For starters, I woke up to the disappointing news that Prop 37 did NOT pass in California, meaning that genetically modified foods will not be required to have a label. In any case, I digress from the topic of this post but had to follow up on the topic from last night.
As we all know, the week days can easily be draining with busy schedules and hectic work days. It’s easy to get caught up in the staying up too late routine and guzzling down a bunch of caffeine throughout the day to try and compensate for the lack of sleep. On average, Americans consume about 350 milligrams a day, amounting to approximately 3.5 cups of black coffee. Not only does heavy caffeine intake seriously affect your blood sugar and cause major crashes, for some people it may also cause stomach issues and other unpleasant side effects. I decided to cut back my caffeine intake a few weeks ago (a typical day now consists of one to two servings of green or black tea and coffee is limited to less than once per week), to see how I’d feel. Interestingly enough, my energy levels increased which was the opposite of what I’d expected.
As a self-proclaimed coffee junkie and Starbucks regular, I never thought I’d see the day where my love for tea surpassed java. I’m now discovering my appreciation for a hearty chai rooibos or a tasty post-lunch mint green tea. My mind and concentration is clearer, my sleep patterns have improved, and I rarely experience the 2 p.m. crash-and-burn desire for a nap or refill on my cup of joe.
For tea newbies or those unsure where to begin, I suggest replacing one cup of coffee or soda with a cup of decaf or low caffeine tea. There are plenty of tasty flavors out there, ranging from sweet and fruity to refreshing and minty. Unsure of where to begin? I’ll offer a few personal recommendations below, but feel free to ask questions based on preference or share your own tea-ventures here.