I’m a coffee addict to start at, tho growing up wasn’t exactly like that I think I developed my love for coffee late. At my 20’s I was still doing clerical work at the telecom company, I remember how a normal worker like me spent breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even dinner at work. Brewed coffee was a staple piece of my every meal. Coffee was because it’s free. My regular dose was like 5-6 cups a day and for 3 years it became a habit.
During my early years at the current work, no more free coffee for me so I have to buy my own. And for a time I used to sell 3-in-1 coffee sachets at work, you know when your regular pay cannot cover all the bills you need a sideline to make both ends meet. My friend Mrs. F and I used to do that at work, we sell not only coffee but chips, cupcakes, instant noodles, chocolates, etc. And because everyone was always lured to drink coffee anytime of the day, I was always tempted to make my own cup too. It’s so easy you know, just tear the packet put hot water and stir.
When Starbucks became affordable for me, I spoiled myself a lot. It became a favorite coffee, the coffee shop became a regular chill out place and each sweet slice took my worries away. Alongside the waist began to get bigger. Can you imagine how much sugar and calorie landmines peppered across each cup? I couldn’t imagine but I couldn’t resist indulging. 😦
It’s too delicious to give up, don’t you agree?
Now, I don’t ask anyone or even myself to stop the coffee habit. Its way impossible to switch overnight and convince people how harmful caffeine is (despite the overly commercial of how coffee can detoxify). And I don’t really urge you to switch to healthy coffee alternatives as well, but I’d like to share here what I found during the Holy Week back in Tagaytay.
They referred to it as “Luyang Dilaw”, we got to sample a cup of it at the kiosk nearby The Pink Sisters and I was enticed right away by its sweet-smelling scent. This isn’t the regular ginger tea I tasted before but I remember sipping a cup of it back at CHI Spa in Edsa Shangri-la. I even thought it was flavored with sugarcane hence the sweet taste.
Anyhow, based on the packaging here are the health benefits of “Luyang Dilaw”
–aids in treatment of kidney disorders, leprosy, small pox, diabetes, tuberculosis
–alleviates sore throat, fever, colds and nausea
–hinder diarrhea, gas pains
–relieves dyspepsia, toothaches
–lower cholesterol levels
If you’d go online and ask Google, there were too many more to discover about its health benefits and how it helped those who
had tried it before. I am truly convinced. But at this point I am not truly converted to drinking this only, the coffee aroma remains hard to resist. In time who knows I might be completely switched.
P.S. The husband is alternating this ginger tea to his decaf coffee every morning. Well me, I think I’ll enjoy this during the rainy months or rather bring some at the office when ac is freezing cold. 🙂