I’m all about pampering myself. Sounds selfish, doesn’t it? But in reality, if we (and I’ll say we as women) don’t take care of ourselves, no one else will. As a wife and mother, I know I put my husband and children’s welfare ahead of my own for years. I paid the price and had a health crisis. It made me take a hard look at my life and what I needed to do to take better care of myself. I started going to bed at a reasonable hour even though there were still a million things left to do. Joined Weight Watchers and lost 40 pounds of baby weight that I’d never taken off. Started exercising, and surprise, I found I really liked it, and most importantly, I upped my tea consumption.
Tea became my way of taking time and care of myself. To start my day, I’d have a cup of tea in the morning while I was getting the kids off to school. Another after they’d left while the house was blissfully quiet and I was getting ready for work. And then I’d sip on tea all during the day because I stopped drinking pop or soda as part of my new health regime.
It became a fun adventure to try as many different kinds of teas as I could find, which is how I discovered my local loose leaf tea store. It was my way of treating myself to something wonderful, very healthy, and, best of all, no calories.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a cookie monster and have a tough time passing up a delicious homemade cookie. I just choose not to eat them all the time now. I can honestly say the dessert teas have really helped my willpower.
Another type of tea that is great in the evening to soothe the sweet tooth beast is Caramel Walnut Shortbread Rooibos, Snickerdoodle Rooibos (tastes just like the cookie and, yes, I’d really know), and Blueberry Cinnamon Cobbler Rooibos. As these have no caffeine, I’m not awake at 2 a.m. staring at the ceiling.
So, I encourage you to join me on the adventure of trying new teas. I think you’ll be surprised at how many new favorites you’ll find.