How much tea can I have during whole9?


mantishugo

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Hey guys, one thing was bothering me ever since I met a friend and told him about whole9 thing. He told me that I should not drink tea (except green tea). I am not sure what explanation he gave me, all were jargons for me. :huh: So I decided to ask you... is it not recommended to follow whole9 or whole30 while having beverages like tea coffee or any canned fruit juice?

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Tea and coffee are allowed on the Whole30.  You just cannot put milk/cream, sugar or any sweeteners in them. On tea, you need to watch out for non-compliant ingredients like soy, vanilla extract and stevia. 

As far as how much, if it's decaf, there is no limit. If it's caffeinated, take a look at the Whole9 coffee manifesto for caffeine recommendations: http://whole9life.com/2011/01/the-coffee-manifesto/

 

Further, if you're drinking caffeinated tea first thing in the morning, the recommendation is to have your meal 1 first, as caffeine can be an appetite suppressant.

 

Fruit juice is to be used only as a flavoring in cooking, not as a beverage.

As an aside, Whole30 is the program for changing your relationship with food. Whole9 is the company that created Whole30.  

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Thank you Chris, for this complete answer to my confusion. I have been using sugar free pills in my tea. Also, I used to consume half glass of Noni Juice for breakfast. I guess whole30 will make my life upside down (but in a good way). :D Thank you again for your time...

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Hello Jinkse. Thank you for the inforamtion. I have searched for soy lecithin on some of the tea bag boxes loitering in my house and also on juice bottles, I haven't found that ingredient name. May be the company hides this ingredient from being listed out on their product, but then how can I know if my tea or any processed food isn't having soy lecithin?

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