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Monday, August 03, 2009

For some reason I never seem to feel full after either lunch or dinner until I have my after dinner cup of tea. It does not seem to matter if I wait for another twenty minutes after I finished my dinner to turn the kettle on or have a glass of water during my meal. My meal does not seem to feel complete until I have my cup of tea. Even if I've just had a large plate of food, I still need that cup of tea to get rid of the feeling of hunger. I suppose it is a small price to pay, as I only take a small amount of milk and no sugar in my tea. But I wonder why??? Is it a mental thing, telling me my meal is not complete until I have my tea or is it something else? Any ideas??

I come from the classic English family. All problems in life are solved over a cup of tea. Upset, have a cup of tea. Feeling ill, have a cup of tea. Bored, have a cup of tea. After dinner drink, have cup of tea. Inviting friends over for a chat, have a cup of tea.

Tea has played a big role in my life. I can't actually remember it not having a place in my life. I was told my aunt gave me my first cup with lots of milk and sugar when I was just two. I don't know if I love it or even like it, but it is a part of me. It is a part of all of my relationships. My friends know not to talk to me until I have my first cup of tea. As soon as I walk in the door of my grandmother's house she'll put the kettle on, even if she is not having a cup herself. It is just what is done. So, I've got to wondering about its role in my life. Do I need it? Is it a habit I want to keep or should I even want to give it up? Is it hurting me with all its caffeine? Do I care?
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    I agree with boxem180. If it bothers you make the attempt to stop it because I agree... its mental. If it doesn't bother you don't worry about it.
    The tea thing is a "social" thing. My friend, whenever I went over to her house to discuss things would put on the kettle and offer a cup of tea. I'd take it, not because I love tea so much but because it made her feel more comforted.
    4369 days ago
  • BOXEM180
    If anything, I think it's almost habit at this point. Mental/emotional, if you will. Like you said, it's not the harmful if you only add milk to it. The caffein in tea does worry me but that's because I can't have caffeine - does it bug you? Not being able to feel full though is def. a mental thing, in my opinion. Please forgive the comparison but it took me a long time not expect something sweet after dinner. Could it be the same thing? I think so. If it bugs you, maybe it's time to stop. If it doesn't, then why bother? Are you logging the calories for it? So long as you're in your limits I really don't see the ill in it.
    4373 days ago
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