tea timeHello Beautiful Friend,

Last Friday was my birthday and my mother-in-law gifted me Giada’s new Cookbook “Feel Good Food.” Over a cup of tea, I read it cover to cover.

In addition sharing health conscious meals, the pint size cook reveals her beauty regimen. After brushing, flossing and exfoliating she has a cup of chamomile with mint tea to wind down the day.

How do you unwind at night?

For many of clients evening time is the hardest time to resist sweets, chips and/or wine. The buzz of the day is over, the kids are asleep and you might find yourself searching the kitchen for a reward for making it through another busy day.

Despite the analytically mind saying, “you don’t need anything else to eat you are trying to lose weight” the emotional mind says “today was stressful and I’ll just have a little something to help me relax.”

Most days the emotional mind wins. After a long day your willpower reserve is depleted, it’s not your fault. And the good news is there is a solution inspired by Giada’s routine.

Try adding a tea ritual into your nighttime (or mid-day) routine.

For the past week, I’ve been washing my face/brushing my teeth earlier in the evening vs. right before bed, then sipping on tea while I read.  My evenings have a new sense of calm, my digestion has improved and I’ve been sleeping like a baby.

In addition to relaxing evenings, check out the benefits of tea and find out how to make the perfect cup below.

Benefits of Tea:

  1. Weight Loss. Tea is naturally calorie free. Tea warm the belly which can reduce your appetite and provides a similar soothing effect that can help reduce emotional eating. Swapping tea for a mid-day or evening snack is a great way to cut down on excess intake. A study in the American Journal for Clinical nutrition found that subjects who consumed green tea (with caffeine) lost an average of 2.9 pounds over 12 weeks while maintaining their normal diet.
  2. Antioxidants. Tea contains plant-derived compounds called flavonoids that are antioxidants that help fight against aging and disease. Catechins are flavonoids found in green tea and according to a study cited on Harvard Health, are more powerful than vitamin C and E on stopping oxidative damage.
  3. Bye Bye Coffee.  I recently stopped drinking coffee and tea has been a huge help. If you are trying to kick coffee, switch over to green tea in the morning and notice how your energy levels stabilize. (Note: It takes a week or so to adjust so boost up your intake of water and green juices as well.)
  4. Improved Sleep. Chamomile tea has the nickname “sleep tea” for it’s ability to sooth and relax the body. Used as an herbal remedy for years, this tea can be used to relieved insomnia and to help promote a healthy sleep cycle. A lavender and lemon tea can also help calm your system and prepare you for a night of restful sleep.

Making the Perfect Cup

  1. Boil water. I use a hot shot to brew my tea but a kettle on the stove works equally as well.
  2. In your favorite mug, add boiling water, your tea bag of choice, cover and steep for 3-5 minutes.*
  3. Add organic honey, organic stevia to sweeten if needed.

*Tea steep time will vary so check the instructions on the box.

Some of My Favorite Teas

  • Starbucks unsweetened Passion Tea (cold or hot)
  • Ginger and Lemon
  • Camamile at Night
  • Matcha Green Tea
  • Any roobios

Now I want to hear from you. Do you struggle with night time eating?  What is something you’ve done to overcome this obstacle?

Happy Sipping,

Jackie