shutterstock_84818341THANK YOU for accepting my invitation!ūüôā Tea for Two-me and You!

How is Your day going?? Would You like a cup of tea? Green, White, Black, Oolong, Herbal? Sweetened? Unsweetened?

Oh, You may prefer coffee. SORRY, not me, i’m a tea drinker. (Though, i do like coffee-flavored ice cream, go figure.)

I enjoy Green Tea with lemon and honey or black cherry/berry tea for me. I brew tea leaves…don’t read them; seriously.

Research has shown, there are many health benefits to tea drinking. Please check out this stuff from Harvard Medical School:

“Tea’s health benefits are largely due to its high content of flavonoids ‚ÄĒ plant-derived compounds that are antioxidants. Green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.”

Archives of Internal Medicine showed: “a 46%-65% reduction in hypertension risk in regular consumers of oolong or green tea, compared to non-consumers of tea.”

DSC03193 tea with tracyI (believe)/accept there are many “Wellness” benefits emotionally, mentally and (may be, spiritually) for everyone through tea therapy… What I mean by tea therapy¬†is sharing a cup of tea with a dear friend, partner, caregiver, mentor, positive role-model, family member, colleague, spiritual leader, etc. Chatting, talking¬†it out over tea is therapy for me!:)

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Here’s a little sip of something:

“Green tea is another potential energy booster. It has about half the caffeine as coffee, plus theanine, which helps people feel focused. There is scientific evidence that green tea helps keep weight off, boosts exercise ability, helps muscles recover faster from workouts, and improves attention spans. Green tea, in moderation, is okay because the theanine content helps to balance the effects of the caffeine.” ~Change Your Brain Change Your Body, Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You have Always Wanted by Daniel G. Amen, M.D

“Drink green tea. Studies of men who drink green tea or take green tea extract as a supplement have found a reduced risk of prostate cancer. If you like to drink tea, consider choosing green tea.'”…Mayo clinic

— Tea drinkers experienced better task performance and alertness in a placebo-controlled study conducted by Unilever R&D, Vlaardingen, the Netherlands. ~ Drinking Tea May Help Prevent Chronic Illnesses by Yagana Shah, USA TODAY

— Flavonoids in green and black tea can provide a probiotic effect in the lower gastrointestinal tract, according to Alan Crozier, professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.¬†~ Drinking Tea May Help Prevent Chronic Illnesses by Yagana Shah, USA TODAY
Today, (June 4th, 2013), I’m having tea with¬†Tracy Anglada. (A Mother of 4 and an Author of 5…books that is.)
Thank You for joining us!
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Please enJOY Tea Time with Tracy & Joanie: (The video below is a book discussion/conversation unscripted and long…we just talked and recorded. Sorry, You’ll have to put up with my “and umm’s”…It’s totally tough for me to watch/listen to myself on camera, ugh! However, Chato Stewart,¬†Mental Health Humor, suggested a video would be helpful to others. You’ll benefit by what Tracy Anglada articulately has to say! We both hope this recorded conversation is helpful to You on some level, no matter how small!:)

SETTING the TABLE STRAIGHT:

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FY: i am NOT trying to plug/sell my friend’s book (she wrote this a while back anyway)…this tea time…just heart-felt sharing/making You aware of what i know IS a GREAT helping tool for any parent, caregiver or friend of a younger (or older one)¬†living with Bipolar Disorder! Younger ones who may be struggling with Bipolar Disorder will find this book encouraging as well!:)

FY: i wear a scarf by¬†Awake-choice (in this video) as a visual symbol/reminder/tribute/acknowledgement: that AllBreathingFragileLife is coping and dealing with the intense…either an “intense mind,” an intense pain, an intense love, an intense emotion…an intense suffering, an intense situation — unique to all and all of us are striving to survive an intense reality!..(we all need intense compassion to cope, eh?) i LOVE the title of my friend’s book: Intense Minds (copyrighted back in ’06.)¬† Do You have an Intense Mind?!

About the book:

“Young people with Bipolar Disorder and adults who grew up with the condition speak out to share how they experienced the symptoms of this illness during their youth and how it affected their functioning in school, at home and with friends. Their insightful comments, woven together by the author, form a stunning picture of the young person’s internal experience. The reader will come away with a new understanding of these young people and a renewed commitment to make a difference by reaching out to help.”

Oh, BTW: some reviews:

“Tracy Anglada has broken new ground with Intense Minds. While most books speak about the children and their feelings, hers is the first to capture the children articulating what they truly feel themselves: their impossible levels of frustration and irritability, their episodes of emptiness or manic energy, their severe difficulties in the academic environment, and their dread of night time due to their propensity to suffer horrific images and scenarios while sleeping. One comes away with such admiration for these children and adolescents for soldiering on despite these terrible burdens, and for the author who took the time to listen and put their words to paper. Parents, clinicians and educators must read this first-of-its-kind book.”¬† Demitri F. Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos, Authors of The Bipolar Child.

“I couldn’t put this book down until I had read it cover to cover, but be forewarned, it could make a grown man cry. Using their own words, Anglada skillfully brings to life the internal experiences of bipolar children and adolescents. Her book breathes life into the abstract diagnostic labels, and will do much to improve our understanding of childhood Bipolar Disorders.”¬† William Niederhut M.D., Author of The COBAD Syndrome

“It is deeply touching to read through the internal life of those who experience this disorder. This documentation validates their feelings and shows that they are not alone in this journey. It brings out deep compassion for their suffering and courage all in one! This is a great tribute for Bipolar children from Tracy, a must read!” Mani N Pavuluri, M.D., Associate Professor & Director, Pediatric Mood Disorders Program, Institute for Juvenile Research and Center for Cognitive Medicine.

Looking forward to You getting in on the conversation, leave us a comment or question (we will “try” to address during next tea time). IF You would like to read Intense Minds…You can find it on Amazon….cause Tracy has been so very kind to share/give away this book (including my copy to me) that she doesn’t even have any in her possession. If anyone out there is in need¬†and cannot afford one on Amazon..i’ll give You my personal copy…just let me know..Okay. Happy Reading! and…
Happy reading is insightful reading!:)

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