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Green Tea inquiry

Monday, March 15, 2010

I keep hearing about how green tea is so good for health. I tried some and didn't like it. In fact, I got rid of it. Now I'm wondering if maybe I had some that was not good quality or a variety I don't care for. It occurred to me that possibly my spark friends would have some suggestions of green tea that has been tried and enjoyed, or possibly, there's a certain length of time to steep that is different from black tea's 3-5 minute steep.

Any help would be appreciated. The goal is to lessen my coffee intake with some healthy green tea. Thanks much!! emoticon emoticon

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REMIAM 4/23/2010 8:32PM

I just saw your note inquiring about green tea. I drink lots of real teas and tea imposters. Celestial Seasonings and Republic of Tea are my favorite brands. Both companies have lots of varieties of all kinds of good tea.
Green tea is delicate--water needs to be just under boiling. Steep time is shorter--no more than 3 minutes. You can decaffeinate it yourself by brewing for a couple minutes, tossing out that brew (or pour it in your compost canister!) and putting the same tea bag in fresh hot water for 3 minutes.
Gets rid of most of the caffeine. Plain high quality Asian green tea tastes like grass to me (not so great) unless it's at my favorite Japanese restaurant! I prefer flavored green teas.
My favorites are the green chai varieties, but I have to limit myself to 1 a day b/c I add almond or rice milk and a bit of agave to them. Dessert. Also LOVE the new Celestial Sleepytime Vanilla. No caffeine. Benefits from just a few drops of agave and some almond milk. Helps me unwind & sleep.
I am currently using Republic of Tea's Be Well Red teas, especially Get Lost(quells cravings), Get Charged(for energy), and Get Some ZZZ's. No caffeine, rooibos based. I work nights but cannot use caffeine to keep me awake because its effects are unpredictable--might be bug-eyed awake for hours AFTER I'm home, tucked in, and desperately trying to sleep.
Teas are large in my arsenal of tools for staying on track!
Sorry to be so wordy! emoticon

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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/18/2010 9:49AM

    Try peppermint tea for a pick me up. Peppermint is a natural stimulant and is a great replacement for coffee as long as your allow it to steep for 30 - 60 minutes. The longer the better!

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LINDAKAY228 4/13/2010 9:09AM

    I don't like the plain green tea, but I do like some of the flavored green teas. My favorite is Chai green tea, but I also like Lipton's berry flavored and there is a mandarin orange flavor I like. I used to drink a lot of coffee before I started working on getting healthy. Then last summer I got dehydrated and really sick. I still drink coffee once in a while but have switched more to flavored green teas. Maybe if you try one of the flavored ones you'll like it better. I also drink it hot or cold, and use Stevia in it. There are a lot of different flavors out there.

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JOCHEBED1 3/30/2010 1:28AM

    Well, there is nothing like a hot cup of joe. However, I just started seeing a naturopath dr and she says coffee is not the best. With the supplements she had me take for detox and wellness, the caffeine is no good either since it cancels out the effect of them. So she said decaf green tea is the best choice. Being organic is also emphasized so the hunt began. I went to 3 different stores including a health food store and none had organic, decaf green tea. It was either organic with caffeine or decaf but not organic. Well, I had to settle for the decaf since I wanted my supplements to work. It ended up that I got the all natural with anti-oxidants, decaf Celestial Seasonings. My dr says to add natural sweeteners like agave nectar, honey, brown sugar or stevia. I settled for stevia since you can buy it in a box of packets at Sam's Club which is the inexpensive route. So every morning I add one bag of green tea to my cup of hot water and one packet of stevia...it tastes pretty good. There have been other brands I have tasted and this one so far has pleased me the most but I will keep exploring. This has been my green tea journey. Hope it helps you in yours :D

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NURSEWHO 3/18/2010 10:47PM

    I like tea that is steeped exactly 5 minutes. In fact, I set a timer when I brew tea because if it goes any longer than that, it tastes really bitter.
I'm not a fan of green tea either. Green tea smells like old lady, and it always tastes like your drinking it out of a shoe.
Good luck trying it again!

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PUBLIK0UTKRY 3/17/2010 5:43PM

    Hmm i'm not sure about the green tea, but thanks for commenting on my blog! :)

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HAPPY1049 3/16/2010 2:01PM

    I really can't help you, because I don't drink hot tea. However, I do like ice tea with lots of lemonade and sweetener. I guess I had better stick to my water! emoticon

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DIANE2868 3/15/2010 11:41PM

    I did a little bit of research, one of the best tea's to drink is Celestial all natural green tea, that is just plain without being decaffeinated, that brand is suppose to have the highest amount of antioxidants. I don't really care for it, but I don't hate it. I switched from 1 coffee a day with sweetners to two of those green teas a day. I just let the tea brew for at least 5 mins and enjoy, or not enjoy, but drink it anyway- lol. If you need some sweetness you could add a bit of honey. I drink it for the health not taste, and so I just have it like it is. Hope this helps. Diane

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PRINCESSALICA 3/15/2010 9:59PM

    I simply adore green tea with mango and green tea with peach. To work into it I would try one of the ones that adds a fruit to it, and don't brew it very long.

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MAGSA10 3/15/2010 8:04PM

    I love green teas, I drink mine not only hot but cold as well. With the cold green tea I add some berries to it, great little taste. Try the green teas again, there are lots of different favors. Have a great week and stay strong and keep on Sparking.

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SUNNY332 3/15/2010 7:05PM

    I know from experience if you brew the green tea too long, it can get bitter. I personally like the Honey Ginseng by Republic of Tea. I love tea and usually brew up a cup of Black Tea.

Hope you try it again.


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TIFFANY_SUZANNE 3/15/2010 6:50PM

    Jasmine green teas are my favourite - also, get real tea leaves, not the crap they put in teabags! The difference in taste will rock your tastebuds!!

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GIANT-STEPS 3/15/2010 6:04PM

  You shouldn't use as hot water making green tea as black. It also isn't steeped as long. While tannins are part of the flavor of black tea, green and white tea shouldn't be brewed hot or long enough to release tannins.

There are a lot of different kinds of green teas. I prefer Chinese green teas to Japanese. I like gunpowder green, and jasmine infused teas. Fujian province makes some particularly good organic green and white teas.

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CAROLJEAN64 3/15/2010 5:54PM

    I recently read that black and green tea have the same anti-oxidant qualities. Also most people tend to brew green tea too long and it gets bitter. You don't need to use very much. It should be very light in color. Hope this helps.
(I think Chinese green tea is the best.)

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A week of surprises, some bad some good

Sunday, March 07, 2010

What an emotional week this has been! The man that I care for suffered several TIA's last Monday. It has effected me in a powerful way and I spent many extra hours with him so that he would not be alone.

The thing that really pleases me is that even though I had many extra hours with him, I didn't throw the exercise out the window. Instead, I didn't go to my normal classes, but did vigorous walk/run intervals while listening to my ipod. Six months ago, I would have easily bagged the exercise, now it's a habit that I must say, I ENJOY!

Another shocking thing this past week has been that my scale has been surprising me! I went months either on a plateau or up one, down two, up, down, etc. The scale has shown me to lose either 3-4 pounds this week. I am very content with a pound loss weekly so this is a great bonus! I hit my 1/2 way mark of weight loss and because of the high emotional things going on it didn't register until the next day!!

I am so thankful that God has provided Spark People with all of it's tremendous tools and especially the great friendships and encouragements from others walking the same path! Thank you, fellow sparkies!! emoticon emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 3/12/2010 10:12AM

    Congratulations on both the HALF WAY mark and sticking with the exercise during a tough time. I'm getting to that point where I am also enjoying the exercise.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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WHITEBULL1221 3/10/2010 8:40AM

    Congratulations on breaking that plateau. It is a great feeling when the scale starts moving again. I hope things continue for you. I am sorry to hear of the gentleman you care for health issue. He is in my thoughts and prayers.

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/8/2010 9:11AM

    You obviously have found something that WORKS for you. I too would be content with a pound a week or MONTH, but have been TURTLED for too long. Probably my own fault. But reading your blog is very encouraing to the rest of us emoticon's!

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APRILLSCOTT 3/8/2010 12:21AM

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KITTY1970 3/7/2010 10:04PM

    emoticonKeep up the good work. emoticonon the 1/2 way point emoticon emoticon

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MONTANA_ED 3/7/2010 6:11PM

    Stress has a great way to de-rail us and I'm glad that you are doing ok! Great news on the 1/2 way mark. You are doing it!


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MT-MOONCHASER 3/7/2010 5:35PM

    Rita -- CONGRATULATIONS on reaching the halfway mark. It must be a marvelous feeling.
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Good Luck on your continuing journey to a healthier life.

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CARMEL466 3/7/2010 5:33PM

    WTG! I'm proud of you. Keep it going!

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HAPPY1049 3/7/2010 3:11PM

    It was nice of you to spend the extra time with that fellow you are caring for. I'm sure he is grateful for it.
I'm so glad you didn't stop exercising. Even better---now it's fun for you! That's great!
Congratulations for losing so much weight. You have been doing such a great job of keeping fit and really trying to do the right things. So keep it up!

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CGREEN717 3/7/2010 12:38PM

    Great job.

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PUBLIK0UTKRY 3/7/2010 11:55AM

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! :) Good luck with everything sorry to hear about the stressful week. Hang in there!

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DEBRITA01 3/7/2010 11:19AM

    emoticonGood for you, Rita! When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Although it was a difficult time for you, you persevered and made the best of it - and got a bonus for your efforts. I'll say a prayer for you and the gentleman you care for.

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LJCANNON 3/7/2010 10:21AM

    emoticonRita, that is awesome!! I hope your Gentleman is doing better. Walking was a great idea, and Obviously it worked!!
I spent a lot of time in the Hospital walking the halls with a Client last week, too. I am glad that we both stayed on track.
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DEBRA_T 3/7/2010 10:19AM

    Hi Ritarose, I'm sorry you're going through such a difficult time with your patient and am offering prayers for both of you. It sounds like you're discovering that sticking to your program actually helps you deal which is a strengthening discovery. Best wishes for his continuing recovery and your continuing success.

Regards, Debra

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RHCOOKSON 3/7/2010 8:38AM

    Good for you for keeping up with exercise! It is easy for those who are caretakers for others to forget about taking care of themselves. I'm glad you're taking time to care for you too.

Also, having had some personal experience with caretakers when my husband nearly died this summer, I want to say thank you for what you do. People who care for the ill are angels on earth.

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PATHUMPHRIES 3/7/2010 8:29AM

    Life shows up, sometimes at unexpected times. I'm sorry about your friend. He is fortunate to have you in his life.

Congratulations on your progress.

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FITKAT2010 3/7/2010 8:04AM

    Wow! What a powerful week. You are walking the walk and getting results. How Sparkie is that? Fantastic!

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SUNNY332 3/7/2010 8:03AM

    Good for you Rita! Keep up the good work.


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Priorites out the window

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I was just goint o go for a long walk in the sun when I aw that USA/CANADA hockey game for the gold was going to be on. I am hoping to go on that walk after the exciting game! Do you all remember watching the 1980 game for the gold at Lake Placid? I hope this will be a similar outcome! (If you're from Canada, please accept my apologies! I don't mean to be nasty, just patriotic.)

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CGRESS2 3/2/2010 10:52AM

    HEE HEE those little things that keep us from exercising. I do hope you got a walk in afterwards.

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DEBRA_T 2/28/2010 10:01PM

    When I got back from the opera, I heard it was a fight to the finish -- Canada in OT! You must have enjoyed it!

Cheers, Debra


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HAPPY1049 2/28/2010 6:17PM

    Oh, I missed the game. But I'm glad it was between the USA and Canada. If the US must lose, then I'm glad it was to our good neighbor Canada. Go, USA!!!

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RITAROSE 2/28/2010 6:14PM

  It was a wonderful game, the teams so matched in their talent and abilities! I did do situps on my stability ball, though.......wish I was singing Battle Hymn of the Republic right now.

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CARMEL466 2/28/2010 3:36PM

    Enjoy the game and your walk.

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    Well, we have to have priorities! Enjoy the game. emoticon

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Strength Training

Friday, February 26, 2010

Finally, I've come to realize that even though I would rather not do strength training, it's a must for weight loss. I've been going through 12 machines at the club to build muscle. Looking forward to the day when I don't experience extreme muscle soreness.

Have a great weekend all!! Be active!
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CGRESS2 3/2/2010 10:50AM

    Good job on doing a circuit. Maybe you can do them for me?! These are the moments when I wish I had the money for curves or someone would gift me a membership. The joy I felt the first time I could stretch out and touch my toes!! I need to get back there again. We do have a local gym in our small town, but that costs even more than curves. I guess it would balance out with mileage costs though.

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CARMEL466 2/28/2010 9:50AM

    Awesome! Keep it going!

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CRYSELLE 2/27/2010 8:40PM

    thank you so much for this post. I am really bad about strength training. I will do cardio all day long but rarely do my strength training. I've got strength training videos and know the exercises are here on spark but ignore that aspect. I need to make that one of my goals to stick to and stop ignoring it because you are absolutely right. Cardio is not all it takes. Tomorrow I will take my short cardio routine and do my strength training video. Thank you again for reminding me of this!

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HAPPY1049 2/27/2010 4:59PM

    Glad you found strength training exercises to help. Be diligent!

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COOKINMAMA 2/27/2010 4:18PM

    So many benefits. My sister and I weigh about the same but I look much slimmer than her due to muscle. I feel good knowing knowing that even when I'm not exercising my strong muscles are burning fuel!

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NANASUGE 2/27/2010 11:52AM

    There always seems to be something we don't like - I actually like strength and hate running and balance; beginning to appreciate yoga. I add what I don't in moderation for the most part - but the Wii AESActive insists on some running ugghhh! I have exercised induced asthma - so it's definitely not my favorite. But it's a must do to push through ;-) Going for the mark of the high calling :-). So glad you're pushing through as well. Don't overdue and hurt the muscles.


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MONTANA_ED 2/27/2010 9:57AM

    I felt the same way until a friend told me that to get started, just use fairly light weight. So I did - and after about 2 weeks I started to up that weight. It feels so good to have some strength where I didn't have it before. You can do it! Keep up the good work!

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MKPRINCESS007 2/27/2010 9:54AM

    This is one thing I miss about the gym. I found that resistance training can be quite addictive once you get started. Hope you find this to be true soon! Way to go!!

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SUNNY332 2/27/2010 8:03AM

    I just recently started lifting weights at home and that will have to do for now as I do not go to the gym. By the time I would get to my closest gym, I could have a work out done. There are times I wish we lived closer but am grateful for the equipment I have a home.

Best wishes and keep up the good work.

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MSWEEZER 2/27/2010 7:34AM

    You are not alone but good you keep pushig yourself. You won't be sorry.

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DEBRA_T 2/27/2010 5:33AM

    I don't know why we resist the resistance exercises, but I feel the same way. For now, I'm sneaking them in by doing low impact aerobic DVDs that incorporate interval training. Someday, though, I'm going to graduate to the circuit. Good for you!

Cheers, Debra
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Valentine's Day

Friday, February 12, 2010

I wanted to wish all of the Spark community a very Happy Valentine's day! I hope you set aside time to have a special celebration, whatever that might be!

I'm so thankful for my dear husband who has stuck with me as I ballooned from the 110 pound bride to, well let's just say, the bride was twice as big! He never said anything negative to me about my weight. He was supportive when I wanted to exercise. He was always willing to do anything I wanted to try. When I had medical issues because of weight, he would ask me what I thought I should do instead of telling me to lose weight. He's been so happy to see me become more healthy as I've lost. He has been very willing to purchase a new wardrobe and compliment me on how my new clothes look on my new body! I am so blessed!! emoticonRitarose emoticon

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DTCELLO 2/13/2010 9:56PM

    Thank you! and emoticon

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HAPPY1049 2/13/2010 4:57PM

    Yes, you are very blessed. I'm thankful for my husband, too. We will have been married for 28 years tomorrow.

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MSWEEZER 2/13/2010 5:52AM

    What a great man indeed. Glad he has been your 'rock' of support through this and continues to be. Take a moment to count your blessings.

I think many of us are blessed with that special man. I often wondered if there were any out there as my ex was anything but supportive but he had his own issues. Now I have the partner/companion I always dreamt of and life is great!

Happy Valentines Day!

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WOODSYGIRL 2/13/2010 12:10AM

    God Bless him Rita! What a wonderful hubby he is and such a staunch supporter of yours. I think that is just wonderful and it's impacted you greatly as you continue to thrive! Our hubbies are good men and when they see the effort we are making and they take the time to share in that, well, it just doesn't get much better than that! I wish you both a wonderful Valentine's weekend as you spend time together and bask in your love for each other.

Big hugs,
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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/12/2010 8:58PM

    emoticon Thank you for your wishes, and sending them right back at you. It certainly sounds as though you have all the necessary ingredients to have a wonderful Valentine's Day yourself. A warm appreciative heart and a supportive, loving spouse. emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/12/2010 8:18PM

    What a great guy! Do have a Loving Valentine's Day, my friend.


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VIOLINLADY3 2/12/2010 7:33PM

    I am glad you have such a supportive husband. I'm not currently married or dating but I would hope someday to have someone as understanding. Good luck with your continued weight loss.

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LOVEYORKIES 2/12/2010 7:11PM

    What a wonderfully supportive husband! I wish you both a wonderful Valentines Day! emoticon

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CARMEL466 2/12/2010 7:08PM

    emoticonHappy Valentine Day. You are truly blessed to have your husband. He sounds very supportive.

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WHITEBULL1221 2/12/2010 7:07PM

    I agree that having a great support system in our spouses has helped tremendously. My son (who thought I needed chocolate for valentines day) bought me a box that had only 4 pieces in it. I thought that was sweet.

I hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day. I am going to enjoy peace and quiet......my parents are taking the kids today through Sun.

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MAWMAWTAMERA 2/12/2010 7:07PM

  I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's with your husband. Those of us with men that love us unconditionally are very blessed. Thanks for sharing.

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