If I would have told you, oh, six months ago that I was going to switch from drinking coffee (often multiple cups a day) to tea, you probably would have laughed in my face. I was (still am, let’s be real) a girl who loves a skinny vanilla latte, who took joy in pressing coffee on weekends, who was always amenable to taking a meeting at a local coffee shop.
I actually switched from coffee to tea once before, after a gnarly UTI, and I was successful at it for a few months—then I went right back to my old lattes. But this time, a combination of factors—I am a very high-strung person and coffee exacerbates that in me being the main one—led me to the switch, and I have to say, it feels more permanent this time. Sure, there are mornings when I’m dragging, and in fact, the other day I felt like I needed a little something extra, so I had half a cup of coffee with cream and that did the trick. But I didn’t even drink the whole thing, which would have been unheard of about six months ago. Coffee feels like a treat now; like something I don’t need every day, and I like that.
(Side note: I do drink multiple cups of tea on most days—matcha or English breakfast in the morning, green tea throughout the day and decaf black tea at night before bed.)
Another benefit, I’ve found, is that I don’t feel the need to dump artificial sweeteners into my tea like I did with coffee; I use strictly agave nectar or local honey now (in fact, I’ll tell you about my favorite honey later this week). That’s something I knew I wanted to do and I’m glad that the coffee-to-tea switch has been the vehicle for it. Yay for healthy changes.
Are you guys coffee or tea drinkers or both? Any favorite teas out there? I’m dying to try some of the Bellocq brand teas—the Afghani chai in particular.
P.S. Funny story: ACS, who is also on a tea kick, is here this week and he makes me tea when I’m in the shower in the mornings (the sweetest, I know). This morning I took a sip of what I thought was English breakfast tea and was like, “Hmm, this tastes rather floral.” So I asked him what it was—turns out it was chamomile. I may be off coffee but I need something a little stronger than that in the morning! So funny.
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