I’m cold. I’m always cold. So, I’m drinking a lot of tea. I gotta warm myself from the inside-out. I mean, a girl can only bundle up so much. 

I’ve been pretty proud of my latest tea concoctions …  ’cause if I’m going to drink this much, I might as well get as much bang for my buck. 

So, what’s in it? Well, obviously my favorite tea (lately ginger and rooibos), and then I’m adding:

1. Coconut Oil

2. Cayenne Pepper

3. Cinnamon 

And here’s why:

Coconut Oil:  I stole this idea from the popular concept that’s out there right now called Bullet Proof Coffee, where you put several tablespoons of either grass fed butter, ghee, coconut butter or coconut oil in your coffee or in this case my tea.  The idea is, instead of loading up on sweetening your drink of choice, you load up on fattening your drink of choice so that you’re satisfied longer and avoid the shakes.  It’s awesome.  You don’t get hungry for hours.

I also read up on the Coconut Ketogenic Diet.  Basically, all hail the amazing coconut and I use it in everything - including, my basic cooking oil. I don’t want to bore you with all the amazing properties of coconut oil, but it raises your internal body temperature so that your body is burning more calories. Or in other words it’s a thermogenic fat which boosts your metabolism. And in more other words, you’re warmer. 

Why doesn’t it make you fat? Because it’s a medium chain fatty acid and not a long chain fatty acid. Bored? I know, let’s move on.

Cayenne Pepper: If anyone has done the Master Cleanse, you are familiar with the heat of cayenne pepper. I strangely relish this little burn when I spike my drink with cayenne. There are benefits to the burn - including stimulating your circulation, raising your metabolism, suppressing your appetite as well as anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Which means, when you feel that office bug goin’ around, cayenne can help you bust it before it starts.

Cinnamon: Ok, mainly, I just love the taste and smell of cinnamon.  But, I’m also happy to report that cinnamon can help stabilize fasting blood sugars (basically how fast your tummy empties itself, which usually causes a spike in blood sugar) which means you will experience less of the moody yo-yo effect throughout your day AND just smelling cinnamon will help your cognitive brain function.  I don’t know about you, but I can always use help with my cognitive brain function …