Reishi, chaga, lions mane, and cordyceps + cacao, turmeric, cinnamon, sea salt and masala chai. Drink mud, chai believe I can fly.
I have a sensitive gag reflex. Brushing my tongue incites it. Eating dried fruits (oooh grapes notorious child the raisin – I want to love thee) incites it. I couldn’t stand eating tomatoes by itself until I was 20 and I was desperate for sustenance during a heat wave with no A/C in the back of a restaurant where I was working as a prep cook and grabbed cherry tomatoes which somehow tasted delicious at that moment. I find this sensitivity super annoying because I love food. Why did my stomach stop me from enjoying it? Perhaps it wasn’t my stomach after all, it was my senses due to all the crap food I was eating.
Lately, burned out on the constant sugar crashes of my not-so-great eating habits, I went on a strict six week no added sugar/low carb diet. It was not to lose weight, as I don’t need it – it was to get HEALTHY. I realized I was using sugar as a reward to myself and added sugar is not really a reward – in fact, unlike salt, your body doesn’t need sugar. However, my infamous gag reflex and sugar addiction was making this diet quite difficult for my body to transition to a better way of eating. I knew I could get there – to start liking foods that previously made me want to vomit – but it’s hard to think straight when your body craves empty sugar calories for fuel!
On the 3rd day of this dietary change and feeling tired, I asked myself, “Was I interested in, or was I committed to, achieving these dietary goals?” You may ask…..what is the difference? If you’re interested, you’ll do what is convenient. You can make up stories and excuses and reasons why you can’t. If you’re committed, you’ll do whatever it takes. I decided I was committed. Once I was committed, I set a plan and began making small steps each day to my goal. My initial strict idea of doing a 180 on my diet turned into a realistic action plan I could follow.
Adding MUD\WTR to my diet
There are a wide array of benefits mushrooms provide for our bodies. MUD\WTR is a blend of adaptogenic mushrooms (reishi, chaga, lions mane, and cordyceps) + cacao, chai, turmeric, cinnamon and sea salt. It is a complete beverage enhancing mind, body, and ritual.
“I wasn’t mad at coffee, just disappointed. When creating MUD I searched for something I didn’t have to “give up” or rely on for my vitality. I wanted something I drank not just because everyone did, but because it benefited me. I explored everything out there. Traditional tea lacked the grit and complexity I loved about coffee. Yerba Mate had too much caffeine. Chai was too sweet. Juice… Nah. A breakthrough happened as I started exploring the benefits of cacao, cinnamon and turmeric. Shortly after, I was introduced to four mushrooms: Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Chaga. These shrooms each had their own specific power addressing everything from mental and physical performance to inflammation and immunity. When combined, I had a drink that addressed mind, body and ritual. I created this drink out of a desire for something better. It was my own exploration of finding the ingredients I believed in. I called it MUD\WTR™ and now I’m sharing it with you.” – Shane Heath, Founder MUD\WTR
So………yes! I wrote a lot about my gag reflex for a reason. I think most people in America would say “yuck” to hot boiled mushroom and spice as a replacement for coffee…… I GET IT! My tele-health nutritionist told me yesterday that you won’t stick to a diet you hate! True that. Quite frankly, I’m not too jazzed either – but it’s why I’m trying it. See, if I never ate tomatoes whole prior to being 20, I might still resist meals with fresh tomato in it. That’s just silly! I love tomatoes now and it wasn’t because I HATED them before – – – they just didn’t cleanse my palate, right? Our tastes change and why couldn’t hot mushrooms in the morning be my ‘cup o’ tea’?
Charity! MUD\WTR donates a % of earnings to M.A.P.S, here’s why this is important.
After testing out this tea for 3 weeks, I have both good news and expected news for someone with a sensitive gag reflex…..
The good news is that MUD\WTR is FOR REAL a decent tasting chai drink! It DOES smell and taste like chai tea! I was very shocked even when I lifted the lid with fear washing over my body at the thought of drinking a mushroom tea which could have easily distorted my senses. But it smells and tastes like chai and I love chai….. I love chai so much that even when I don’t feel up to attending a session at my friendly neighborhood Yoga Yoga, I can get myself out the door with their promise of delicious chai tea made with a hint of soy milk after my class. YYYYYUUU—-OOOOMMMMMMM!
The (I should have) expected news is that I had a really hard time drinking chai tea with ground mushrooms. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the chai flavor, it really was my imagination messing with me. “I’ll will overcome this mental block!” I exclaimed.
I pretended no mushrooms were in it. I pretended I was drinking my chai tea I have after every yoga class. Somehow EVEN THOUGH I knew it tasted like my favorite chai blend, I couldn’t stop thinking that this delicious chai tea had fungus in it. I’d seem to lose my ability to swallow at half cup.
Long story short, I was upset at myself that I couldn’t get past the ingredients despite the yummy taste. At one point, I even consoled myself, by admitting my gag reflux was as strong as ever. After all, I don’t know many friends, who even after 39 years of continuously testing my reaction to raisins, I still can’t swallow those dried up grapes. All I picture are wrinkly water-logged fingertips on my tongue and I they don’t make it to home base.
However, I was so impressed by this mushroom chai tea flavor combined with the health benefits that I do recommend this wonderful tasting and unique drink to you and your health nut friends that have actual functioning swallow reflexes You know, those normal people who can eat raisins regularly.
I did enjoy the health benefit of (drinking…?…. no, ingesting….yes,,,) mushrooms so much that I even took time to find a place that makes ground mushroom capsules so I can swallow them whole without my brain turning wacky! All in all, this was a super fun post to write and my husband has plenty of hilarious stories of all the days of watching me drink chai with mushrooms. LOVE!
List Price: $ 30.00 (15 Servings)