Cycling Coffee / Adaptogens / Managing Stress. Keeping The Magic + Energy Flowing
I seem to have reached a point where my several cups of strong black coffee might as well be a small amount of relaxing herbal chamomile tea, having crossed some threshold through over-training / too much IF / low carbohydrates / not enough sleep into a much less energetic and lesser focused state.
I'm considering dialing back my coffee habit from 4-5 cups to 1-2 cups, skipping coffee on the weekends (maybe after a 2wk break), alternating resistance (higher calorie) + rest days (lower calorie), and maybe avoiding a caloric deficit / exercise through the weekend. I'm thinking some sort of adaptogen might be useful (maybe on the weekends when I'm not drinking coffee?) or maybe something like Uridine (+ phospholipids / choline + fish oil ?)
I find L-theanine overly relaxing, although I'm curious if long term combination with my coffee might help to guard against developing this caffeine tolerance / burn-out, and perhaps some tolerance will build against the zoning-out nature of L-theanine.
In the past, I've used Aged Korean Ginseng, Gelatinized Maca, Ashwagandha, Bacopa, CDP-Choline, Phosphatidylserine, and Alpha GPC (usually one at a time with large gaps of time between them.) These are all pretty relaxing and not very energy-promoting for me. I also supplement with Iodine (1 drop of detoxadine.)
What are some good approaches + supplements for preventing against this sort of fatigue, keeping coffee + IF + low-carb eating effective and energy-promoting, and improving the speed of rest + recovery ?