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Teavana Tea Is Saving My Body, My Mind And My Bank Account

Gosh, I’m always so dramatic.

So, a few weeks ago I was talking to someone about what I drink on a daily basis and mentioned that I drink caffeinated tea ALL DAY LONG. I’m talking at least 64 ounces a day. I don’t drink anything else when I am home. No water. No soda. No juice. Just black tea with a splash of lemonade or a BTL from Starbucks.

Well, my friend practically fell on the floor. She said that caffeinated tea at THAT quantity is actually really bad for my body. Who knew?! I thought black tea was a better choice than other sugary options.

You know what they say – too much of anything is bad for you.

Turns out caffeine is responsible for migraines (hello), fatigue, horrible sleeping patterns, and dehydration. That pretty much sums up my life right there…

So, I’ve been on a hunt for decaffeinated tea that I actually LIKE and yesterday I FOUND ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was not easy because I needed to really LOVE it. I’ve bought a gazillion brands and tried every name under the sun… but never went over to loose tea leaves. Last Christmas, I bought Bill a loose tea kit because he loves green tea and I DONT. So, I never thought about it again.

Well, today I am so so so so so so so excited! I thought it would also save me extra money because now I won’t be hitting up Starbucks twice daily.  I bought a pound of Wild Orange Blossom and Young Berry from Teavana and shook it up. The result? Absolute goodness. The wild orange is 100% decaffeinated and the Young Berry has 1% of caffeine in it. Totally able to handle that.

I brew it at home (I have one of those fancy tea pots) and then store them in the fridge because I like my tea cold. I’m completely happy with the flavor and actually am using less sugar than my usual alternative.

Just in case I bought their rock sugar but I hardly use it. I think they said one teaspoon is 25 calories? But the tea is so delicious on its own that you really don’t need it. I think this is a win-win-win for me because I drink most of my calories a day. This is literally shaving at least 600 calories off each day of the week!

So, I’m saving money, going to lose weight, and going to stop abusing caffeine all by making this one decision. Feels good!

OH and one more thing – the tea smells like a candle! I was sitting last night watching TV with Bill and I kept getting a whiff of the fragrance coming from the mug. I was walking around the house trying to find a plugin or something that broke. Turns out it was my TEA. I was dying!

Do you brew your own tea? Do you try to avoid caffeine?

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  1. The only caffeine I drink is 2 cups of coffee in the morning and I’m trying to quit that altogether. This past week I’ve only been drinking 1 cup of coffee and once the beans are gone, I’m not going to buy anymore. I’ve already noticed a change in my temperament. I’m a lot less irritable in the afternoon. That was my main motivation for wanting to quit caffeine – I get so edgy.

    I was turned onto loose leaf tea a few years ago when a huge tea shop (Fava Tea) opened in town. They always have 10 different teas brewing in store to sample so it’s fun to try different flavors. Also, if you buy a tea, get home and don’t like it, you can return it for a refund. I love trying different flavors and I have some favorites like blood orange and cinnamon plum. There’s also a cold chaser tea that we use when we’re sick. It works as a decongestant!

  2. Tea is my first drink of the day…it is the only time I truly enjoy drinking tea…after that it is coffee, one cup, and water the rest of the day…However, sometimes I do enjoy camommille tea, or green tea, I find them comforting, this time of year…I will try the tea you mentioned…however, water is my main hydrant.

  3. Hi – I have rediscovered Teavana also because I tend to drink in my calories also. I never drank diet soda but as a mom to 2 – I was try to find additional caffeine options. I am going to try to wean off that bad habit.

    Right now, I have two Samurai Chai Mate/White Ayuredic Chai and the second is Rooibos Tropica/Jasmine Dragon Pearls. I try to drink the Samurai Chai one in the morning and the Rooibos Tropica in the evening. I also love the German Rock Sugar because it does not change the taste of the tea.

    I like your idea about brewing in advance and refrigerate – I may borrow that tip…
    Which tea pot do you use to brew and what container did you purchase to refrigerate?

    • I don’t know which one but I bought it there last last christmas (in 2009). It was expensive but I am sure you just need something that can brew loose tea leaves. Crate and Barrel has some too

  4. Im the opposite. I drink a coffee occassionally or treat myself to a starbucks every couple of months. Otherwise it is ice cold water ! I love in the morning taking that first big drink and feeling the water as it goes all the way down. Its my caffeine rush 🙂

    • Oh yes, ice cold water! The love of my life ever since I was 2 years old (I was a little odd)

      I rarely drink anything else. Sometimes coffee when I need it. And on colder days I have little tea parties with my mom and my sister in law. My mom likes the spicier (?), winter-y (??) flavors. My all time favorite is lemon (green or regular)

      Liz mentioned Chai, that’s my brother’s specialty.

  5. Thanks for the tip! I’ll definitely have to try this.

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