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JojoTheMojoMomma
02-05-2012, 01:05 AM
Okay, so I have decided to get into some loose leaf tea for treats. I sweeten with Stevia, and no milk products of course. Any idea if this could be an issue?? I am currently on phase I down 62 lbs with 20 to go!:carrot:


DanafromAustin
02-05-2012, 01:26 AM
Okay, so I have decided to get into some loose leaf tea for treats. I sweeten with Stevia, and no milk products of course. Any idea if this could be an issue?? I am currently on phase I down 62 lbs with 20 to go!:carrot:

I would just make sure it's herbal so at least you can count it as part of your water.

legacy7
02-05-2012, 01:43 AM
I use herbal teas all the time-love mint and peach-and then I don't need any sweeteners...


sunshine
02-05-2012, 08:07 AM
Red Zinger tea -made from hibiscus flowers - tastes like punch and is high in antioxidants. It's better for you than water. I place 4 tea bags in a glass pitcher with 8 cups of water and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, I remove the tea bags, add a few squirts of lemon juice, a little sweetener (I use agave nector) and fill my water bottle with it. I believe it also curbs my appetite a little.

panda13
02-05-2012, 10:14 AM
I have all sorts of herbal teas in my cupboard. I love the decaf chai spice. And you can use 1 oz. of milk per day (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). Not quite a chai latte, but pretty close. :)

panda13
02-05-2012, 10:15 AM
And someone told me (wuv?) that 3 packets of sweetener per day are allowed.

QHLover
02-05-2012, 10:24 AM
And someone told me (wuv?) that 3 packets of sweetener per day are allowed.

I didn't read anywhere that we were restricted to three packets of sweetener per day. I have been using more than that. I make green tea with 1 sweetener, it is too bitter without it.

northernfawn
02-05-2012, 10:29 AM
I don't like plain green tea, so I use the green tea & jasmine , green tea & lemon or green tea & ginger blends, no need for sweetener then

Samba
02-05-2012, 10:34 AM
I am going to go some more herbal teas! Tea is one way I am getting past my cravings here in the early days on the plan. Did not realize herbal counted as water. On Phase one, Splenda or Stevia for sweeteners. Is that right?

I hope that the sweetener is not restricted. It is one way I am getting through my life of leaving the carbs alone!

Aunt Sheshie
02-05-2012, 12:21 PM
I've been drinking iced tea in the mornings, alternating between green tea & Wild Berry Zinger, both sweetened with stevia... sometimes I end up having a couple of glasses of each, sometimes less... I switch to plain water after noon & for the rest of the day...

hugs :hug:

SaraBean
02-05-2012, 12:52 PM
Yerba Matte is my favorite!

http://guayaki.com/mate/130/Yerba-Mate.html

Eck
02-05-2012, 02:45 PM
Yerba Matte is my favorite!

http://guayaki.com/mate/130/Yerba-Mate.html

That sounds good!

galpal445
02-05-2012, 06:34 PM
In the morning, I remove the tea bags, add a few squirts of lemon juice, a little sweetener (I use agave nector) and fill my water bottle with it. I believe it also curbs my appetite a little.

Agave Nectar, even the light variety, has 60 calories per tablespoon, 16 grams CARBOHYDRATES with 15 of those being SUGARS. This is NOT a 0/0/0 product! So I don't think that this is a sweetner that is allowed if you are following the Ideal Protein Protocol. Have you checked with your coach about this?

JojoTheMojoMomma
02-13-2012, 02:08 AM
So I have found the most wonderful white tea!!!!! Tasty with no sweetner, its called White Ginger Pear and its from Tea Forte. Bonus with the white tea is it has been shown to benefit the breakdown of FAT~YAY!
FYI PM me and send me your email I can refer you for a $5 dollar coupon that you can only get for a first time order IF someone refers you. ;) Didn't know about that when I registered for my account and bummed I couldn't get one for my first order.
Their Kati cup is SWEET, I use it several times a day. It was actually the ease of using this amazing cup that started my craze. I start my day with a black or green tea. White tea is super low caf so its as close to herbal as you can get without being herbal. I dig the African Solstice as well, its like candy in a cup and it is herbal and no sweetner needed.

I am in heaven with my loose leaf teas, I will never be a bag girl again they just can't compare. This is something I am certain will continue way past the end of my weightloss journey and bring me pleasure for years to come. I am a bit crazy addicted right now.


http://www.teaforte.com/store/gourmet-tea/white-tea/white-ginger-pear/

JojoTheMojoMomma
02-13-2012, 02:10 AM
OMG, the Bombay Chai steeped for a full five minutes and added to a vanilla ready made IS A CHAI LATTE FROM HEAVEN :p
Edited to add, I had this for my bf this morning and frankly its the most amazing thing I have put in my mouth for MONTHS! I was actually thinking "I think I am gonna keep this one on stand by even after I am on maintance".

Mkssweetie
02-13-2012, 02:33 AM
the tea sounds great. tell me about the cup please. I can't PM you until you have been here 20 days and 20 posts maybe? How did you learn of these? are they only found online? Thanks

pegv
02-13-2012, 08:28 AM
I have been putting SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia in my tea and it makes it as sweet as Splenda. I buy this from my Ideal Protein center. It has 0/0/0 and comes in many different flavors. I had been using Truvia and Splenda but then found out there is carbs in both.

JojoTheMojoMomma
02-13-2012, 01:41 PM
I discovered them in a little shop in Walla Walla, Wa.

IF I use sweetener it is always Sweetleaf liquid Stevia. I have the chocolate, toffee, and my fav is vanilla cream all 0/0/0 :-). Bought mine through Super Supplements on sale for about $8 ea.

JojoTheMojoMomma
02-13-2012, 01:54 PM
Ok, so the cup is awesome. It's dishwasher and microwave safe ;-) for starters. It has a nice deep steeping basket to hold your tsp of tea and holds heat with the lid on for a long time. I love to make it and take it downstairs so when I'm ready to drink it 30 min to an hr later it's still warm and yummy. I ordered a second cup for my house and gave one away as a bday gift. My girlfriend had three cups the first day and is as hooked as I am and she's not on a diet ;)

GemIAm
02-13-2012, 01:55 PM
Licorice Spice by Stash tea is naturally sweet and wonderful, as is Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings! The don't need stevia or agave or anything!

I also love tea!

MustangMolly
02-14-2012, 09:54 AM
Remember if your tea is not decaf you will have to add more water to your day. 8 oz of water for 8 oz of tea. As long as it is decaf though it counts toward your water. I am presently hooked on Good Earth Sweet & Spicy. It does not need sweetening and has a wonderful cinnamon flavor to it.

JojoTheMojoMomma
02-16-2012, 03:48 AM
Oh, my goodness I had a the Belgian Chocolate Mint tonight with a few drops of chocolate stevia and it was candy in a cup! Simply amazing :) A new favorite and herbal so no extra water needed :)

MustangMolly
02-16-2012, 09:05 AM
Oh, my goodness I had a the Belgian Chocolate Mint tonight with a few drops of chocolate stevia and it was candy in a cup! Simply amazing :) A new favorite and herbal so no extra water needed :)

Tell me more!!!! What brand of tea is the Belgian Chocolate Mint? I have to give that a try.

jolenefinger
07-23-2013, 07:20 PM
I just started IP, phase 1 a week ago!!! Can someone tell me if I can drink flavored tea? Any kind? does it count as my water? Can I use cinnamon in it?
With coffee I can use trivia and it won't hurt right? I don't use creamer or milk. :?:

Art3mis
07-23-2013, 07:59 PM
Yes any tea, and you can use cinnamon...i also sometimes put like vanilla stuff in mine....
and just an FYI

"Some of the confusion has stemmed from the fact that many commonly consumed beverages contain caffeine, which is considered to be a diuretic. The thinking goes like this: if caffeine makes you urinate, then a caffeinated drink will surely cause you to lose more water than you take in, so a caffeinated drink can’t really be a fluid – maybe it’s more like a ‘negative fluid’.

Well, here’s the good news for coffee and tea lovers – it turns out that, for the most part, this simply isn’t true. A review¹on the topic, which summarized numerous studies on the subject conducted over nearly 40 years, reported that taking in a large amount of caffeine at one time (around 300 mg, or what you’d get in 2-3 cups of strong coffee – and not an amount you’d drink all at once) can promote urination, but only in people who haven’t had any caffeine for weeks. And those who are habitual caffeine consumers develop a tolerance to the diuretic effects – much like they develop a tolerance to the stimulating effects. The report also stated that “doses of caffeine equivalent to the amount normally found in standard servings of tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks appear to have no diuretic action”. So there you go; caffeinated beverages definitely “count” when it comes to meeting fluid needs.

Actually, all beverages can contribute to your fluid requirement – like coffee, tea, fruit juice, broth, vegetable juice, sports drinks and low fat milk – since they’re primarily water. So if, like my client, you just can’t face drinking water, these “water alternatives” still count."

so while i wouldn't say you should get all your fld intake from coffee or tea with caffeine, you do not really need to add a glass of water for each cup of coffee or tea you have if you drink a cup daily and/or are used to the caffeine

Annik
07-23-2013, 08:22 PM
I love the Ideal Tisane. I make a huge thermos (2 liter?) of it every morning and drink it through the day. I sweeten with Stevia. For a different flavour sensation, sometimes I'll add frozen ginger ice cubes (which I make by simmering chopped/sliced up ginger for awhile. Once it cools I freeze the liquid in ice cube bags and they're ready to go whenever I need one for tea.)

Chinookgirl
07-23-2013, 09:32 PM
I had a question about the teas. My coach said herbal was great but to stay away from the ones that had fruit in them because of the carb impact. Is this true for flavoured ones as well ie white tea and pear?

Chinookgirl
07-23-2013, 09:34 PM
I have a lot of loose teas and not using them because of the fruit content.

MntRose
07-23-2013, 10:44 PM
I didn't read anywhere that we were restricted to three packets of sweetener per day. I have been using more than that. I make green tea with 1 sweetener, it is too bitter without it.



There are so many variations out there, let's start with the current protocol sheet. It does say sweetener is allowed at breakfast and then goes on to say: "IMPORTANT – Anything that is not included on this sheet is not allowed." So that would be one sweetener per day if you use the sheet dated Feb. 2013.

If you go by what has been done before there seems to be two limits to the amount allowed. I have seen some say 3 servings of 0/0/0 and others have said 6. The reason behind putting a limit on these extras that in the past were allowed should be obvious. Even though these are labeled as zero carbs, the government will allow the companies to label these things as no carbs even if they contain 0.9 carb. So it's still adding carbs and at some point if you do not limit them you could be pushing yourself right out of the low carb zone we are trying to maintain.

Now everyone's tolerance for carbs will be different and so other than pointing out the why there is any mention of limiting 0/0/0 sweeteners and extras like Walden Farms is because it's easier to place a limit. (I know this diet works for me because it's so simple in that all the hard work has already been done for me already and is on the sheet.) Yet part of this diet, while taking the journey is to figure out your own head and body so if you know you can tolerate more then fine, but if there comes a time when things slow down this should be the first thing you cut back on, specially if nothing else has changed.

For those asking if flavored teas and fruit teas are allowed, check the nutrition label and the ingredient list. Is it zero carbs, fat and calories?

Annik
07-24-2013, 12:22 AM
For those asking if flavored teas and fruit teas are allowed, check the nutrition label and the ingredient list. Is it zero carbs, fat and calories?

My understanding is that even if it is zero/zero/zero, one still has to be cautious on account of the fact that a product still can have some carb in it but if it is below a certain level, the carb (or sugar as it may be) need not be mentioned.

This would be a concern if one were having multiple servings of a zero/zero/zero product in one day.

Also, I find I have to be pretty cautious with the Walden Farm Products because of their sucralose content. Stevia on the other hand does not bother me at all.

Annik

MntRose
07-24-2013, 01:46 AM
My understanding is that even if it is zero/zero/zero, one still has to be cautious on account of the fact that a product still can have some carb in it but if it is below a certain level, the carb (or sugar as it may be) need not be mentioned.

This would be a concern if one were having multiple servings of a zero/zero/zero product in one day.

Also, I find I have to be pretty cautious with the Walden Farm Products because of their sucralose content. Stevia on the other hand does not bother me at all.

Annik

I really thought that was the main point I was trying to make in that post, perhaps it wasn't clear enough.
I also hoped to get the people asking about flavored teas, yet giving no nutritional information to hopefully be able to look at their labels and figure it out for themselves, as it can be really nice to feel yourself empowered enough to decide things for one's self.

IdealProteinNewbie
07-24-2013, 09:35 AM
For those asking if flavored teas and fruit teas are allowed, check the nutrition label and the ingredient list. Is it zero carbs, fat and calories?

The 0/0/0 is carbs, fats and sugar, not calories.

That's why egg whites would fit into that category.