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Matcha Green Tea

Matcha is a trendy new green tea which is finely powdered, and traditionally mixed with hot water, whisked and drunk.

The matcha tea is manufactured in a delicate manner to preserve their texture and flavour. They are dried and aged before being stone-ground into fine powder. It has about the same amount of caffeine as found in coffee, along with a natural substance called l-theanine, which induces an ‘alert calm’ in the body, a kind of relaxation without drowsiness.

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  • Matcha Tea has long been associated with ancient Zen tea-drinking ceremonies performed by monks.
  • It is part of the Zen mindfulness meditation, where the entire process of preparing and drinking tea is a complete meditation.
  • The fine green tea offers minerals, vitamins, polyphenols (a form of antioxidants) and other nutrients that regulate blood sugar and protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Drinking matcha tea using the ‘slow down’ technique of Zen monks has added benefits: lower inflammation, lower blood pressure, and reduced stress hormones.

The strong, umami taste of Matcha tea is like a mixture of grass and spinach and may need to be sweetened to taste, though milk is not recommended.

Lead consumption is a concern, as with all kinds of green teas. Matcha tea may have more lead content than other green teas.

Apart from tea, matcha powder can be used as an ingredient in various dishes like muffins, brownies and puddings.

The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners used in diet food and drinks do not help in losing weight but actually trick our bodies into thinking that sugary foods do not have any calories. People who consume artificial sugar also tend to eat more calories by increasing their portion size.

A brand new, extensive study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that there are complications associated with eating non-nutritive (artificial) sugar, like increased BMI (weight gain) and cardiometabolic issues.

Switching from Cole Zero to regular Coke will not help, and even the ‘zero-calorie’ or the so called ‘natural’ sweetener options are only helping our sugar-addiction.

Sugar is no longer classified as food, but as a drug, similar to cocaine. It is not good for us and we need to kick the habit of consuming it in any form.

Pain: A Complex Phenomenon
  • We all have experienced pain, be it physical or psychological.
  • Trying to quantify or define the intensity of the hurt being experienced isn’t easy.
  • Pain is relative, as each of us has a different anatomical and neurochemical build, a different context that makes it unique.
  • All these factors make pain a complex phenomenon, and most of us are managing it pharmacologically (popping pills), which generally causes problems.

Most drugs and over-the-counter analgesics only suppress pain, and we think that’s normal as we are brought up believing that pain is wrong and we have to feel good at all times.

Research in the 1980s showed that Americans are having more options to treat their problems and yet are having more illnesses than about 50 years before. This is ironic as these years also witnessed the maximum progress in treatments and vaccines, increasing life expectancy.

The basic mindset on how to tackle pain, by suppressing it with dangerous opioids or pain-killers is like treating a human body like a piece of machinery: Finding the broken part and fixing or replacing it.

The approach fails to understand how integrated the human body is, and completely ignores the cognitive processing and emotion that goes on inside it.

Just reframing the painful experience as something that is beneficial and can be simply endured, increases the tolerance levels in humans who have been accustomed to popping pills in order to feel better, at the cost of long-term complications.

A Daily Deluge Of Junk Information

The way many of us, especially young adults, consume digital media, often by multitasking, can impair attention, according to new studies.

Media multitasking, which is engaging in the TV program while texting or using social media, is a common activity among the younger population.

Some of the effects of media multitasking include reduced attention spans, lapses in attention, and forgetfulness of information due to reduced brain-signal patterns.

The lower sustained attention can also result in people having memory recall issues in the long run, as the everyday behaviour evolves into a steady pattern.

Cooking At Home: A Chore More Than A Hobby
  • Many people see cooking at home as a chore rather than a hobby or a fun activity to do to save money and have a delicious meal at the same time.
  • Fast food and ready-to-eat dinners may save our time but they cause so many illnesses like heart diseases and diabetes.
  • The less time we spend cooking at home, the worse our diets become and the convenience is slowly killing us.
  • We cannot ignore the fact that if we choose to have better diets and eat healthier we have to make time for cooking.
  • Cooking at home isn't much of a hassle when you plan things ahead. Weekly meal plans exist and are a trend that's easy to follow.
  • Schedule it so it happens.
  • Home cooking includes investing in the right tools like quality knives, pots and pans because it makes cooking essentialy more fun to do. You can pair cooking while listening to music or a podcast, anything you enjoy doing.
  • Keep it realistic. You don't have to cook 90% of the time, set aside 30 mins for cooking and 10 mins for decluttering your fridge.
  • Keep it simple. Repeat often. You don’t get bonus points for complexity or variety.
  • Have 3-5 go-to recipes. The more you make a recipe, the easier it will become and the less mental resistance you’ll feel when you think about making it.

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