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You Are What You Drink

3 smoothie drinks

Years ago I was a coffee addict. Today I’m happy to say that I’m not. Now I drink copious amounts of water and a fair amount of decaffeinated green tea. I like smoothies and I use green tea to make them.

When I was in college I drank innumerable cups of coffee every day from the time I got up until I went to bed. I began drinking it because I was following the crowd, who used it  to “keep going” without considering what the effects on the body might be.

Years later I visited a college friend at her family’s home. I was amazed to find that there was no coffee available. My friend, whose mother was a nutritionist, spent the visit educating me about negative effects of caffeine and  benefits of drinking water, and I became a convert.

Conquering Caffeine Habituation

Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system and consuming it does reduce feelings of sleepiness  and fatigue.  However, if you regularly ingest it that consumption results in “habituation,” which amounts to no net benefit from use but, a negative effect if the drug is withdrawn.

Too Much Java

All of us who have had a coffee habit and kicked it will attest that too much caffeine results in  restlessness, headache, nausea and “jumpiness”.  Some people also say the result of drinking too much coffee is an increase  of stomach acid  that causes “heartburn” (acid reflux).

The bottom line for anyone  coping with chronic fatigue and/or fibromylagia syndromes is that caffeine is contraindicated because it contributes to insomnia, but there’s more to consider as well.

Studies have been largely inconclusive regarding coffee and its effect on women’s health issues such as breast health, cancer, and osteoporosis. But, the negative effects of coffee tend to emerge in excessive drinking so it is best to avoid heavy consumption. — Coffee Health Risks

Drink Water

The amount of water a person requires varies depending on  weight, activity level and climate. One way to decide how much to drink   is to divide your weight (in pounds) by two. That number  is the number of ounces of water you need each day.

Your body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs do have to drink enough water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs. — Drinking Water to Maintain Good Health

Symptoms of mild dehydration include chronic pains in joints and muscles, lower back pain, and headaches, all of which are problematic for those who have chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia.

Drink a glass when you wake up, a glass with each meal, a glass in between meals, and be sure to drink before, during and after exercise. Try to generally keep yourself from getting thirsty, because by the time you feel thirsty you body is already in the early stages of dehydration. — 9 Great Reasons to Drink Water, and How to Form the Water Habit

Decaffeinating Green Tea

To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee and you can decaffeinate it very easily.

All you have to do is steep the tea for 45 seconds in hot water and then pour off the liquid. Next, add more hot water and steep as you normally would to brew a cup of that tea. Up to 80 percent of the caffeine is released in the first infusion of water, so only minimal amounts will remain when you add water the second time. This method eliminates very little of the tea’s flavor and aroma.

Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

1 1/2 cups cantaloupe or honeydew, diced
1/2 cup lemon sherbert
1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced
Lemon juice, fresh

Brew the green tea and then chill for 45 to 60 mutes. Add all the ingredients above to your blender.  Adding the tea and lemon juice last blend until smooth and creamy.

Lemon Sherbet

Makes 3 cups

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh or reconstituted)
  1. Combine sugar and cream, stirring until dissolved.
  2. Stir in lemon juice.
  3. Pour into 8-inch square pan or directly into sherbet dishes and freeze 3 hours or until firm.
  4. Remove from freezer 5 minutes before serving.

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15 thoughts on “You Are What You Drink

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  2. I have noticed that in many cold countries people do not drink water. They either drink coffee, sodas or wine and alcohol. I noticed this when we went to africa and came across a lot of westerners living there who were doing this even while in Africa, while the native Africans drank water. We do too, in India. Living in a hot country, we have to. Without water one can fall sick.
    Ofcourse this doesn’t mean that those who drink water don’t drink coffee! Ofcourse we have many coffee addicts here too! But we tend to drink the milky coffee here in India and it’s not pure coffee, but the nescafe type.
    .-= Nita´s last blog ..The hand reading of Osho Rajneesh =-.

    • @Nita
      That’s an interesting observation. What I see here that makes me want to shriek “no” at the top of my lungs is young moms giving babies and toddlers several bottles of fruit juice daily and rarely ever water. It’s not uncommon for the moms to be sucking on Red Bull or Jolt or other unhealthy caffeine laden so-called “energy drinks”. Neither is it uncommon to see young kids purchasing that poison in corner stores. :(

  3. Good to stop by TT…
    Great reminder. I have been using coffee as a means to keep warm during the winter months. Just wrapping my hand around a big mug brings me comfort. However, I may need to find a more healthy way to do so. Hmmm…I’ll probably switch to warm water with lemon. (Not too bad actually)

    Love to you, dear friend…

    • Dear Nards,
      I love hearing from you. Yes, hot water and lemon is also a better choice than coffee is. Be well and happy and know I care about you very deeply.

  4. TT! Amazing article you got there. I used to be a coffee addict too but I stop because it gives me awful headaches. It was a horrible experience . I will try your recipe. I am coming around again and I hope your weeked is full of bliss.

    • @celitcmusicfan
      How wonderful it is to see a comment from you. I’m so glad to hear you are back on the blogging track. I likewise hope your weekend is a good one. rainhat has been making music videos, and acousticguitarist is playing and singing in public again and making videos too. I have a whole reading list for blogging friends to visit. Among them is Marcome. Her music video “River of Life” was chosen as one of the Finalists in the 2009 Music Video Awards, in the Pop / Contemporary Category.

    • @Doc
      Geesh! What do I say in answer to that smarty pants? I had a terrible case of Shingles that removed my appetite, which is nebulous to begin with, and my weight plummeted this winter. I’m in need of weight boosting information in case you are looking for a blogging topic. ;)

  5. I do admit to being a coffee addict, but just one 16-oz cup a day, so I justify it. :)

    I had recently started drinking green tea for the first time a couple months ago, but wondered why I was feeling jumpy and not calm, as I’d expected — duh, Jannie — green tea has CAFFEINE in it. lol! Silly me. What brand of decaffeinated would you suggest for green tea?

    Off to drink some beautiful pure, wonderful water now!!

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..The Blog Party (a poem) =-.

    • @Jannie
      Hello again. It’s good to hear from you but put that darn coffee down! I’m not going to recommend a brand because I have found several I like and I’m not sure they are available in other countries. Currently I’m drinking Tetley 100% green tea, but but I drink far more cups of water every day than I do anything else. :)

  6. TT–I quit drinking coffee altogether on January 1–it was the final frontier :). I had reduced my intake to only a half a cup a day–but I was still really dependent on that small amount. But I realized I did not really enjoy the flavor any longer! I did like the quick boost of the caffeine, though.

    I didn’t have the headaches some people report–but I didn’t drink that much coffee. I drink green tea in the morning, which has a tiny amount of caffeine. I find it refreshes me far more than coffee ever did–now that I gave it a chance. I always loved green tea after eating sushi but now I am loving having it as my beverage of choice in the morning as well!

    .-= Melinda´s last blog ..Ceremonial Sweat =-.

    • Hi Melinda,
      Thanks for sharing your experience. I used to get headaches from drinking coffee and I would also get the shakes and suffer from insomnia. I have enough symptoms to cope with already (chronic fatigue, fibropmylagia and some associated conditions, Raynaud’s) , so I’m not into adding any. If anything I’m into subtraction so I won’t be entertaining the idea of taking coffee up again.

      When I first tried green tea I kept wondering where the tea was. My palette was so accustomed to strong flavors I couldn’t discern one in green tea at all. I can now, of course. I pour off the first caffeinated pour and put it into a pitcher I keep in the fridge. If I feel I’m flagging I drink a cup of it but, in most cases I drink the second decaffeinated pour.

      This walking program I have begun is very gradual and very mild. I’m still very weak and have lost weight. I’m doing okay now that I am clued into the dehydration factor. The hyacinths are blooming and the scent is wonderful. Yay! for spring and new beginnings. :)

  7. Hi, TT! Hope all is well! So glad it’s March, and spring is on the wing! Looking forward to the first crocuses appearing , though the weather here in NY is still pretty crummy.

    Oddly enough, the only time I drank coffee was when I was 6. My mother used to give me a cup at breakfast every morning before school. No wonder I was such a brat and got in trouble every day! Now I drink only water, about 8 glasses a day, mostly in the morning and some in the afternoon. I never drink at night, because I don’t want to have to wake up every hour to pee.

    Take care. I miss you, dear friend. E-mail me sometime to let me know how you’re doing.
    .-= nothingprofound´s last blog .. =-.

    • @nothingprofound
      Thanks so much for the visit. I’m so relieved spring is here. My spring conditioning program is underway but I’m in very poor physical cognition. I made the classic mistake of not recognizing that I was dehydrated during the first week. But when recognition dawned it prompted me to hydrate and to blog, “You are what you drink. ” :)

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