One of the first nights on my Colorado vacation, I had an episode where my heart started beating rapidly while I was at rest. That night I had eaten chocolate frozen yogurt.
Two nights ago I made brownies and only had one, but that night I had another episode of increased pulse and a few palpitations thrown in there for an extra kick of anxiety.
I made this connection between chocolate and my heart activity while at work early this morning, but must've forgotten it when I saw the pan of brownies making googly eyes at me so I had one tonight.
And sure as shit, I'm sitting here with a 110 pulse at rest.
I googled "chocolate makes my heart race" and read page after page of information that told me I'm not crazy. Apparently chocolate sensitivity isn't rare and unusual. Maybe it's unusual that it waited until I was in my mid-30s to show up, but the condition itself isn't unusual.
As much as I love chocolate, I'm relieved to have made this connection. I can give it up now that I know it's the heart thumping culprit. In fact, it seems like chocolate would be easier to give up than coffee. When I went to the doctor about this heart crap, she told me to decrease my caffeine intake, which I've dutifully done. But the heart racing only happens in the evenings and that just so happens to be the time I'm more likely to have desserts.