A Woman is Like a Tea Bag... / by PJ Monson

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Emily Perkins-Margolin is an entrepreneur and downtown theater kid in New York City.  She is a voiceover artist, actor and has her own home cooking show and blog entitled At Home with Emmy Lou.  She is also the COO of Samovar Film Productions, LLC, a boutique agency that creates promotional material for actors, artists and theater companies.  Emily joined the CentralSweat team after working out with PJ for $5 in Central Park for many months.  The two discovered that not only were they dear friends, but that they could become great business partners as well. She can't wait to continue her journey with CentralSweat. "A woman is like a tea bag.  You don't know how strong she is til you put her in hot water."~Eleanor Roosevelt

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I have always loved tea.  My mother makes a big boiling pot of unsweetened Lipton Tea every morning and puts it on ice for the day.  I've picked up the habit, although I use loose leaf now that I am a snobby New Yorker.  I didn't have the taste buds for coffee growing up (boy, has that changed!).  I have never had incredibly great instincts when it comes to food... I love pasta and biscuits and anything sweet.  So when I discovered that I actually had a healthy preference (morning tea instead of morning mocha), I was excited! Me? Make a healthy choice because I want to?  Tea contains incredibly helpful antioxidents, it prevents cancer, lowers cholesterol...the list goes on and on.

I traveled to Texas to visit a ex-boyfriend's parents once (that one didn't work out well...) and I very fondly remember his aunt.  She had something like 15 grandchildren and seemed to juggle them all with ease.  She had a beautiful cabinet with china tea pots and mis-matched cup and saucers.  On special occasions she would let one of the children pick out their very own tea-pot, tea-cup and tea-type and have a back porch date.  It was obvious that they cherished those moments.  When we were left alone one morning, sure enough, I got to pick one out, too.

There was something magical about our conversation.  We connected in a way that I will never forget, even as I sit here, happily married to a man who is thankfully not her nephew.  We were just two girls, sitting on the back porch, dreaming along.  Talkin'.  I felt so safe and warm, so hopeful. Maybe it was her spirit and mine, and maybe it was the tea!

Below you will find a list of some incredible tea's and their benefits, courtesy of WebMD.  If you are a coffee fan, try Oolong tea... it has an incredible smokey-bitterness to it.  Also, as I mentioned above, I love to buy loose leaf black tea.  I love Earl Grey and English Breakfast.  I brew every morning in the Tazo Tea-pot my brother bought me for Christmas.  It's good for the soul, the waistline, and all sorts of other things!

  • Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, BURN FAT, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
  • Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
  • White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
  • Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.
  • Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.

Much love,

Emily