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My husband gets up at around 4:30 in the morning and gets home around 8:00 in the evening. He does not like coffee.....at all. Can you recommend any Whole30 compliant drinks that contain caffeine? I'm looking for specific brands of teas or whatever else that is easy. Thanks!

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I have some Stash English Breakfast tea and some Tazo organic chai tea right now. The Tazo teas have very clear ingredient lists. My husband has some Harney and Sons cinnamon tea he really likes. I didn't see an non-compliant ingredients specifically listed, but it does say "natural and artificial flavors."

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That's what I wonder about. If it says natural flavors, how "natural" are they really?

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That's what I wonder about. If it says natural flavors, how "natural" are they really?


They probably started as either a plant or animal ;) But for the purposes of this adventure, you don't have to stress about that.
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Thanks, Robin! Are you a tea drinker? What do you drink?

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Green tea is good for caffeine - I drink Stash chai green tea instead of coffee these days. I also love the Tazo teas!

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Yerba mate might be good. Brew it for a short period of time at first, because it can taste grassy. Guayaki brand can be found in a lot of places.

http://guayaki.com/c...-Leaf-Mate.html

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Thanks, Robin! Are you a tea drinker? What do you drink?


I started drinking tea during my last W45 to replace my evening cup of coffee (yeah... I know). Unfortunately for me, the tea I grew to love was NON-COMPLIANT - and I drank it almost every night for more than a month!!! It has stevia leaf in it. So, now I'm on the hunt for a dark, rich tea to replace my Yogi Mayan Cocoa Spice. Sigh.
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I swear I will never be able to shop the same way again. I used to get insulted (quietly) by my in-laws as they are big label readers. I felt they were judging me. But I get it now! My garlic salt had sugar, starch and something else in it! Couldn't believe it!!!! It's now in recycling.

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I've been drinking the Numi Roobios tea and Roobios Chai. Both have been tasty and compliant, but I think the Chai is caffiene free.

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I second people's recommendation of Tazo Teas. For a caffeine boost, I recommend their "Awake - English Breakfast" Tea as it is a Black Tea and is rated the highest caffeine rating (amongst their teas). Secondly, for taste + caffeine, definitely go for the Organic Chai. It tastes a lot better than the English Breakfast, IMO, and it has some caffeine (rated 3, as opposed to English Breakfast, which is rated 5 on a scale from 1-5).

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Thanks for all the recommendations! I'm looking forward to giving the hubs some real options!

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I just went through my tea stash and noticed that a bunch of the Yogi brand teas--chai rooibos, Thai delight, India spice--have Stevia leaf in them. So no go for the Whole30, but should I keep them at all for after? I tend to be very all or nothing, but I can see myself, after this is all said and done, adding sugar to my tea/coffee.

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Just went to Teavana they have mate teas that have as much caffeine as coffee! And some great flavors! Even ones that have a coffee quality and flavor.

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After a W30 it's entirely up to you what you eat or drink (after a proper reintro phase that is :)) so it's a personal choice whether you reintroduce them or ditch them. On my first W30 I moved a lot of non-compliant foods out of the kitchen onto shelves to have after W30. As the W30 progressed I kept looking at what I was saving and decided more and more of it, I really didn't want to ever have again so the foodpile shrunk and shrunk :). i did decide to keep some things and I'm happy with that. It's going to be an individual thing for everybody.

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I am with the mate team here. Mate contains three stimulants—caffeine, theobromine (the “happy” chemical in chocolate) and theophylline. Perfect morning drink. You might be interested to read this article about other health benefits of drinking mate - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/yerba-mate-benefits/

I am not the biggest fan of teabags because of the process used by different producers to bleach the paper (you can think I'm crazy, that's ok). If you have Mighty Leaf brand - try it, it comes in silky pouches. I like to buy tea by weight, in this way you can regulate the taste and cafeine amount too. The quantity of leaf used and the length of time the leaves are steeped both directly influence the caffeine content of the final cup of tea. Using more leaves and steeping for a longer time both increase the caffeine in the resulting cup.

Check the vendors in your area, you might find a gem. 

P.S you can also try matcha tea - Japanese tea that comes in the form of powder. 

P.S2 Robin, Mighty Leaf has chocolate and spice tea section :)

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Which Teavana teas are W30 compliant?

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Thanks, Kirsteen! That sounds like a good plan. I'm saving them for now and will decide later.





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