Monday’s Musings: Coffee or Tea?

Writers are famous for their love of coffee.

I love coffee, but I don’t mainline it. In fact, I usually limit myself to two cups a day. (Long story why — long and dull. I won’t bore you with it.) I do drink it black, though. And I savor every sip.

Sometimes, nothing hits the spot–mentally, I think, more than physically–like a steaming hot beverage. So if I’ve already met my coffee quota, I’ll drink tea. Green tea, usually. It’s supposed to be good for you, right?

I never used to like tea. At all. But after forcing myself to ingest green tea for a while, I’ve gotten so I don’t mind it.

When I was little, my mom gave me hot tea with sugar and milk when I’d come in from outside on a cold day. I thought it was wonderful. Nowadays, I drink my tea like I do my coffee — no sugar, no cream. A few years ago I tried drinking that sweet, milky tea that I enjoyed as a kid, and I couldn’t choke it down.

It never occurred to me to wonder why Mom didn’t give me hot chocolate, like a normal mom. I always gave my kids hot chocolate when they came in from playing in the snow. I guess she thought the tea was better for me than the chocolate. But with all the sugar I used to put in, I doubt if it would have made a difference.

Oprah says if you drink green tea, you’ll lose weight. How long must you maintain this green-tea regimen before you see results? Because I’ve been doing it for several years now and haven’t lost an ounce.

I used to crave a cup of tea when my stomach was upset. It seemed to settle it. However, that was black tea. Whenever I drink green tea on an empty stomach, it makes me extremely nauseated.  I have to get something to eat to keep from throwing up.

Hmmm… do you think that might have something to do with my lack of weight loss success?

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2 thoughts on “Monday’s Musings: Coffee or Tea?

  1. Tea for me all the way and not just because I’m English.

    My wife loves both drinks and especially likes to go to town for an assortment of flavoured lattes. Even in a coffee shop I just order a boring cup of tea.

    I suppose what I lack in creativity and adventure in my drink habits I make up for when I lose myself in writing.

  2. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, David!

    I love a good cup of coffee — from straight black Columbian to just about any fancy flavor or variety, hot or iced. And I don’t limit my tea choices to green. But my tastes quickly get narrow and boring in the ice cream store, where I’ll go for vanilla almost every time.

    I guess our creativity doesn’t necessarily carry over into what what we ingest.

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