I am from New England, land of Dunkin Donuts, beer, cigarettes and the patriots. We’re not fitness fanatics, we’re not very healthy and we are CERTAINLY not tea drinkers. Basically its un-American to prefer green tea to a turbo extra large coffee from dunkin donuts with cream and sugar (my bad, extrah laaahge caughffee with cream and sugah, R’s and antioxidants are not necessary). Ask for a shot of wheat grass and they will probably direct you to Boston common to munch on Boston’s finest, after pouring you a shot of Jameson, you did ask for a shot of something, am I right? So when I initially moved to south Florida it was basically another planet…After quickly developing an unhealthy relationship with food from the bikini pressures for your basic Irish transplant I knew something had to change. I had to fuse these two things together…this has taken years, but this was the first fusion process of many I would develop.
I tend to go overboard with everything, so tea was no exception. When I decided to adopt tea into my life and cut down on coffee (a decision that took years due to my subconscious screaming TRAITOR!!!!!), I needed to do my research as to WHY I should be drinking this hippie crap. I read online that if I could drink 6 cups of green or black tea per day I would feel full, and get weight loss effects from tea…ummm theres a good reason to shut up my subconscious! Ill do it, done how easy is that??! Especially because I read that you can double up on the tea bags, in one cup and it counts as 2…easy peasy, Ill rock this tea diet! So I sit down with two black tea bags, let them steep in the boiling water for about ten minutes, add a spoon full of honey and prepare myself to be full, healthy and an official tea drinker (after I had a coffee in the morning, im not a freaking saint people!). Now there were no warnings on the websites that these teas have caffeine content as well, and…that things can happen with tea…things I was not aware of…day one made me sick, really sick, saliva in my mouth ready to run to the toilet sick…this I did not attribute to the tea for some reason, and decided to stick to the regimen…day 2…worse, throw up sick…day 3 “hmmm maybe this tea is making me sick” day 4…”I cant do it anymore im so sick from the tea…not hungry so it works but im so sick I feel like I will die!” … day 5…fine I give in, one tea bag only, 4 times a day…I had to alter my tea drinking madness because well lets face it, im not going to sit in linen pants with a scarf around my head drinking jasmine tea with lemon, I need some purpose. If it’s going to suppress my hunger im down, if its going to taste like mountain flowers you can keep it.
630am coffee, 8am black tea, 930am green tea, 2pm black tea, 3-4pm coffee, after dinner mint tea. Throughout the day i always have my water bottle and drink plenty of water. I am hydrated people, I have fused tea and coffee together for weight loss, antioxidants and hey a little stomach ache wont kill me, and when I know I need to skip a meal (don’t judge me we all need to do this every now and then!) ill double up on my tea bags and prepare for the long painful journey ahead.