Start: May 14, 2014
Alright, due to some mysterious (and hopefully not too serious) health concerns, my Naturopath and I have decided to eliminate...wait for it.... coffee from my diet. COFFEE! My universal life source, my reason for living, the constant thing I cling to for comfort. My nectar. Coffee. Not to mention it's the thing that keeps my mood stable and my headaches at bay (most of the time anyway). Oh, and I also can't have black tea or dark chocolate, so yeah, there's that.
Now, you may think this is a drastic measure, or that she is just plain bat-shit crazy (I know some of you have thought that many times), and you might be right, but consider: I already take pretty good care of myself, I eat well, drink oodles of water, and *ahem* exercise, so the usual ‘ﬁrst step’ of limiting gluten, dairy or sugars is almost certainly a waste of time (and also because my symptoms do not present as a food allergy/ intolerance), and so we are moving on to a more plausible suspect: the evil caffeine. When it comes to determining what is the cause of my new-found health concerns we are applying the Sherlock Holmes method: When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
So here I am, contemplating life sans coffee. I’ll be honest, I teared up a little at first. But I want to be better, so cut it I did. I may love the grey scale in photography, but I live my life very black and white, so I was all ready to go "all-in" on my first day and quit cold turkey. That lasted until about 9:30. In the morning. I must say, my Starbucks was VERY helpful!! They knew of the situation, and decided to help wean me off slowly over the course of a few days instead. Now, a few days later, instead of having my triple espresso (multiple times a day) I am only having a doppio (two shots) and only one of those. No going back for more! And I haven't! Green tea occasionally, but that's it!
Honestly, I am stubborn and always have to win (Monica much?) I have (almost) never met a challenge I did not like- and can endure more than I thought I ever could- so this coffee thing- piece of cake....mmmm.... cake.... but I digress. Join me again next week to see how I made it through. If I am still alive. Or in jail. (I cannot be held responsible for what happens to you if you piss me off whilst on this road).
And don’t worry everyone, just like every episode of House: it’s not lupus.
So, turns out I picked a bad week to give up coffee. No. Seriously. Bad Week.
Now, normally I visit Starbucks 2 or 3 times a day. During Tech Week it's more like 3 or 4 times. Last Tuesday I started a shift at Starbucks at 10 and made it all the way to 11:30 until I felt the grumpies start to take hold of me and Mr. Headache slowly close his ﬁngers around my scalp. I messed up an iced chai tea (on purpose maybe?), so I decided to drink it. I know, black tea, but I hadn’t had anything else, so that was my “cheat” for the day.
I'm still drinking the green tea because it was not on my “do not’ list. Luckily I like it iced. It does a fair job of keeping the headache away, but it's just not the same. Something is missing-- my body can feel it and it does NOT like it. So, on Wednesday I started my day with green tea but after my ﬁrst class I needed something else - Vanilla Bean Frappuccino to the rescue!! Now, I generally have to be in a frappuccino kind of mood to get one, but I was desperate. Is this seriously what my life has become?
I know, this all sounds crazy, right? I feel crazy. But it’s true: The Shakes. The Headaches. The Fog. It all happens.
Yep. That pretty much sums me up.
Maybe I could switch to something a little less addictive but could still give me the edge I'm looking for. Cocaine maybe? Nah...too messy. *sigh* I guess I'll just have to make do with being high on life. And green tea. Lots of green tea.
Pray for me.