Energy Slumps? Get Blooming With Matcha Tea…

Modelling is surprisingly tiring, isn’t it. You’d think that a job involving sitting and having your face stroked for hours, then looking pretty for pictures, would be a walk in the park. So why is it we often end up yawning unphotogenically throughout the day?

Getting yourself presentable for an early call time generally involves hurrying through your beauty preparations at 5am and then stressfully rushing to the studio through herds of commuters so we get there at model time (15 minutes before anyone else).

Then…We sit. We sit and watch everyone arrive late. We watch the studio get set up and the make up artist gossip with the client and the hair stylist nip out for a fag. We sit and get our make up done, which takes a good 1-2 hours, and then we get our head yanked painfully while we sip a coffee and try (and fail) to resist the croissants. Then we stand on a cross of gaffa tape while the photographer tests the light and then we go and sit again.

Then it’s GO! GO! GO! While the team realise that it’s 11am and we haven’t got a single shot yet, and from then on it’s either changing and posing at full pelt or sitting quietly while people huddle round the computer screen to assess the shot.

All this ACTION! juxtaposed with extreme slothery often gives us a ridiculous energy low at around 3pm where our brains feel like sludge and time couldn’t move any slower. And don’t talk to us about e-commerce, showroom or fittings, where we’re either sat in the corner/a cupboard for hours or striding to and fro in high heels in outfit number 54823905483905.

It’s at these slumpy points of the day that coffee seems the only saviour along with some chocolate, but there are healthier pick-me-ups like Matcha tea that’ll give you energy without the inevitable crashing slump, dehydration and and fuzzy mouth.

I first discovered Matcha tea a few years ago and it’s now a firm favourite in healthy coffee shops – Matcha lattes, Matcha pancakes, Matcha muffins… The great thing about Matcha is that it gives you a discernible buzz and energy kick but in a gentle and steady way rather than sharp spikes and crashes.

I’ve been enjoying Bloom’s ‘Mindpower’ Matcha with ginger and ginseng and it’s helped me get through long shoot days as well as long writing sessions.

It comes with a spoon that helps you measure out the amount, and I mix with water that has boiled but is not boiling (it’s meant to be 80 degrees, I don’t have a thermometer but I leave the kettle for a few minutes). I whisk in the cup with a Matcha whisk I bought from The Tea House in Covent Garden and enjoy!

Bamboo whisk £15.75 from The Tea House

Now I’ll be honest, the taste takes a while to get used to. Because this is ground up green tea leaves that you ingest, rather than leaves stewing in a bag, there is an earthy bitterness to it. If you must, add some honey to sweeten but even just a slice of lemon also helps take the edge off and you get used to the taste and start to enjoy it quite soon. Because this has ginger and ginseng, there’s a nice warmth and depth to the Bloom tea and I can’t fault the mental clarity and steady energy rise I get from it.

You could also soak oats in milk/mylk with half a tsp of Matcha powder for your brekkie the next day – it’s great to experiment with, just be careful you don’t start adding loads of sugar and dairy to it as I think it dulls the effect and obviously adds lots more calories, too. It’s being used in lots of new beauty products, and if you want a quick face mask just mix half a teaspoon of Matcha with a splash of hot water, some coconut or sesame oil and plonk it on your face!

There are lots and lots of benefits to ingesting Matcha tea, including…

  • True bioavailability: the body actually absorbs the nutrients in Matcha
  • Contains trace minerals and vitamins (A, B-compex, C, E and K)
  • Low caffeine (30mg) which is regulated by L-Theanine (an amino acid). This doesn’t stimulate cortisol (that stress hormone – anyone else feel kittery/anxious with too much coffee?) so it promotes a relaxed awareness.

Good Matcha is well made and the price reflects this – it’s a lot more than a box of PG Tips – but remember you only use a very small amount and it lasts a long time. It’s £16.99 at Holland & Barrett, click here to check it out.

Rebecca x

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