It’s Makeover Monday, and this week I am making over …..
Yep, we’re going after that nasty can of toxic chemicals once and for all because YOU are WAY TOO SMART to allow the biggest health scam in America to ruin your health, right?!
Remember my motto…
“The most important thing you can do for your family is to be healthy….”
So trust me when I say there ain’t nothin good coming from you sucking down a Diet Coke, or any other diet soda for that matter….. Right? I know you know this to be true, because you are a smart and intuitive person, so why, then, do you (and millions of others) do it?
Is it because you’re addicted?
It would be hard to drink it on a regular basis and not get addicted, just sayin…
Here’s the facts about Diet Soda addiction:
Diet Coke has caffeine, which we all know is addictive in itself. It also has other chemical sweeteners that have been in the spot light as of late for their neuro toxic and addictive effects on humans. Aspartame, being the most common…
Trust me when I tell you ASPARTAME has NO BUSINESS being inside your body. It is neuro toxic, and has been linked to seizures, migraines, and other neurological conditions. It has also been linked to weight gain…go figure, literally.
Nor does Neotame, which is made by combining Aspartame with 3-dimethylbutyraldehyd, a highly flammable irritant that carries risk statements warning that it’s irritating to skin, eyes, and respiratory system….Nice.
Hmmmm, think maybe that’s why Diet Coke has been said to actually be able to clean your toilet?
There are also many other chemicals in Diet Coke for you to be aware of…and thousands of studies siting the dangers of these chemicals. If you drink Diet Coke, you MUST spend some time reviewing the studies on these chemicals, including the carmel coloring additive, which Diet Coke manufactures have just agreed to change because of the dangers on human health. I bet you a Diet Coke they replace it with something toxic….#donttrustemanounce
OK, I could go on here loading you up with big words and facts about the addictive and harmful effects of Diet Coke on your health, or I can just make a PLEA to you to USE YOUR COMMON SENSE. To love yourself and your family enough to do what is right for your health. You are stronger than that chemical crap, and don’t need it to keep you going. Every time you open a can and suck it down you are poisoning your body and choosing addiction over your health.
Say it with me…
“The best thing you can do for your family is to be healthy!”
Now, for the MAKEOVER part….
WHAT is a healthy alternative to Diet Coke that is satisfying? Well, if you are addicted to Diet Coke, probably nothing will be satisfying in the beginning. If you actually like the taste of diet coke, your tastes buds are off. Way off. The taste buds of someone who does not consume fake chemicals would find diet coke repulsive and not recognizable as something to be consumed. So, you are going to have to suck it up (literally) and drink healthier alternatives until your taste buds adjust to more natural flavors. Sorry. As you can see, I don’t “sugar coat” things, not even my words…
BUT, if you are READY to MAKEOVER your Diet Coke addiction, here is what I suggest you do:
1. Learn to read labels and to understand the various names of chemical sweetener additives. Basically, if you can’t pronounce it, don’t consume it. Natural cane sugar, stevia, honey, agave, are about the only natural sweeteners I recommend, and these should be consumed in moderation.
2. Don’t consume ANY other sweeteners besides the ones listed above…. I know I will still get questions about splenda and a few others and the answer is no! If it was manufactured in a lab, it’s a no. Unfortunately, many of the artificial sweeteners are marketed as healthy and natural, which is confusing to the consumer, so you have to be your own detective, and learn the truth about chemicals in your diet. If not for you, do it for your kids, so we can break the cycle of destructive eating in this country.
3. Consume these instead: clean filtered water, spring water from a clean source (you can add fresh fruit or cucumbers to the water for flavor), organic herbal or green iced teas with little or no sweetener, and only the sweeteners above (no more than 10g per serving), lemonade (organic and natural), and if you are on the go and need to buy bottled drinks, buy HINT, which tastes delicious and has no sugar, or raw, organic, unsweetened coconut water. I like Natures Harvest the best. But remember, anything other than water should be consumed as a treat, in moderation. Water should be 80% of your liquid consumption. And, ok, if you really want a cola once in a blue moon, go for the old fashioned kind. The ones made with natural ingredients and no fake chemicals….I, too, love a good ole fashioned root beer every once in a while.
Hmmmmm, I didn’t give you a whole lot of choices, did I? So not the American way, sorry. I didn’t suggest fruit juice, nor did I suggest Crystal Light or any of those other ridiculous fake chemical cocktails in a can. But I do promise you that as you continue to MAKEOVER your diet, your taste buds will shift to not wanting sweet, toxic tastes. So stick with me and I will be making over more products each week to help you along your diet makeover journey, which will eventually lead to making over your muffintop!
Here are some sources for you to learn more about diet soda addiction and aspartame.
Thanks for checking out our Monday Makeover this week.
If you have a product you’d like to see “made-over”, let me know either by email or on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/muffintopmakeover
Making your health over,
Heather Morgan, MS, NLC