The per­fect dairy-free CUPPA

Love dairy-free but not in tea? Meet the new tea that tastes great with plant-based al­ter­na­tives…

Woman (UK) - - Promotion -

The rise and rise of the pop­u­lar­ity of dairy-free al­ter­na­tives to milk shows no sign of slow­ing down. Whether it’s for di­etary rea­sons or eth­i­cal con­cerns (per­haps both), hav­ing a car­ton of soya, al­mond, oat or other dairy-free drinks in the fridge is no longer un­usual.

While they’re ideal in smooth­ies and great with ce­real, let’s be hon­est – the good old Bri­tish cuppa just doesn’t taste as good with dairy-free al­ter­na­tives. That’s why PG tips has cre­ated a de­li­cious new blend of tea spe­cially for dairy-free tea drinkers – and it has ev­ery­one talk­ing!

Ex­pertly blended

In a move set to chime with chang­ing times PG tips was the very first com­pany to in­vent a blend that’s de­signed to com­ple­ment dairy-free al­ter­na­tives.

PG tips Per­fect with Dairy-free tea, in trade­mark pyra­mid bags, is ex­pertly blended to give you the great-tast­ing cuppa you’d ex­pect from the UK’S favourite tea brand*. It tastes so good it’s been awarded a two star Great Taste Award**.

As the first tea pro­ducer in the UK to carry the Rain­for­est Al­liance Cer­ti­fied™ seal, PG tips is also proud of its ef­forts to look af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment and sup­ports its tea farm­ers. All its tea, in­clud­ing the new Per­fect with Dairy-free, is farmed by work­ers who earn a fair wage, with ac­cess to de­cent hous­ing, med­i­cal care and ed­u­ca­tion. So now you can en­joy a de­li­cious dairy-free cuppa that tastes just as you want and has eth­i­cal cre­den­tials.

The river in Ch­ester was a mass of arms and legs, with every­body fight­ing for space. Dressed in a wet­suit, swim­ming cap and gog­gles, I gen­tly low­ered my­self into the cold wa­ter and took in the in­cred­i­ble at­mos­phere. I was about to start my first triathlon, and while I was ner­vous, ex­cite­ment out­weighed any anx­i­ety. At 44, I was do­ing some­thing out of my com­fort zone, and be­fore any doubts could creep in, the klaxon be­gan to blare…

I en­joyed sports in my teens, but I stopped for a few years when I went to uni. And, af­ter my hus­band Andy and I wel­comed our daugh­ter Mia in 2001, fol­lowed by Joe in 2004, I was ini­tially too ex­hausted from be­ing a mum to work out. It wasn’t un­til my mid-30s that I started think­ing about exercise again.

A cou­ple of nights a week, when Andy got home from work, I’d go for a run. Whereas I’d al­ways found gym work­outs to be mo­not­o­nous, run­ning seemed to help clear my mind.

One evening in 2010, Andy and I were speak­ing to a friend of ours, Jon, about the triathlons he’d been do­ing.

I joked that he was putting my run­ning ef­forts to shame, but he was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing. ‘If you trained hard enough, you could do one too,’ he said. The sug­ges­tion was al­most laugh­able. I had not swum prop­erly since I was a child and hadn’t so much as sat on a bike since I was a teen. By now I was 43 – it was far too late to be tak­ing on such a huge chal­lenge. Or so I told my­self at first. But over the next few days, I couldn’t stop think­ing about it.

I knew do­ing a triathlon wasn’t go­ing to be easy, es­pe­cially for a woman in her 40s who only did the oc­ca­sional bit of run­ning. But feel­ing in­spired, I had some swim­ming lessons at my lo­cal leisure cen­tre. The first few were tough, but the more I per­se­vered, the eas­ier it be­came and soon I was swim­ming lengths of the pool.

While it’s true you never for­get how to ride a bike, I had for­got­ten how sore it makes your mus­cles! It be­came eas­ier though and by 2012, I fi­nally felt con­fi­dent to take on my first triathlon con­sist­ing of half a mile of swim­ming, 20 miles cy­cling and 3.1 miles run­ning.

Andy stayed with the chil­dren at home, while I went to the women’s only event in Ch­ester. The mass start was daunt­ing, but I fo­cused my at­ten­tion on the chal­lenge. I was ex­hausted when I crossed the fin­ish line but eu­phoric.

Two years later, I com­pleted an­other triathlon called the Out­law Full – which in­volved a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cy­cle and 26 mile run – in 12 hours.

Since then, my times have im­proved so much, I’ve rep­re­sented GB eight times in Euro­pean cham­pi­onships, with my big­gest chal­lenge yet in Hawaii this Oc­to­ber. I’m far fit­ter, now at 44, than I ever was in my 20s and that’s some­thing to re­ally be proud of.

‘I was 43 – IT was far Too late’

TRY IT FOR YOUR­SELF PG tips Per­fect with Dairy-free is avail­able in packs of 35 and 70 from all ma­jor su­per­mar­kets. Visit pgtips.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion

mel has now rep­re­sented Great Britain

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