Iced Coffee Alternative and Summer Musings

It’s hot and humid here.

I want something to drink besides water, but I’m not really feeling like a hot drink when it’s so humid. I love dandelion tea so I decided to try it iced. Brewed and cooled. A little Rice Dream milk. A couple of ice cubes. Delicious. It has a coffee like taste without the jittery caffeine effects. Dandelion tea is a great liver detox drink. It is a natural diuretic and can aid digestion. I have grown to love it and drink it daily.

Iced Dandelion Tea

It’s a lazy summer day although the official start of summer is actually tomorrow, Sunday, June 21st…the longest day of the year. We are enjoying a lazy day at home watching a family movie on Netflix. My children leave for church camp tomorrow….no TV for a week.

Update on “The Plan”….I haven’t had bloating in over two weeks and the cleanse helped shed excess water weight. My edema is better. I do find that I have a bit of food anxiety fretting over what I can and can not eat. Under the Plan, only one new food should be introduced a day. It makes social eating at work and with family challenging, but I am doing the best I can to incorporate safe foods and follow the 20 day plan. I do have my coffee back….it’s good with a little Kerrygold butter and cinnamon in the morning.

Tomorrow is Father’s Day….Happy Father’s Day to all dads out there! Enjoy the longest day of the year!

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A Relaxed Mind

It’s 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, and I am wide awake. Yes, I went to bed around 9 on a Friday night….I was tired from the week….but my biological clock has said, enough sleep, up for the day. So what to do at 4:30 on a Saturday morning? Enjoy the quiet. Write. Drink tea. Sounds like a good start to the weekend to me.

I was introduced to tea when I was in high school by my boyfriend’s (at the time) mother. I remember it was a lemon herbal tea, and I remember liking it. After that, I went to the store, bought a box of herbal tea, and have been a tea drinker ever since. I love coffee, too, as I have shared before, coffee tends to give me the jitters, give me headaches at times, and messes with the pH levels of my body. So, I have been drinking more tea lately.

One of my favorite tea brands is Yogi. I love Yogi tea because it’s like a fortune cookie (which I can no longer enjoy….not complaining, really I’m not). Each Yogi tea bag contains a thought-provoking, inspirational thought. The one that really resonated with me was this one: A relaxed mind is a creative mind.

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There is a lot of truth to that simple expression. When I am stressed, tired, or overwhelmed, my entire existence feels emotionally and creatively drained. I do my best writing in the early morning hours. I am most motivated in the morning. In the morning, the weight of the day’s demands have not yet demanded anything from me beyond a chocolate lab needing to go outside. In the morning, it is calm and quiet.

Yet, I belive I can take away more from that simple expression. I need to learn to control the level of stress in my life. Easier said than done. I have learned a few helpful things…sleep, exercise, morning yoga, writing, praying, talking to a good friend, and being mindful of my emotions. For instance, yesterday at work, someone snapped at me. It offended me but not on a mad level, more on an emotional level. I wanted to react, but I did not. I realized this person was stressed and was not snapping at me personally but because she was overwhelmed. So, a later while later, I approached her and simply said, “‘I’m sorry today has been so stressful.”

The mind is a powerful thing. It’s important to keep it clear and focused on the things that matter in life. When my mind is clear, I can keep my perspective on the things that truly matter. Food issues become trivial. Work drama can stay at work and not travel home with me in my mind. So, today I am choosing to focus my mind on what matters most to me.

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Tea….a new favorite find

Tea…there is something comforting in the cold of winter about a warm cup of tea. I like variety, and I have my tea supply stocked up with green teas, white teas, herbal teas, black teas, and a new favorite: yerba mate.

Unlike coffee, tea doesn’t have the acidic effects on my body. It isn’t as caffeinated so it doesn’t give me the jitters like coffee. And…tea is loaded with antioxidants to boost immunity and protect against cancers and other diseases.

I have discovered a new favorite…Double Dark Chocolate Mate by The Republic of Tea. It’s a combination of organic, natural dark cocoa powder blended with organic, roasted yerba mate leaves. It’s gluten-free which I appreciate because many roasted yerba mate teas are not. I like it plain or with a little Stevia and a splash of almond milk. Yerba mate tea naturally contains some caffeine for a little energy boost in the morning.

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Tea…enjoy a cup today!