As the weather got warmer earlier this year, I started craving iced tea. Let me be a bit more specific: Sweet tea, poured over ice cubes, in a tall glass with a fresh lemon slice perched on top.
Every afternoon you could find me sitting on the front porch, sipping a frosty glass of that goodness.. book in lap, puppy at feet.
It was a “thing” and I looked forward to it every day.
But as time wore on, I couldn’t keep ignoring how sweet this stuff was – not at all good for my body (or my teeth!) I reluctantly began diluting the tea, but it couldn’t water down the fact this was a drink I needed to replace with something way, way less sugary.
Resolutions demand evolution.
My resolution to improve my health is doomed without a willingness to evolve and be flexible about taste, preferences, traditions and long established habits.
Exhibit A: For years, my husband and I have enjoyed a bite (or two or five..😉) of chocolate after dinner. Unfortunately, his recent blood test indicated he needed to start watching his sugar so we resolved to lower our numbers together. (My glucose, while lower than his, was nothing to boast about either) We ditched the Twix and replaced it with 100% frozen banana “ice cream.” (More about that next week) Our tastes have slowly begun to evolve and now align with our resolve to consume less sugar.
Do little changes even matter?
Yes, they do! Each small improvement, each success, is a foundation for the next.. in every category: food, relationships, career, mental health..you name it! But you need to be willing to let go of old patterns and evolve..which I did with my afternoon iced tea by replacing it with a surprisingly refreshing and super healthy alternative:
It doesn’t get simpler than this: Boil water in a small pot, add green tea bags, toss in lemon slices and let it steep off the heat. Once cool, I pour into 12oz glass bottles with lids (from Amazon) and let them chill in the fridge overnight. I put one lemon slice in each container. These bottles are then ready to take on walks or toss into my purse when I run errands the next day. If you can only take ONE SMALL STEP towards better health this month, add green tea to your daily diet!
For more information on the truly amazing benefits of green tea with lemon click HERE.