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« on: July 29, 2008, 02:33:11 PM »

So as you all know I've trying to work out a way to cut back on the diet sodas (http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,27992.0.html), So I've been trying alternate ways to get that extra pep I need to help me make it through the days (considering my extreme lack of sleep).

On top of trying to learn to like Coffee, I've also been experimenting with some other drinks such as tried a Lipton's Great Tea, something called Delta-E, Vitamin B, etc, etc

Well last night I tried my first 8oz can of sugar free Red Bull and OMG!! It was wonderful - like drinking berries from heaven.

After drinking that one. I went to 7-11 last night and saw that they also came in larger cans - so I bought two 12oz cans (one regular and another sugar free and drank those last night). Then went back again this morning and bought two more sugar free 12oz cans.

Man - could I really be addicted to something this fast? Do they have heroin or something in it? I still have another can to drink and I'm already thinking about sneaking over to a gas station this afternoon to get more. Now granted i like the taste and I'm liking the way they're making me feel. But it seems really odd for this little drink to grab ahold of me this fast and this strong.

Anything like this happen to anyone else w/ Red Bull?
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2008, 02:38:09 PM »

Monster. One of my coworkers doesn't throw the cans out; he has his entire cube lined with them.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2008, 02:39:12 PM »

I did at first (with RedBull and Jolt and Bawls), then it subsided. It's still just glorified soda. My only caffeine fix these days is tea and the occasional diet soda every once in a while.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2008, 02:54:22 PM »

I used to drink Monster all the time and really liked it up until one day, after drinking one of the bigger cans, my heart started racing for no apparent reason.  I haven't touched them since and had no more incidents like that since.
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008, 02:58:32 PM »

Mental Note - Must try Monster next    nod
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008, 03:05:32 PM »

Mana Potions.  Try to take it easy on the caffeine intake if you can. smile
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 03:44:08 PM »

Quote from: DarkEL on July 29, 2008, 02:58:32 PM

Mental Note - Must try Monster next    nod

I've always found Monster to be gross.  Try Rockstar in the BLUE CAN - I think it's called no carbs or low carbs or something... it has like, 20 cal or so.  It's the best diet energy drink out there.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2008, 03:45:28 PM »


El,  I'd have to say regular sleep and exercise is the only thing that can help ya with your energy problem.  I'm dealing with a tachycardia/Atrial Fibrilation situation right now (taking 25g of Metoropol XL dailiy) because I abused caffine and skimped out on sleep and exercise.  I miss my Dr. Pepper and my Red Bull, but I'm better without it.  Since I dropped caffine completely, I've actually slept better.
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2008, 04:08:50 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on July 29, 2008, 02:54:22 PM

I used to drink Monster all the time and really liked it up until one day, after drinking one of the bigger cans, my heart started racing for no apparent reason.  I haven't touched them since and had no more incidents like that since.

No apparent reason, huh?
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2008, 04:17:16 PM »

so not only red bull, which I suppose is the LEAST bad for you...but sugar free....not only are most of the sugar free additives also mild laxatives....but Anositol, which is in regular Red Bull is used to cut cocaine. 

all that stuff is so just bad for you.

once I stopped drinking soda, I lost most of my cravings for sweets.

I just stopped....I read a thing that said your chance of throat cancer increases something like 125% from soda drinking...while I am sure the number is not accurate, thats a hell of a number.  and with the amount of soda I drank....I stopped....I only drink it once in awhile.  mostly juice, which is so sweet now, that I even water that down.

Good luck on cutting back.

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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2008, 04:59:57 PM »

I've never had a Red Bull and never wanted one, or any of the other energy drink deals. In college I tried some caffeine pills and would drink a 12-shot espresso at the local coffee shop for fun, but nowadays I can live without the extra buzz. I even switched to caffeine-free soda earlier this year and prefer it. I don't think I could ever give up soda completely though.
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2008, 05:36:02 PM »

Red Bull is piss.
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2008, 05:36:22 PM »

i have been dropping the number of hfcs sodas in favor of cane sugar sodas.  one, they taste a hell of a lot better and cane sugar is no where near as bad as the corn syrup.  two, they also cost a bit more, so i buy less, which cuts down on my total intake.  win-win, and thomas kemper root beer kicks so much ass over the big brands, it's not funny.  

i tried a red bull once and was too wired to sit.  this from a guy who drinks a cup of coffee in the morning and usually grabs a grande something or other in the mid morning.
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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2008, 05:41:33 PM »

Quote from: joeyjazz on July 29, 2008, 03:05:32 PM

Mana Potions.  Try to take it easy on the caffeine intake if you can. smile

What the bloody hell? Hmmm...my local Fry's Electronics sells them according to the site. I may have to pay them a visit and grab one. biggrin
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2008, 05:43:10 PM »

Quote from: Caine on July 29, 2008, 05:36:22 PM

i have been dropping the number of hfcs sodas in favor of cane sugar sodas.  one, they taste a hell of a lot better and cane sugar is no where near as bad as the corn syrup.  two, they also cost a bit more, so i buy less, which cuts down on my total intake.  win-win, and thomas kemper root beer kicks so much ass over the big brands, it's not funny.  

i tried a red bull once and was too wired to sit.  this from a guy who drinks a cup of coffee in the morning and usually grabs a grande something or other in the mid morning.

Can you make a list of cane sugar sodas?  I might have to try and keep an eye out.
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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2008, 05:59:09 PM »

other than TK, costco sells the imported mexican Coke in the bottle, also a cane sugar.  i like it a lot, but not as much as the root beer.
anything from Jones soda is cane sugar as well, and they have a wide variety of flavors.  thomas kemper also has a few flavors other than root beer.

they also tend to sell them around passover and most of the mexcan sodas are cane sugar. 

here's a quick little article i read about cane vs hfcs

sadly, most US makers are dedicated hcfs users.
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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2008, 06:16:22 PM »

Quote from: depward on July 29, 2008, 03:44:08 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on July 29, 2008, 02:58:32 PM

Mental Note - Must try Monster next    nod
Try Rockstar in the BLUE CAN - I think it's called no carbs or low carbs or something... it has like, 20 cal or so.  It's the best diet energy drink out there.

I agree completely.  It is hands down the best.

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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2008, 06:23:59 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on July 29, 2008, 05:36:02 PM

Red Bull is piss.

Taurus Urine....Taurine.  Hmmm.....

Yep, bull piss to be precise.

Honestly I think they all taste pretty horrible.  No thanks.
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« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2008, 06:37:15 PM »

red bull is only good with jager. otherwise /throwup
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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2008, 06:45:39 PM »

These things do nothing for me. My first Red Bull was at the midnight screening of Phantom Menace. I drank two and still almost fell asleep halfway through the movie.

I recently had a Monster for a late-night D&D session, and besides it tasting like a shit-covered watermelon, it did nothing. I wasn't wired, energized, or in the least even mildly motivated beyond my norm. I must have a crazy caffeine tolerance from all the sodas I drank growing up (in my teens, I literally had sodas with breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner).

I tend to shy away from almost all carbonated beverages these days. I'll have one every now and again out of convenience (if it comes with a fast food combo or at the movies), but otherwise I've switched almost exclusively to water, juices, and tea.
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« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2008, 06:57:18 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on July 29, 2008, 06:45:39 PM

These things do nothing for me. My first Red Bull was at the midnight screening of Phantom Menace. I drank two and still almost fell asleep halfway through the movie.

Next time you have a drink, simply have a shot that is two ounces of good vodka and a half can of Red Bull and tell me it does nothing.  Reb Bull plus booze knocks you on your ass.  I don't recommend it.

Red Bull by itself.  Nothing.  Really.  And it's pretty nasty tasting. 
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« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2008, 07:07:25 PM »

you notice he said he almost slept through the phanton menace.  that movie put lots of people to sleep.
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« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2008, 07:12:51 PM »

(Dark) Chocolate covered coffee beans FTW.
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« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2008, 08:11:10 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 29, 2008, 06:23:59 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on July 29, 2008, 05:36:02 PM

Red Bull is piss.

Taurus Urine....Taurine.  Hmmm.....

Yep, bull piss to be precise.

Honestly I think they all taste pretty horrible.  No thanks.

This made me laugh out loud at work.

I have to show this to WalkingFumble, who goes through cans of Red Bull like they're the best thing on Earth.
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« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2008, 09:04:56 PM »

I've never tried any of those so-called energy drinks. I don't drink soda, either. It's my understanding that Red Bull mixes well with vodka. The idea is to get wired and drunk simultaneously for some of the old ultraviolence.
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« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2008, 09:05:51 PM »

Red Bull + Vodka = Win.  Even though I am a grown man now, it is still my drink of choice when in Vegas.  I won't drink it anywhere else, but it rules there.

Red Bull on it's own is pretty tasty.  Great for road trips.

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« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2008, 10:41:01 PM »

Quote from: LordMortis on July 29, 2008, 06:57:18 PM

Reb Bull plus booze knocks you on your ass.  I don't recommend it.

But it's the only way to make the Red Bull taste bearable. (Jager-Bombs FTW!)
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« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2008, 10:44:04 PM »

I drink alot of Monsters during the run of a play.  They really help me when I have to work all day and then rehearse or perform at night.

I also think regular Monster tastes great.  Those and Full Throttle Blue Demons are my favorites.
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« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2008, 12:20:56 AM »

Quote from: coopasonic on July 29, 2008, 04:08:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 29, 2008, 02:54:22 PM

I used to drink Monster all the time and really liked it up until one day, after drinking one of the bigger cans, my heart started racing for no apparent reason.  I haven't touched them since and had no more incidents like that since.

No apparent reason, huh?

well,other than the huge ass monster drink which I had had before with no side effects.
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« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2008, 08:17:37 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 29, 2008, 06:23:59 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on July 29, 2008, 05:36:02 PM

Red Bull is piss.

Taurus Urine....Taurine.  Hmmm.....

Yep, bull piss to be precise.

Honestly I think they all taste pretty horrible.  No thanks.

Actually it's an amino acid - it was originally extracted from Bull's Bile (which is where it gets it's name).
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« Reply #30 on: July 30, 2008, 08:28:54 PM »

I didn’t need to know that…
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« Reply #31 on: July 30, 2008, 08:32:21 PM »

Quote from: Lordnine on July 30, 2008, 08:28:54 PM

I didn’t need to know that…
It's not STILL extracted from them....
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« Reply #32 on: July 30, 2008, 09:08:58 PM »

Quote from: DarkEL on July 30, 2008, 08:32:21 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 30, 2008, 08:28:54 PM

I didn’t need to know that…
It's not STILL extracted from them....

too bad too, as it apparently tasted better.
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« Reply #33 on: July 31, 2008, 01:51:37 AM »

With the current extraction methods it should be called Bunk.
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« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2008, 12:38:58 PM »

Quote from: Purge on July 31, 2008, 01:51:37 AM

With the current extraction methods it should be called Bunk.

Because it is extracted from Bull Junk?  Sorry, couldn't resist.   icon_twisted
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« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2008, 12:50:56 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 31, 2008, 12:38:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 31, 2008, 01:51:37 AM

With the current extraction methods it should be called Bunk.

Because it is extracted from Bull Spunk?  Sorry, couldn't resist.   icon_twisted

FTFY.
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« Reply #36 on: July 31, 2008, 02:20:27 PM »

Quote from: DarkEL on July 29, 2008, 02:58:32 PM

Mental Note - Must try Monster next    nod

BTW - tried a giant can of Monster last night.

It was okay. Kind of like drinking a Fruity Mt. Dew but no buzzed feelings and certainly no throwing on the "Happy" switch like I've been getting from Red Bull.
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« Reply #37 on: July 31, 2008, 04:00:37 PM »

These things are not good for you.

Cut the caffeine out completely... you might be surprised.
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