A cup of tea to make you feel better

Drinking tea is a very British solution to everything. I for one find that however bad things get, they seem a little better after a good cup of tea. 

As Jamer kindly pointed out, we have all been struck down with the flu recently and it really was tea that kept me going. 

In the first couple of weeks of being a lurgy-ridden house, I was lucky enough to be doing a teatox. If you’re not aware of these, they are special teas that you drink morning and evening. 

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They are made from herbal ingredients that are specially formulated to help with fat burning and toxin removal. For me, the routine of having a healthy cup of tea in the morning and every other evening kept me sane. 

It also kept my weight on the straight and narrow at a time when it would have been very, very easy to have just eaten rubbish and ended up half a stone heavier. 

I couldn’t manage to follow the recommended clean eating diet due to life getting in the way. Nonetheless, I ate quite well and actually lost 3 lbs during a period when I would otherwise definitely have gained weight. 

After I’d finished the teatox, the flu finally hit me like a train. In fact, things got so bad that I couldn’t even face drinking tea. Luckily I was still managing some herbal teas. Lemon and ginger was my saviour. 

After a couple of days of really struggling to do anything, I reached a point where I absolutely had to do some work. So, I dragged myself out of bed and forced myself to drink some lucozade that hubby had brought me. 

And this is where I am going to be a little bit controversial. Because I know that avoiding sugar is the in thing at the moment. And I understand that it’s done for health reasons and because sugar is damaging to us. 

And yet, I have to question whether sugar is all that bad. I think that in certain circumstances, we need it.

Lucozade gives you energy from the glucose that it contains. And when I was completely devoid of any energy or appetite, it’s what made me turn the corner.

I had the energy to do my work and my appetite started to come back. Soon enough, I was back to drinking tea. And as they say… 

My clever sister made this amazing papercut. Please get in touch if you want to commission her to make one for you.

My clever sister made this amazing papercut. Please get in touch if you want to commission her to make one for you.

My particular favourite tea at the moment is Marquess Grey from Waitrose. We discovered this via the fabulous café on the Malvern hills, and if I’m honest I’m a bit addicted to it. 

What makes you feel better when things seem a bit rubbish? I know that both tea and sugar are frowned on, but like everything, I think they have their place.

Sugar of course has to be in moderation. Tea on the other hand, I don’t see a down side. 

8 thoughts on “A cup of tea to make you feel better

  1. martyn

    This may be the end of our blogging friendship. But I never drank tea before 2 years ago. And only really have it ‘regularly’ in the last year. I know, what’s wrong with me?

    I’m so new in fact that herbal tea scares me a little. I don’t know what to do with it. :/ And as for different types of tea….well….its completely lost. Can you do a post on tea education for me?

    Anyway I’ve completely side tracked the point of the post. I live on very little sugar. I use sweetners (which I’m trying to cut out because they’re so health bad) but I do drink the occasional Lucozade. The strange thing is I go weeks with out sugar and suddenly I crave it and really crave it. (Like a giant chocolate bar craving) I eat it and then I’m fine. I’m convinced this is because my body actually needs it. So sugar can’t be that bad can it?
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    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      On tea – I might have to do a tea education post just for you, I think I’d rather enjoy writing it.
      On sugar – I am inclined to agree with you. I think that if we live mainly without it, our bodies probably tell us when we need it. I needed that lucozade and felt so much better for it. I went running a little too soon after having the flu as well and felt a bit shaky when I got back. A lucozade cured that too. I’m pretty sure it’s not all bad!

  2. Maz

    Sorry to hear you’ve been so poorly, I hope you’re all back fighting fit now. I’m a bit hot beverage obsessed. I have the options available chalked onto my kitchen wall above the cooker for visitors (it was getting silly listing everything). Sugar and caffeine get a bad reputation because people overdo it (really upsetting watching the kids walk past my house on their way to primary school drinking cans of energy drink and eating crisps for breakfast) but as a pick me up when you need it, definitely useful!
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    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Oh I totally agree with you about the kids and energy drinks Maz, I recently read that children are dying from having too many of these things. But I also agree about the pick you up – sometimes it’s just what you need. I’d like to visit your kitchen for the drinks list, I think that’s a great idea 🙂

  3. Jenny

    Love that papercut, your sister is amazing! Unfortunately I’m not a tea drinker, unfortunately because I feel a bit left out as EVERYONE in the UK seems to drink tea, but I hate the taste unless I add a ton of sugar! The teatox does sound great though! 🙂 x

    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Aw no, I feel a bit bad for you that you don’t like tea! And thank you, my sister is indeed incredibly talented, I wish I was artistic like that.xx

  4. Jessie

    We are huge tea drinkers here as well and we’re over in the US. I LOVE ginger and lemon. I also enjoy peppermint and ginger spice. My husband was born and raised in India, which has a background of English influence. Therefore, he too is a big tea drinker. CHAI! LOVE it!

    I hope you are fully recovered. The flu is AWFUL. I add some raw honey to the tea I make for my family. I’m with you on the sugar. We DO need some sugar. Our bodies are made that way. I get my sugar from the fresh veggy juices I drink each day. They give me so much energy when I hit a slump.

    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Aw thank you, we are all better now. Ah you remind me that I need to get my juicer out again, I love fresh veggi juices, I need to drink more of them!xx


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