Thursday, July 9, 2009

Let it Steep!

This week I have had a sudden burst of metabolism and have been hungrier than usual. Of course we need different amounts of food each day depending on a number of factors, but in my case could a drinkable be the cause of a rise in metabolism?

Some background: I was never a fan of tea. I used to hate it in fact (except southern iced sweeeeet tea which is arguably worse than soda). Then in the fall of 2007 I was doing a play that pushed me so hard physically that I had a heat stroke and generally felt awful. I noticed some health conscious cast members enjoying tea in rehearsals, so I began taking advantage of the coffee and tea shop near the theatre. Thus, my love affair with green tea began. It suddenly didn't taste awful to me- in fact it felt very healing and comforting to drink (and barely needs any doctoring with sweetener if any at all). I maintain it was what got me through being worn out and brought me back to life. This is my very favorite kind, Tadin Orange Spice Green Tea (it contains caffeine so beware if that effects you):

thank you

Cut to this summer and the beginnings of warm weather. I was craving iced tea last week and made a big pitcher of iced green tea (celestial seasonings brand decaf if you're interested). So blissfully refreshing!!! I have kept a pitcher full in the fridge for a week and it's been such a satisfying calorie free natural beverage to drink while I am at home (and saves me from the bore that is water). I've also been drinking decaf hot green tea at work a lot recently. It helps fill up my belly and keep me from snacking the afternoon away and racking up useless calories.

But could the Green Tea Madness of 2009 actually be revving up my metabolism? Perhaps. Some studies will say yes and that drinking green tea will have you shedding pounds away due to the antioxidants and caffeine (although I drink decaf so hmmm). Some studies say drinking green tea will only aid in burning about 80 calories a day which would only contribute to about a pound of weight loss every two months. Some will say it doesn't really do much for your waistline, but has other healthy properties.

Regardless, I am definitely enjoying every sip and feel like it's helping kick my metabolism into gear. I also think it helped me lick what felt like an approaching summer cold this week and kept me from succumbing to the germies! tells us about even more benefits of this wonder tea:

It is used to treat multiple sclerosis.
It is used for treatment and prevention of cancer.
It is used to stop Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
It is used to raise the metabolism and increase fat oxidation.
It reduces the risk of heart diseases and heart attacks by reducing the risk of trombosis.
It reduces the risk of esophageal cancer.
Drinking green tea inhibits the growth of certain cancer cells,
reduces the level of cholesterol in blood, improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol. It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular diseases
It is used to treat impaired immune function.
Some researches show that, drinking green tea regularly may help prevent tooth decay by killing the bacteria which causes the dental plaque.

Are you a Tea-Head? What are your favorites?

PS Guess who is wearing a dress today that she hasn't been able to zip in two years?!


  1. I drink two glasses a day. I’ve been looking for a good pitcher to keep the cold stuff at home… I do notice when I eat grapefruit for breakfast (or oatmeal) and drink green tea after my first glass of coffee that my metabolism is in high function!

    Now, off to steep some tea…

    The Musical Kitten

  2. I love green tea. I love green apple green tea. But I have to be careful because I do not drink caffeine.

  3. I've just started drinking tea lately. I still struggle with the taste of green tea, but I am hoping that it will grow on me. My favorite is the "Original" tea from Good Earth. It's sweet and spicy.

  4. @Kat: Maybe I shall throw some grapefruit into my daily fruit mix!

    @Charisse: APPLE?? Yes please!!!!

    @SwtBlonD05: Sweet and Spicy-sounds delightful!! I love my spice!

  5. I know someone who said that if you drink tea, when it comes time for menapause, you won't have hot flashes. Its too late for me but maybe it will help someone else

  6. I am an avid iced tea drinker. I personally like the dark stuff, but I always brew a green tea bag or two with it so that I have both types all rolled into one. I personally like raspberry green tea bags. It adds a nice sweet after taste to my black tea.

    ps...sugar/sweetener ruins tea! I was actually reading a post the other day that said someone put baking soda in their tea to break the bitter...weird

  7. I totally love your blog. I am pretty much doing the same thing that you are doing. I turned 29 today and started, about a month ago, to live a healthier lifestyle that includes healthier eating, working out, and watching my caloric intake. It is so invigorating to be able to share in someone else's story.

    Oh yeah, I totally gave you bloggy love in my post yesterday. I hope that some of my readers will make their way over here to you!!!