My Cup Has Runneth Dry

Tea Challenge

 

My Cup Has Runneth Dry
Tea Free For A Week – Challenge
Starting 3/11/2013 

As promised this will be epic, seven days free of tea.

I am a certified tea addict.  I have in all respects replaced water and nearly every other beverage with tea everyday for more then a decade.  There hasn’t been a single day I haven’t had at least a cup of tea or a bottle of my favorite “ready to drink” tea.  I don’t know what life would be like without tea. I decided I had to know.

I vow to stop drinking tea for a week.  It’s an experiment to see how my body goes through withdrawal.  I need to see if I am more physically or emotionally addicted.  What happens when you quit tea “cold turkey?”  Especially using a test subject that has been technically drinking tea all her life.

I will write a new post everyday covering my “ups” and downs”. I suspect it will prove interesting reading.  Plus, I’ll include some of my crazy tweets and other silly things I may say or be doing.  I have a feeling this will be a challenging journey for me.  I promise not to leave out the nitty gritty.  I can’t promise what I write will be coherent but I’ll do my best.  Please don’t judge me poorly.

Make no mistake this will be tough, a true test of will power.  I am weak when it comes to tea.  I don’t easily become addicted to things, I just don’t have that type of personality so when I do it is something that will no doubt be incredibly difficult to break.  I will not cheat and if I do I will come clean.

I’ll need your support, I want to see this through.  I think it will be a great lesson in will power and will help me better understand just the level of addiction I am facing.  The sheer impact of withdrawal both mentally and physically will be eye opening.  I need to know just how dependent my body is to tea.

I will start this journey next Monday. Until then I need to work up the courage to prepare myself for the challenge.   Please send me motivational comments, tweets, anything that will help me get through this.  I know some of you are just as if not more addicted to tea than I am.  You know I will need all the help and encouragement I can get.

I hope this post was worth the wait and lives up to the definition of  “EPIC!”

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iheartteas

Hi, my name is Rachana Rachel Carter.I am a long time tea addict, a bit of a geek, and as crafty as can be.When I am not running after the kids, changing diapers, and helping with homework I enjoy blogging about how tea applies to my life.For one, I am on a mission to get healthy while using tea every step of the way.Please join me on my journey and along the way I am certain you will find some useful information to help you along the way too.

Please visit www.iHeartTeas.com for a listing of handmade tea blends and artisan tea inspired bath and beauty products created by me.

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21 comments

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    Jackie says:

    Motivational tweets from us? Why would I ever do such a thing? On second thoughts, I might actually cheer you on. Tweets could go something like this:
    @iheartteas Don’t you just really miss that beautiful cup of oolong you could be having right now?
    @iheartteas Oh look, I’m sipping this fine Castleton 2nd flush. Wish you were having it too!
    @iheartteas Think of those beautiful soft Sencha leaves you could be chewing on, wouldn’t they be tasty?
    PS: Looking forward to next week.
    xxx

  2. Char says:

    I figure, the first 3 or so days would be hard, then after that it shouldn’t be that bad.
    Though, I’d make sure to replace the behavior, like having water or something and know when times you’d normally have tea you’ll be prepared.

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    jopj says:

    You courageous Lady. I will be there for you on this journey. Will you be abstaining from Herbals as well? Glad I have not sent the package of Sencha it would have gone to waste :-)

  4. Crystal Rodriguez says:

    *gasp* Oh my ! Your a brave lady indeed !! I will cheer you on, have no fear! I will cheer you on with an extra cup of tea everyday….oh dear oh dear ! Looking forward to your post next week….although Im sure there will be some pain involved =( Thats not so good. Be brave be strong !!

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    iheartteas says:

    Hi @Char I think you are absolutely right. Except I think you give me too much credit. I think it’ll take longer than 3 days to level off. Though I hope your estimate is more accurate than mine. As for a replacement drink, I plan on keeping a water bottle by my side all day. Thanks for your support.

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    Robert Godden says:

    I’m going to take a slightly different tack to most of the comments:
    You idiot!
    What is the damn point in denying yourself tea? Just to experience feeling unhappy? What for – are you taking up beat poetry? Career change to singin’ the blues (“Woke up this mornin’… thirsty”)? Lent envy?
    It’s masochistic, it’s pointless, it’s just plain nuts.
    Someone once said there’s a fine line between crazy and brave. You are a long way over that line, and not on the good side.
    Well, it’s not too late. Call it off. Claim someone hacked your blog. I’m willing to pretend this never happened. We can lie to the other commenters. Make them think it was a dream bought on by too much Assam.
    Anything but this.

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    iheartteas says:

    Thank you so much for your support @jopj I haven’t really thought about herbal teas. When I put this plan together I was thinking about eliminating all traditional teas.

    What do you all think? Should I avoid herbals, Rooibos, Honeybush, etc? I don’t drink Mate as I have had adverse reactions to it so I wouldn’t drink that anyway. I’d avoid Guayusa as well. I don’t want to replace one type of caffine for another.

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    iheartteas says:

    Thanks for the support Crystal! I knew I could count on my self proclaimed “Biggest Fan!” I’ll look for your inspirational words everyday as I am sure you’ll be cheering me on the whole way. :)

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    iheartteas says:

    I promise you @thedevotea I thought the same as you. I probably am a bit crazy but to all those who know me I am anything but conventional or same for that matter. I promise there is a point to this other than sheer curiosity. Unfortunately, you won’t know why for a little while yet. When you do find out the purpose of this experiment it will all be made clear.

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    Jackie says:

    Ha ha @thedevotea – I knew you’d agree with me. I just didn’t put it quite so eloquently myself. I do fear indeed poor Rachel has been hacked. Might have to consider shutting down Tea Trade. While you talk some sense into our good friend. But hurry, can’t wait longer than say 3 minutes. We’re a busy site.
    PS: It could also be a case of overeating Sencha. You know, the thing she did here.

  11. Katrina says:

    I fear we’re going to find her sitting with her hands immersed in tea-infused lotions, trying to absorb it through her skin into her blood stream.

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    Jackie says:

    @teapages – you’re right! Hadn’t thought of that. She might try to use some sort of tea patches. We have to make sure she doesn’t wear her lip balms either or bathe in her tea salts. That too would be cheating.

  13. Lynxiegrl says:

    I think a true challenge would be for 2 weeks. (A full 14 days.) A week can fly by pretty quickly.
    I am not to much of an addict, there are definitely days or even a week where I don’t have much or any tea. And when I do have tea, it’s rarely more then 2 cups, both of different tea, and often it’s an herbal/rooibos.
    Should herbals/rooibos/honeybush be included: It depends on how much you associate them with traditional tea. If it were me, I would avoid those too. And I would attempt it in Mid Spring when it’s warmer, and I am not quite as inclined to have hot tea and so even though I do like iced tea, it would still be easier on me. Having other hot stuff like Hot Chocolate or Coffee (Neither of which I drink, really but just to use as example.) would just make me miss tea alot more. Replacing it with juice, fruit and vegetable is something I would definitely do. I don’t drink enough juice as it is. (Not referring to the most of that ‘so called juice’ that alot of grocery stores sell. I mean the stuff that doesn’t have all those ridiculous additives and chemicals and wind up having less then 10% actual juice in them.) Dixie Peach and Blackberry Crush being my 2 favorite from Trader Joe’s and I like the ‘Naked’ brand of juice that Kroger’s sells.
    Ok, sorry for the long post…once I get typing it’s hard to stop.
    I hope you can successfully complete this, I think it might help you gain perspective…(What exactly that perspective would be….I havn’t a clue!)

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