I’ve been immersed in health and wellbeing for over 20 years after overcoming my own struggles with sugar and processed foods. Lucky for you I am ridiculously passionate about helping you do the same! As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Wellness Coach I’m here to teach you the real reasons why you feel so controlled and compelled to have sugar, so you can finally quit or cut back for good!
One of my delights in life is green tea.
For those that know me, you could bet your entire life savings on me ordering a green tea for breakfast, brunch or lunch when out and about. My love affair with green tea knows no limits.
So why am I enlightening you about my passion for the humble tea leaf? And what does green tea actually do? Well it’s all about the simple pleasures in life. Your own sacred ritual. And healthy habits.
It’s 7am (or 5am for those early birds) and the alarm is blaring out some loud, obnoxious sound. All you want to do is roll over and go back to sleep. But it’s Monday and you can’t. Fast forward to 9am when you’re sat at your desk, coffee in hand and trying to kick start the week. You’re tired, you may feel like you don’t want to be there, you had a late night, heck you might even be hungover. The week has started, and many would say that how you start your week sets you up for the rest of it.
Years ago I wasn’t much of a fan of green tea, it didn’t immediately ‘float my boat’. But I decided to change my morning ritual to one which not only nourished my body, but one that nourished my soul.
For most of us a caffeine or sugar hit helps us get from one moment to the next. It’s like a drug (actually sugar has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine…). It wakes us up, it stimulates us, and it helps us to forget that it’s Monday morning. I’ve been there, trust me. Working in the advertising world in London, stuck in commute nightmare, and craving that morning muffin as soon as I got to my desk. Is this scene resonating with any of you?
But I made a change. I’d heard all the great health benefits of green tea, so I figured why not see what all the fuss was about? So I started to have a cup when I got to that mid-morning-must-get-up-and-do-something-other-than-write-emails time of the day. At first it really didn’t taste amazing (I was a late comer to drinking tea, starting at the grand old age of 25), but I knew it was a healthier option than a diet coke, energy drink or sugary muffin or pastry. And then I became hooked.
It also became a spiritual ritual. The very act of leaving my desk, boiling the kettle, waiting for my tea to steep was my time. Time to clear my head, time to reflect back on an angry email I may have sent in haste. Time for me.
So my soul benefited and my body benefited.
Green tea as we know is packed full of antioxidants which without getting too technical, help keep the levels of free radicals in your body low. This in turn helps to protect you from numerous age related diseases, and of course reduces inflammation in your body. Inflammation has been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune dysfunction and Alzheimer’s to name a few.
Tea in general also possesses something called catechins which are strong antibacterial and antiviral compounds. These compounds can help your body combat illness and disease. But that’s not all. Regularly drinking green tea has been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, helps you to regulate blood sugar, and interestingly the leaves contain Theanine (an amino acid) which is being shown more and more to reduce anxiety and create a calming effect on the body.
Healthy habits don’t have to be overly complicated or require the need to rush out and buy the latest super foods or special lotions and potions.
Healthy habits start small and if you allow them to, you’ll create a love affair not just with the foods you eat but with your body and your soul.
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