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Vegans, don’t hate me! I used to be a vegan. It started when I was young & lasted until January 1012 (I’m 53, BTW), & I won’t give you the long version, but I was vegetarian/vegan & even into raw for a couple of fairly long stints. I didn’t change to a Paleo lifestyle (meat & veggies) easily, I fought it all the way. Over the years, I developed one food sensitivity after another: Dairy & sugar first, but then gluten, then all grains, then legumes…my guts hurt all the time, I had tendonitis, chronic fatigue, chronic lung problems, etc. I won’t bore you with the long list, but amazingly, within a few months all of those symptoms were gone! With the exception of some seasonal allergies.
I still experiment occasionally to see if I can get away with something, & I always regret it. So I eat locally raised meat & eggs & veggies, & some fruit. I won’t Harp on it, I won’t try to convert you, this is how I am. I loved being a vegan, & I love the way I feel now.

I started the morning with a bowl of soup (homemade chicken stock, ginger, bokchoi, a few slices of the strip steak Tony grilled for me last night, & a egg poached in the soup) & a cup of Matcha. My guts were hurting from my brown rice experiment Saturday night, & nothing soothes the gut like good broth & well cooked veggies. If I’d had some Kim Chi (I need to start a new batch of that, & some other cultured veggies),that would have been good too.

The only appropriate tea for this meal was Matcha, plain old green frothy Matcha! It was a perfect breakfast (for me), the Matcha was creamy & soothing, I feel better already! Now, I hear my 10am students coming in the door. Namaste!

LiberTEAS

I was a vegetarian for almost five years, but the doctor ordered me off the diet when I was pregnant because my body has a hard time converting iron, so I was nearly anemic, and had no protein stores in my body…

Bonnie

Me too on the legumes, potatoes and some veggies…get VERY sick!!! Weird!

Azzrian

I was a veggie for 7 years as well. I limit meat intake now but still stay away from factory farmed meats.

Terri HarpLady

The longer I’m off grains & legumes, the worse I notice the systemic irritation they cause for me. I’ve also dropped 17 lbs since January. The hard part is, I really loved being a vegan: the food, the politics, all of it. I collect cookbooks (especially the ones with nice pics), & my shelves are like the who’s who of vegetarian & vegan cuisine. I should have a cookbook sale to clear those shelves (and to support my tea habit).

Anyway, I have respect for all dietary choices that others choose to make, in the same way that I have respect for all spiritual paths that others choose to take. There are as many paths as there are people walking… (gee, I need to save that for a song lyric, I think!)

Terri HarpLady

Azz: That’s one of the things I LOVE about St. Louis! We have an awesome locavore scene! There are farmers markets, local markets, etc, & if I can’t find what I want there, well, there’s always ‘whole paycheck’!

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LiberTEAS

I was a vegetarian for almost five years, but the doctor ordered me off the diet when I was pregnant because my body has a hard time converting iron, so I was nearly anemic, and had no protein stores in my body…

Bonnie

Me too on the legumes, potatoes and some veggies…get VERY sick!!! Weird!

Azzrian

I was a veggie for 7 years as well. I limit meat intake now but still stay away from factory farmed meats.

Terri HarpLady

The longer I’m off grains & legumes, the worse I notice the systemic irritation they cause for me. I’ve also dropped 17 lbs since January. The hard part is, I really loved being a vegan: the food, the politics, all of it. I collect cookbooks (especially the ones with nice pics), & my shelves are like the who’s who of vegetarian & vegan cuisine. I should have a cookbook sale to clear those shelves (and to support my tea habit).

Anyway, I have respect for all dietary choices that others choose to make, in the same way that I have respect for all spiritual paths that others choose to take. There are as many paths as there are people walking… (gee, I need to save that for a song lyric, I think!)

Terri HarpLady

Azz: That’s one of the things I LOVE about St. Louis! We have an awesome locavore scene! There are farmers markets, local markets, etc, & if I can’t find what I want there, well, there’s always ‘whole paycheck’!

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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