I used to be a coffee drinker.
No joke, like 3-4 cups of coffee per day! And, how did it make me feel?
Well… wired and tired at the same time.
I was exhausted, but I simply couldn’t relax.
Plus, I suffered from crazy bouts of heart-racing anxiousness.
Hello caffeine overload! Eeek!
I’m not alone in the “wired and tired” world. We have an entire society jacked up on coffee and other caffeinated drinks, grinding away every day just to keep up with the insanity that we call life in the modern world.
But, that all changed for me after I got sick and started looking after my health better.
One of the first things I did was a switch from coffee to tea.
Interestingly, it’s been over 25 years, and I still haven’t switched back. That’s a long time!
I still have an occasional cup of Joe (at weddings or fun festive events), but I don’t need to drink caffeine 3-4x per day, every day, to keep me awake and functioning in the world.
So what kind of tea did I replace my coffee with?
Herbal tea, mostly.
I love the varieties of plants that can be prepared as delicious tea, and the amazing health benefits each offers my body.
Plus, I enjoy the ritual of it.
It’s a very similar routine as coffee:
- Place my ingredients into a 32 ounce French Press
- Cover with boiling water
- Steep for a period of time – sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes overnight
- Enjoy 2-3 cups daily
I like to blend 3-5 different types of caffeine-free herbs (roots, leaves, berries, flowers, etc.) to create delicious, healthy infusions that boost energy and support the body.
Here are 3 of my favorite blends:
For summer, you can try any of these tea blends chilled, as well.
So, how about you? Coffee, tea, or both?
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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