Hey Baby Loves,
The grind called Graduate School continues! I’m always busy it seems, but I guess I should appreciate it. I scored a big Graduate Assistant job which I’m incredibly stoked about, but I’ll save the details for that for a later date when I’m more informed.
Before I launch into my theme for today, I wanted to talk about something Max and I did this weekend, called Adventure Rooms. We went to the one in Middletown, CT, and it was awesome. Essentially, you have one hour to escape out of three separate rooms via solving puzzles, problems and riddles. We were told that for groups of 2 people that the escape rate was 20%… and we escaped with 8 seconds left on the clock. Talk about a close call, but hey… we made it! BOOM. If this seems like your kind of thing, I highly recommend you try it out.
Moving on: I want to talk about Tea. As you may know, I am an avid lover of tea. It’s just so delicious with a multitude of benefits to your overall persona, how could you not be a fan? In today’s tea talk, I want to hone in on those lovely leaves that help with fat storage and weight loss.
- Green Tea. Due to its high content of EGCG (a type of catechin), which has the capability of turning off genetic triggers for diabetes and obesity, green tea is great for reversing those pesky fat-storage genes. It also helps amp up CCK levels, which is a hormone that quells hunger.
- Barberry. I had no idea what this was until doing my research; it’s a natural chemical made from barberry shrub that can help prevent weight gain, boost energy expenditures, and decrease your receptors that lie in wait on the surface of fat cells. This means you will absorb fat sources less.
- White Tea. Fun facts: white tea has the richest source of antioxidants (which triggers the release of fat from cells) of teas and has 3x as many polyphenols as green tea. According to a study, white tea can help accelerate the breakdown of fat while blocking the formation of fat cells, AND it speeds up your liver’s ability to turn fat into energy.
- Rooibos. Another tea high in polyphenols (as well as flavonoids, particularly aspalathin), which inhibit the formation of new fat cells. Aspalathin can also reduce stress hormones, which as we know can trigger hunger and fat storage.
- Black Tea. Side note: when you are stressed, adrenaline causes fat cells to release fatty acids to your blood stream. Black tea is another great tea that reduces stress and normalizes your cortisol levels; cortisol absorbs the fatty acids and stores them in your belly… yuck.
- Pu-erh. This was another new one for me. Pu-erh is fermented green tea that is dried then rolled into blocks. It lowers a bad fat found in the blood and potentially belly fat as well, essentially shrinking fat cells.
Welp, that’s it for today. I have real world work to do and a movie to watch before I have to return it to the library. Over and out, fabulous peeps!