We have now posted the dates for our Tea Specialist Certificate:  August 24-25, 2009; January11-12, 2010.

For information on this certification – please click here.  For anyone interested in registering, please do email us at info@theteaemporium.com for a registration form – remember that space is very limited.

We asked the question – What is your favourite part of spring.  It looks like the majority of you – resounding 70% – love getting outside.  We can’t say that we’re surprised.  With our long winters – the first signs of spring and the possibility to get outside without the threat of frost bite is a welcome relief.

We’ve swept winter out as well – and now have our Spring Blend on the shelves.  For those of you that haven’t tried it – this is a blend of black tea with all the refreshing flavours of spring – strawberrries, lemon and mixed berries.  It has a nice balance of flavours – and we love making an iced tea out of it as well.

Sundays seem to be the hardest day to stay on track.  I’m at home – and I would like nothing more than to slip into old habits – start the day with the newspaper and big lazy breakfast – maybe go out for lunch – pour a glass of wine late afternoon and waste the rest of the day away.  But…I didn’t – I remained on track – and with a little thought – it wasn’t even that much of a chore.

Here’s the menu for the day:

Breakfast:
Fried egg and tomato on whole weat toast
Blend 103
Orange Juice

Lunch:
Black bean quesadilla on whole weat tortilla
Water

Dinner:
Asian style shrimps on brown rice
Dung-Ti Oolong

I’m thinking less about what I’m eating – that would mean I’m forming habits – that’s a good thing.

Here was the menu for the day:

Breakfast:
Oatmeal in 1% milk – banana
Pu-Ehr

Lunch:
Sandwich – whole weat bread, roasted chicken breast, dijon, sprouts
Water

Dinner:
Frittata with smoked salmon and horseradish, caper  yoghurt
Yellow Dragon Pu-Ehr

I was very good today – and didn’t feel like I was sacrificing – good place to be.  I don’t like that I have to think about everything I’m eating – as a whole – I wasn’t eating that badly before this detox – but now I’m conscious of everything.  Perhaps when it becomes a habit, there will be less thinking involved.  This conscious eating has made me realize a couple of things.  I don’t eat sweets throughout the day – I’m the person who doesn’t save room for dessert because I just don’t care about dessert – but I do need something sweet in the morning – have missed that during the detox.  I’ve also become aware of the fact that I don’t drink enough – okay I knew this before – but I’m trying to do something about it now – always being dehyrdrated – NOT SO GOOD.

Tomorrow I will have reached my half way point –

Here was the program today:

Breakfast:
Oatemal cooked in 1/4 cup 1% milk – sliced banana (I love banana on my cereal because it gives me the sweetness I can’t add at the moment)
Formosa Silver Moon

Lunch:
Vegetable/tofu stir fry (leftover from last night)
Ginkgo Temple of Heaven

Snack:
Crudité with a yoghurt/garam masala dip

Dinner:
Quinoa salad with loads of vegetables

Dessert:
Quangzhou Milk Oolong

Here is an inspiring message in some hard times for a lot of people.  I know the message is from a major conglomerate selling  a product, but it doesn’t make the message any less meaningful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g8_lBvPw0M]

It has been an uneventful day – except that I was immersed in paperwork/accounting – my least favourite thing on the planet – which boils down to…I would like nothing more than to go home and pour myself a nice glass of wine.  That however is big fat no in my detox plan and I’ve already been less than good today.

Here’s my menu for the day:

Breakfast:
Müssli with sliced bananas and 1/2 cup 1% milk
Milima

Lunch:
Sushi (no this was not a good idea as I chose to have sushi not sashimi – that means I had a ton of white rice – detox required whole grain – but somehow I didn’t think the sushi chef was going to comply)
Genmaicha (this instigated the sushi craving)

Snack:
5 almonds

Dinner:
Vegetable stir fry fajita – using whole wheat flax tortillas
Want:  WINE
Will have:  Jasmine Dragon Tears – at least its an indulgence

The second part of this detox is proving to be much easier than the first part.  Perhaps I would be complaining about it had I have not started with the liquid detox.  Now, having said that – I was not in a controlled environment today – meaning – I was at First Canadian Place surrounded by awful food courts.  You don’t realize what poor choices you’re faced with until you face them consciously.  So, I did the awful – I skipped lunch – I had a cup of Sunshine Mate  instead.  Mate is an energy booster, an immune system booster and it’s filled with vitamins and minerals – it’s also been known to be an appetite suppresor – so..I figured that if I was skipping lunch, I should at least get some nutrients into my system and curbe my appetite.

Besides the teas that I’ve listed in my specific meals – I am still drinking lots of Red Ginseng Sencha and Green Tea Kombucha Lime.

Here’s my menu for the day:

Breakfast:
Multi-grain Müessli, blueberries, half a cup 1% milk
Blend 103

Lunch:
Sunshine Mate

Dinner:
Vegetable omelette with smoked salmon
Rooibos Chai