Why I Stopped Drinking Coffee (Mostly)

Friday, February 5, 2016

FroBunni | Why I stopped drinking coffee (mostly)

Last year, I had terrible heart palpitations. My heart was beating so fast that it felt like I was having a heart attack, and this happened daily. I couldn't figure out why this was happening, and of course, it was very concerning. After one particularly bad episode, I decided to go to the emergency care center. Two hours later, I was given a prognosis...coffee.

It makes perfect sense, honestly. I drink coffee, at least, once a day. Sometimes, I even have two cups, or if I'm going to Starbucks or Panera, I drink a huge latte. Coffee was a daily staple in my diet, and my heart was taking a beating. So I stopped drinking it, and the heart palpitations, almost immediately, disappeared.

Of course, I can't just not have my morning coffee. In fact, not having coffee causes me to eat more sweets or drink more soda. For me, coffee is comforting, it's the official start of my morning and gets me into "work mode." Without it, I had difficulty concentrating and focusing. So, what did I do? Two words: hot chocolate.

Yup, so now I have hot chocolate as my coffee replacement. It's warm and comforting, and it helps me going. I make my hot chocolate with Lactaid milk since I'm lactose intolerant, so I'm getting a nice dose of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Plus, unlike my coffee that I added copious amounts of sugar to, with hot chocolate, I don't do that. So my sugar intake is down as well.

I still have coffee every once in awhile, but hot chocolate has been a perfect replacement. And even better, no heart palpitations.

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