Happy Tuesday my loves. I’m sitting in bed cross-legged with a mug of red raspberry tea.
In the middle of summer? Oh, yes.
I drink tea every single day. I haven’t always been this way. There was a point in my teenage years where I became a coffee drinker and I don’t know why. I didn’t grow up with a Starbucks nor did I stop anywhere to pick one up on the way to school, I don’t even know who bought the coffee canister because we are a family of tea drinkers. This means I made a conscious decision to make my own coffee.
I don’t remember when I fell back in love with tea, but I have graduated from pre-packaged boxes to buying copious amount of loose leaf tea; that’s what a tea drinker does.
I know many people need coffee every day several times a day to function. I get it, I’m not a morning person, At. All. I wish I could spring up in the morning all perky like my boobs and full of life. Nah, I need my quiet time. Monty, dog one, usually wakes up and glances at me and If I shake my head he goes back to sleep, he gets me. When I finally make it downstairs I drink my lemon water and prepare my morning smoothie. I talk quite a bit about drinking lemon water here. One of my favorite things I incorporate into my smoothies is Matcha tea.
Coffee drinkers, I need you to hear me out here. I’m not saying I’m trying to wean you off of coffee, but here’s why I decided to reduce my caffeine intake.
A few years ago I was in one of those relationships where I was eating a lot and drinking a lot of daiquiris. I could not resist the food in New Orleans. OMG.. I wasn’t eating healthy and my body was going haywire. And around that time I had the HPV vaccinations.
I did what any normal person would do and went on WebMD and convinced myself that I had ovarian cancer. The symptoms fit. I went for a pap and everything seemed normal, but there was still something was off in my body. My primary care referred me to a specialist and I got another pap and my very first ultrasound. The first one is done on the side of the body where you’re experiencing pain, and the other is a transvaginal ultrasound. Chile, they put this Comcast remote shaped dildo in your vageen to take pictures. It wasn’t as big, but still, I wasn’t mentally ready.
Of course, when you look at the screen nothing makes sense. I honestly feel they make those things so you purposely don’t know what is going on. It only adds to my self-diagnosed anxiety. The results came back and I found out I had a cyst on my ovary about a centimeter big. According to the doctor, it wasn’t a cause for concern, which was a relief because my diagnosis was obviously wrong. I was prescribed ibuprofen and told to monitor how I feel. Like, that was it. From that moment I decided I wanted to live better, and it was a good distraction from a stressful relationship. I didn’t want to use medication every single month for my ovaries, especially when I’ve never had issues up until this point.
One thing I learned from my ex is that I viewed eating as a thing to do, like an event. Um, yeah. Food is glorious, food is life. PLUS, YOU WERE THE ASKING ME IF I WANTED MORE FOOD!! Sorry for the shouty caps. I realized I needed to change my relationship with food, and in doing so my symptoms became nonexistent and I felt so much better. I learnt that cysts and fibroids feed off of sugar and caffeine so I decided I wanted to limit how much caffeine I take. Matcha tea has less caffeine than coffee but it does a lot more for you. Matcha has less caffeine, the effects last longer, and it doesn’t give you that coffee crash. I can always tell when I forget to add matcha to my smoothie because I literally move like a snail crawling up a greased brick wall.
So what’s the tea on Matcha?
I’m here to tell you what I’ve found out.
5 Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder
- It has 137 times more ECG (antioxidants) than green tea, which reduces inflammation
- It contains higher levels of chlorophyll, which aid in the detoxification of toxins and heavy metals.
- It stimulates your metabolism. Hello, weight loss and a better functioning digestive system!
- Helps with concentration and focus because of the L-theanine, so you can focus at work, school or at home.
- Boosts energy levels! (I totally need this. Because again, I’m NOT a morning person).
Matcha has so many other great benefits and I’m sure you’ve probably seen it all over social media lately. Yes, it’s a trendy supplement, but this is definitely something I use on a regular basis. Amazon has everything but I’m sure you can find it at your local health store too. If you’re a coffee drinker, I think it’s time to come out of the sunken place and give Matcha a try. What say ye? Would you switch to matcha tea if it gave you the same or better results? What type of teas do you love?