Wellness Challenge No. 4

March 26, 2017


M Loves M Wellness Challenge

Did any of you do the stretching challenge last week? How was it? I feel like I desperately needed it. My back has been starting to bother me again so it was soo good to take the time to stretch. I usually stretched before bed but it felt nice when I did it in the mornings too! I’m really excited for next week’s challenge because it’s one Matthew has been suggesting me to do for awhile. Read on for the Wellness Challenge No. 4!

a wellness challenge: swap coffee for tea in the mornings

Wellness Challenge No. 4

Swap coffee for tea!

Anyone else read that and think, “Oh no!” Yep, that was me! I loooove my coffee. I feel like it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. You know, after the crying baby! But coffee really does help get my mornings going, especially after being up a few times in the middle of the night. As much as I love my coffee, I do think it’s a little acidic for me (and Augustine). This week I’m going to swap my morning cup of joe for a cuppa tea! The good thing is that I have some teas in our pantry that I absolutely love! My favorite being the Mariage Freres Earl Grey French Blue Tea. At face value it seems more expensive but it’s really only $1.50 a tea bag, much less than that Starbucks latte. I got this tea because I read somewhere that it was Ina Garten’s favorite housewarming gift. Immediately sold! It’s a beautiful tea with vibrant blue cornflower leaves speckled amongst the black leaves.

the best earl gray tea try drinking tea instead of coffee in the mornings

I also am obsessed with the Harney and Sons Paris tea {check out that gorgeous tin!}. It’s so delicious and one of Matthew’s favorites too. We love having this tea on rainy days!

If you’re looking for a great iced tea, especially in the warmer months, I would highly recommend the Tea Forte Mango Peach or White Ginger Pear. I’m definitely getting this sampler during summer to try more of their iced teas!

how I take my tea

How do you like to drink tea? Specifically black teas? Personally, I love my black teas, especially the two above, with a little bit of milk and a drizzle of honey or agave. So yummy! Herbal teas I like plain, although I bet a little almond milk would be good too!

drinking tea in the mornings

Let me know if any of you are joining in on this week’s challenge! I hope so!


Check out the other wellness challenges!

my dress (plus size version too!} . gold serving tray

photos by Kimber Brown

  • Natali

    Oh, this is not even a challenge for me! I’m the biggest tea drinker around! 😀 You should see my pantry, it’s filled with all sorts of teas!
    Good luck with this challenge and swapping coffee for tea!


  • Oh my goodness this would be a tough one! Mentally, I don’t think I could go without coffee in the morning (I just drink one cup and opt for tea in the afternoon) – but I will definitely try! http://www.chasingbelle.com

  • I am a total tea addict, so it is not a challenge for me. I am, however, going to try to say no tea after 3:00 pm. Like you, I have a little one that is nursing in the night, but I’ve found after getting up, I’m too awake to go back to sleep. We’ll see if this helps.

    My favorite tea is a locally blended one, “Gary’s Kilty Pleasure,” a Scottish Breakfast tea. I’m also pretty partial to a Lavender Early Grey.

  • That’s something i did a little over a month ago, i stopped drinking coffee in the morning and actually just occasionally allowed myself one in the afternoon but not everyday, maybe 2 or 3 times a week. And i actually feel a lot better in the morning now, that’s probably the thing that motivated me to eat more in the morning too! xo
    (P.S: Now that i’m use to eat breakfast everyday, i also wake up starving some days, my body is getting use to it now! 😉 )

  • Michelle Joseph

    I have cut down on coffee and started drinking tea instead, but I think for this challenge, I will only drink herbal teas. I know they are beneficial and I don’t want to add any sugar haha. Let’s see how it goes.

    Mich x

  • Kassidi

    Tea is actaully all I drink! 😁 I absolutely love Harvey & Sons, and Twinings teas. I’m excited to try the ones you mentioned. My husband and I like to make London Fogs which consist of Earl Grey (we like Harney & Sons White Earl Grey) a tsp or so of Vanilla syrup, and frothed milk. They are delicious! Also I drink all of my black teas with some kind of creamer, and my herbal and greens with honey. 🙂 great post!

  • This is a great wellness challenge, Mara! I started to drink more tea and less coffee for these last couple of years. I thought it was going to be hard at first, but it’s not so bad. I only do Starbucks on weekends if I’m extremely tired or as a sweet treat when I’m shopping with my besties which is about once every three months or so. I do green tea myself, but I’m going to bookmark this and try the tea brands you like to expand my tastes. 😉

    She Sweats Diamonds

  • rchiariello

    I’m 28 years old and have never had a cup of coffee in my life! I tend to go for oolong or white teas with nothing added.

  • I don’t like coffee, so I start my mornings with tea, typically a black tea (mostly earl grey), nothing added.

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