Tag Archives: Green Tea

Kicking the Coffee Habit

2 Feb

I keep it pretty healthy, but my one vice was a five cup a day coffee habit.  Yikes!  Well friends, I’m on day three without coffee, and doing fine!

Read here about how I went from five cups a day to zero.

Kicking the Coffee Habit

~ Amber

365 Challenge Day 306 – Caffeine

6 May

More than two weeks without coffee!!! Just green tea (lots and lots of green tea.)  I did splurge on my last day in Costa Rica and got an almond milk latte with real espresso.  Okay, I admit it, I had two that day.  But other than that I’ve been really good : )

365 Challenge Day 55 – Kitchari!

15 Jul

Last night I cooked up a big pot of kitchari, and I’m very excited.

Kitchari is a simple Indian dish, often used for cleansing or balancing the system.  It is easy to make, and easy to digest.  It is a one-pot meal, with the rice, beans, vegetables, and mild spices all cooked together.  It is very balanced and can be eaten exclusively for days, or even weeks, if doing a cleanse.

Recipes vary, and can be adapted to taste, or depending on what ingredients are on hand.  This week mine has: brown basmati rice, red lentils, cauliflower, and peas, all organic, of course : )  Flavored with olive oil, turmeric, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, ginger, and salt.  It turned out even tastier than I thought it would!  Yum!  It is also delicious with coconut mild cooked in.  I often add spinach and then top it with fresh cilantro which makes it even richer in vitamins and minerals, and more delicious!

Even when I’m not doing a cleanse, I love making up a big pot and then just taking a break from cooking, or worrying about what to eat.  This way I can also focus on cooking something for my kids and not eating something I don’t want (pasta!) or not having to prepare three separate meals!

On the opposite end of the spectrum, after my healthy lunch, I had a sweet and unhealthy treat.  I have mentioned before that I am pretty much off sugar with the exception of sweetened soy milk for my coffee or tea.  Well, today I got a green tea Frappuccino from Starbucks, and even though I asked for no extra sweetener, it was disgustingly sweet.  The soy milk is sweetened.  The matcha (powdered green tea) is sweetened.  And I’m pretty convinced they ignored my request and added more sugar anyway.  I feel really grossed out that I drank it.  I think I need to ban myself from Starbucks…

365 Challenge Day 34 – Rock Climbing!

26 Jun

I’m actually not really looking for a new hobby; I have plenty to keep me busy for the rest of my life!!  But on a whim I bought a Groupon for a rock climbing gym near my house.  A couple of months ago I tried bouldering there, and it was okay, I had fun, but it didn’t really feel like my thing.  Well, tonight I met up with a friend and tried the ropes for the first time, and I loved it!!

Did I mention I’m afraid of heights? I had thought the ropes would be much scarier because the climb is so high! But it was the exact opposite.  With bouldering, even though you don’t go as high, there is a definite possibility of falling, and it still feels like a long way down.  But with the ropes!   I didn’t have to worry about falling at all, because I was all strapped in and safe.  I also think it was physically easier for me because I wasn’t supporting as much weight.  My hands and arms cramped up very quickly with the bouldering, but not with the rock climbing.

Anyway, it was fun.  I don’t think it will be my new hobby, but it is a good thing to be able to do with friends, and a really fun place to hang out.  I’d like to bring my kids!

Otherwise, I had a nice lunch hour walk along the river at work; and after 10 days without coffee I think my energy is stabilizing a little, with the green tea I’m not feeling as much of the highs and lows as I did with the coffee.