I, like most women, am my harshest critic. I am constantly trying to keep up a diet, or trying to lose weight, while not doing the best JOB eating healthy. Although, I do make smoothies almost every morning, the rest of the day, I’m either on the right track, or far from it.
I recently learned about a diet that does not INVOLVE much dieting: the Cinnamon Tea w/ Honey Diet.
The elements of the tea are SIMPLE:
- Boil 2 cups of water
- After the water is done boiling, reduce the heat and stir in 1-2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon.
- Let it simmer and stir it occasionally over the next 10-15 mins over LOW heat.
- Remove it from the heat, after it has cooled, place honey in the mixture (do not place honey in the hot mixture– only when fully cooled!)
- Stir it vigorously
- Drink a forth or half of it before bed (last thing you drink)
- Wake up in the morning, stir it vigorously
- Drink 1/4 or half of it on an empty stomach the next morning
My opinions on how the diet works:
First off, Cinnamon is an appetite suppressant. Naturally, after drinking the tea, I’m not that hungry. I, literally, have to remind myself to eat! Reminding myself to eat, is NOT something I do regularly. I usually have to remind myself to STOP eating, because I’m always munching on something!
Second, I felt thirsty throughout the day. I’m horrible about consuming water, but I can definitely tell when my body craves water. All through yesterday, I was craving glasses and glasses of water.
Third, I naturally ate smaller portions. I was just full sooner, and I could not eat any more, without feeling uncomfortable. Usually, even if I feel uncomfortable, there is this mental thing where I still want to eat because everything is so yummy, and everything I ate last night was extremely yummy, but still — I just had to stop.
I’m not sure how the honey works into the tea, but if you google the recipe, you’ll see that it’s always there, so it must have some effect. I’m happy with the way things are going so I will continue this “diet.”
If you try it, let me know how it affected you? Pay attention to your mental states about food! Cannot wait to hear about your experiences!
P.S. I thought I would leave you with a little bit of information about the health benefits of Cinnamon:
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
- Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body. (My mother is indian, and claims this as cinnamons most important quality!)
- Cinnamon has antifungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
- Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
- Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
- Honey and Cinnamon combined have been found to relieve arthritis pain.
- When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
- Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
- Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
- Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches or relieving migraines
- Cinnamon can also help stablize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!
Unfortunately, I cannot back up the above with proof or scientific evidence, but I do feel like cinnamon has a plethora of great qualities. Cinnamon is a readily available spice, which can be bought extremely cheaply, so why not try it out for yourself — you have NOTHING to lose, unless your allergic! As you’ll see on WebMD: Cinnamon has virtually no side effects!