I accomplished all 3 of my goals last night: bath, book, yoga! This morning I decided to do yoga again, but in combo with a sweat session at the gym to mix it up. There I spent 35 on the ET, 10 on the Stat bike and came home to do 20 minutes of Power Vinyasa Flow 3. It was a nice way to end the morning and start the day. I wish we had just and elliptical at home for days when I just want to hop on and off for a bit. Do you guys have home gym equipment? How expensive was it, and has it been nice to have? I would never buy a treadmill since I can run outside year round here, but I’d love a form of ET.
Breakfast was a mix. I couldn’t decide between cereal with soy milk or greek yogurt, so I had both:
- 1 generous cup Optimum Slim
- Leftover mango (~1/4 cup)
- Half banana
- A few blackberries
- 1 tbsp flax
- 2 tbsp chopped onions
- 3/4 cup heated vanilla soy milk
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt
- Drizzle honey
- Sprinkle toasted almonds (end of the bag crumbs)
Most of the milk was absorbed, which was kind of disappointing. But still fun to eat.
More from the Lipton Institute of Tea.
- Black tea, like green, white and oolong tea, is produced from the plant Camellia sinensis. The difference lies in the way the tea leaves are processed. The leaves from Camellia sinensis soon begin to wilt and oxidize if not dried quickly after picking. The major step in making tea is then to stop the oxidation process by heating the leaves at different stages depending on the tea type – green tea (unoxidized), white tea (unoxidized), oolong tea (partially oxidised), black tea (fully oxidized).
- Black tea undergoes substantial oxidation, which changes the colour of the leaves from green to brown, and alters the naturally occurring components of the leaves. Black tea naturally contains many goodies, including flavonoids, caffeine and L-theanine that have been associated with health benefits.
- Although caffeine is undoubtedly responsible for some of the beneficial effects of black tea on mental performance, research suggests that other factors in tea may also play a role: When the level of caffeine in tea is matched to other caffeinated beverages, tea appears to have differential effects on measures of alertness and potentially produces better effects. Moreover, a study by Quinlan et al found that while tea ingestion produces mild stimulation of the autonomic nervous system and improvements in mood, the caffeine level did not affect those short-term responses to tea ingestion.
- Emerging science suggests an interaction of L-theanine and caffeine on cognitive performance. Haskell showed that 250 mg L-theanine significantly interacted with 150 mg caffeine and enhanced the effects of caffeine on a number of cognitive tasks, as well as improved some aspects of mood.
- Black tea can provide a beneficial effect on mental performance through hydration. Fluid balance is critical for mental performance as dehydration can decrease alertness, concentration, performance and short-term memory. In the DRI for water (Dietary Reference Intakes), the Food and Nutrition Board state that there is evidence to suggest that water deficits of 2 percent body weight or more are accompanied by declining mental function. Tea, as an ideal fluid choice for hydration, can make a significant contribution to body’s hydration status, helping
to promote mental performance.
Long day ahead. Peace out!