On the journey to become the best version of myself, I convinced myself relying on caffeine and sugar was not a good way to live. So within the past month or so, I have completely cut it out of my diet (within a few exceptions). To be completely honest, my biggest problematic factor was with energy drinks such as Monster and moreso sugar that came with it. I’d shamelessly purchase bulk crates of them from Costco and down 1 or 2 a day. Now as we alll know, the biggest downside to having caffeine everyday is that you soon become reliant on it to be productive. But now that I’ve stopped using it, my average performance without caffeine has become noticeably much much worse. Most of my work is stationary; office-based so not a whole lot of movement is required but I am required to stay on task and stay productive and this was the main reason I’d be drinking them besides my obvious addiction (probably) to the sugar. I do drink them when I go to the gym, but I must admit I’m not a huge fan of the sugar-free counterparts. Most days now I’ll probably have 1 Monster per week, sometimes on weekends or sometimes on a day I didn't get enough sleep. Now, my question is that what are the shorterm and long term effects of caffeine? How do these effects affect a person's overall life and most importantly, what (if any) is the healthiest way to consume caffeine and I suppose benefit from its effects?