I’ve had more hot tea to drink in the past few weeks than in the previous 40-plus years put together! All in the name of eating less and drinking more.
I have never been much of a drinker – not coffee in the morning or soda or anything between meals, really. And tea, to me, was always what my mom gave us when we were sick. DH has been drinking green tea for years, for the supposed health benefits, I think. But it looks bad and tastes worse!
But here I am, trying again to lose weight and I know that requires me to change lots of habits. I am not sure what led to this one, but it has been a great unexpected discovery. I am ingesting tea at a rate of 4 to 6 cups a day! And the added bonus is that it helps me burn a few extra calories – I am at the computer in the basement but the tea pot is up one flight of stairs, I go up to start the water boiling, then down, back up to put in tea bag, back down, back up to get the tea, back down. Every little calorie helps, right?
I like to drink a lot in the afternoon, when I would normally be snacking. And I will sometimes have a cup before a meal when I am hungry but want to put off eating for a bit longer. None after dinner though… tea = pee and I am doing enough of that at night as it is. (Although bathroom runs burn a few more calories.)
My favorite tea finds are (all decaf, by the way): Gingerbread Spice, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, Candy Cane Lane, Earl Grey, Chai Spice, and Mango Ginger.
While this is really working well for me, in the back of my mind is the little voice that wonders if I should switch to DH’s green tea in case it really does help with health and…drum roll… weight loss. Yep – studies seem to indicate it may do that! (From one site it can purportedly: increase metabolism and energy, block fat absorption, boost the immune system, promote healthier skin, fight aging, and protect against disease.) Sounds pretty good for a drink. But I wonder how much it would take to get any real benefit.
How about you? Have any flavors you’d suggest? Do you like green tea? Care to join me in a little tea for two?