Monday, December 19, 2011

Iced Tea

I am from the south. For those uninitiated, this means that I drink iced tea. I drink a lot of it. In fact, I used to drink about 3/4 gallon every day. I only drank sweet tea. That means that I was drinking 3/4 cup of sugar every day. That's right. I was drinking 3/4 cup of sugar every day.

In September, I went to a new doctor. He is a naturopath. He suggested that he might be able to cure my health problems. One of the things he wanted to take care of was a persistent yeast infection. You know, the kind that shows up on your tongue. He put me on a strict diet. I was to have no sugar, no caffein, no gluten, and no dairy for 2 weeks. Then, at the end of that 2 weeks, we discovered some other indicators in my blood work that caused him to recommend I continue that diet for another month. I ended up being on the diet for a full 2 months.

I'm now able to consume all those things in moderation. However, during my time of abstinence, I unlearned my sweet tea habit. Don't get me wrong. I'm been drinking decaffeinated tea for about 3 years. I didn't give up tea. I just gave up the sweetener. Now, I've been off that diet for a month. A few days ago, I made a gallon of sweet tea. It just didn't taste right. Ah, the wonders of changing your taste buds.

And, thank you to my new doctor. I love him very much.


  1. Hubs doesn't understand how I can LOVE sweet tea so much. He asks that while he drinks his 6th Diet Coke of the day.

    I'm working on breaking the addiction as well. It's tough living in Texas! :-)

  2. How is it that J made it out of Oklahoma w/o an addiction to sweet tea? Oh, he has the Coke addiction. Right. Now I understand. I'm pretty sure it's one or the other in Oklahoma.


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