In the past four years, I’ve probably been to close to 100 tea tasting events. One topic that pops up on a regular basis is the claim that tea will promote fat loss and prevent cancer. I used to eat up this kind of information. Now it all just seems silly when you stand back and look at the situation.
Yesterday afternoon I was at another tea event. During the discussion on how tea helps with fat loss, one lady pulled out a box of cookies and passed them around. Everyone (but me) grabbed one. The diabetic lady ended up eating three. The irony seemed to be lost on everyone.
Go into any tea shop and watch the customers. Half are adding sugar to their drinks and most are consuming some form of breaded sugar treat. Instead of seeing sugar and wheat for the toxins they are, they believe that moderation should be observed. After all, tea is so healthy and they drink tea, so they have convinced themselves that they are magically protected from the evils a single cookie, scone or muffin. But they aren’t.
I love tea and believe it is extremely healthy for you, provided you don’t dump sugar into it. I also recognize that tea is no match for a scone or plate of cookies. Tea shop customers don’t walk in flabby and leave ripped. I see the same failed logic with coffee shop customers. They trumpet every health story that supports their addiction and then order a toasted bagel or muffin.
Around the year 2000, I started drinking tea on a daily basis. I didn’t get a single pound leaner until 2008. That was when I started cutting out the wheat. By the end of 2009, I was 99% gluten-free. Now I’m closing in on 2 full years where I’ve been 100% gluten-free. I dropped 25 pounds of fat. The tea didn’t lean me out. Cutting out the breaded crap they sell at tea shops is what made me lean. If I stopped drinking tea tomorrow, I’d still be lean.
One of the strategies I used to control my hunger back in those days was I’d keep a container of almonds or cashews in my car at all times. No matter where I went I could easily excuse myself to my car for a fistful of sugar-free, gluten-free calories.