Because of a condition, I am unable to consume more caffeine that what is in a candy bar. Caffeine consumption makes my heart feel like it is beating out of rhythm and it feels like what I would imagine a heart attack might feel like – but I have no idea what that would feel like obviously.
One night I was feeling all this and finally went to see a doctor. I had to wear a heart monitor for a month and then I was diagnosed with PVC. No not polyvinyl chloride – Premature Ventricular Contractions. I think I’ve always had this. Even as a kid I remember telling my doctor that my heart felt like it was “skipping a beat” and he pooh-pooh’d it saying that hearts DO NOT DO THAT. After several hundreds of dollars in testing now I am told it indeed DOES happen. LOL
PVC is common and if you have a few here and there you are healthy and nothing needs to be done. If they happen frequently like they were happening with me, then you might have heart disease. There are a variety of risk factors but for me caffeine and anxiety are the top two. The latter is almost impossible for me to escape lately. Caffeine is easier. I do not drink coffee whether it is “regular” or decaf. I do not drink green or black tea or any tea with caffeine.
But I miss holding that cup of warm liquid in my hand in the morning. It was more of a ritual than anything else. My bestie’s wonderful man turned me on to Bengal Spice Tea by Celestial Seasonings. If you add flavored creamer, it closely resembles Chai Tea. I love him for many reasons, but him showing me this boosted him even higher on my pedestal.
Lately, the kids and I have been on a hot chocolate kick. Aldi has really cheap, rich cocoa and it has been cold enough to have a cup almost every day. I add creamer to mine to change the flavor up. It does not trigger my heart condition and I feel all warm and sweet inside after a nice cup. I hope I will not have to give up this treat anytime soon.