Tea Time

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     For the “emotional eater” tea might just prove to be a great comfort food replacement. With decaf herbal teas offering warm comfort and relaxation and ice cold caffeinated concoctions providing energy there is a tea for every mood. There are endless flavors and aromas, something for any occasion and time of day.

     I’ve mentioned tea a couple of times previously. I like tea, both hot and cold. As I am trying to give up carbonated beverages, I find myself being even more often drawn to tea. I was already using chamomile tea as an evening treat, replacing the old habit of snacking in front of the tv. I use tea for comfort when tired or stresssed as well. The warmth and pleasing aromas of herbals are such a nice way to relax. For the greatest benefit make sure you are chosing a decaf tea for times of comfort, relaxation, and before bedtime.

     Tea is more than just a zero calorie beverage alternative. Several types of tea are directly beneficial for weight loss. I have previously mentioned that green tea raises the metabolism. Other teas are recommended for weight loss as well. Oolong is metabolism boosting and I am told has been a favorite weight loss supplement of celebrities. Yerba Mate suppresses appetite, boosts energy, and helps with mental clarity. Kombucha tea is reccomended for weight loss and improved cholesterol levels because of the way it balances the digestive system to promote overall better health. Use these caffeinated teas for morning or mid-day boosts to keep the metabolism revved and the appetite suppressed. I usually go for unsweetened varieties, but you could use honey or stevia for a more healthful sweet flavor. Even a spoon full of regular sugar would be far less caloric than a soda.

     In addition I would recommend instituting a “tea time” meal. In Great Brittan they have an extra meal time they observe that they refer to as “Tea Time”, this happens between lunch and dinner usually between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. If you aren’t already eating every two or three hours througout the day then add this snack time. Enjoy a cup of tea and a light snack. Substitute the traditional cake or cookies with a high protein treat. This can be perfect for getting you over the widely reported 3 p.m. energy slump.

     Eating  often throughout your day and enjoying “weight loss teas”  can help you keep your metabolism working to eliminate the extra weight. Eating less in the evenings and having a relaxing day’s end ritual that supports better rest will also help with weight loss, since sleep loss contributes to weight problems.

     I’m adding a new twist to my green tea this week. I’m going to try Dr. Oz’s Tangerine Weight-Orade,  He describes it as “a powerful metabolism-boosting drink containing green tea, shown to boost metabolism 12% by drinking just one cup; tangerine, with a chemical composition that increases sensitivity to insulin and stimulates genes that help to burn fat; and mint, a calorie-free flavor enhancer.”

Tangerine Weight-Orade

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In a large pitcher, combine:

  • 8 cups of brewed green tea
  • 1 tangerine, sliced
  • A handful of mint leaves

Stir this delicious concoction up at night so all the flavors fuse together. Drink 1 pitcher daily for maximum metabolism-boosting results.

     Happy Drinking!

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