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06-17-2009, 06:52 AM
Well, I feel a little ashamed posting this as I'm sure everyone is on to much healthier drinks! But as i'm just a newbie I hope you'll forgive me. This is only my first day of transitioning on to raw foods and i've yet to get any books etc to help me out, although i've had good suggestions. I'm afraid I do drink rather a lot of tea especially and am not that keen on herbal teas, so wondered how other people managed to get by without tea and coffee initially?
Thanks for any advice.
06-17-2009, 07:05 AM
Hi iceshadow :)
Do you like fruit teas?
There is a huge range of different teas, not all of them are herbal.
I was at a festival at the weekend and found a van selling warmed fresh apple juice with chunks of fresh lemon and ginger in. It was delicious!
06-17-2009, 07:11 AM
fruit tea, herbal tea.. theres lots of alternatives
yerba mate, dandelion coffee
I love my tea!! nothing better than sticking the teapot on.. consider it part of being British :) lol
06-17-2009, 09:47 PM
Someone directed me to teeccino!! www.teeccino.com
Techincally, it's not "raw" because some of the tea is roasted - but it is high in antioxidants & other good stuff. No caffeine & comes in a bunch of flavors - they'll even send you a free sample! I got the mocha flavor & it does really taste like coffee : )
Probably not good to drink alot - but if you're craving, this seems to be a great alternative :D
06-17-2009, 09:57 PM
I would focus your attention on one thing at a time. Start with a 30 day challenge and eat anything in any amount as long as its raw. Then go from there. The body is amazing because if your listening it will let you know what the next step is that is right for you.
My husband now drinks Celestial Seasoning 'Roastaroma' instead of coffee. He had quite a huge coffee habit. He told me he like this more than the coffee! *‹*
06-18-2009, 01:39 AM
If you are after the caffine, RAW Cocoa will do it.
06-18-2009, 01:53 AM
Initially, I couldn't give it up, but it didn't take long before I was ready. Finding a substitute was the key for me. Rooibos Chai Tea (with almond milk and honey) helped wean me off coffee. Plain Rooibos helped me give up English Tea. It is more tea-like than any other herbal tea I've tried.
Another really good one that is not at all herbal tasting is BIJA Cranberry Tea.
Hope you find something that works for you! :)
06-18-2009, 07:59 AM
There's a lot of caffeine/energy drink substitutes. Many like maca and/or cacao in their smoothie.
Many make their own sun tea.
06-18-2009, 04:55 PM
Just to say thank you for all your replies - you've certainly given me some ideas. I'm just taking things slow at the moment - i've just ordered Alissa's book and DVD - so i'm waiting to see the advice in them.
06-18-2009, 06:18 PM
Donít be ashamed your doing great. Be kind and gentle to yourself, itís a journey.:D
I think walnut milk blended with soaked medjol dates taste like mocha coffee and unhulled sesame seed milk blended with soaked medjol dates taste like coffee to me.
Also, I found this gadget on Amazon Toddy Cold Brew System it allows you to make cold brewed coffee and teas.
I did a Google search and found you can make your own cold brew coffee or tea using a glass jar, strainer, and filters.
I think this cold brew method will lend to some fun raw experiments, I can not wait to try it out.
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