What Makes Green Tea the Optimal Drink

I’m sitting here trying to warm up with a nice hot cup of green tea, and I realized just how vital green tea has become in my lifestyle. It might seem silly, but green tea is a huge part of my daily routine – I feel off when I don’t have it in the morning! My face feels more clogged and dirty and I just don’t feel as relaxed like I woke up on the right side of the bed without it! But I never noticed what an impact it makes on my body.


I make a nice hot cup of green tea every morning – I drink the tea to warm me up (even though I am in Texas I am perpetually frozen) and then I take the tea bags (still hot and damp) and I run it over my make up less face. I leave it on my eyes and under my eyes for a few moments and after doing all of this I feel refreshed! But I forgot why I began all of this: I read once that caffeine can help get rid of or fend off wrinkles, crow’s feet, puffy eyes, and dark circles! Not only this, the heat of it is EXTREMELY relaxing (think hot towel over your face relaxing) and running the hot tea bag over my face opens up my pores and I feel like it cleans them out!


I actually originally started drinking green tea due to the health benefits of it speeding up metabolism (I was weight obsessed in middle and high school) and even though I thought it tasted terrible I made a point to drink it regularly! I have since grown accustomed to the taste and know that there are anti-oxidant benefits and that it is shown to help prevent some forms of cancer! These anti-oxidants also appear to kill bad bacteria (improving dental health, hair, skin, etc) and can prevent type II diabetes! It lowers cholesterol, helps boost your immune system (so yes, a nice cup of green tea when you have a cold WILL help you get better faster), and it helps relax you to slow down and take in that nice cup of tea! But on top of all of this, the caffeine in it gives me that extra kick I need without severely staining my teeth and giving my caffeine withdrawals if I don’t have it!

I love that green tea can relax me as well as make me feel more alert, and it’s my favorite thing to offer when someone is sick or is upset. Something about a nice hot cup of tea makes me feel like everything is going to be alright!

I thought I would leave a link with a few of the benefits I mentioned in detail (complete with scientific terms and explanations!) for any who are interested if you click here! Also WebMD has a few tips in their page of Green Tea Health Benefits that I actually didn’t know about, such as adding your tea bag to water that is between 160-170 degrees instead of boiling as it will help preserve the catechins (antioxidants) in your tea, or to add lemon to your tea as the vitamin C helps you absorb the catechins easier! I love adding mint to mine, but it’s just for the flavor!


What’s your favorite benefit of green tea?


Juice Cleanse: Day 1

After getting back from Odessa with our basketball team at 2:45AM, I was a little….completely sore and exhausted. Not to mention having gotten up at 6AM to work out before the games….so today was a late start.


I got up at 9:45, having not even gotten any of my supplies (I compiled a list but thought we would be back in time for me to hit the grocery store….so wrong). So I bounced out of bed, got my groceries, made all of my juices, and flew out the door to work with three of my juices in hand.


The breakfast green juice was….erm….terrible. It felt clean which was great, but the kind of great that you want to just take a few swigs of and then have your real meal. It’s safe to say it’s going to be hard to take those in the next two days. Granted I also started drinking it at noon and didn’t actually finish the whole juice until 3:15ish (yes, I’ve already ruined the set schedule you’re supposed to keep….oops).


I went straight for the P.A.M. juice and holy cow it was delicious! I finished it in moments and was then faced with lemon cayenne pepper water. Which I really like because it feels EXTREMELY cleaning without being completely unbearable. I didn’t finish my whole bottle of that before heading home from work. And as I was trying to keep one step ahead, I made my cashew milk blend right before diving into the C.A.R. Juice, which I had tried this morning and liked….but the evening was a different story. After tasting how PHENOMENAL the cashew milk was, the C.A.R. juice burned ginger into my stomach and left me desperately trying to finish it so I could have the cashew milk (Though I would really go for a burger right now). I actually feel kind of bloated right now, and at the same time hungry (for tasty food, not for actual nutrient purposes). I don’t know how I’m going to like this, but I think it’s a good start, to test my determination.


One day down, right? This isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. But I think knowing it is only three days helps. It’s keeping me in it and from straying off the line (though I did have a handful of cashews earlier, but hey my last meal contained cashews! It can’t be so bad!

The Juice Cleanse Project

Today I am compiling all of my ingredients for a *3 Day* Juice Cleanse! It’s a beginner’s juice cleanse, because as I recall I was somewhat dissatisfied with the tastes of the juices a few years back that I made (the beets juice made me shudder every time)…and I don’t want to buy ingredients for hell for a week. I’ve decided on a three day cleanse I found from Susan Shain here. It requires (much like most other cleanses) a juice every few hours, and contains juices in this order: green juice, P.A.M., green juice, spicy lemonade, C.A.R., and almond milk.


I’m considering switching out the almond milk for cashew milk, because from my memory of my old juice cleanse I had a cinnamon cashew milk blend for bed and it was quite tasty! From memory it was soaked cashews, blended with some water and cinnamon (cinnamon being known as a fat burner AND a whole mass of deliciousness). I found an alternative recipe for this from this pretty little website. For ease, the recipe is as follows:

    • 2 cups raw cashews
    • 6 cups water
    • 1/4 cup agave nectar
    • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour milk through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
  3. Store in the fridge for up to a week; shake or stir before serving.


From here I really want to do a seven day cleanse but, it depends on how my schedule will allow. Being an athletic trainer every morning from 5-8AM and going directly to class 8-12PM and then straight to work from 1 until 10PM makes getting meals tough. But I’m thinking if I make them all in the morning (sorry for my roommate who will hear my juicer at 4AM) then maybe I can store them in the fridge and snag them as I’m running from place to place!

On top of all of this, I’m trying (AGAIN) to find time in my schedule to exercise (I’m attempting Kayla Itsines this round I think. Might be a fun change from my running in the frigid weather and awkwardness in the weight room!)

Unfortunately I have let my cravings get the better of me and am grabbing some Torchy’s Tacos as a last hurrah before the cleanse. But hey, I can’t go to the grocery store hungry or I’ll buy the whole store (last time I did I spent twice as much as I needed to!!)

The New Year: It Begins


I’ve started and stopped about a hundred different blogs and tumblrs and social media whatnots. But this time I want to make a point of keeping up with this one.

It’s the new year and I figure it might just be the best way to keep up with myself and keep hold of things. If that makes sense.


I thought I might start out with my New Year’s Resolutions!

  1. Focus on OPTIMISM
  2. Cut out the BAD
  3. Eat practically (Not necessarily a diet, but acknowledging my food habits and maintaining them)
  4. Maintain an Active lifestyle (No longer just working out every day!)
  5. Take on a new hairstyle I never thought I would try
  6. Keep family close to my heart and maintain a relationship with them
  7. Find someone special and new
  8. Tidy up around myself promptly
  9. Go on an Adventure somewhere new
  10. Keep up with a hobby and indulge myself to make time for it
  11. GET A DOG!
  12. Bring a book with me everywhere
  13. Attempt to go Abroad
  14. Stop hiding behind the rules of what is normal and be blunt and honest.



Cleanses for 2016?

I’ve been thinking about going on a juice cleanse or something. Not like a permanent change (juice wise) but I feel like it is a good challenge to try and clean out my body. I want this juice cleanse to help me segway into healthier eating habits than I have slipped into this semester


Green-juice-4I haven’t decided what cleanse to do yet, But I hope to figure it out tonight so that I can go grocery shopping and get what I need!