Thursday, July 15, 2010

Decaffeinated

My caffeine levels have seriously decreased, and I'm coping quite well on a daily ration of one long black and a couple of green teas. Sleep's back on track, with a full week of unbroken sleep behind me now. I'm training daily, eating well and feeling calm, rational and ....something else that's been eluding me. What's this feeling again? Oh yes: Happy.

I've been wracking my brain to try to figure out just how much coffee I was drinking late last year because, hey - perhaps that's part of the cause of some of the problems I was suffering. Anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, lack of energy, inability to cope, mood swings and general misery are symptoms of stress and depression, but they're also symptoms of too much caffeine.

Even if it wasn't the underlying cause, I'm sure it was an aggravating factor. I can be a slow learner at times, but hopefully this particular lesson will stick.



Edit: I'm really hoping that my elimination diet pinpoints a couple of foods that I react to badly. You know, ones that make me cranky and slightly ill, and well... just a bit mental. Because then I figure that if I stay away from them, I can live a life of serene happiness. Only, please God - don't make one of them chocolate. OK?


I've been reading up on the effects of caffeine and have come across some info on caffeine allergy. It's fascinating stuff. Stay tuned for a future post on the subject.

1 comment:

Charlotte Orr said...

Glad you are feeling better. Think I might have to cut out my afternoon coffee - having the shakes during my workouts is not fun!

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