Matcha might just be the best supply of goodness in the morning! Ideally it should replace tea and coffee and any other caffeinated beverages, but I am not quite there yet… a foamy latte macchiato still makes me weak at the knees. In time though and with a little self-discipline I hope to switch from coffee to matcha tea in the morning.
WHY MATCHA, YOU ASK?
Well, first of all, with an ORAC value five times the one for goji berries, I say “bring on the antioxidants”! The more antioxidants, the better I’ll look at 70 knitting hoodies for my cats. Second of all, it has more health benefits than any other green tea because you actually drink the leaves here, not just infuse them and then throw them away.
And it tastes like crap so it must be healthy! I’m kidding… it doesn’t taste like crap. More like fish. At a fish market. On a really hot day. Or as others may say: it is an acquired taste. But do check it out for yourselves, it is definitely worth the try. And if you purchase matcha for home use, make sure it comes from the Nishio region in Japan. There are the tea plantations that give the highest quality matcha.
Something you may not know is that matcha tea is the type of tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Even if I allocate only 10 mins in the morning for preparing and drinking it, just knowing that it is associated with the harmony, respect, purity and tranquility of the Japanese tea ceremonies, gives me an instant sense of calm and awareness. And a sense of accomplishment that I am doing something beneficial to my health and I’m one step closer to the best version of myself. Yep, the best version of me is very health conscious, athletic, composed and never in a hurry. Don’t ask why! That answer might just be an entire blog post on its own.
Getting closer to that version however is very important to me, and without awareness that is not going to happen. Every decision I make dictates who I am. That is not rocket science, it’s just common sense. But recognizing those split seconds where I decide who I am are the key. These are mainly moments I don’t pay any attention to, that fly by unnoticed, but these are the moments that define me.
Take the following situation for instance: I was about to pay for two pieces of fabric at IKEA when the lady at the counter didn’t see the two different fabrics and only scanned one of them. “Oh, she missed the other one… what do I do?”, I thought. And there’s the decisive moment! Something as trivial as paying for products at IKEA.
Exactly, what do you do in such a situation? What kind of a person are you? Now this is not about whether you’re a nice person or not. There is no judging here. Either action is valid and acceptable, whether you tell the clerk she made a mistake, or you ignore and leave the store with one unpaid item. It is about defining and knowing yourself. About creating yourself. About being aware that that moment is an opportunity for you to decide who you want to be. Then and there. At a counter at IKEA.
Your journey will be filled with such small and trivial decisions that do make a difference. The big turning points in life are easy to spot (we usually dwell in them way more than we should), but pay attention to the day-to-day events and use them to get closer to the version of you that you strive for.
SO, I THINK MY POINT IS:
Drink matcha tea, be calm and aware, catch those opportunities and decide who you want to be 😉
PS: I found out about matcha tea from an article in the Huffington Post called This Couple’s Biggest Adventure Began When They Switched From Coffee To Green Tea. I was sold by this couple who basically gave up their careers because they were exhausted and their jobs had taken over their lives. They switched to matcha tea as a source of energy and also as a source of income, founding their company Panatea. Nice and inspiring story for any budding entrepreneur.
DISCLOSURE: I have no material relationship to any brand or person mentioned in this blog post.