Time for Tea

A moment of calm in a busy day

It’s now been 4 weeks since I gave up caffeine for Lent. Last week was easy as I had a cold and sore throat and I didn’t feel like coffee at all. Instead I was sipping lots of fresh lemon and ginger infusions and soothing chamomile tea. On Saturday morning I was up in town and it was a freezing. I really felt like a nice hot frothy cappuccino and did wonder if I anyone would know if I had sneaky cuppa!? In the end, I realised that I would know and would be very disappointed in myself if I succumbed. The rest of the family have also given up things (chocolate, alcohol and meat) and are doing really well so I couldn’t let the side down!

I must admit that Dandelion coffee is losing its appeal to me now so this morning I got my Red bush tea out from the back of the cupboard. Red bush also known as rooibus is a native South African shrub. Rich in antioxidants, it tastes very similar to black tea without the bitter taste or caffeine and you can add milk to it if desired.

According to Precious Ramotswe, the main protagonist of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, “There is no problem so great it cannot be solved by a cup of bush tea.”

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About Michelle Lake

Hi, I run Mission Nutrition, and I'm a nutritional therapist/ nutritionist helping people all over St Albans & Hertfordshire feel happier & healthier. If your diet needs an overhaul, come and see me for a nutrition consultation! Tel: 01727 852 167 / 01727 869 929 or email michelle@mission-nutrition.co.uk