I’m not a coffee person. Never have been, probably never will be. I made it through University (including traveling 1.5 hours by public transit each way to/from classes!) without ever needing a morning coffee to get going. I figure there’s no need to start now. I guess I just never wanted to get to that point where I absolutely needed something to wake up.
Now, I’ll have a flat white or mochaccino once every few weeks. It’s generally just when out for brunch Sunday morning or while meeting up with friends for an afternoon catch-up. It’s more as a little treat – and I still often feel a little jittery if I drink it too quickly or if I haven’t eaten enough prior.
With all that said, though, I’m absolutely in love with green tea. Not as a morning pick-me-up, but as a soothing, warming, delicious drink that I can drink all day long. And I’ve recently re-found my love of it after reading some articles on how beneficial it can be.
Some of the benefits that have been found include:
– Treatment for MS, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
– Raising metabolism and increasing fat oxidation
– Reducing the level of cholesterol in the blood
– Preventing tooth decay (it kills bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque)
– Improving immune function
The fact that there are multiple studies proving green tea can be beneficial towards weight loss is good enough for me! (Though all the other benefits are great, too).
Thankfully, my office has a constant supply of a selection of teas, including green tea. Every morning when I get into work, I make myself a teapot full of green tea – about 4-5 cups worth – and sip on it throughout the day, occasionally adding a little extra hot water to warm it up later in the day. I also try to drink at least 2 glasses of water, as well. Granted, this means I’m taking multiple washroom breaks throughout the day, but I think the benefits far outweigh the inconveniences. (Plus getting up for the washroom means I’m getting up from my desk and walking around – even if just for a minute!)