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Drinking Green Tea. . . . .

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

Why don't other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.

Other Benefits

New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.

Harmful Effects?

To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six - eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.

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Now my take on green tea? I think its gross. I am going to have to learn to like because the taste does not outweigh health benefits. So join me in drinking to your health & well being! I have enough for everyone! lol

Today's workout: Walking 30mins, Nonstop Step Patrick G. 60mins, QFC (200 calves raises) & tonight Cathe's Kick Punch Crunch 61mins God willing. I mean, I am still recouping from the step aerobics this morning but I have a 50th birthday party & wanted to look good. Well you know what I mean Sparkfam! Then the next thing is just being healthy on a daily basis.

God bless & Happy Thursday!


Do you drink green tea or would you be willing to make it part of your daily ritual?

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KITT52 2/1/2012 7:35AM

    I drink it everyday, about 6-8 mugs..I love it

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CARAMEL79 8/27/2010 9:18AM

    i drink green tea daily and have been for many years. Thanks for reiterating the health benefits. I'm so glad that God provided all of our needs...fruits, veggies, water, green tea. he gave us all we needed to stay healthy! :)

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CIERAPOET 8/26/2010 11:58PM

    I heated my water up an hour ago so I have to heat it again and put my green tea in it. My sister and I drink this special green tea for Diabetics that she gets from a Chinese lady and it cost over $100. It helps to lower the blood sugar and stabilize it. It also takes away that appetite for sweets. I love Green Tea and I don't even add sweeteners...real or artificial. Thanks Dee. emoticon

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YMUNDERWOOD 8/26/2010 9:42PM

    I like green tea and have been comduming it for a few years now. thanks for sharing the information as a lot ot what you listed I did not know.

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NISSANGIRL 8/26/2010 5:05PM

    Thanks for posting this Great blog about Green tea Dee! I did not know all the beneficial things it can do for you! I think I am going to become a green tea drinker! Keep up the great work Dee, You are rocking it girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMEKA97 8/26/2010 4:54PM

    I love green tea. I drink it without adding sugar... I used to be a smoker and I started drinking it to counter the negative affects of smoking. Now that I don't smoke I still drink it because it keeps my system cleansed LOL

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JAZZID 8/26/2010 4:05PM

    Dee... I drink green tea, but I mix it... I mix it with black pekoe, or herbal teas... they even have flavored teas and a great website to check out is:

... there are lots of teas to chose from depending on your palate... Check it out and let me know what you think!....

~ Dee ~ emoticon

... Great workout... don't you just love Patrick and that "Non Stop Step workout?...
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NAMSMOMMY 8/26/2010 3:32PM

    Have you heard about the link between green tea and reduced risk of breast cancer? Look it up :-)

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CBARRETT10 8/26/2010 2:41PM

  Have been a green tea lover for years! emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 8/26/2010 2:31PM

    I love green tea it comes in many flavores. I may have a splash of soy milk or with a stick of cinnimon. I've even learned to drink it without sugar substitues. Now that is saying something!! LOL! me and green tea. I have heard it aids in weight loss.

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AEFILK 8/26/2010 2:21PM

    Yes, I love green tea. I don't like hot drinks at all, so I brew it and pour it over ice. It's helped me recover from my diet soda addiction.

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LRRSNDRS 8/26/2010 2:18PM

    I like Green Tea with a little honey in it. I'm glad to hear it is healthy for me.

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Let's Dance. . . .

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Wednesday Sparkfam! It's a beautiful 76degrees here in Chicago & wonderful weather to work up a sweat! I can hardly remember not eating healthy or working out but it wasn't that long ago. So what do you want for yourself? Eating healthier, schedule workouts & commit to them, or both? What does it take to get there? Well, YOU! I need to say that to myself everyday in order to keep up this stamina that I have right now. I don't want to lose it but I do want to lose the pounds. I have been active on Spark but inactive in my daily life. I need to get out there & reach out to my family. Being overweight has made me alienate myself & keep to myself. My family always has something going on & they want me to come out but I already had the excuses armed & ready to fire. So what I am doing now is possible only through Christ! I do it for myself & my family & my overall health. Who will you do it for?

Today, I watched Joyce Meyer, then I did Cathe Upper Body & Imax 2 on the express. That means, I forwarded past the commercials & kept the pace with Cathe. No rest periods to get water or catch my breath & the sweat was pouring. I felt good & I am even seeing result. I still haven't stepped on the scale since but I press toward the mark: 142lbs. Here I come. . . .

God bless & I pray you guys dance!

Let them praise His Name in the dance. Psalms 149:3


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NISSANGIRL 8/26/2010 7:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You never stop amazing me Dee! Great job on the workouts and I love your attitude! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CBARRETT10 8/25/2010 11:52PM

  Did you say DANCE!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Be Blessed

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CIERAPOET 8/25/2010 11:44PM

    Praise the Lord! You make me want to sweat with Cathe but I don't want to do 30 day Shred but I think I'm going to do it right now since I need to do one more workout. I did some make up today because I went to do my kick boxing and I was too busy. I know what the problem is and I really need to trust God with it. I love your Blogs and hate when I come over this way and you don't have one up yet. emoticon emoticon

Maybe I'll just play some songs on YouTube and dance. I can choose who I want to listen to. I might find me a good James Brown tune. thanks Dee. Love you and thanks for the post on my Blog. You inspire me all the time!
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GODZDESIGN95 8/25/2010 10:36PM

    Girl I thought you were going to show some Heziah walker. Come on let dance.

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LADILYNNE 8/25/2010 4:15PM

    Dee, I agree "Let's Dance"! We can all make it with determination. My favorite saying is "If you fall 7 times, get up 8." Have a blessed day! ~ Donna Lynne

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Time to Say Goodnight. . . .

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Whether you count jumping sheep or jumping sheep to sleep, its that time. So get off Spark & get your 6+++ for our healthy & beauty let's approach sleep as if our lives depended it on it. I do that now. . .

Goodnight Sparkfam!

Sweet dreams & God bless!


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NISSANGIRL 8/23/2010 7:40AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I slept like a baby last night! emoticon

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CIERAPOET 8/23/2010 12:45AM

    Good night and sleep in peace as our Father sings you to sleep.
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Drink Water

Friday, August 20, 2010

Are you getting your 6+ cups of water daily? I know its hard some times but its good for you & to you. . . .

Today, I did All Star Kickbox Tommy Deters, Walking, Namaste Yoga & Total Body Sculpt burning 900+ calories it felt so good. I had 6cups today but I'm still working on it. . .

God bless & drink (water) to your health!


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GODZDESIGN95 8/21/2010 6:51PM

    Water is a hit and miss thing I know I need to drink more.... I have no excuse my brita pitcher is waiting on me...but my kids have begun to use the pitcher more than I do now. What is up with that??? I wonder?????

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MRFARRAND 8/21/2010 11:27AM

    trying to! burning 900 cals is awesome.

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JAZZID 8/21/2010 9:40AM

    ... I am trying... I find if I drink a cup of emoticon with my meals and remember to drink something every hour, I am ok... but I have to do better... Thanks for the blog...

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NISSANGIRL 8/21/2010 8:06AM

    I did not get all mine in Friday emoticon but I will Today! You are rocking it girl! 900 calories burned off! emoticonKeep up the great work Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CBARRETT10 8/20/2010 11:31PM

  Thanks, I usually get in 8-10 cups!

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PMJLNR 8/20/2010 11:27PM

    "Cheers!" to you too!!!!
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JOEYGIRL73 8/20/2010 11:27PM

    emoticon for the reminder! I don't always get all my water in....

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I Ate The Donut

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I ate the donut yesterday, so today I had to pay the Piper. Who is the Piper you ask? Well Cathe Fredreich of course! The Girl is fierce on fighting the fat & the bulge. Check her out:
I woke up to my nonwork day & I got busy. I did Cathe Step Blast 30mins, Legs & Glutes 60mins, Abs 20mins, Upper Body 15mins, All Star Workout Yoga w/weights & after blogging, its my walking DVD. I would love to get outside & will see if the kids are game. They like to do their own thing but I think I am going to pull the mommy sad card & get them to spend a few minutes with their old crusty mom. lol

God bless Sparkfam!

What did you give in to today but you don't regret it?


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JAZZID 8/21/2010 9:37AM

    ... as long as you enjoyed it... emoticon... "no regrets!" emoticon, and besides, you paid in "sweat equity" emoticon

... I actually resisted a piece of cake @ work because I wanted to eat some popcorn later in the evening...

You're doing great... ~ Dee ~ emoticon

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LJLEAMARIE 8/20/2010 11:40PM

    I gave into PIZZA! I like the way you express your words.... emoticon emoticon

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BIZZYBRITT 8/20/2010 4:19PM

    Wow, that is some hard-core sweating! Good for you. Those donuts look like the most delicious things...I hope you got them out of the house! emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 8/20/2010 7:32AM

    I think you worked those donut calories right off Dee! way to go on your workout! have an emoticon Friday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEATHER39 8/20/2010 3:05AM

    mmmmmmmmmmmm Donut.
Sounds like you kick that donut's butt with your workouts today.

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CIERAPOET 8/20/2010 12:15AM

    I'm going to give in to some light Kroger Deluxe Butter Pecan Ice Cream. lol I'm hungry and my son ate the last of my ww bread for my peanut butter sandwich and left his mess. If I had a belt. lol

Have fun Dee and that's a lot of workout. You can eat another donut. lol emoticon

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DIVALICIOUS7 8/19/2010 7:49PM

    Sweet Dee,

Couldn't have resisted those babies!!! Wouldn't have cared if I was going into "sugar shock" If you're gonna cheat - make it worth your while!! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 8/19/2010 7:05PM

    yes and no I ate three peppermints I wanted something sweet.

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CBARRETT10 8/19/2010 6:20PM

  I would have given in to those donuts!!! And NO regrets!(at least not right away)! emoticon

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DRAMBERT 8/19/2010 4:47PM

    I had a cookie monster moment or two or three last week. Eat it and move for it if you must.

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CATHRINE2010 8/19/2010 4:43PM

    I gave in last week and I don't regret it . Set backs are normal and you have to live life so that piece of forbidden chocolate chocolate chocolate cake was worth every bite!!! emoticon

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SANDYJAS 8/19/2010 4:43PM

    Gaaaaaa, I WANT that donut ;)
By the way, I have a friend that teaches Zumba. She used to be a little fluffy. Now she eats whatever she wants, and is thin!!!!

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