Hello, I’m Steve. I’m 55, live in Dayton, Ohio and I have a passion for everything green tea. I love learning and expanding my knowledge of green tea and its health benefits, and then sharing it with others. I have varied and diverse interests that include the love of golf, basketball, wine, and music (alternative and smooth jazz). I’m married to the most wonderful woman in the world and have three grown children (all girls).
I have always been a tea drinker as I never acquired the taste for coffee like everyone else around me. But my love for green tea really started when I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia or CLL. CLL is the most common type of leukemia. Most people are diagnosed without symptoms as the result of a routine blood test that returns a high white blood cell count, as was in my case. I’m still in the early stages in what is called “Watch and Wait” mode, and my goal is to stay in this stage and never have to be treated!
I used to consume a lot of carbonated beverages. This was not good from a nutrition standpoint, as nutrients play a key role in taking care of my CLL. Over time I have learned about the connection between what we consume and how it contributes to our overall health.
My tea preferences are still evolving. I really like teas, both hot and iced. I’m still learning about loose teas and how to brew them. My favorite drink when I’m out and about is a Matcha tea latte from Starbucks.