10 Reasons To Stop Spilling Tea And Start Drinking It.

10 Reasons To Quit Spilling Tea And Start Drinking It

You'll be running to put the kettle on after you read this.

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Everyone has their drink of choice, whether it be coffee, tea, water, soda, you name it. If you ask someone what their favorite drink is, I assure you they have one. For me, my drink of choice is tea and I'm so devoted to it that I have at least one cup per day, if not more.

This usually earns me some quite puzzled looks from my friends as they cannot figure out why I love the drink so much. In truth, I can't really figure this out either as I don't even remember when I became a devoted tea drinker. But, after pondering this for a moment, I realized there are so many reasons that you should drink.

There are so many reasons beyond "it calms me down". So non and devoted tea drinkers, I give you a list full of reasons that you should drink tea and if you already do so, continue.

1. It calms you down

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I know that I said there are more reasons to drink tea than "it calms you down", but for me, this is the main reason I drink it. I've struggled with anxiety all of my life and I can confirm that for me, tea helps me to calm down when I'm anxious. To me, a warm cup of tea is like a hug from someone that you love.

2. Tea can be personalized

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When people think of tea, they think of a bland, boring, tasteless drink but that is simply not true. There's so many flavors of tea out there and so many ways to personalize it to make it your signature. There's black tea, like Earl Grey that has a slightly bitter taste and I'm actually having a cup now as I write this. There's fruity tea such as Black Cherry, Peach, Wild Berry, Orange Spice, and so many more. Tea can also come in seasonal flavors, such as Caramel Apple Spice, Pumpkin Spice, and Peppermint. Tea can also be made with sugar, lemon juices, honey, no sugar, etc. The possibilities are endless.

3. Tea is easier to make than coffee.

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Everyone can agree that coffee takes much more time to make and is overall more expensive. Unless you're willing to fork over a lot of cash for a good coffee maker, you'll have to go buy it from somewhere like Starbucks. Tea is cheaper and much easier to make. If you don't have a kettle, you can pop it in the microwave for a few minutes instead. Although, if you go to the UK, I do not recommend putting your tea in the microwave unless you want to severely offend someone.

4. Tea won't give you bad breathe like coffee.

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Unlike coffee, tea won't give you bad breath. It has also been shown that black tea can prevent tooth decay by destroying the acids that cause it.

5. Tea is low in calories.

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Unlike coffee and sodas, which are high in calories and sugar, tea is relatively low in calories. A cup of brewed black tea is only 2.4 calories. Of course, this all depends on what you put into your tea, which can increase the amount of calories.

6. Tea does have caffeine.

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While less than coffee or soda, tea does contain caffeine. You needn't worry about not getting your daily caffeine in if you switch from coffee to tea. There are also caffeine free options for those who are trying to cut down on their caffeine intake.

7. Tea keeps you hydrated.

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Keeping hydrated is essential to maintaining personal health. Tea can help keep you hydrated as it is essentially water. Tea won't dry you out and keep you thirsty like coffee or soda does.

8. Tea can lower your chances of heart attack and stroke.

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Many studies out there have found a correlation between lower chances of heart attacks and strokes with people who drank tea.

9. Tea can boost your metabolism.

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I can actually confirm this one. I started drinking green tea and noticed that combined with exercise and a healthy diet, my weight was getting lower. I have a cup of green tea at the end of every day because of this.

10. Tea is trendy.

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Not only is tea good for you, but it's also trendy. Many people talk about "spilling tea" nowadays and say the tea is "hot". How about we stop spilling tea and start drinking it instead?

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things "New Girl" Fans Know to Be True

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."


Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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'Oh, You're A Vegan?'

When I tell people I'm vegan, people give me that exasperated look.

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When I first decided to try and become vegan, I got a lot of mixed results. Some people were extremely for it, while other people looked at me like I had gone off the deep end. After a while and even now, I like to play a game of guessing what reaction I will get from people when I tell them about my dietary habits. Unlike a lot of other people who decided to go vegan for the ethical reasons, I kind of fell into it based on me realizing that half the stuff I was putting into my body was making me want to curl up in a ball and only come out for dollars on Wednesday nights at Taylor's. Through the last year and a half, I have learned a lot, from tips and tricks to making food taste good, to some added benefits of being on a plant free lifestyle. So for all the haters, vegan enthusiasts and people looking into making the leap, enjoy!

1. Trust me, its not all just vegetables.....there's other stuff too.

One of the biggest mistakes or misconceptions about being vegan is that all we eat are plants or vegetables. I will be the first to assure you that that piece of information is not true. There are tons of things we can eat if you are creative. Learning what you like and what you can eat will all come with practice. You might have to experiment a little before you find your groove, but it will happen. I would also put money on the fact that you might find yourself having that moment halfway through a bowl of Cornbread Cafes vegan Mac and cheese. Just saying.

2. No allergies in Eugene, too good to be true!

One of the best things that I noticed about becoming vegan didn't become obvious until a few months later. For anyone who has lived in Eugene, OR through the springtime, you know what I am referring too. Allergies are monstrously bad here as we are in the middle of a basin and many people have to shut in themselves to not like, die. I was always one of those people, but last spring and this one so far as well I have noticed a crazy change. While I still get itchy eyes and sneeze occasionally, I no longer want to live in my bed where the pollen can't reach me! The vegan diet has been proven to reduce the levels of allergy issues that people have faced so basically if you're driving people crazy with your sneezing, maybe cut out the glass of milk in the morning.

3. Happy skin, happy day! 

Another benefit to being vegan is clear skin. A lot of people who are vegan tend to have clear skin that is acne free. That is not always the case, but there is 1 key reason why shiny skin comes from veganism. Dairy and meat products are not the skins best friend according to dermatologists. Both are chock full of hormones that aren't good for our bodies. Dermatologist William Danby even calls cow's milk "nature's perfect food for the creation of acne." So you might want to kiss that ice cream goodbye.

4.  There are lots of Vegan options, you just have to look!

Like I said above, there is a gross misconception that the only things Vegans eat are vegetables. There are so many different things that are incredibly good and don't have any animal products in them. Also, vegan restaurants are popping up all over the place now so you will able to eat out in peace and rest easy knowing your environmental footprint will be smaller. Some of my personal Eugene favorites are Cornbread Cafe, Morning Glory, the Veg and surprisingly Tacovore. Their tofu tacos are to die for! If you're more of a homebody though there are a lot of different well-known brands such as Ben and Jerrys and Carls Junior that are coming out with vegan alternatives!

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