto

                            This delicious baked pasta dish comes from Maria & Josh over at Two Peas and Their Pod.

                            Maria & Josh love cooking, entertaining and creating healthy family meals that are simple, fresh, and kid-friendly. We think you’ll agree!

                            This delicious dish:

                            • Is a great way to sneak kale into kid’s diets
                            • Can be prepared in under 15 minutes
                            • Cut even more fat with lower fat sausage and cheeses

                            ~ Check out the recipe here!

                            Did you find some new favorite healthy family meals here?

                            In this post, we looked at the challenge all parents face in creating healthy family meals that everyone in the family will actually eat.

                            Finding ways to overcome picky eating habits with our kids can be a challenge.

                            To help, we researched and found 15 amazing recipes that even the pickiest eaters will love and want more of. So if you’re getting resistance at the dinner table and aren’t sure where to turn, the recipes above will quickly get you what you need.

                            All the winning recipes linked above were hand-selected.

                            They are the answer to your dinner-time problems and will help all parents by removing a little bit of that stress at the end of a long day.

                            Make sure and bookmark your favorites as you’ll assuredly be back for more.

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