May 202015
 

With my recent back issues it was suggested to me that I get a standing desk at work. I liked the idea of being able to between sitting and standing to break up the day and several coworkers had various types of standing/sitting desks that I eyed. In order to get the new desk I had to have a doctor’s note, and then it took several weeks for them to order it and then install it.

Recently I came into work surprised to see it installed! (And my desk in total chaos and disarray. Had they scheduled it and let me know, I would have moved everything, but who am I to complain? At least it’s installed FINALLY.)

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I consider myself pretty active. I do a lot of walking, I work out 5 days a week. My fitness is pretty diverse. I’m a gym-rat, but also do things like hiking and I bike to work in the summer time. When I’m at home I’m usually busy doing stuff. But at work? I tend to sit a lot. Sure I get up and walk to the printer (A LOT, I’d say every few minutes or so) and when weather is nice I walk on my lunch break. But still, I’m sitting for long periods of time.

When my back was acting up and clearly sitting for long periods was aggravating it, I was forcing myself to get up and do my PT stretches a few times an hour. It helped but didn’t fix the problem. Not only that, by the end of the week, my back would be CRANKY.

How often do you get up from your desk at work? What do you get up for? Bathroom break, coffee, maybe walking to the printer. Some people may have all that stuff at their desk/in their office which makes it unnecessary to get up for on a frequent basis.
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Sitting is definitely detrimental to health. While part of me feels like it’s the new “fad” in the news (sitting is the new smoking, blah blah blah) I do agree that being sedentary is not going to positively impact your health. It just can’t. Our bodies aren’t built that way. We’re hunter-gatherers-farmers who no longer do those things because of modern life.

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Shocking isn’t it? We really do spend most of our time sitting! Not good. This video was really good: WATCH: The damage sitting does to your body explained in 60 seconds.

So how is my standing desk?

It was weird and awkward at first. I had to re-arrange my desk to make it work right and move things I use all day since it wasn’t in the right spot anymore. My goal was to spend half the day standing and half sitting, at least at first. I thought that was a generous number. So I stood about 20-30 minutes out of every hour that I was at work.

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Like I said, it was an adjustment. I found that I wasn’t finding that sweet spot of how to stand. I didn’t want to shift my weight on one leg and I found myself doing that often. I also didn’t want to slouch and I wanted to make sure my posture was good. Slouching wasn’t going to fix my back problems!

I am conscious of how I stand and try not to bend over too much. So it took awhile to get used to. It’s been about two weeks now. The first week I had some other issues–my feet hurt at the end of the day. I need to experiment with wearing different shoes at work and see if that makes a difference. Despite the foot fatigue, my back did feel a little better standing most of the day. I will continue to do this and my PT exercises. It might take time, but I hope this helps my back.

Do you have a standing desk at work? What has your experience been? Tips? Tricks?

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May 182015
 

Recently I was contacted by Buddha Teas asking if I wanted to try their product and give a review. I agreed immediately because I love tea! I was also happy to have the opportunity to use a wedding gift from a friend–an amazing tea set.

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I liked that Buddha Teas uses only organic teas and that the tea bags are bleach-free.

Buddha Teas understands the importance of purity. While most consumer products today are processed and packaged beyond recognition, our goal is to get back to the natural. We offer 100% unaltered, organic and wildcraft teas made from the freshest herbs, carefully packaged in only bleach free tea bags. Our customers take comfort in knowing that they can enjoy a cup of tea without any harmful additives or toxins, and with our ever-growing collection of natural teas, each customer can choose a tea that perfectly matches their needs.

What kind of tea are you looking for? They have all kinds of tea, to satisfy any craving you might have. Here is the list:

Black Teas

Herbal Teas

Specialty Teas

Green Teas

Leaf Teas

Root Teas

Flower Teas

Berry Teas

Seed Teas

Bark Teas

Caffeine Free

I’m intrigued by their Lavender Tea and might try that flavor next. I’m DEFINITELY trying their Passion Flower Tea soon!

My preference in tea leans towards black tea, flower teas and berry teas. When we were in Hawaii for our honeymoon I exclusively drank the local Passionfruit tea and LOVED it. Some other flavors I always have in my house: Moroccan Mint, English Breakfast and Jasmine Pearl tea.

I was able to pick the tea I wanted to try and review and chose the “Skinny Buddha Tea.” Don’t worry, I’m not under any delusions that this tea is somehow magical and going to help me lose weight, but I was curious to try it and the ingredients sounded delicious.

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Ingredients:

  • Organic Green tea
  • Organic Hibiscus
  • Organic Bilberry Leaf
  • Organic Cranberry
  • Organic Lemongrass
  • Organic Triphala
  • Organic Chickweed

The ingredients that intrigued me were the hibiscus, cranberry and lemongrass. I didn’t know what Triphala was and had to google it. Apparently it’s used in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s supposed to help with weight loss, boost immune system, and relieve gastrointestinal issues. I also didn’t know what Chickweed was. “People take chickweed for constipation, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, asthma and other lung diseases, obesity, a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, a skin condition called psoriasis, rabies, itching, and muscle and joint pain. (source)” I have to admit, I was intrigued by the psoriasis mention–I do have psoriasis and I was curious about whether the natural herb could help. It would be nice to go the homeopathic route someday instead of relying on medicine.

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How was the tea?

I’m not a fan of green tea, unless it’s flavored. If it’s just straight green tea I can’t drink it–I’ve tried and just haven’t gotten used to it. The flavor in this was not overpowering and didn’t taste like green tea, which was a bonus for me. What I tasted most was the hibiscus, but it wasn’t a super strong flavor. It was nicely balanced.

I drank the tea mid-morning to stave off hunger. I liked that it helped with that and it made it easier to go a little bit longer in between breakfast and lunch. I had a big, steaming cup around 11am at work one day and it took me awhile to drink it, and that kept me from snacking on junk that’s around the office.

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Now for the fun part!

GIVEAWAY

Buddha Teas has offered to give one of my readers a sample of their tea! If you’d like to pick your own flavor and give it a try, enter the giveaway here. Simply leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you’d want to try and I will pick a winner randomly!

You have until this Wednesday morning to enter the giveaway. Good luck!

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