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Rituals and Weight

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Recently, I wrote I mentioned to a team that I wanted to focus on night eating. A Spark friend suggested adding a cup of tea at the end of supper to signal that eating was over for the day. I considered this quite seriously.

As I did, I realized that this final cup of tea couldn’t be drunk from the 16 ounce ceramic mugs I buy at the dollar store. Nor, could this cup of tea be the green tea I consume by the gallon during the day.

No, both the cup and the tea must be special for them to have the needed ritual effect.

My first quest was for a cup. I wanted something pretty in porcelain. (I have only recently gotten in touch with my feminine side.) I checked out the local shops and nothing appealed. Then, I checked thrift stores. There were a few pretty cups with saucers, but they didn’t speak to me.

So, I went onto the Internet and ordered one that is exactly what I want.

While waiting for this, I started the quest for the appropriate tea. Ginger, I thought. I love the flavor and it’s good for digestion. So far, I’ve been through 4 different ginger or ginger mixtures to no avail. Later today or tomorrow, I’ll check out more teas and then perhaps branch out. Cinnamon is good for leveling blood sugar, which might help with the night eating.

If you have any suggestions on a great tasting tea that could become a ritual, let me know.
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JENNYDOWN 6/14/2013 1:39PM

  I have two friends in chinese medicine school in texas and they both on different occasions have suggested that I drink ginger tea at night or when I want to change it up cinnamon :) Seems like you are on the right track. Love your idea about buying a special cup :) I have seasonal favorite cups :) I have recently been enjoying YOGI teas "peach detox" its a good one ;) emoticon

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KMICHA 6/9/2013 8:34PM

    What a great idea Carrie. I'm not much of a tea drinker . . . coffee is my thing . .. But I think it is a great way to signal the end of the day. I might have to give it a whirl, who know I might find I like it! . . . and yes! post a picture of the cup!

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DETERMINEDJANET 6/8/2013 10:53PM

    Great idea Carrie! Are you looking for pre-bagged or leaves? You will have to post a photo of the teacup.

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DESERTJULZ 6/8/2013 9:52PM

    Oh my! I love your tea quest! I'm with you, drinking green most of the day long. I love the idea of a cup of ginger tea at night. Or there are quite a few herbal varieties that may be good choices. Good luck on this quest!

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MADEIT3 6/8/2013 2:04PM

    I make a cinnamon chai tea at the end of the day that I buy from Teavana - very pricey, but a little goes a long way. With some motivation, I could probably find something similar and less expensive.

The thing for me is to make a bit of a ritual out of the process. I'm using loose tea that I mix in an old cast iron teapot and drink it in a cup reserved for only that time of day. I totally agree with what you're doing.

An hour later I brush my teeth - and that also helps end the "kitchen" for the day!

Good luck.

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ROSEWAND 6/8/2013 1:24PM

    Your tea ritual is a great idea. I, too, often
finish my day with a cup of special tea.

My favorites are the wonderful black current
tea from The English Tea Store

http://www.englishteastore.
com/bc-25.html

If you like it, you can order it in larger
amounts to save money.

It is a tart tea. I sometimes will add a
little stevia for balance. Black currents are full
of phytonutrients.

Also I like Celestial Seasons Blueberry in the
evening. It is less tart and very pleasant on its
own.

I do have a special mug for my evening teas.
It is a large mug, so I use two or three bags
for the very intense flavor that I like. emoticon



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