Coffee :who needs it?!

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Today marks one year since I quit coffee. Why did I decide to ditch my favorite drink? The thing I went to bed dreaming about and excited to wake up to the next morning?! Well, I was using it in all the wrong ways. I was totally dependent on it when I woke up. Waking up like a non-functioning zombie isn’t actually normal!

I was also using it to suppress my hunger. When I felt hungry I would just drink more coffee… Instead of eating. Not good.

I wasn’t drinking enough water. I now have an arsenal of goodies that actually tastes good and count as my water intake. I’ll share more in a minute.

Obviously I’d have to replace that morning cup of hot bliss with something else equally hot and awesome… And caffeinated!

Enter TEA 😊 Yum! I started with the classic black tea, Earl Grey; but with vanilla! Whoop whoop. Yes, it is dreamy! It seemed like a nice starter tea with high caffeine but so much yummier than your typical red rose type. Here’s the list of black teas I had to choose from.

So how did it go, you asked?! Knowing how big my coffee addiction was and my history of withdrawal headaches, I knew I’d have to wean myself off as best as possible before making the switch to only tea. It was a smooth transition with very little headaches. Yay!

As I got farther into the journey I found I woke up peppier and not as dependent on the caffeine but still enjoyed sitting down with a hot cup in my hands. And by the way, tea is quite fascinating! I learned so much!

Soon I was able to explore all the different types of tea; some with less caffeine than others. I even found some awesome fruit teas to excite my dreary water. And to my surprise I discovered a natually sweet and decadent tea that I thoroughly enjoyed on our cold winter evenings. They became my treat, instead of a sweet snack. Wow, that’ll change things!😃

Something change for me….. I was hungry! Lol My appetite was no longer suppress- so I listened. Let’s eat! Yep, I became a breakfast eater. Nothing Fancy, no schedule- just something decently healthy in my tummy.

Fast forward six months and I learned that I should be eating within one hour of waking up and I figured out how to make an amazing egg omelet.

I was never an egg person. Now I love them. I also discovered Matcha! Now that is an amazing coffee replacer!! 6 hours of calm alert energy? Yes please!

It’s been a flavorful year. I only ever drank black coffee. Now I get to choose a fresh flavor every morning. 🤗

I highly recommend getting into teas if you aren’t already. I can’t say enough good things. I’m excited to really play around with iced teas, lemonades and popsicles this summer.

I order my teas and matcha (and dip mixes) from the Canadian company Steeped Tea. Love their story and small family vibe. Check out their catalog here. Www.mysteepedtea.com/ritateatime

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About Rita

Welcome! I'm glad to share some of what I've learned over the years with you. I try to learn new things often. Being mostly self taught usually means making a lot of mistakes first. In the kitchen this includes, baking with yeast, canning, fermenting, soaking, drying foods, grinding my own flour, making most things homemade, altering recipes to make them healthier, etc. I started sewing more complicated things, learned to knit and then taught the kids. Next was crocheting and then homeschooling. More adventures ahead...

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