Caffeine Panic Attack

I found out the hard way that caffeine is no good para mi! It used to be that, even when I was a teenager, I often felt like I was going to have a heart attack. Anxiety is not fun to deal with, and it’s terrible to find out that you may have been unwittingly contributing (heavily) to your own panic attack problem.

Later, I also found out that caffeine gives me canker sores and painful hormonal-like acne breakout, on top of the panic attacks. NOT worth it!

Every time I accidentally end up with a caffeinated beverage when I’ve ordered decaf, I rue the day! If it just happens once in a while, it may not cause too much of a problem, but if it happens more than once in a week’s time, boy do I pay for it!

Today I went through the Starbucks drive-thru and ordered my usual iced grande decaf soy one pump peppermint one pump mocha latte. As soon as I tasted it I knew it was not decaf, but I didn’t have time to go back through. Darn it! If I wake up with a painful undergrounder I am going to be mad.

As I made my way home to get on Skype for a work meeting, I tried to enjoy my drink. Sadly, though, I could feel a slightly uncomfortable tingling in my throat. Later I could feel my head aching a bit and my gums were growing numb. Yikes!

Not everyone has such sensitive systems, I’m just lucky that way. If I drink alcohol, my face gets red, then in the days following, my skin is dehydrated. If I eat too much sugar, I seem to have more clogged pores. And, if I consume dairy or caffeine, I break out. When a naturopath suggested my eczema could be due to the soy milk I’ve replaced my cow’s milk with, I wasn’t prepared to process that information! I’ve finally got my Starbucks drink order down to where I can say it without laughing, I can’t switch it now to iced grande decaf rice milk one pump peppermint one pump mocha latte, that just wouldn’t be right. 😉

Sometimes I hear that foods do not affect the skin, but that is definitely not true for everyone. It is not uncommon for people to have food allergies or sensitivities that trigger skin issues. Listen to what your own body is telling you! If you have skin issues, you may consider keeping a food diary to see if you can pinpoint when skin problems flare up. Then you can take action as needed.

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