Hurriedly made a cuppa Red Bush to drink before I dashed out the door at 3pm only to find... I'd put in a black tea bag by mistake (oops). Dithered, do I waste a perfectly satisfactory cuppa and not get a desired warm drink before braving the wind and wet, or just chance insomnia/palpitations/who knows?: I drank it. Instant kick to the heart, or so I imagine I felt. But no palpitations coming off it. And any insomnia I had was probably from eating my last meal of the day so late (9pm).
I moved the tea bags around in kitchen so that I couldn't absent-mindedly make the same mistake again. No Freegle takers for half of my specialty teas, either. Had some lovely red bush with vanilla the other day at friends' house, will trawl Waitrose to see if they sell it.
Ongoing many chocolate nibbles, may take forever to get thru my Christmas gifts.
I could have murdered a cup of tea this morning but found the self-control to refrain. In spite of discovering the cat had fleas (EEEEKKK!!) and other trials and tribulations. Indulging in plenty of red bush and fruity teas. Plus some chocolate. So marks out of 10 = 7. No headaches.
I'm advised that going cold turkey will give me terrible headaches, but I don't believe it since I've had the occasional caffeine-free day recently without problem. I do need to give away some opened boxes of specialty teas, though: Darjeeling, Qi and some Earl Gray. Freegle? There are some chocolate and marzipan logs in the cupboard, too (whinge, don't want to see back of them just yet).
(Later): no tea, no booze, caved and had a bit of chocolate log. No headaches, though.
I've had caffeine withdrawel symptoms slowly getting worse for the last six or seven years. I've resolved to give up virtually all caffeine, and most sugary foods because they are so bad for my teeth. Plus the only sugary foods I quite like chocolate, which is full of caffeine! On top of that, I'm pretty sure I got palpitations from drinking alcohol a few times, so I'm laying off that for the foreseeable future.