I am feeling much better this morning! When my alarm went off I did a whole body check on my status, visualized myself exercising and confirmed I felt well enough to go (and actually wanted to go!)
At the gym I did 30 minutes of the Stepmill (on a lighter setting: 10) and 15 minutes on a reclining stat bike. I realized my heart rate was comparable to the upright bikes, so I might start doing this one more because it was much more comfortable and had arm rests! I ended with some stretching.
All I wanted for breakfast was yogurt (craving probiotics maybe?) and assembled this bowl:
- ~3/4 cup TJ’s greek
- ~1 cup Optimum Slim
- 1/2 large banana
- 1 tbsp flax
- Spoonful Naturally More
- Drizzle honey
Plus a cuppa tea!
Benefits Of Tea: Part I
I have a bunch of great information on the different components of tea and their health benefits leftover from my Lipton trip. One component I did not know about is L-theanine, an amino acid that is found almost exclusively in tea and is thought to be fundamental for the positive effects of tea on mood. Here is information and research by the Lipton Institute Of Tea:
The early research on L-theanine may explain the unique effects felt by tea drinkers that are so different to other hot beverages. L-theanine is a natural component found almost exclusively in tea and research has shown that just 50 mg of L-theanine (found in 2-3 cups of tea) naturally stimulates alpha brain waves, which are associated with a relaxed yet alert state of mind.
Emerging science also suggests that L-theanine may play a role in attention and may have other beneficial effects, for example on sleep, immunity and blood pressure.
A normal cup of tea contains around 15-17 mg L-theanine per serving, and green, oolong and black tea all have similar levels. Animal research indicates that L-theanine is readily absorbed from the gut with blood L-theanine levels peaking about one hour after ingestion and returning to baseline levels within 24 hours.
L-theanine + Caffeine
Emerging science suggests an interaction of L-theanine and caffeine on cognitive performance. Haskell et al 40 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.
And a vitamin
Weekly Bite Giveaway!
Registered Dietitian Estela of Weekly Bite will be giving away a FREE Nutrition Consultation on her blog today! I know many of you would love to get some personal nutrition advice 🙂 Here are all the details:
Who’s it for?
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Off to a long day of classes, including a test, in the rain. Guf.