Over the past 3 months, I’ve been keeping a food journal online, and publicly, so that I am held accountable for my dietary actions. During this time I’ve adopted a modified Japanese diet which I’ve dubbed the Zen Diet. And during this time I’ve gotten into the habit of having a cup of coffee in the morning, and at least two cups of green tea during the day. At night I would opt for an herbal tea, preferably Chamomile tea.
There was an article on NPR’s site that said recent studies have pointed to a daily habit of green tea as a preventative for stroke. This of course interested me, as I’ve been struggling with high blood pressure for years now.
People who drank at least 1 cup of coffee or 2 cups of green tea daily had a 32% lower risk of intracerebral hemorrhage, compared to those who rarely drank either beverage. Intracerebral hemorrhage happens when a blood vessel bursts and bleeds inside the brain. About 13% of strokes are due to this condition.
WebMD has published very similar findings, and those who drank coffee and green tea had the highest defense against stroke at 32%.
I’ve been looking for a holy grail for lowering my blood pressure. And the Zen Diet and the habit of drinking coffee and green tea just came at the right time! So, I’m feeling a moment of synchronicity here, as I’ve been doing what the studies suggest these past few months.
My blood pressure was lower this morning (133/92) and much better than 155/110 at the doctor’s office some months ago.
I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.
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Breakfast – 9:30am
Oatmeal w/strawberries, blueberries & blackberries, 1/2 cup
Genmai-cha Tea – 1 cup
Breakfast No. 2 – 11am
2 Dumplings (shrimp, gyoza)
1/2 Boiled Egg
Starbucks Mocha ~ venti, no whip
Lunch – 1:30pm
1/2 Chicken Salad sandwich
1 Starbucks Iced Mocha ~ tall, no whip
Afternoon Tea – 7pm
Nicole’s debut celebration.
I avoided the rice pilaf.
Salmon ~ 6 oz, with Hollandaise sauce
Broccoli & Carrots ~ sauteed, 1 cup
Bread ~ roll, w/butter
Wine ~ Merlot, 1 glass
Coffee ~ 1 cup, w/cream
Late Evening – 10pm
This is the cheat meal.
Barbecue Chips – equiv 1 small bag
Gelato ~ 1 cup, Dark Chocolate