After college I immediately got a job at the Starbucks in my hometown. The week long training involved many hours at mandatory Coffee College which taught me everything from bean quality to how to prepare the finest cappuccino. Opening the doors at 4 a.m. required steaming, hot coffee all day long.
Once I moved from Starbucks to the world of advertising I religiously stopped at one of many coffee shops on my route from home to bus to train to office.
When I was pregnant I couldn't give up my Starbucks fix, but switched to Decaf Soy Lattes.
My infant son's first trip out of the house might have been to Starbucks and my daily outing as a new mom involved a walk to get coffee, some days pretending I didn't go and asking my husband to bring me a latte on his way home from work.
Once I did the math and calculated one spends upward of $14,000 in 10 years of drinking a daily $4.00 coffee, I knew I must end this habit. This is when I switched to using the Keurig and making my coffee at home.
The strong, rich smell of coffee makes any house feel like a home.
My coffee love, like any relationship, did have its problems. More than one cup made me jittery and anxious, not to mention the discomfort it caused my stomach and the discoloring of my teeth.
During my cleanse, green tea became a treat and I soaked up each sip of the warm, fragrant delicacy; similar to how I once felt of coffee.
I stuck with my morning tea and added a new beloved afternoon cup. Surprisingly, I am less tired and lethargic as I once was as a coffee drinker.
Now a tea drinker a whole new world opened up to me. Almost any restaurant has tea available and often they have a wide assortment of choices.
So far I've pretty much stuck with varieties of green tea, although I do enjoy an occasional minty tea. Here are some of the benefits of a daily cup of green tea:
Lowers your risk of cancer
Eases the pain of rheumatoid arthritis
Stabilizes your cholesterol levels
Prevents cardiovascular disease
Boosts your immune system
Promotes weight loss
Reduces tooth decay
Effective in the treatment of multiple sclerosis
Slows the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
Fights the cause of allergies in your body
Helps to fend off infections
Reduces and prevents acne
Slows the aging process to prevent wrinkles
Do you think you could give up coffee for tea?