Like most people, I really enjoy a warm cup of coffee in the morning (or used to…keep reading). I don’t drink it for the caffeine, though. Rather, it’s just a warm, comforting, and enjoyable way to start the day.
For the past several months, I’ve been wanting to switch to tea. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with coffee, but seeing that I like my coffee with cream and sugar, I just thought it would be a healthier alternative for me to not have the little extra bit of dairy and sugar every morning (remember this Instagram from October?). Both my dad and Seth became big tea buffs last year so I became exposed to it more and more and would drink it more frequently. I’ve always enjoyed tea, but I still didn’t want it over coffee. Part of the problem was that I didn’t have a go-to morning tea that I loved so every time I had tea in the morning, I had to decide which tea to drink out of the random selection we have at home and half the time I just didn’t end up enjoying the flavor.
Well, let’s just say all that has unexpectedly and welcomingly changed. Hello, pregnancy! As I mentioned in this post, my appetite said sayonara in the first trimester. And unexpectedly, along with my appetite went my desire to drink coffee. The thought of it actually makes my stomach hurt. My appetite is slowly returning, but the thought of drinking coffee still sounds terrible to me. If we go out for breakfast, I’ll occasionally order a cup of decaf to see if I can handle it, but I’ve switched entirely to tea at home and have been thoroughly enjoying it.
When Pique Tea offered to send me some samples of their tea crystals, I was intrigued and excited. Call me lazy, but the fact that I could just dump the crystals in a cup, add hot water, and not have to worry about following steep time directions (I’ve never followed them correctly anyway) was so appealing to me. Also, since the thought of coffee now disturbs me, I was on the hunt for a replacement (talk about perfect timing – thanks universe!). One of the things I was concerned about was the ingredients and whether any kind of sugars, sweeteners, or anything synthetic was added. I didn’t want to be consuming fake ingredients. Thankfully, all Pique Teas are organic certified and are free of any extra ingredients like sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavors. They’re just tea!
As mentioned yesterday, one of my focuses for this year is to establish personal practices and routines that help keep me grounded and focused. One of the ways I’m doing that is by starting every morning with breakfast away from the computer, my water bottle filled with chilled water and a few drops of lemon essential oil, and a hot cup of tea. I finally found my go-to morning tea (Sencha and Jasmine are my favorite flavors) that tastes good, calms my tummy, and gives me the same feeling of comfort as coffee used to.
Even if it only takes me a few minutes to eat, taking that few minutes to consciously nourish my body and read a few pages of something (I’ve been reading snippets of The Essential Life on essential oils) rather than hopping on the computer right away really helps me start my day with more clarity, focus, and enjoyment. After I finish eating, I typically take my tea to my office, sit for a meditation, and then begin my work for the day. As simple as this morning routine is, it’s been hard for me to actually commit to in the past. This year, I’m committed to establishing those nourishing practices in order to create a solid foundation and make my internal state my top priority.
I’m curious – are you a tea or coffee person? Do you have any morning routines or rituals you stick to? I love hearing about other people’s routines and what works for them so fill me in in the comments!
If you’d like to try out the Pique Tea crystals for yourself, you can get a free one week trial that includes a sampling of all the flavors right here. I highly recommend giving it a shot, whether you’re like me and want to make the switch from coffee to tea or just wouldn’t mind a new and simpler way to enjoy your tea. I’m pretty picky about tea flavors and I enjoy all of these, especially the Sencha and Jasmine, as I mentioned above.
Happy tea drinking!
P.S. Pouring the crystals into a cup before the hot water is actually easier and more effective than pouring them into the hot water. Keep that in mind if you try them out!
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