At the beginning of last year, I would roll out of bed and head straight for the coffee maker. It was a morning ritual that I looked forward to, but unfortunately I was addicted. It started innocently – first with 1 cup, then 2, but after a few months I was up to 4 cups of coffee! Coffee does have health properties, but of course only in moderation. Too much caffeine can leech calcium from your bones. And, the buzz I was getting actually contributed to anxiety attacks. So, after cutting back significantly and experiencing major withdrawals (headaches and fatigue), as of July I was totally coffee free.
It was a good feeling to have dropped the addiction, but I did miss having something to look forward to in the morning (water just wasn’t cutting it). So, I tried my hand at tea. I always knew tea was very healthy with immune benefits, strengthening bones and teeth, and even raising metabolism slightly. However, I never got past the bitterness of green or black teas. I was sure I just couldn’t ever enjoy tea on a daily basis.
Alas, peppermint tea entered my world. Of course peppermint tea is not traditional tea, it is an herbal drink made from peppermint leaves. However, for me it has been my gateway into other teas. I have found by steeping a bag of peppermint tea along with black or green tea, I am able to have a drink that is much less bitter and very soothing. Peppermint is such a relaxing scent, sitting down with my morning cup is a great way to ease into the day. Chai has also become a regular favorite of mine. I also love spicy Vanilla Hazelnut tea by Yogi Tea.
So, if you are finding yourself far too attached to your cup of Joe – do a little experimenting. You are bound to find a tea that you will enjoy.