What can I say, I am a tea lover and have been for years. I am always excited to try new blends, combo’s flavours. Ever since David’s Tea came into my life, I have just been loving their blends.
I have to mention, that it’s not only about their tea…but about the whole experience. They have the friendliest staff at almost every location. They are always eager to give you a sniff or a taste of the latest features or whatever your heart desires.
They have natural sweeteners like honey and (agave) as well as alternative milks such as almond milk. They are eco-friendly and respective of packaging, which I like! If you bring in your own tumbler or one of theirs you get a special discount – which is always nice!
To make me an even happier customer, they sent Abby (my assistant) and I some yummy samples of their summer tea collection to test out. Not that I needed to be swayed any more!
So here is what we got:
Green and Fruity
Midsummer’s Night Dream
Three Lemon Green
Don’t they all sound amazing?
The first one we tried was Luscious Watermelon. We couldn’t decide if it reminded us of Jolly Ranchers or some version of a lip balm we used to wear, but either way it was a much more delicious (healthier!) alternative! Next we tried the Raspberry Nectar tea. It has a nice zing from the lemon grass. It would be refreshing and perfect as ice tea on a humid Toronto summer day. Green and Fruity was amazingly refreshing, it would go really well with a bowl of fresh fruit (local Ontario berries for example ). Then we tried Midsummer night’s dream – which is citrusy-mint. It has a unique flavour that is cooling and intriguing. Lastly was the 3 lemon, which was truly a favourite of mine. There is nothing like a lemon tea to finish off my night. It is light and cooling and infused rooibos and loaded with antioxidants.
The best part about any of these tea blends, is that they can be steeped and chilled. Making a refreshing iced tea or something to put in your water bottle to sip on during these incredibly hot days.
If that’s a way to drink water, I don’t know what could be better!
Now we want to hear from you…do you drink David’s Tea?
If so, what flavours are your favourites and why? Do tell! We want to hear!
I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a few suggestions. Last week I had the honour of being a participant in the bi-annual Longevity Now conference hosted by David “Avocado” Wolfe. It is a power packed weekend filled with information to benefit all. I am being asked by my friends and students, left right and center, “what did you learn, how was it, tell me more?” Well now is my chance to share. But first, what I do have to say is that I got out of it exactly what I needed at this time in my life. Since there is so much information presented in such a short span of time, I really had to select what I wanted to get out of it – and I did just that!
There was everything from the new latest supplements to how to sleep in a way that will heal our bodies out of pain. So it’s diverse and very well rounded. I am not going to take you through the entire weekend, but I am going to focus on some helpful tips that you can use NOW to help you on your journey to live a long healthy life. It’s not about living to 120 years of age, it’s about the quality of your life every day from today forward…but if you can live 120 yeas while thriving (not surviving) – all the better!
So here is a list of what I learned, embraced and now want to share with you!
Get Grounded: Connect with mother earth – get outside and go barefoot in the grass. Trust me it feels amazing! On a whole, we have lost this connection with the growth of the shoe industry, cemented homes and high-rise industrial buildings. When our feet don’t make direct contact with the ground, we miss out on true vitality. I encourage you to give it a try. Good thing spring is around the corner. Kids love to be barefoot – so follow their footsteps literally and don’t compromise your health and innate strength.
However since we can’t go barefoot all the time, all year round and even walking barefoot in our homes doesn’t really count, there are amazing devices that help us to re-gain that connection. They grounding products by Earthing! I have just recently become a consumer of their products and it’s just been over a week and I have already noticed tremendous differences in my energy levels, sleep patterns and overall well being. I have a grounding pad (which my feet are on right now) a mouse pad (which my hand is on right now) and a sheet on my bed – along with some other goodies. Please have a look at the Grounded website for more info and to find out what I am talking about! But if you want to purchase your own devices click here and look under household products!
Nourish with food, superfoods and herbs: Well this should be no surprise! Considering you are on the Fully Nourished website! This is what I am all about! So there was lots of information on food and nutrition, although I consider myself well versed in the area already, there is always more to learn. There are really 3 levels when it comes to food. The first being to make sure you are drinking enough filtered, pure or spring water, then get your essentials in the form of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates while choosing mainly raw plant based sources for fuel. Get my book if you want more ideas on how to Veg Comfortably . Then there is the next level – Superfoods – these are the foods that are loaded full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that are vital to long lasting health. This can be in the form of cacao, goji berries, hemp, maca, leafy greens, chlorella, blueberries, brazil nuts, sea vegetables. They are all amazing and should be included in some way, shape or form into your everyday diet! The last level is the herbals . Whether it’s in the form of a tea, a capsule or elixir, herbs are necessary for taking your health to the next level. Some herbs to think about, research and possibly include are the mushrooms : (chaga, reishi, mitaki, shiataki) shatavari, astragalus, ashwaganda, nettles, tulsi – let’s just start with that! Again this happens to be the start of spring – a good time for herbs – so find out what works for you and your body and go from there!
Cook in clean cookware: This is an extremely important area. Most people don’t think twice about their cookware. They just assume that as long as they have good ingredients, then all is good. Not true. The second you put your gorgeous vibrant organic kale in toxic (I mean tephlon) cookware – then you have not only killed your kale, but you have infused it with toxins and vapours that I won’t even get into in this post. Just cause things don’t stick, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. So investing in quality cookware that is surgical grade Stainless Steel and Titanium is the best choice. This cookware (the cookware I use in my classes) will also not “cook” your food the way that you think it needs to be cooked. Water doesn’t have to boil and oil doesn’t have to splatter to ensure that the heat is high enough, in fact at that point you are again – destroying the nutrients and contents of your food. If you want to learn more about the cookware I use in my class and ask all your questions please click here!
Sleep with-OUT a pillow: Yes you heard right…no pillow! Our pillows have become a drug (according to David Wolfe) we are so dependent on them. We love curling up to them at night, but then complain of neck aches in the morning? So why bother! I have been sleeping with my face on my mattress directly for years…but that still isn’t as good as sleeping on your side with your arm/shoulder held out under your head (if you can picture that). But the distance between your neck space and the mattress should be perfectly filled in by your arm. This is ideal for proper neck and spinal alignment. Just like with anything it will take time to adjust, but once you do this – on your grounded sheet (see home products)- you will start to notice just how well you are sleeping and waking up pain free!
Jump up and down: Sounds like fun doesn’t it! Well you can do it outside and barefoot of course…but what I am talking about here is rebounding! Getting yourself a equipped with a solid rebounder for health and of course longevity. When you rebound you are able to exercise your whole body, even your cells! Everything is targeted, working and strengthening. When we challenge our body against gravity we are also able to stimulate the lymphatic system without any trauma to our skeletal system. Most re-bounders are small enough to have in a room or the basement of your house, some even fold up so that you can travel with them anywhere you go!
Breath in and out: This is probably the most important thing you can do everyday, multiple times a day. and something you may always hear about, but still aren’t doing correctly. Yes we all breath every day, but very few of us actually take in a breath. You will know when you do, because you will feel it. Drawing air in through your nose for a deep inhalation, expanding your belly fully and exhaling your breath out (for longer than your inhale) through your mouth. Sounds simple enough, but you will notice that most of your breaths are through your chest – lifting it up and not fully taking in the air. So try it the right way, through your belly. It will calm you down, bring down your stress response, relax your body and your mind. Something we all need to live a more complete and wholesome life!
Laugh, smile and love a lot – Again this sounds so simple, but most of us can go through each day without laughing, smiling or telling someone that you love them. As a society, we are too serious. Too caught up with the mundane and don’t take time to enjoy what really matters. It is kind of sad when you look at that way. But think about how good you feel when someone breaks out in laughter, smiles at you or tells you that they love you. You get warm and tingly and can’t help but feel great all over! So why don’t we do this more often? We can eat all the best food in the world, take all the best supplements, herbs but nothing will have as much an effect as this. This is something I am learning and becoming more aware of myself and the results are profound.
So these are just some of my recommendations to get started on a path were you can start LIVING longer today!
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There is a culture of tea growing, whether you like it or not, and hopefully you like it. The truth is, tea has been around for centuries – is has deep roots on many levels, but what it comes down to is that there is a tea for everyone! Teas come in different shapes, colours and flavours, have unique aroma’s while offering the body an abundance of healing properties that are powerful enough to make a difference in our everyday life.
The culture of tea has been around for thousands of years. It all started in ancient china when a few tea leaves blew into a cup of warm water. Who knew that this would lead to a worldwide fascination where many traditional meanings and practices stem from. For centuries, tea has provided cultures, tribes, and pristine societies with a source of income, tradition and entertainment.
Today, tea still remains an active part of Chinese, Japanese European, Buddhist, and North American culture (among others). It is simply part of their lives and not a day goes by without a cup – whether made out of stone, glass, ceramic or wood – is poured full of a unique flavour that is part of that community or culture. It is cherished and valued with every sip!
Chai tea, green tea, roobois tea, white tea, herbal teas (mint, chamomile, rose) all possess healing and deep-rooted cultural meaning. Any of these teas can be enjoyed on their own, just simply steeped with water or blended together into unique combination’s which can promote relaxation, liveliness, healthy digestion or just good enough to have after a meal.
Adding a cup of tea (or two) into your everyday life can make every sip a gourmet experience. There is hardly a café, restaurant or city block that you can’t pass by that doesn’t offer you an array of teas. This is fabulous and convenient, but if you have the opportunity to buy and steep your own loose leaf teas (or tea blends at home) – there is no turning back. There is absolutely a difference between tea that comes in a bleached white tea bag (with a staple), versus something you can get fresh, loose and organic. The taste is pure and it goes right through your body to each and every cell. When you find a tea that blends with your values and tastes buds, I promise you too will become part of this culture if you aren’t already!
Red Berry Breeze
Using Nourish Tea’s – Red Roobois and Berry Breeze
1 tsp red roobois
1 1/2 tsp Berry Breeze
2 cups water
1 wedge of lemon
1. Place fresh tea leaves and hot water in a steeping kettle/jug or cup- allow water to infuse.
2. Pour infused red water into another glass or tall jug and place in fridge for 2 hours.
3. Pour into a glass and enjoy with a wedge of lemon!
This tea is naturally sweetened with the dried fruit from the berries and it is loaded with antioxidants from the roobois tea (Better than any fruit punch!!). Healing, nourishing and refreshing! You must try it!
Please share with me…
Have you ever had Roobois Tea?
Are you part of this Culture of Tea?
What is your Favourite Tea?
Has Tea healed you in any way?