Chasing a Passion: Book #4 Progress Update and eBook Announcement

Starting today, I’ll be starting to release little tidbits and bites of the fourth book I’ve started writing.

This also comes with great news;

My third book, Siren Song, has just gone live for eBook on Kindle through the Amazon store.

Check out, Siren Song for Kindle eBook at the link below!

Siren Song: Stay Stay Stay

Going to be releasing more upbeat content here on tea, coffee, productivity, focus, food and health, mixed in with a little bit of business and lifestyle.

 

The 1 Tea You Need to Drink for Overall Health and Productivity

No need to weigh the benefits of green or black tea; oolong tea holds qualities of both. 

Oolong Tea:

  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Polyphenol Antioxidants
  • Helps prevent diabetes
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Strengthens Immune System

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Prince of Peace Organic Tea, Oolong, 100 Tea Bags


 

Ever watch an apple turn brown after biting or cutting into it?

That’s Oxidation!


Green Tea – 0% Oxidation

Oolong Tea – Varying levels between 0% and 100%

Black Tea – Closer to 100% Oxidation


Black Teas are purposely bruised in the same way you can bruise an apple and cause it to brown.


The oxidation level influences the health benefits and flavor profile.


Oolong Tea is only partially oxidized, allowing it to contain the health benefits of both green and black tea;

  • Reducing Heart Disease
  • Reducing Inflammation
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Antioxidants as Polyphenols

Very High Quality Oolong

High Mountain Oolong Tea Leaves from Himalayas (50 Cups), 100% Natural Detox Tea, Limited Edition Tea Second Flush Harvest, 3.53oz

The flavor is unparalleled–boasting floral notes and aroma, fragrant and fruity.

Imagine walking through a flower garden on a peaceful day.

 

 

Types of Tea: When Should I Drink Green Tea, Oolong Tea or Black Tea?

New to Tea or Self-Proclaimed Expert; when should you be drinking green, oolong or black tea?

12 Types of Tea Sampler Pack, I very highly recommend if wanting to learn more, try new and experiment.

Favorites 12-Variety Loose Leaf Tea Sampler with Green, Black, Oolong, and Pu-erh Loose Tea Assortment (12-tin Variety Pack); Makes 250+ Cups of Tea

Green:

  • Usually the lowest caffeine
  • Most mild, sometimes sweet
  • The All Day Drink

Oolong:

  • Mid-range to varying caffeine
  • Mild and sweet
  • Floral and aromatic
  • Afternoon to early evening tea

Black:

  • Most / Highest caffeine
  • Generally bold flavor
  • Strong infusions
  • Morning / “Wake Me Up”
  • Too much caffeine for bed and night time

Green Tea

I, personally, treat green tea as my “anytime and anywhere” tea. Pretty there’s a pretty good range of green teas, especially across Japanese and Chinese tea culture. Think Japanese Matcha and Sencha vs Chinese Longjing and Gunpowder.

If performing multiple infusions like a Gongfu tea ceremony, you’ll notice the evolution of flavor and aroma from sweet green to a smooth yellow.

Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder, Japanese Premium Culinary Grade, Unsweetened & Sugar Free – USDA & Vegan Certified – 100g (3.52 oz) – Perfect for Baking, Smoothies, Latte, Iced tea & Weight Loss.


Oolong Tea ( qingcha tea)

Oolong is my favorite tea because of the versatility. Widely regarded as an “inbetween tea“, Oolong has both properties of Green and Black because it is only partially oxidized.

The flavors and aromas of oolong are generally very floral; reminding me of walking through a flower garden on a crisp, warm day.

Most commonly used in the Chinese tea ritual ceremony known as Gongfu, oolong is a another tea I can drink from sun up until about early evening; the only thing lacking here is caffeine content is you use tea as your morning beverage.

Though caffeine isn’t the only source of energy; oolong teas tend to contain a great amount of Polyphenols.

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea – Iron Goddess of Mercy – Net Wt. 5.3oz.


Black Tea

This variety of tea is also incredibly vast in nature; containing the most amount of coffee and bold flavor, black teas are my general “Wake Me Up” teas due to their caffeine content.

Though I prefer my dark roasts and espressos in the Coffee Universe, I usually tend to stray away from black teas. I find this tea the easiest the prepare incorrectly; it is very easy to steep for too long, recently in a bitter flavor.

Black teas are bold, sometimes earthy; you can really taste the influence of the soil.

Prince of Peace Tea, Black, 100 Count

Coffee Before Bed: Should You Drink At Night Around Bedtime?

Coffee’s caffeine is famous for its ability to wake us up and clear our minds but does it help us sleep?

If you grew up in an Italian family like myself, you’d be accustomed to the traditional after dinner espresso; a drink I’ve always treated as a bit of a Russian Roulette.

Will my night time cup keep me from falling asleep or help me dream tonight?


It’s a bit of a gamble, I’ll be honest; but with a bit of personal exploration and bedtime experimentation, we can at least make progress toward the truth.

Definitely don’t try to see how coffee affects you at night with the World’s Strongest Coffee Death Wish Ground Coffee, The World’s Strongest Coffee, Fair Trade and USDA Certified Organic, 16 Ounce

Everyone’s body is different; therefor making this a bit of a fun journey into who we are.

Consider the prescription of drugs for those experiencing Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and ADHD (Hyperactivity). Adderall, is one of the most widely known stimulants prescribed for these disorders.

But how does a stimulant, something you’d imagine to make you hyperactivity and unfocused, actually help calm those effected?

We’ll leave the neuroscience and brain biochemistry to the scientists but I believe caffeine and coffee’s ability to help or hinder your sleep is dependent on where you fall on this ADD spectrum.


Of course a self-diagnosis holds no weight, but it’s worth the bedtime coffee indulgence at Starbucks.


My last option here is always decaffeinated coffee, which I use as a sort of placebo; telling myself it’s regular coffee — that I will be as productive and focused as I usually am on my favorite brew.

Never underestimate the power of attitude going into a situation. You’re more often than not your own worst enemy.

Yerba Mate: The Super Drink with the “Strength of Coffee, the Health Benefits of Tea, and the Euphoria of Chocolate”

Yerba Mate is the superfood of beverages; supporting mental clarity and an awakened state of mind–it was discovered and consumed by the Guaraní people indigenous to Central and South America.

As an enthusiastic tea and coffee drinker, I was very excited to find Yerba Mate loose leaf in my local grocery store.

Though traditionally made and consumed in a mate gourd, pictured below, I prefer to use a loose leaf tea strainer ball or a french press.

Yerba-Mate-Gourd

Though you can opt for tea bag mate here

Guayaki Traditional Organic Mate Tea, 7.9 oz (225g), 75 Tea Bags


Yerba mate is incredibly enjoyable on the tongue; a quality most healthy consumables lack. I personally find the taste to be similar to some green teas.

In my experience and through research, the only flavor that’s really on a spectrum here is the amount of smokiness from brand to brand; but you can expect a bit of floral flowers on the nose and an earthy aroma.


The perceived mental clarity comes on rather quickly but smoothly; you aren’t flipped on like a switch–instead I find this soothing calm to wash over my head and down my back.

Yerba Mate doesn’t have much caffeine, though it does contain some. The invigorating energy stems from its unique character of polyphenols, one of the three major classes of antioxidants.


This is a drink you can use to relax or get busy working; I personally enjoy the productivity and clear focus Yerba Mate offers.

I very highly recommend trying out this 3-pack of canned and deliciously flavored Yerba Mate for under $5

Guayaki Yerba Mate Variety – 3 Pack


A little more information on Yerba Mate vs Coffee for those curious enough to consider making the switch or supplementing your daily energy boosts!

Productivity: How to use Tea and Coffee to Permanently Establish the Right Attitude, Mindset and Work Ethic

The first thing that comes to mind when I think tea and coffee is–Caffeine, and how widespread this drug is being used in all the wrong ways.

What often happens to coffee and tea drinkers, is they become mentally and habitually  dependent on their morning, afternoon and/or evening beverage of choice.


Herbal Tea does not contain caffeine.

We are discussing caffeinated teas.


What you need to start doing is using caffeine to establish a permanent attitude towards your work and productivity.

Don’t use tea and/or coffee to 

  • Wake up
  • Stay awake
  • Relax

Use tea and/or coffee when you are set up and ready to get working–this means dedicating time to tidying up your work-space.

Your desk on caffeine should be as inviting as a well made bed at the end of a long night of drinking.


What we want to do is condition ourselves to be as productive and efficient as possible while experiencing the effects of our beverage.

An incredible selection of different k-cups to try if you’re looking for a new brand of coffee to enjoy.
Coffee Variety Sampler Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 40 Count (selection may vary)

We want the mindset that for the next 30 to 60 minutes, we are going to work as focused and motivated as possible.


The end goal is retiring the need for coffee and tea, but this is only done through habit and putting effort toward improving our mentality towards work.

Most dreams go to die within the confines of our own mind.

We tell ourselves we’re tired–that we don’t want to work–that we won’t succeed unless we get that extra push.


The pessimistic attitude will never fail to stop our momentum.

My personal favorite green tea, Matcha, is some of the best you can buy.
Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder – USDA Organic, Authentic Japanese Origin – Classic Culinary Grade (Smoothies, Lattes, Baking, Recipes) – Antioxidants, Energy [30g Starter Size]

We want decaf to be as influential as caffeinated, because drug dependency is only another weight on our shoulders–an anchor preventing you from achieving the goals you set for yourself.

McDonald’s: New Buttermilk Crispy Tenders and Szechuan Sauce is a Scam

As McDonald’s rolls out their new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, many customers of the fast food chain line up to try the long-awaited Szechuan Sauce after being discontinued  some 20 years ago after a promotion for Disney’s original animated film Mulan.

Well the jig is up, McDonald’s! The new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders is a re-release of their old failed Chicken Selects, pictured below; discontinued in 2013.

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What looks new here? Nothing. Just a new product to go along with their scam of a sauce. Participating locations were only given few limited numbers of the Szechuan Sauce, a novelty hyped up by the recent season premiere of Rick & Morty.

Locations were only given shipment packs of 22 sauces. If your location was lucky enough maybe they received two or three boxes, 44 and 66 sauces respectively. Rumors of employees pocketing some has surfaced as single packs are on ebay for $449!

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Coffee Chew: A New Way to Increase Focus and Improve Attention

As an enthusiastic coffee drinker, I’m always looking for the next new way to enjoy this brewed beverage; turns out I wasn’t being that inventive.

It’s called coffee chew, and it’s very unfortunately similar to tobacco snuff, snus and dip.

Of course it doesn’t come with any of the harmful effects of heavily processed and manufactured tobacco, but the method of consumption carries that ill stigma.

In the same way that vaping is as obnoxious as cigarettes, coffee chew will also bring those public looks of disgust.

Cowboy Chew and Major League Dip are two of the most popular coffee chews available.

The contents are coffee, sugar, honey and cream. 

In my experience, this is a great way to experience your caffeine without having to worry about keeping your coffee hot or cold, if iced.

The accessibility of this product is its saving grace.

You can consume this literally anywhere.

Is it OK to brush without toothpaste?

It surely can’t be worse for you than not brushing your teeth at all, right?

Right.

If you ever find yourself in a situation without toothpaste, then go ahead, brush regardless.

It should help stimulate your gums, strengthening them and remove some of the plaque you’d find on the surface of your teeth.

Of course it won’t be as beneficial as using the abrasives found in most toothpastes but it’s much better than just letting bacteria eat away at all those little delicious bits of carbohydrates, proteins and fats left behind after eating/drinking.

Think of abrasives as sandpaper.

Brushing often leaves your teeth feeling nice and smooth afterwards!

Even without the use of toothpaste, your teeth should feel noticeably more polished.

So if you find yourself without your favorite minty toothpaste, don’t hesitate to brush anyway.

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