About a month ago I purchased a book “Skinny Bitch” By Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, I couldn’t put it down.
It talks a lot about food and whats good for you and whats not. The principal is that you become a Vegan but I can honestly say that I like my meat too much and wont be going down that path however there are a lot of things that I will be doing and the first is to cut out soft drink.
A bit of history….I wouldn’t say I’m a big soft drink consumer but it’s nice to have a can of lemonade or a gingerale out on a hot day or when you’re out having lunch etc. We also used to purchase 2 bottles of diet tonic water a week and would have those with our dinner. Yes they were diet but when I read “Skinny Bitch” and did my own research I made the decision that I wouldn’t be consuming soft drink anymore. I spoke to my husband about it and he also made the decision not to have it, this in turn meant that when our older son would ask for “fizzy” next (which he doesn’t get a lot of, maybe 1/2 cup once a week as a treat) that we would have to explain to him that we don’t drink it anymore.
We armed ourselves with plenty of lemons “Lets talk LEMONS” and a jug and have got into the habit of making a jug of lemon water when we get home in the afternoons. This helps with our overall water consumption and it also means we are not putting any excess sugar or diet substances into our body.
To start with I really struggled, what was I going to do without diet soft drink?
We all know that normal soft drink is not good for calorie controlled eating with all that sugar. Initially i didn’t really miss it but inadvertently I ordered a diet coke whilst out to lunch with a group of friends about a week into my soft drink ban, thankfully the barman was OK when I cancelled my order 1/4 glass in and asked for a lemon water instead.
Not only is it healthy but its saving us money. We would spend $3.60 a week on 4 bottles of diet soft drink and in addition possibly another $10 between the 2 of us whilst we were out and about on the weekends.
If we did that every week that’s a grand total saving of $707.20 a year. It really does add up.
I have been soft drink free for approx a month now and I feel really good about it.
Here is an extract from “Skinny Bitch” about soda drinks – Please bearin mind when reading that the book is American.
“Braceyourselves, girls: Soda is liquid Satan. It is the devil. It isgarbage. There is nothing in soda thatshould be put into your body. Forstarters, sodas high levels of phosphorous can increase calcium loss from thebody, as can its sodium and caffeine. [Cousens, Conscious Eating, 475]You know what this means-bone loss, which may lead to osteoporosis. And the last time we checked, sugar, found insoda by the boatload, does not make you skinny!
Now don’tgo patting yourself on the back if you drink diet soda. That stuff is even worse. Aspartame (an ingredient commonly found indiet sodas and other sugar-free foods) has been blamed for a slew of scarymaladies, like arthritis, birth defects, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, lupus,multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. Whenmethyl alcohol, a component of aspartame, enters your body, it turns intoformaldehyde. Formaldehyde is toxic andcarcinogenic (cancer-causing). Laboratory scientists use formaldehyde as a disinfectant orpreservative. The don’t f****** drink it. Perhaps you have a lumpy ass because you arepreserving your fat cells with diet soda. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more complaintsabout aspartame than any other ingredient to date.
Want more bad news?When aspartame is paired with carbs, it causes your brain to slow down itsproduction of serotonin. A healthy levelof serotonin is needed to be happy and well balanced. So drinking soda can make you fat, sick andunhappy.
Unless you’refrom Mars, you’ve heard about the “eight glasses of water a day” thing.
If you’re filling up on 16 ounces of liquidSatan at a time, chances are you’re not getting your 64 ounces if water aday. Water is vital for keeping yourbody clean and detoxified. It literallyflushes out all the s*** and toxins your body stores from your horrendousdiet.
You mightbe fat because you don’t poop enough. Drinking lots of water can help with the elimination process. If the taste of water bore you, try jazzingup the flavor with a slice of lemon or lime, or, if you’re feeling sassy, tossin a strawberry or raspberry. Say goodbyeto soda and say hello to a sweet ass.”
Here issome Australian information on Aspartame:
If you’re still with me, lets talk about sugar and in detail sugar in drinks, and what it does to you.
Most soft drinks and fruit juices you buy taste sweet because they contain a lot of sugar.
Can you guess how many spoons of sugar are in what you consume?
Type and amount of drink Sugar approx teaspoons/pack
Regular can of soft drink (375 ml) 9-13
375 ml can – Cola 9-11
375 ml can – Diet cola 0
375ml can – Carbonated mineral water 0
250 ml pack – Pure fruit juice 4-9
300 ml bottle – Fruit juice and mineral water 5-8
250 ml pack – Fruit juice drink 5-9
300ml carton – Normal, full fat milk 4
300 ml carton – Chocolate flavoured milk 6-8
Why should you say no to sugar?
Your body turns the foods that you eat and drink into the energy it needs to grow and function. Different types of drinks contain different levels of energy. The amount of energy in food and drink is measured in either ‘calories’ or ‘kilojoules’.
Soft drinks and alcohol are often called “empty calories”. This means they contain sugar, water and colour but very little else. They provide some energy for your body but contain almost none of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.
Soft drinks will make you feel full but not for long, give it 30 Min’s and you will feel like you have had nothing and may even be hungrier.
Do you still want that soft drink with your meal?
Is there an alternative? Hell YES!
I purchased Stevia for the first time approx 4 weeks ago when I gave up soft drink and now its all we use at home unless I am baking and depending on the recipe I may use normal sugar in smaller amounts.
Stevia is a plant extract which can be purchased from health food shops and recently it has been seen in many mainstream supermarkets.
If you are going to use sugar I would highly recommend using raw sugar as it is less refined.