tea blenders

Update: I was always the plumpy child in the family. All the cousins were pretty and slim and I was just fat. But I wanted to feel pretty and beautiful too and after dealing with so much I can finally say the weight loss has not only helped me with my health but also the way I see myself. It is so important to love yourself and not limit yourself because of how much you weigh. 

Sadly we live in a society that puts people down based on their appearance and all I have to say is… To each their own. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. If you don’t like your weight trust me you can lose it like I did.

Always believe in yourself. You can do anything.

chocolateclockwise replied to your post “Would you mind telling me more about horseradish, mugwort and jasmine…”

Where did you study all of this? I’m pretty interested!

Mmmyyy mother is…a little eccentric? Doesn’t really believe in medicine, thinks some people are naturally gifted healers sent by God to absorb the suffering and pain of others…I’ll give y’all about thirty seconds to realize where this is going. 

So when a natural faith healer at the church tells my mother that her eldest child—who died twice at birth and who is always sick and seems ridiculously sensitive to those around her and is drawn to stories about fairies and Celtic myth—is an “indigo child”, well, makes perfect sense to my mother. I don’t need medical or psychological help, I’m just Special, and I’m here to heal her and everyone who needs me. 

With hindsight, I can’t fully begin to tell you how psychologically damaging that was growing up because I’m still dealing with it. But it did afford me a varied and alternate education which if nothing else, was interesting. 

When I was 16 and my math tutor turned out to be an alternative health therapist with multiple therapeutic skills. It suddenly didn’t matter that I was failing high school math, it was more important that I learn as many new ways to help people as possible. I became the youngest reiki and seikhem qualified practitioner in the UK at the age of 17. I took courses in aromatherapy, crystal healing, other types of energy healing, basic reflexology (never finished that one, would like to though), I learned palmistry and tarot from other women at our church, tea leaves too. My mother was less happy about the things she considered to be open witchcraft, but she tolerated it to some degree if it meant I was fulfilling my destiny as a healer. I also learned to be a master tea blender for my job, and got qualifications to train other people in yoga, which is what makes people telling me to try green tea and yoga for my chronic health issues so profoundly laughable because I’m literally a qualified teacher of both those things. And yet despite all this, I could never seem to help myself. But then I wasn’t supposed to, so clearly I should just put up with my pain…until I couldn’t deal with it anymore and started looking for answers. Right in time to just get really sick, which is where you find me at now, several years down the line and slowly piecing myself back together.

I don’t regret learning the things that I did, and I do find some of them to be truly beneficial and complimentary to medicine and helping with mental well being. It also introduced me to many different kinds of vulnerable people who needed help and opened my eyes to the silent suffering of others and affirmed the one thing I knew to be true in all of this, that kindness and compassion are not weakness and can often do more good than the “toughest” of love.

But it also taught me to take no harm, do no shit, and to never set yourself on fire to keep others warm.

And I’ll come hell for leather for anyone who tries to use other people’s beliefs that “natural is best” for profit and exploit that view point through to dangerous conclusions. I spent a long time surrounded by charlatans and abusive adults growing up, I have little patience for it now.

Never Sleeping Again: Part 1

*A TRC AU (Also on AO3)

Ronan Lynch was in a terrible mood. The hot summer sun was burning his fair skin, leaving his nose, cheekbones, neck, and shoulders tender and pink. And he was sweating, his standard black muscle tee clinging to his torso as he followed Matthew through the crowds at the Saturday farmer’s market. The vendors all knew Matthew by name and they called out to him, asking him to try samples of jam, fudge, and baked goods. They did not call out to Ronan, which suited him just fine. He was only here at Matthew’s request. He had been woken up at an ungodly hour to find Matthew perched on the end of his bed, begging him to go to the market.

“Why don’t you ask Declan?” Ronan grumbled as he pulled his pillow over his face.

Ronan,” Matthew whined, “you have to come!”

“No,” Ronan said.

“But there’s um, something special there. Something you’ll like.”

This was enough to get Ronan to toss his pillow on the floor and give Matthew an appraising look.

“Something I’d like, huh? I really can’t imagine what that would be,” Ronan said. Matthew had a playful but shifty look on his face, like he was trying to not give away the punch line to a good joke. “Okay, fine, whatever,” Ronan growled as he got out of bed and pulled on some clothes. “Just don’t make waking me up this early a regular thing.”

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Now or Never

Anon request: Can you please do a Bruce Banner x reader where they both have a crush on each other but don’t know it? Thank you! Ps, you’re such a great writer!

You saunter into the lab, power braid bouncing happily as you hum and skip your way over to Tony and Bruce with a cheerful greeting of “Whaddup nerds?”

Before they even have a chance to speak, you prop yourself up on your elbows on the table they’re working on, your toned legging-clad legs sticking back. You gaze curiously at the spread of papers and blinking computer screens around you.

In your best innocently coy Isabella from Phineas and Ferb voice, you look up at Bruce from underneath your thick lashes, curiously asking, “Whatcha doinnnnn?”

Bruce smiles bashfully and gestures to the mess. “Do you want the scientific terms or in English?”

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Healthy Living + Weight Loss Tips!

So I’ve gotten a few messages in my inbox about how to lose weight and what’s best, and I decided to create a post in full detail about what I know about living a healthy and active lifestyle, while also losing weight. I thought it would have been a good idea to create a post that people can find under my fitness tag, or reblog for their own reference. This post is going to cover a lot of things that have either worked for me, or what I’ve noticed in my OWN weight loss journey!

Clean The Diet + Stay Hydrated! 

DRINK WATER. I can’t stress enough how much drinking water helps with bloating, skin, hair, everything. If you drink water, you will feel so much more refreshed and it will help a lot if feeling and looking lighter.Also, half the time we are “hungry” we are actually thirsty. So drink a glass of water before every meal and that will stop you from over eating, or having those late night munchies. Speaking of munchies, DROP THE CHIPS. Pick up sunflower seeds or some sort of healthy alternative to munchies. Cut up veggies very small and munch on those. Crunchy veggies are very helpful for this. Eat lean meats if you eat meat, eat lots of veggies and fruit. Eat whole bread, stay away from white bread. Last thing, DON’T EAT LATE AT NIGHT. It will slow your metabolism which will not help if you are wanting to lose weight.

Set Realistic Goals

Set goals you know you can accomplish. There is nothing more defeating than setting a goal and getting upset that you weren’t able to accomplish it. Set realistic goals within realistic time spans. Don’t expect to lose 10/20 pounds in a month. It might not happen. 

Know Your Body

Every body is different and your body will not look exactly like a super models body. Know your body structure, know what body you are capable of having and set those goals for that! Don’t strive for a “thigh gap” if your bone structure does not allow you to have. Find your body type online by various sites, and work around that.

Weight Loss

Weight loss, is by basically burning more calories than you consume. HOWEVER, my tip is to not count calories. You can become obsessed with it, and that’s not healthy at all. My #1 tip for weight loss is cardio. CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO. Cardio will burn lots of calories. This can include running, jogging, swimming, biking, cardio exercises online, etc. Whatever will get your heart rate going. I personally recommend doing cardio 3-4 times a week, and the days you aren’t doing cardio do strength training such as pilates. Do not work the same body part two days in a row. It can really tire your body out, and create lots of problems down the road. For one, it can build more muscle than wanted. It can also cause injury.

Your body needs to rest. Strength training is good for muscle gain, toning, and slimming down. 


I have been doing yoga for about half a year, and I haven’t noticed weight loss by doing yoga. However, I find yoga very relaxing and very helpful when you want to clean your mind. What I have noticed with yoga is that my posture, and my flexibility is 10x better than it was before. I CAN TOUCH MY TOES. WOO. Thus improving my overall workout performance. Yoga is great for stretching after or before a workout. It clears the mind, reduces stress (which is very important) and has so many benefits to it.

How Hard Should I workout?

Work hard, but do not work to the point where you physically cannot work anymore. No pain, no gain, HOWEVER do not work so hard you injure yourself. Push yourself, but know your limits when it comes to working out and being active. Start off slow and easy, and work yourself up. Say you go jogging, start slow for 20 minutes. Next week increase the time you jog. Increase as your performance improves. 

Don’t Get Discouraged & LOVE YOURSELF!

Weight loss and living a healthy life style is not easy. Losing weight can be very hard especially if you can’t lose weight due to medical reasons. Do your best and be proud of yourself! You’ve worked very hard, and you’re still working hard. Be proud of anything you have accomplished. Do not forget that it doesn’t matter what size you are, as long as you are happy with yourself, and you are healthy!


  1. Drink green tea!
  2. Blogilates and Fitness Blender are amazing youtube channels that have yoga, pilates, AND cardio workouts already planned for you! + warm ups and cool downs!
  3. Get sleep! Lots of sleep will help prevent weight gain if you follow the above tips!
  4. Take the healthy Alternative to anything. Take the stairs rather than the elevator. Have a salad rather than chips or popcorn. When eating out, eat healthy alternatives.
  5. Don’t forget you are a beautiful person, and be proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished.
  6. Live a healthy lifestyle and feel good about YOURSELF

A-Z Vegan food ideas and recipes for when you can’t think what to eat.

Prepost: I’ve collected my personal veg recipe list. I haven’t tried every recipe so I can’t guarantee all of them. If you want to add to this list or take it and add to it, that’s awesome. I’ve used *s to mark the recipes I’m particularly in love with.

Apple (apple fries) (apple slices w/ pb) (dipped in caramel)
Avocado (avocado fries)

Bagels (bagels)
Baklava (baklava)
Banana bread (banana bread) (choco banana)
Bars (w/ coconut, oats, fruit) (w/ vanilla, almond + oat flour) (w/ rasberry jam, orange, vanilla, almond extract) (granola bar)
Bread (Butternut Squash Focaccia) (focaccia barese) (white bread) (garlic bread) (mashed potato pillow rolls) (corn bread) (corn bread w/ egg replacer) (corn bread w/ basil) (french bread) (bread rolls w/ veg filling) (farinata w/ chickpea flour) (greek easter bread w/ mahlepi +mastic) (brioche) (buchty) (breadsticks) (w/ garlic, rosemary, s+p, nooch) (glazed cinnamon oat) (apple cinnamon raisin)
Briam (Tourlou Tourlou)
Brownies (5 minute brownie in a mug*) (hot fudge pudding cake) (w/ pumpkin) (w/ zucchini) (+salted maple syrup peanut butter nut topping) (+choco chips)
Boogatsa (cream pie pastry)
Burritos (raw burrito) (sweet potato + bean*) (black bean + Spanish rice) (breakfast burrito) (tofu breakfast burrito) (baked w/ avocado) (black beans, mushrooms, cilantro, corn, carrot, tomato sauce w/ hint of rosemary)
Bulgur (w/ tomato + onion)
Black eyed peas (serve w/ olive oil, lemon) (serve w/ 3 pepper, dill, olive oil, lemon) (moroccan feast) (w/ kale, garlic)
Black beans (w/ pineapple) (w/ red pepper) (cuban)
Bourekia (pastries w/ potato + leek)
Bean loafs (w/ black bean) (w/ lentil) (+mashed potato topping)
Bean balls (bean balls)

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I must admit I have dunked a tea bag into hot water and called it tea. I have even made Darjeeling tea, sometimes called the champagne of teas, from a tea bag.

For tea gurus like Anindyo Choudhury, that is sacrilege. “I wouldn’t even touch it,” he says.

Most tea bag teas are chopped and cut by machine instead of being rolled and twisted, hand-plucked and hand-processed. The best Darjeeling tea is loose leaf, steeped for a couple of minutes in hot water — it’s light and bright.

When Choudhury describes it, he sounds as if he’s talking about wine. He gets excited about what he calls the “muscatel,” a “nice fruity flavor” that he says is “very hard to come by.” He talks about tea “maturing” over a week or two, its flavors deepening.

Choudhury drinks a lot of tea. For almost two decades, it has been a part of his job at J Thomas & Co. Pvt. Ltd., the oldest and largest tea auctioneer and broker in the world. The first public sale of tea took place in its Calcutta offices in 1861.

Darjeeling 2.0: India’s Tea Auction Goes Digital

Photos: Jeff Koehler

sleepyspoonie  asked:

out of curiosity, just how did you go about getting a master tea blender qualification? that sounds neat as heck

There’s a Tea Guild in the UK which sets the standard for “proper” tea making establishments in the UK. (Silver spoons, china cups and tongs with the sugar cubes are the very basics of what is required to even be considered for membership.) I worked in one such place right up until the useless sack of shit for a son gambled all the business money away, and then the daughter tried to fix it by cutting corners and adding sawdust to the cakes I wish I was fucking kidding they went bust. But until that time they sent me to classes to learn how to blend different types of tea and which teas went well with what, which teas work best with certain types of water (hard or soft) and the optimal temperatures for specific types of teas etc etc.

My favorite to blend was always rose leaf tea, it was like crafting perfume.

You can usually find them listed as “tea testing and blender classes”, and the tea guild will actually recommend some. It’s rather a lot of fun :)



  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1,5 C frozen blueberries
  • 0,5 med banana
  • 0,75 C calcium fortified light vanilla soy milk


  1. In small glass measuring cup or bowl, microwave water on high until steaming hot. Add tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bag. Stir honey into tea until it dissolves.
  2. In blender with ice crushing ability, combine berries, banana, and milk.
  3. Add tea to blender. Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth. (Some blenders may require additional water to process the mixture.) Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve