Wednesday, February 12, 2014

E is for Eliminate

E is for Eliminate.

Coffee has been eliminated from my daily routine. Don't get me wrong, I love coffee. I love it especially much sweetened with French Vanilla Creamer and that is precisely the problem. I love it too much. Coffee has, in essence and over time, eliminated my sense of thirst. I never (or very rarely) feel thirsty. My lips were often chapped, my skin dry. I could go an entire day drinking nothing but a few cups of coffee. That is a bad way to live.

Last week I began a new adventure. It involves a pretty pottery tea pot I found at an estate sale and tea. Each morning I fill my tea pot with four cups of green tea. When that pot is empty, I refill it with herbal tea. I may or may not drink something else (one day I drank a pitcher of water with cucumber slices in it) but the coffee has been eliminated.

It's very sad, I know, but I've already begun to see some positive results. I'm less stressed out, my skin is beginning to feel and look better, and I'm starting to gain a renewed sense of thirst. All great results! Rest assured though, eliminating my daily consumption of coffee doesn't mean I won't sit down with a friend to share an occasional cup, especially if there is a cookie involved.

(A special thanks to Marilyn from Canada and my cousin Ondra for your encouragement toward drinking tea. And to my favorite "Auntie" Linda, also from Canada for the suggestion that I slice cucumbers into my water. She is a genius!!!)

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17 comments:

  1. And.....how about Linda from Canada....for the cucumber water? Eh? How about her?
    Sure.......and right after my birthday too....
    Gee.....
    Hahahahaha!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    Ps......so glad your mood, skin and overall health are improving....Bravo Martha. ♥️

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    1. Yes, yes! And Linda too for the cucumber water!
      *blush* (hangs head)
      I'm on my way. Now if only I could stop eating cookies... Oh, well, they'll be gone soon enough.
      :0)

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  2. What happened to my comment! Poof gone. I'll try again. Congratulations on the quick results. I had to laugh at the "cookie" sentence. HaHa. I put ours in the freezer..in the back, to help us not eat them.

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    1. How could I resist a cup of coffee and a cookie?
      I put my "fixed" cookies in the freezer. Made a different batch for a few friends, a batch that I didn't mess up first.
      Somewhere out there is a comment thief. Wonder what he does with them?

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  3. Hooray for steps taken toward getting healthier! :)

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    1. One small step. Or, maybe it's a big one.

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  4. Visiting with you from Wanda's. I never heard of adding cucumbers...great idea. That is a great tea pot you found. I occasionally drink hot tea and just have one cup of coffee in the a.m. Good for you drinking the tea!

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    1. It's nice to see you here, Blackberry Lane. I hadn't thought of adding cucumbers to water either until Linda suggested it. (She is a genius, I tell you!)
      PS. I do love my little teapot.

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  5. I love your little teapot. Good for you on your commitment. I've cut down but still have a cup in the mornings.
    ann

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    1. It's been a week now. I'm pretty impressed myself. Wasn't sure how I'd do. Yes, the teapot is fun. Wish I could make one like that.

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  6. Well, good for you...glad you're feeling better! I drink green tea in the evenings...I've heard of so many health benefits from it!

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    1. Yes, that is what I've heard too. Now if only I can stick with it. The trouble with drinking enough to stay well hydrated is that it has to be done every day. The thought has always been overwhelming without that sense of thirst, but it's getting better every day.

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  7. Glad you're enjoying drinking tea. I do like a good cup of tea at times, especially decaf Yorkshire tea that I discovered in England and now can get here. But I do try to drink at least a liter of water a day, especially in summer.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. It's been going very well. I've not had any overwhelming urges toward coffee and that has helped immensely. Perhaps I shall find a bit of Yorkshire tea on my next trip to Wegmans. I can find almost anything there.

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  8. Good for you! Never drank coffee, but lots of folk do.
    ROG, ABCW

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