So there’s a confession I need to make… and some of you may already know this, but… I’m a coffee addict! **GASP** I know, I know… I’m ashamed.
My love of coffee is ridiculous! I started drinking it my junior year of college and have been addicted ever since. I actually remember the very first moment that I tasted and fell in love with coffee:
I was involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities, including dance and track, worked an hour away from my dorm during the week and on the weekends, not to mention being an art student… (that means you LIVE in the Art Building… Art students shouldn’t even waste money on campus housing… just bring a cot and sleep next to your easel, you’ll be alright…)
Well, it was before my American Poetry class (of course… booorinnng) that I decided enough was enough! If I was going to make it through this class, I would need some help! So I marched down to the cafeteria and picked up the largest, most-obnoxious cup of coffee I could find! And as I sipped on it throughout my class, I slowly began to feel…. awake!? I actually made it through the entire class without one droopy eye, nor that embarrassing body twerk that happens when you fall asleep sitting up! Ahhh, I was so excited!! And as I looked down at my cup of coffee, my eyes widened to the realization that this was the magical potion that I’ve been looking for!
After class ended, I raced down campus towards my dorm room… not because of excitement, but because my body was full of caffeine! I couldn’t slow my legs down if I tried! I passed by friends yelling out to me, “Hey Whitney! Where you off to!?” and replied, “…can’t talk now! Gotta Goooooo…!” as my legs traveled farther and farther away.
Finally in my dorm room, I looked down at my clothes sprawled everywhere and the cluttered mess that I had been too tired to clean for the past week. I didn’t even think twice! I got to work and my room was spotless in twenty minutes! It was a miracle! I called my mom and told her about my experience!
That was the day coffee permanently entered my life. I got more done in that one day than I was able to for weeks previous! Anyway, why do I tell you this? Because to this day, I am still in love with coffee. It has gotten to the point where sometimes if I am too tired to get out of bed, all I have to think is “… the faster you get out of bed, the faster you can drink coffee!” Lol, and I’m up in flash!
**The “Don’t Think I’m Supporting Coffee-holism” Disclaimer: Now there was a time during my senior year of college that I was over working my self and downing waaay too much coffee and no water. I ended up in the hospital for a couple of days, and since then have learned that too much coffee is a bad thing. If I find myself drinking coffee everyday for weeks on end, I’ll stop drinking it for a week or so to make sure my body is balanced.**
Anyways… long story short… I love coffee.
This week, however, I ran out of coffee and decided that I should use this coffee-less time to introduce something a little bit more healthy into my diet. I’ve started replacing my usual cup of coffee with a cup of Green Tea! Now, don’t get it twisted.. I will still drink coffee, but I’m going to try to start drinking green tea in place of my morning “cup-of-joe” at least twice a week.
Does green tea give me that “Best Part of Waking Up” moment? Not yet… I definitely miss my coffee…
Then why drink it? Green tea has a lot of health benefits!
It’s great for your heart health, improves digestion, and stimulates your brain functionality. It’s packed with tons of antioxidants, which help to boost your immune system, protecting your body from multiple diseases, diabetes, obesity, and many forms of cancer. It also helps to speed up your metabolism, which can help you shed a few pounds over time, and improves the elasticity and complexion of your skin!
So yea… I’m gonna hit up the green tea for a while!
I’ve tried to drink more green tea in the past, but have failed because I was trying to drink it at night. Well, some nights I would forget, and then the whole thing would be ruined… But I think if I try drinking a cup in the morning instead of my usual cup of coffee, I won’t be as apt to forget, since drinking coffee in the A.M. has become such a ritual for me.
So, here’s to trying: so-far, so-good! And if you’re a coffee-holic like me, or even if you’re not… try substituting your usual “cup-of-joe” in the morning with a cup or two of green tea instead and test out the benefits for yourself!
For more information on the benefits of Green Tea, click here!