The Feel Good Effect is a series exploring the habits, tactics and mindsets that you can use in your real life to feel good, everyday.
How it works: Each week I adopt a new Feel Good practice and trial it in my own life for 2 weeks. At the end of the 2 weeks I share what I did, how it went, and the Feel Good Effect.
Feel Good Week 3: Golden Milk Every Day
Feel Good Practice
Drink a cup of Golden Milk every day.
3-10 minutes to prepare the drink, plus the time required to purchase all the ingredients.
Purchase all the required ingredients and prepare the drink.
Varies depending on the ingredients used, about $0.75 to $2.00 per serving if made at home with organic ingredients.
Why I Tried It
Golden Milk is made by whisking turmeric with other warming flavors together with milk (any kind; almond, rice, dairy, etc.) to create a drink that can be served either warm or cold.
The golden-colored drink has gained popularity in the past few years due in large part to the health-giving properties of turmeric.
Studies have shown that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems, and Golden Milk is a delicious way to add more of the super-food into your daily routine.
I wanted to try drinking Golden Milk to add more turmeric to my diet and to find out how the drink would make me feel overall.
My Feel Good Experience
I’ve tried Golden Milk from time to time in the past, but was never able to make the habit stick. When I set out to drink it everyday I realized right away that the reason I wasn’t able to make it a daily habit in the past was the number of steps and ingredients required.
After some trial and error, I realized that I need to streamline the prep process.
I experimented with creating a Golden Milk Concentrate, which could be prepped ahead and then easily swirled into a warm mug of milk or mixed with milk and poured over ice.
Prepping the Concentrate ahead made whipping up a daily glass much easier, and I was able to stick with the practice each day.
I can’t say I noticed an immediate effect on my body, but turmeric is one of those things that takes awhile to work its magic.
The daily ritual of preparing a warm mug, swirling the Golden Milk Concentrate into the milk, and sipping the nourishing mix was really quite soothing, and I looked forward to the ritual each evening.
Also, sipping Golden Milk in the evening helped to curb my sweet craving, and was a nice way to wind down and relax in the afternoon or at the end of the day.
Gathering the ingredients and the initial cost may be challenging for some. Since I had most of the ingredients on hand already, the initial set-up pretty easy.
As mentioned, preparing the drink each day was a bit cumbersome, but the Golden Milk Concentrate make the process much easier.
Feel Good Effect
While I didn’t notice an immediate effect from the turmeric on my body (which is to be expected, given the time frame), I enjoyed the ritual of preparing a warm mug of Golden Milk.
Sipping on the Golden Milk was calming, allowed me to unwind after a long day, and helped curb cravings for sweets.
I’ll definitely keep the practice going, and plan to switch to an iced version once the weather warms.
Overall Feel Good Effect: Medium
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Is Golden Milk a daily Feel Good practice for you? How do you incorporate it into your routine? What positive effects have you experienced as a result?