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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 18

Debs - giving up tea.

Posted By: Sarah Blakeney,37, A- (don't know about secr)
Date: Tuesday, 19 February 2002, at 11:41 a.m.

I'm posting this as a new message bur really it's a reply to your old one about tea, as I doubt you wil look so far down the board by now.

I gave up real tea about 3 years ago as it was suggested that it might be contributing to my bad temper. The suggestor was right, it was.

This was not because of the caffeine, I'd already switched to decaf tea when I was pregnant 5 yrs ago.

I found the process very hard as I was heavily addicted; at least 5 mugs a day, often more. I complained that the substiutes did not seem to satisfy mne, even though I wasn't withdrawing from caffeine, & was told it was because the new drinks were not stimulating my adrenal glands (I had trained my glands to do this when I drank tea).

The worst tea substitute for me was rooibosch as it is so vile.

The key was variety: lots of different fruit teas at first, miso soups, camomile tea, dandelion coffee & of course green tea. I recommend the plain kind, the flavoured ones can be bitter. I disagree with the advice to make it weak: for real tea addicts, astringency is the key, we need to taste the tannins. I "treated" myself to real tea once a week or if I was really fed up. I rarely drink real coffee because I take homeopathic remedies.

That said, the fruit teas got really boring: after a while they all taste the same & very artificial & sickly. But they got me over a hump.

What I drink now is green tea in the morning, Dr Stuart's elderflower & lemon in the day (it is fairly neutral, somewhat astringent & natural tasting) & camomile at night. I no longer feel the need for real tea at all & resent it if I am stuck drinking it through lack of choice at a cafe.

Good luck, you can do it.

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