The fam has taken off up North for a week, leaving me behind to get on with study and Sana stuff.
I decided instead that it was time for elimination diet 2012. I've done some crazy elimination diets (like this one) in the past, but this was pretty low-key. I don't have any pressing health concerns, but wanted to clean out the coffee and wine receptors.
Decaf. It always surprises me how badly my body reacts when I deny it the usual caffeine infusion. This time was no better than usual.
It's been a week. I'm still a bit foggy in the head, and .. I cracked today while in the airport. The smell of espresso was calling me as if I was the undead and it was human blood.
This caff-detox I've had it all: aching muscles, inability to concentrate and random attacks of jetlag-like sleepiness.
My productivity extended only to somehow blowing up our 5-times used, new microwave. This time, I also suffered serious digestive problems. As in, nausea and pain after eating. Saturday morning I was creeping around with a big tummy ache and decided that this couldn't be caffeine withdrawals. I theorised that I was probably dying of something drastic. I tested my theory with an espresso and ta-daaah! the pain vanished. Weird, huh?
I have a hyperactive caffeine receptor. :D
Today I'm nearly out of the caffeine withdrawal woods, and intend to moderate future consumption. There are two main reasons I deemed it necessary to torture myself in this way: 1. I have more consistent energy when I'm not fully caff'd, and 2. I get fewer sugar cravings.
There is an interesting abstract here which discusses briefly the possibility of entering caffeine withdrawal into the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as a true psychiatric condition. It is already included in the DSM as a causative agent of Caffeine Induced Sleep Disorder. Seeeee? I'm not just making this stuff up.
Last night I brightened my dire mood by almost perfecting the sugar-free fruit crumble.
The plums in it are from our tree and the apples are from my Grandparents orchard. It is as if nature has decreed that Autumn is the season on plum and apple crumble. The recipe just needs a little more tweaking before I post it.
Let's talk about: caffeine.
Are you a fan?
Those that have gone decaf: Did you get noticeable withdrawal symptoms?
(perhaps I am just being a wuss..). :D
Coming soon: a mini review of what science says about breakfast eating and fatloss. There are a few surprises!