I quit. Aside from an occasional weak “latte” (1/4 cup of coffee with 3/4 cup of milk, nice and hot) I have almost entirely given up coffee due to atrial flutter or something very much like it. I was very slow to blame the caffeine, but after less than a week without coffee I was 99% better so I’m struggling to stay away from the stuff.
All I can say is that I’m glad coffee doesn’t taste as good as the fresh ground beans smell. I’d never be able to give it up.
I’ll also mention that I now get an extra little thrill out of kissing hubby in the morning, with his coffee breath. mmmm. He tastes and smells better than ever.
But chocolate…no worries. With all that coffee out of my diet, I have plenty of room for the tiny bit of caffeine provided by good dark chocolate. And with my blood pressure down to 90/50, I need that little boost.
“You’re just nice and relaxed,” said the dental hygienist after she took my blood pressure. “ummm…yeah,” thought I. “must….have….caffeine…”
Hubby has recently treated me to several bars of Excellence 85% Dark Chocolate by Lindt. It has just enough sweetness and plenty of dark rich chocolatiness. (What? You think that’s not a word? It is now. I just added it to the spell checker.)
It’s even low carb: a teeny tiny 12 carbs in the entire bar, but just one of the 10 big squares has enough chocolate to satisfy a craving.
Which fits very nicely into my upcoming post in which I will be asking for your favorite low carb recipes. Get ready.