time for tea

February 16th 2010

yes, i’m afraid tis time my friends.

time for me to cut back a little on my coffee crack pipe, and slowly steep into the healthier, prettier, and (apparently) happier world of tea.

those of you who know me intimately are well aware of my adoration for all things black, hot {focus people} and caffeinated. i could drink coffee all day long. i love all aspects: the taste, the smell, the morning ritual of my french press, the in and out of the coffee shops all day long, the after dinner cup, the bathtub cup, the bikini wax cup…….you get the idea.

but i know i’m getting a little too compulsive with my intake. i don’t drink nearly enough water as it is, and since coffee depletes the body of water, i can tell my body is in a constant state of dehydration. even with all that damn coffee, i am exhausted 24/7.

every time i speak with a nutritionist or another professional in the health field they always “tsk tsk” me for my coffee intake. i fight back that i am constantly freezing, and the hot cup of coffee keeps me awake AND warm. even on the hottest day in august a steaming starbucks is sometimes the only thing i crave.

i’m always hearing “drink tea, more green tea, more white tea, tea!! tea!! tea.”  i honestly don’t know why i don’t drink more tea. i like flavored teas tremendously. the health benefits of drinking green tea reads like a miracle worker:

Green Tea Benefits
In Women In Men
23% lower risk of dying from any cause 12% lower risk of dying from any cause
31% lower risk of dying from CVD 22% lower risk of dying from CVD
62% lower risk of dying from stroke 42% lower risk of dying from stroke

so on my last visit up north i paid a visit to my favorite tea house, lupicia, for some much needed guidance and stock.

lupicia is the willy wonka store for tea. everything is packaged prettily…..bewitching one into tea fanaticism (if only they could do this with beets).

i explained my issues to the token tea guru behind the counter. i told him of my addiction to all things java. i also asked if maybe he had a tea concoction that could help the “meth-face” that seemed to be lingering around my chin and jaw-line (i’d been told green tea did wonders for the complexion???)

well, here i am with…four bags of tea later.

c’est parfait: a wellness blend with the likes of rooibos, honeybush and chamomile. c’est parfait is crafted carefully to promote health, vigor, and acuity. this particular tea contains hibiscus, rose hip and cassis and was promised to soothe me and my jumpy druthers.

happiness: a blend of green tea and green rooibos tea flavored with fresh fruits and flower petals.

jasmine mandarin: a chinese green tea described as scented with jasmine flowers which have sweet aroma like spring breeze.

sakurambo cherry: a black tea with a tart, eye squinting cherry flavor. this was the daily sample at the store. i know i wanted mostly green teas, but this was so delicious i had to buy a (small) bag.

pineapple oolong. i’ve already placed a second order. this tastes like maui to me. thank goodness this is served hot, or i’d suck this thing down too quickly. i smile as i sip this tropical green tea trip.

so wish me luck. i will keep you updated on my new tea adventure. they say it takes 8 weeks for something to become a habit.

now don’t get me wrong, i am NOT giving up my french roast boyfriend. coffee and i are still dating. we’re just seeing other people now.

if anyone has any tea recommendations let me know.

love,

katie

4 comments

  • Di

    SO I think you have hijacked my brain or something. Your blogs are always FANTASTIC and on somehting I have been thinking about. I swear I was just thinking about starting to drink tea these past few days. I had a very yummy peppermint tea the other night at a friends house, I think it was a Green tea, but it was perfect for the cold rainy night we were enjoying. I will find out exactly what it was and send you some!!!
    Have a great day!

  • Steph

    YAY I will have a reason to get to spin :)
    PS – try the beet salad at Wildfish…actually good. Then there is a beet dish at Whole foods – also yummy. However, beet icecream i will never try.

  • Shannon

    I’m so glad you are changing your ways. I worry about you with all that coffee intake. I love tea too, however it is also a diuretic, so make sure you’re drinking all that good water, as well :)

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