I started eating the tea because boiled and cooked, it doesn't have as much flavor, and I am trying to give up on using splenda, because I was going through a box of 700 each week, and I thought I should find other sources to get that quick sweet fix without giving up on carbs and calories- because I rather use my calories and carbs towards actual meals and not stupid treats.
I do cycle my carbs- and in fact- carb cycling was one of the best habits I stared. Everything- my body and mind improved 100%. I can make it through the no carb days with ease, but sometimes I get that craving for sweet- and for a while there I was just brushing my teeth with crest flavors- vanilla, lemon, citruis, but I was brushing my teeth so much for that flavor- I burned my mouth out.
I started drinking tea for flavor, but it didn't give me that kick, so I was like - let's see- they smell better uncooked, let's try eating this......and wow what a treat, but at what cost? I thought Splenda was the answer to my sweets, until I saw some fattening side effects.
As for me- I rtaher eat something rather than drink somehting- I eat my protein powders, i eat the creatine, and glutamine, I chew my multi vitamins. I just like to take my time and bite and chew things rather than swallow them, and enjoy things as they are whole-
I do eat banana peels, but not the whole things, because I can't find out how many calories/carbs are in them. I also enjoy orange peel, grapefruit peel, even certain seeds taste good to me.
I just don't have much of them, because I do count all my fats/carbs/protein/calories, so if I am eating an orange I'll take a few bites of the skin. If I knew the nutrient value, then I'd be able to factor everything in and enjoy my fruits/vegetables whole and raw. That's just what I like.
This looked like a knowlegable site, so I thought I'd try and ask. I'll just look at this as another one of my experiments and see what hapens in a month. Hell I don't mind....so far it's been 2 weeks since i tried eating tea, and to be honest I feel good.
I am not sure what it's doing to my insides, but I do feel a little different in a calm, but happy state. Maybe I "discovered" something- or maybe I'm crazy lol. Whatever the case- I am trying to find the actual nutritional information in raw dry tea.....then at least when I plan my meals out I know if i should put them in or leave them as empty calories that don't count as anything.
That'sall for now.