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General Health

What’s wrong with what we eat

Alright – now for anyone who knows me, you know that I’m a committed meat eater. I mean, deprive me of a good burger and I’m not a happy camper. I stumbled however on this piece by Mark Bittman given at the TED talks on the food we eat – meat and junk food – and found it enlightening. Bittman is not asking you to give up your meat – he’s just asking you to re-think the way we eat…

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Health Tea

Tea Time!

More entries for the ‘Calma-Sutra of Tea Scholarship’. We can’t get enough of these.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c55ne7VAQI]

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General Health

High Blood Pressure – the Japanese approach…

Well – you can’t say they don’t get your attention! Here is a Japanese ad for tea – their approach is to help with high blood pressure…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHNJmWbvsL0]

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General Health Tea Tea Education

The Power of Tea

One more…this one I believe is still being edited – so we’ll re-post when we see the final version – but this version is already brilliant!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y99_8XjHuXU]

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General Health Tea Tea Education

More Creativi-tea

The Tea Association of the US runs a fantastic competition every year called the Calm-a-Sutra of Tea.  It’s a creativiy contest challenging College kids to put together an original video highlighting the health benefits of tea.  The results are fantastic – and we’ve posted some clips in the past.  The competition for 2009 is fully under way and the clips are rolling in – so we thought we would share one we thought was fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7dx7RWyS14]

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Health Tea

If only Popeye would have known…

By now you’ve surely heard about that fabulously good for you tea called Matcha.   But what is it – where does it come from – and why should you care.  Matcha today is uniquely Japanese – but this wasn’t always the case.  This loaded with goodness ground tea was first made in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and continued in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).  Initially, the steamed tea leaves were formed in bricks to help with storage and trade – these bricks were then pulverized and dissolved in hot water with salt.  In the Song Dynasty that followed, whipping the steamed powdered tea leaves in a bowl with hot water became popular – this preparation was then made into a ritual by Zen Buddhist monks.  It was in 1191 that Zen Buddhism along with the green tea powder ritual was brought to Japan by the monk Eisai.  The powdered tea ritual was eventually forgotten in China – but the Japanese not only adopted it, they perfected it and then turned it into the Japanese Tea Ceremony (a subject that deserves its very own post).

MatchaMatcha is a stone ground tea – but its preparation is arduous and requires much care and attention.  It begins several weeks before the tea leaves are picked.  The entire crop is covered with bamboo curtains in order to increase the cholorophyll content within the leaves – making them greener and slightly sweeter.  At this point, the leaves can become the prized Gyokoru, if they are rolled out before drying – or they can be laid out flat to dry and slightly crumble – known as Tencha.  The Tencha is then destemmed and painstakingly deveined before it is ready for its final step – grinding.  Tencha is placed between two large stones that will grind clockwise and counterclockwise against eachother to break the leaves down into the fine powder.  It will take approximately one full hour for a stone mill to grind 40gr of Matcha.

So why would Popeye care?  Well, because you’re ingesting the entire leaf when drinking Matcha – your body is reaping ALL of the benefits present in the tea leaf.  Studies have shown that Matcha contains:

*  Vitamins A, B6, B-Complex, C, E, K, Nicacin, Folate, Riboflavin, Thiamin
*  Calcium, Magnesiu, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium
*  L-Theanine and Amino Acids which improves alertness
*  High chlorophyll content – is a blood detoxifier
*  70 x antioxidants of orange juice
*  9 x beta carotene of spinach
*  boosts metabolic rate by 35-40% matchasticks

To add this amazing tea to your daily routine in a very simple way – we’ve introduced…Matcha Sticks.  Each stick is perfectly portioned for one bottle of water – simply add Matcha, shake well and enjoy – no sugar – no additives – just the real thing.

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Health

Detox – Day 10

Well – I made it.  Yes – I know I said this would be a fourteen day detox – but unfortunately, I have a pastry tasting scheduled for today – and that will blow my detox.  So…I decided to end on a round number – Day 10.

I’ve been asked whether it was difficult – and with the exception of the first three days of liquid, I would say, no – not at all.  And perhaps it wasn’t a burden for exactly that reason – after three days of liquid, everything was a walk in the park.  I didn’t truly feel like I was really sacrificing anything throughout the detox – things I had to spend time thinking about – what’s for breakfast/lunch/dinner in the beginning became easier towards the end.  I was shocked that I didn’t miss red meat – I’m a red meat lover.

What I did realize is what an important social element of our life eating is.  I think this is why I found this process more difficult on days I wasn’t working. 

So here is the final days menu:

Breakfast:
Oatmeal cooked in 1% milk, banana
Rooibos Ginger Melon

Lunch:
Whole wheat bread with egg frittata (leftover from a previous night), sprouts, mustard
Imperial Jasmine

Dinner:
Skinless chicken, avocado quesadilla on whole wheat flax tortilla
Sunburst Raspberry – iced

NOW BRING ON A GLASS OF WINE!

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Health

Detox – Day 9

Sundays seem to be the hardest day to stay on track.  I’m at home – and I would like nothing more than to slip into old habits – start the day with the newspaper and big lazy breakfast – maybe go out for lunch – pour a glass of wine late afternoon and waste the rest of the day away.  But…I didn’t – I remained on track – and with a little thought – it wasn’t even that much of a chore.

Here’s the menu for the day:

Breakfast:
Fried egg and tomato on whole weat toast
Blend 103
Orange Juice

Lunch:
Black bean quesadilla on whole weat tortilla
Water

Dinner:
Asian style shrimps on brown rice
Dung-Ti Oolong

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Health

Detox – Day 8

I’m thinking less about what I’m eating – that would mean I’m forming habits – that’s a good thing.

Here was the menu for the day:

Breakfast:
Oatmeal in 1% milk – banana
Pu-Ehr

Lunch:
Sandwich – whole weat bread, roasted chicken breast, dijon, sprouts
Water

Dinner:
Frittata with smoked salmon and horseradish, caper  yoghurt
Yellow Dragon Pu-Ehr

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Health

Detox – Day 7

I was very good today – and didn’t feel like I was sacrificing – good place to be.  I don’t like that I have to think about everything I’m eating – as a whole – I wasn’t eating that badly before this detox – but now I’m conscious of everything.  Perhaps when it becomes a habit, there will be less thinking involved.  This conscious eating has made me realize a couple of things.  I don’t eat sweets throughout the day – I’m the person who doesn’t save room for dessert because I just don’t care about dessert – but I do need something sweet in the morning – have missed that during the detox.  I’ve also become aware of the fact that I don’t drink enough – okay I knew this before – but I’m trying to do something about it now – always being dehyrdrated – NOT SO GOOD.

Tomorrow I will have reached my half way point –

Here was the program today:

Breakfast:
Oatemal cooked in 1/4 cup 1% milk – sliced banana (I love banana on my cereal because it gives me the sweetness I can’t add at the moment)
Formosa Silver Moon

Lunch:
Vegetable/tofu stir fry (leftover from last night)
Ginkgo Temple of Heaven

Snack:
Crudité with a yoghurt/garam masala dip

Dinner:
Quinoa salad with loads of vegetables

Dessert:
Quangzhou Milk Oolong