Suffering from obesity for years has been a cause of my numerous health issues. Among the many offshoots of obesity; Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome, hyperacidity, and adrenal fatigue were the ones I was diagnosed with last year. My doctor read me a list of foods and drinks to avoid; and the list included coffee. Seeing my dismay, she told me, “Well, you can drink tea, but in moderation, and without milk, please”.
Though inconsistently, I have avoided the foods and beverages that make me fat and hyper-acidic. I have reduced the intake of refined carbohydrates, such as white rice and bread, and eliminated coffee, especially the creamed and highly sweetened.
I didn’t use to be a heavy coffee drinker, but my job would require me to stay up late most of the time; and a cup of caramel-like coffee was the choice to get me through busy nights fully awake. I badly needed my dose of caffeine, but even if I drank only after a meal, lactose in the cream caused hyperacidity attack that surely ruined my whole night. Drinking black coffee was out of the question for me, so, one day, I decided to take the doctor’s advice: to drink tea. However, I forgot to ask which one.
My hunt for a good brand of tea was a bizarre moment, for I thought teas are for old people; indeed in the tea section of the supermarket, there were ahead of me a couple of senior citizens picking their boxes of Gold Leaf Oolong Tea from among the many choices of kinds and brands. I asked myself what on earth oolong tea was, for I knew only of green and black; and what a surprise, one of the old folks talked to the other in a loud voice, “This is very good for your cholesterol. Recommend this to your son. He’s so fat! He can lose weight drinking this!”
My hunt for a good brand of tea was bizarre indeed but with a surprised relief: I didn’t have to take too much time to pick my trial pack. Nevertheless, I did my homework upon coming back from the supermarket. I thought of searching in Google, and to my delight, I found several websites informing of the health benefits of drinking oolong tea. Among the benefits are the reduction of cholesterol in the blood stream, treatment of digestive disorders, and burning of fat. I was excited to try my first cup after finishing a slab of roast pork, a serving of rice, and a bowl of sautéed vegetables. I instantly felt the difference from drinking coffee. Staying up late that night, I didn’t feel the usual sluggishness and discomfort in the stomach.
Coupled with routine exercises during the day, I continue drinking Gold Leaf Oolong Tea regularly after dinner. This habit has been going on for three months now and has reduced my fatigue, eliminated hyperacidity, and made me lose a total of 20 lbs. from my 170-lb weight! At 150 lbs., I am still overweight, but I have faith that if I become consistent in carrying on with the right physical activities, good choice of foods and beverages that will not make me feel deprived rather make me feel good (oolong tea has nice bittersweet taste and floral aroma), I can reach my 115-lb goal! I recommend my friends to include Gold Leaf Oolong Tea, my “good diet” tea, in their own diet and see a positive change in their health and well-being.
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