Who doesn’t love a good cuppa?! Oh yes. There’s always time for one. Examples:
- Bad day / bad news / upset – ‘Come on, let’s put the kettle on’
- Popping round to see a friend – ‘Fancy a cuppa? Oh go on then’
- After being out and about – ‘Ooh stick the kettle on’
- With cake – Always! (If you’re wanting some cake, what about low-FODMAP lemon drizzle or jaffa drizzle cake?!)
- Any excuse for a break – ‘Time for a brew?’
- Chilling out in front of the TV – ‘Is that the kettle I can hear?’
Yes – it’s fair to say quite a fair bit of daily routine revolves around tea (speaking for myself, certainly). And what d’ya know – turns out that 21st April is National Tea Day. That’s right, a whole day dedicated to celebrating the lovely liquid stuff in its many different varieties.
Since learning about the low-FODMAP diet way back, I’ve definitely viewed tea in a whole new light, appreciating:
- Its capabilities to soothe the gut
- Its ability to calm and relax the body
Thinking about this made me realise that I have a bit of a routine when it comes to the tea I drink, much of which centres around my digestive health – apt for #IBSAwarenessMonth!
Here’s how my tea routine looks:
Week Day Tea Routine
- Lemon tea. I always start the day with a lemon tea (essentially hot water with fresh lemon). It sets my body up for the day and while I don’t like the word ‘detox’, I feel it does me good.
- Mint tea. When I arrive at work and just after having brekkie, I have a large mug of mint tea. In an ideal world, this would be fresh mint tea, but there are some pretty tasty packet versions out there.
- A ‘normal’ cuppa, a.k.a. black tea with milk. At around 11am it’s time for a ‘normal’ cuppa. No sugar and just a dash of milk.
Afternoon – Evening:
- A ‘normal’ cuppa or alternative. When I get in from work I usually stick the kettle on and have a ‘normal’ cuppa, or an alternative if that doesn’t take my fancy. Most recently I’ve been enjoying Teapigs rhubarb and ginger. It’s delicious (ginger is known to be good for IBS).
- Mint tea. Never can have enough! A little while before bed, I tend to have another mint tea – perfect post-dinner digestion. If I have caffeinated tea at this point it tends to affect my sleep so try to steer clear. I sometimes struggle to sleep as it is!
Weekend Tea Routine
- Lemon tea. A creature of habit…
But it is the weekend, after all, so the rest of the time I ‘tea’ what I want, when I want (apart from too much caffeinated tea which I limit to 3 per day – too much caffeine = IBS irritant). I know how to live dangerously!
This routine is subject to change 😉 Fortunately, there are lots of IBS-friendly teas out there. My ultimate go-to when my stomach isn’t happy or I’m feeling a bit crap (endometriosis included) is mint tea. Always mint tea!
What’s your tea routine?