There are those days where you don’t feel like doing a workout. Everyone has them, right? Well, that’s me today. It is also days like these that I recall what my friend at We are 2fit2 Quit said a while back…”today is all about you vs you!” So, to keep me moving and awake I came up with a Chocolate Java Protein Shake.
I’ve given up caffeine several times but somehow, I end up having it again. The thing with caffeine is once you it have regularly, you need larger quantity to feel it’s effects. You see, we have these receptors on our brain that normally get filled with adenosine which make us tired. Caffeine occupies those receptors blocking adenosine, so you don’t feel tired. Problem is adenosine really wants to occupy a receptor so…we make more receptors! Ahhh, more receptors means we need more caffeine to beat adenosine to all those receptors. It really is a vicious cycle!
Caffeine (C) binds to adenosine receptors in the brain.
That prevents adenosine (A), which is a natural sedative, from attaching itself and making you feel drowsy.
Here’s some information on caffeine…
Caffeine May Help With:
“Caffeine is definitely beneficial for keeping individuals who are sleep deprived more alert,” says Timothy Roehrs of the Sleep Disorders and Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Caffeine works mainly by temporarily binding to adenosine receptors in the brain. That prevents adenosine, which is a natural sedative produced by the brain, from occupying those receptors and making us feel drowsy. Adenosine levels build up during waking hours and then drop as we sleep.
People who don’t use caffeine regularly and who haven’t developed a dependence on it “usually become significantly more alert and better able to perform cognitive and motor tasks—such as paying attention during boring tasks or typing—if they’re given the right dose of caffeine,” says Laura Juliano, a professor of psychology at American University in Washington, D.C.
If they use caffeine regularly, however, it offers few, if any, benefits. “What feels good and stimulating about caffeine to habitual caffeine users is mostly due to the alleviation of withdrawal symptoms,” explains Juliano. In other words, their brains have become dependent on caffeine, so when they haven’t had some for a day or two, they experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, like headache, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating.
“Caffeine can improve physical performance in endurance exercise like running, but the effect is less for short bursts of movement such as lifting weights or sprinting,” says Matthew Ganio, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Arkansas.4
That’s true of people who consume caffeine as well as those who don’t, but the benefit may be smaller in regular users.
Caffeine helps people last longer during exercise because it prompts the body to burn more of its ample stores of fat instead of the limited stores of carbohydrate that are in our muscles. When the muscles run out of carbohydrate, we get tired.
“Caffeine also reduces the perception of muscle pain and the perception of how hard we are working, which makes us feel better when exercising and may help us exercise longer,” adds Ganio.
When you have a headache, the blood vessels in your brain often dilate, or widen. Caffeine constricts blood vessels. That’s one reason why caffeine is added to Excedrin and other headache remedies.
You can read more about caffeine via Caffeine!.
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup skim milk
- ½ cup cold coffee
- 1 scoop Chocolate protein powder
- 1 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
- Add ingredients in the order listed into a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
This shake, unlike a blended coffee drink from your coffee shop is guilt-free and loaded with protein. A Chocolate Java Protein Shake is just what I need to get me going because today it’s me vs me!