“Classic Kombucha”

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This “Classic” Kombucha business really cracks me up. I guess 0.5% alcohol still counts, but seriously?! Anything to be able to charge more or find a new angle to sell something to a niche market…Hah, “black label” kombucha. Too bad it tastes so good. Kombucha classic

I may or may not be a little disappointed I did not get carded. over 21 kombucha

Do you like kombucha? If you do, what’s your favorite variety? 


Favorite Tea

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IMG_2247I’m very loyal to green tea. Save for a weird six-month coffee stint in 2011-2012, I’ve been drinking it every morning since I was 20. Sometimes I want something a little different though. A few months ago, my mom gave me a few bags of this cinnamon tea from New York company Harney & Sons. It was love at first sip, and when I saw their booth at the Coffee and Tea Festival in March, I quickly bought a tin. I really wish I’d bought more than one…this is so good. Life is too short not to love what you drink. Hm. That sounds like a cheesy commercial. Ah well. It’s not like I work in advertising.

Have an awesome weekend!

Nerve Soup

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Anyone else having a “one of those days” kind of weeks? Um, yeah. Over here, it’s been a range of death in the family, stressful communication issues (thanks, Mercury retrograde), and even a salmonella waiting game. The universe has a sense of humor–not 20 minutes after I finished a cup of tea brewed with the first bag in a box someone gave me for Christmas, I got a text about a recall. Guess which  lot number was at the top of the list? Hey, it happens, but you’d better believe I kept myself busy that day to keep my mind off it.

Add to that things like, oh, feelings (what up, full moon), and it’s no wonder I’ve been relying on things like yoga and coffee dates with friends to get me through.

And humor. I love Mel Brooks—this clip basically says it all…

Good times. Another of my favorite remedies for these nerve soup weeks is real soup. Here are a few of my go-to recipes:

How do you deal with anxiety?

Easy Being Green

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Greetings! I’m happy to be back in NYC, even if it does mean getting up at the ass-crack of dawn to get to work. This is my last week of staff relief, and then I have a few weeks in the burn unit, and then I’m all done with my clinical rotations. I know I said things were getting real a while ago, but they’re about to get even realer. Is that a word? IMG_1287

At least my family hooked me up with lots and lots of green tea. I think this should get me through the next few weeks…

The Power of Suggestion

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ImageEvery day at lunch, I have a cup of tea (usually green). Interns get free tea, coffee, and fountain drinks, and I definitely take advantage. I don’t know why I never noticed this before, but yesterday, I was looking at the wrapping and got kind of annoyed. Why does the freaking tea wrapper have to include sweetening the tea in the preparation instructions? It really doesn’t have to be sweet to be enjoyable, folks!

What’s the most annoying thing you’ve seen on a food wrapper or package lately? 

How much caffeine is in that mug?

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So yeah, I guess it’s turning into unofficial Caffeine Obsession Week over here. I should have figured going from a quart of black coffee a day to two bags of tea a day would be hard. At least the headaches and fogginess will drift away soon. Fortunately, I haven’t felt irritable or anything like that. In some ways, I’m a little more cheerful, since I’m not so jittery.

So far so good…

Sometimes patients ask about caffeine content in various kinds of beverages, so I wanted to share this nifty chart I found at the Center For Science in the Public Interest.

Coffees Service Size Caffeine (mg)
Coffee, generic brewed 8 oz. 133 (range: 102-200) (16 oz. = 266)
Starbucks Brewed Coffee (Grande) 16 oz. 320
Einstein Bros. regular coffee 16 oz. 300
Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee 16 oz. 206
Starbucks Vanilla Latte (Grande) 16 oz. 150
Coffee, generic instant 8 oz. 93 (range: 27-173)
Coffee, generic decaffeinated 8 oz. 5 (range: 3-12)
Starbucks Espresso, doppio 2 oz. 150
Starbucks Frappuccino Blended Coffee Beverages, average 9.5 oz. 115
Starbucks Espresso, solo 1 oz. 75
Einstein Bros. Espresso 1 oz. 75
Espresso, generic 1 oz. 40 (range: 30-90)
Starbucks Espresso decaffeinated 1 oz. 4
Teas Service Size Caffeine (mg)
Tea, brewed 8 oz. 53 (range: 40-120)
Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea Latte (Grande) 16 oz. 100
Snapple, Lemon (and diet version) 16 oz. 42
Snapple, Peach (and diet version) 16 oz. 42
Snapple Raspberry (and diet version) 16 oz. 42
Arizona Iced Tea, black 16 oz. 32
Nestea 12 oz. 26
Snapple, Just Plain Unsweetened 16 oz. 18
Arizona Iced Tea, green 16 oz. 15
Snapple, Kiwi Teawi 16 oz. 10
Soft Drinks Service Size Caffeine (mg)
FDA official limit for cola and pepper soft drinks 12 oz. 71
Vault 12 oz. 71 (20 oz. = 118)
Jolt Cola 12 oz. 72
Mountain Dew MDX, regular or diet 12 oz. 71 (20 oz. = 118)
Coke Blak 12 oz. 69 (20 oz. = 115)
Coke Red, regular or diet 12 oz. 54 (20 oz. = 90)
Mountain Dew, regular or diet 12 oz. 54 (20 oz. = 90)
Pepsi One 12 oz. 54 (20 oz. = 90)
Mellow Yellow 12 oz. 53
Diet Coke 12 oz. 47 (20 oz. = 78)
Diet Coke Lime 12 oz. 47 (20 oz. = 78)
TAB 12 oz. 46.5
Pibb Xtra, Diet Mr. Pibb, Pibb Zero 12 oz. 41 (20 oz. = 68)
Dr. Pepper 12 oz. 42 (20 oz. = 68)
Dr. Pepper diet 12 oz. 44 (20 oz. = 68)
Pepsi 12 oz. 38 (20 oz. = 63)
Pepsi Lime, regular or Diet 12 oz. 38 (20 oz. = 63)
Pepsi Vanilla 12 oz. 37
Pepsi Twist 12 oz. 38 (20 oz. = 63)
Pepsi Wild Cherry, regular or diet 12 oz. 38 (20 oz. = 63)
Diet Pepsi 12 oz. 36 (20 oz. = 60)
Pepsi Twist, diet 12 oz. 36 (20 oz. = 60)
Coca-Cola Classic 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Black Cherry Vanilla, regular or diet 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke C2 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Cherry, regular or diet 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Lime 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Vanilla 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Zero 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Barq’s Diet Root Beer 12 oz. 0
Barq’s Root Beer 12 oz. 22 (20 oz. = 38)
7-Up, regular or diet 12 oz. 0
Fanta, all flavors 12 oz. 0
Fresca, all flavors 12 oz. 0
Mug Root Beer, regular or diet 12 oz. 0
Sierra Mist, regular or free 12 oz. 0
Sprite, regular or diet 12 oz. 0
Energy Drinks Service Size Caffeine (mg)
Spike Shooter 8.4 oz. 300
Cocaine 8.4 oz. 288
Monster Energy 16 oz. 160
Full Throttle 16 oz. 144
Rip It, all varieties 8 oz. 100
Enviga 12 oz. 100
Tab Energy 10.5 oz. 95
SoBe No Fear 8 oz. 83
Red Bull 8.3 oz. 80
Red Bull Sugarfree 8.3 oz.. 80
Rockstar Energy Drink 8 oz. 80
SoBe Adrenaline Rush 8.3 oz. 79
Amp 8.4 oz. 74
Glaceau Vitamin Water Energy Tropical Citrus 20 oz. 50
SoBe Essential Energy, Berry or Orange 8 oz. 48
Frozen Desserts Service Size Caffeine (mg)
Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch 8 fl. oz. 84
Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Flavored Ice Cream 8 fl. oz. 68
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream 8 fl. oz. 58
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Light Ice Cream 8 fl. oz. 58
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Frozen Yogurt 8 fl. oz. 58
Haagen-Dazs Coffee & Almond Crunch Bar 8 fl. oz. 58
Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream 8 fl. oz. 50-60
Chocolates/Candies/Other Service Size Caffeine (mg)
Jolt Caffeinated Gum 1 stick 33
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar 1.45 oz. 31
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar 1.55 oz. 9
Hershey’s Kisses 41g (9 pieces) 9
Hot Cocoa 8 oz. 9 (range: 3-13)
Over-The-Counter Drugs Service Size Caffeine (mg)
NoDoz (Maximum Strength) 1 tablet 200
Vivarin 1 tablet 200
Excedrin (Extra Strength) 2 tablets 130
Anacin (Maximum Strength) 2 tablets 64

How much caffeine do you drink in a day?

Winds of Change

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ImageA conversation at work yesterday reminded me that this time last year, I was a devoted tea drinker. It wasn’t until this fall, when I got my first coffee maker in years, that I got back into the morning coffee habit. Unfortunately, my body reacts a little differently to it now than it did when I was in my early twenties.

Yesterday I had one of those “click” moments when being made aware of how much tension I really do store in my upper back.  How did that get there?

With tomorrow’s solar eclipse already working its magic, it feels like the right time to make a change, however small. So starting with today, I’m going back to drinking green tea in the morning. I think I’ll like it. I certainly didn’t miss the black-coffee jitters before, and I don’t think I’ll miss them now.

So yeah. When I spoke a few weeks ago about 2012 being the beginning of that “whole other ball game,” I didn’t even realize how true that was going to turn out to be. Long story short, it’s all good. For right now, I’m just relaxed and paying attention.

How does caffeine affect you? Do you prefer tea or coffee?