Tea-Fast Over!!! Updated: 3/18/2013
Hi everyone thank you so much for your support. My tea-fast is over and I succeeded. So happy to join the rest of you drinking tea and not just reading about it. Here is my most recent post about the 7th day of my fast. I even wrote a poem…
Update 3/15/13 – I have updated my blog www.iHeartTeasTheBlog.com daily regarding my tea-fasting journey. I know may of you have been so supportive and I appreciate it greatly. You can follow my journey on my blog. I am currently on day 5. Thank you my Steepster friends you guys are great.
Update 3/12/13: Tea-Fast: Day One http://iheartteas.teatra.de/?p=1716
Update: 2 Days Pre-Tea Fast http://bit.ly/Y1pyeR I think I am losing it.
Hello fellow tea fanatics. I have decided to challenge myself to a tea-fast. I will be quitting tea cold turkey.
I explain all the details here…
I need your support and your take on my plans.
Oh geez, well good luck! :)
At points I’ve given up tea on a few vacations and during a raw food cleanse. I don’t think it made much of a difference; however, when I gave up soda that was absolutely horrible. Worst migraines ever.
Thanks I am hoping to find out I’m not as addicted as I think I am.
I mentioned on the thread that after 3 days or so it would be easier, but also having others doing the same with you would greatly help!
Though yeah.. I have lots of tea piling up to try, so it won’t be me! I’m still happily in denial, lol!
I have to agree the one thing I am hoping will get me through this is the fact that as soon as its over I will have a ton of teas to drink. Picking the first one will be tough.
so….no special reason for quitting? you just want to know? hmmmm, well. it will help to have a substitute i guess. what is your next best favorite beverage? keep a lot of it on hand. and do something really fun/engaging so you dont have time to notice that it’s gone, lol.
I technically have two reasons but the biggest reason is curiosity. I really need to know how much my body has come to depend on tea. As far as a replacement or backup beverage I think I’m going with is water. Maybe some coconut water too and you are right. I’ll be keeping myself distracted that is for sure.
I think the only physical symptoms you could end up would be caffeine withdrawal, no? I enjoy tea and prefer to have a couple cups of it a day but I drink 4 or 5 times more water than tea so it’s hard for me to relate. I actually spent about a year having no more than a cup a day just because I wasn’t super interested in more. I hope this experiment shows you whatever it is you’re looking for. :)
Thank you. I hope it does too. :)
I tried to give up tea for a diet a few months ago. Made it 5 days before I gave in. I’m not affected by caffeine really at all so it wasn’t the physical symptoms, but the mental habits and how tea fits into my life that was leaving a great gaping hole in my activities that made me go back so quickly.
It’s funny my husband doesn’t think I’ll make it past a day. Anyone that knows me won’t recognize me without my cup or bottle of tea. It will be a huge adjustment for me and those around me. I just hope I don’t make anyone else’s life miserable because of my choice to “tea fast” next week.
If you use all your tea mugs for water too that might help psychologically. Just a different drink. :)
Oh my goodness. I wish you the best of luck with your experiment, Rachel!
Thanks, I can use all I can get. :)
Whether you are a woman of faith or not…I will be seriously praying for you, I think my addiction is more emotional but that’s enough for me to not even be brave enough to take this risk!!
Thanks, I am concerned my journey is closer to borderline crazy than brave. Still I need to know. I appreciate the prayers. I am certain I will need every one. :)
Good luck, you brave soul! :) I will be reading your posts. I’d love to hear what happens at the end. I’ve gone a couple days without tea, usually in the throws of a nasty migraine, but never as long as a week. GOOD LUCK!
Thanks, I have a feeling my blog posts will get more and more nutty as the days go. I feel I’ll be angry, silly, and really all across the board.
I love Dr Kathleen DesMaison’s work about addictions: www.radiantrecovery.com for anyone who may find this useful and interesting. Her take on eliminating caffeine: be very gentle to yourself, a little cutting back each day…
Wow. other then caffeine, I know tea has other things in it, such as l- theanine, EGCG, and fluorine that would all have physical and/or emotional effect. I know I have “quit” cold turkey a few times, and also “quit” loose leaf due to necessity (lack of accessibility) My biggest issue is when I reduce the tea I drink, I dehydrate (particularly in winter when my coconut water intake lessens)
take care of yourself during this!(I know, this challenge is part of that vision too)
I have to agree – my biggest issue when I don’t drink tea is dehydration! I honestly don’t think I have any physical dependence on tea; I love it and all, but I’ve gone a few days without any before, and the only other negative consequence is guilt, because I have so much tea, I should be making more of an effort to drink it! However, the two specific times that I can recall not having tea for 24-48 hours, I know I was dehydrated, because I depend on drinking tea to supply my daily water intake. I’m bad at drinking plain water unless I’m thirsty (at which point you’re already dehydrated, right?), so without a beverage to drink because I enjoy it, I definitely don’t drink enough.
I have the same problem, getting dehydrated if I don’t drink tea. I’m terrible at drinking pure water.