I have always been a tea drinker, mainly builder’s tea with lots of sugar (yum!). However this all changed back in 2008 when I was diagnosed with grade 4 cancer. This got me thinking, reading and researching about illness, diet, tea and all the amazing things that can help your body recover.
So, out went sugar, dairy, refined carbs and all the “so called” nasties and in came all variety’s of veg such as mushrooms, cruciferous, onions, tomatoes, peppers and squash. All types of fruit such as berries, kiwi, oranges, pomegranate and lemons not to mention hero herbs and spices such as turmeric, ginger, garlic, parsley and basil. I embraced whole-grains, pulses, nuts, tofu, soya, green tea not to mention red wine and dark chocolate. Out came my pots, pans, juicers, sprouters, dehydrators, tea infusers and hey presto, a whole new way of life was born.
The champion of teas, it turns out, is GREEN tea (and white tea and black tea but definitely without milk and sugar). I heard a lot of great things about green tea being a truly wonderful source of anti-oxidants, polyphenols and catechins as well as having other health benefits as long as your arm. My favourite and one of the best sources of all these health boosting elements is, I learned, Japanese Sencha.
So I sourced some of the fresh stuff and started drinking it in huge quantities. That’s how www.tea4life.co.uk was born. Variety being the spice of life, I decided not only to sell our amazing (and delicious) Simply Sencha but also offer a range of other teas blended and selected not only for their taste but also for their health benefits. I now sell five varieties (with more in the pipeline) so something for everyone!
Anyway, back to the main story –coupled with conventional treatment (chemo, radiotherapy and surgery) this new way of eating definitely seemed to do the trick as I recovered fully. The diet had its moments (such as turmeric stained lips in the playground whilst doing the school run) but all in all I look better than ever, feel great and continue to this day munching on sprouted seeds, salads as big as my head and I can’t stop harping on about the virtues of the GREEN stuff.
Let’s drink to that!