When I proclaimed I was going to give up relying on coffee to get me through the day with enough energy left over to be coherent after the kids went to bed I had a much harder time than I anticipated. I love coffee. I love the way it looks in my mug, I love the way it fills the whole lower level of my house with it’s distinct aroma, I love the pep in my step after a good cup and a half. Coffee was my bestie and we hung out all day long. Now I read enough to know how bad this was for me… but for the longest time I didn’t care. I would remind myself of how many healthy choices I had made and decide that I deserved to cheat a little. Sadly, when it came down to it, coffee wasn’t as helpful as I liked to think. So I made up my mind to go cold turkey, 30 days, no coffee. No lattes. No espresso shots. Nada. I knew it would be hard. I knew I would miss all the things I loved, but there was one thing I didn’t expect to miss so much… that hot mug I carried out the door every morning. I felt like I was forgetting something. It had become such a habit to have it in my hand. Being a coffee lover I reserved drinking tea for when I was sick, when I needed to be “extra healthy” but I was craving that warmth so I decided I would give it a go. It took about a week to really enjoy it but now I find that most mornings I prefer it. I have added a good latte or two back into my weekly routine but it’s a treat, not a necessity.
Once I got into it and started drinking it more often some of my tea-loving girls started to comment on how careful I needed to be about my choice of tea. What?!? I thought I was doing good! Now I have to sort through what KIND of tea I should be drinking?!?! Sigh. Being healthy is so overwhelming sometimes. After researching what my ever so helpful friends were telling me I had to admit… they were right! There is some seriously scary facts out there about what some companies allow in their tea and in the bag you steep it in! I’m talking toxic pesticides and chemicals that can be detrimental to your health! I was shocked! I mean I was pouring this stuff down my throat every morning and even giving it to my kids when they would ask for it!! How disappointing!
I’ve attached a few articles that I found helpful in my research but what it really comes down to is a simple choice… there are companies that can be trusted and ones that can’t. Bellow is a list of safe choices and a list of some of the companies I won’t touch again. If you don’t see your tea of preference you can begin by reading the cover on your box thoroughly and calling the company to ask a few questions. 1. Is it certified organic? 2. Are there any traces of pesticides, fluoride, artificial or added flavoring or gmo’s in the tea? 3. Are the tea bags treated with epichlorohydrin or anything comparable? (even some loose leaf teas are a no-no but make sure if you choose to go this route you are using a stainless steel or glass tea strainer!)
Choice Organic Teas
(*these are my personal faves you can find in my store)
Steer Clear Brands:
Uncle Lee’s Legends of China
Republic of Tea