Why I Pulled the Plug on Soda

10 09 2009

Mornin’ blog buds!

The countdown is on!  A week from today I’ll be on a plane heading back home to see my family.  Woot woot!! 🙂 I can’t wait! 

The FitFeature for today is about ol’ soda pop!  During my earlier dieting days, I would use a daily diet soda (or two or three) as a way to thwart cravings for sweets (or so I thought) while I was trying to keep my calories down.  As I began down the path toward more holistic and healing nutrition along with acid/alkaline balance in the body, I started to pay closer attention to the ill effects of pop (both diet and regular).  I’d read the bad things before, but sometimes we make changes when we’re ready to make them and not a second sooner.

I had drastically reduced my soda intake after the initial meeting with my acupuncturist.  But I later read “The Ultimate pH Solution” by Michelle Schoffro Cook and one statement in her book stopped my soda habit in its tracks:

“…you need to drink 32 cups of water (and expend tremendous amounts of energy that would be better used elsewhere in your body) just to neutralize the acidity of one glass of soda.”

32 cups of water?  Yikes! 

So that did it for me.  I may drink the very rare occasional mixed cocktail that will contain some soda in it.  But I certainly don’t want all this care and effort I’m putting into alkalinizing my body to be ruined by ONE CAN of pop!

You’d think that hearing how the phosphoric acid can lead to weakened bones would have convinced me first.  Or how the aspartame allegedly converts to formaldehyde in the body.  There is enough weight on the cons of soda to really consider switching it out for something better for us. 

Will you accept the challenge today to replace at least one soda with water or herbal tea.?  Give it a try.  Then maybe tomorrow, you might want to do it again!  🙂

One day maybe I’ll also give up my single daily cup of coffee as well, but I’m desperately holding on to the hope that there are still a few good reasons to drink it (like the antioxidants, reduced effect of lactic acid buildup during exercise.)  😉

Now on to yesterday’s feats & eats!

Weight Training (Legs / Shoulders)

  • TM warmup for 5 minutes followed by 3 sets of 20 rep ball squats for a muscle specific warmup. 
  • Straight-Leg Deadlifts 4 sets of 15, 15, 12, 12
  • Deep DB Squats 4 sets of 15 reps
  • Explosive Lunges 4 sets of 20
  • Overhead Shoulder Press  4 sets of 15, 11, 11, 8
  • DB Rear Delt Flyes 3 sets of 15, 11, 12
  • Ball Crunches with KB 3 sets of 15 reps

Today my hamstrings and traps are telling me they apparently had a good workout!

My morning started with my antioxidant-rich cuppa JOE  😉  hahaha

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Post-workout BLENDED GREEN GOODNESS (banana, 2 clementines, spinach, sprouts, 2 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber, scoop of rice protein powder, 8 oz water):

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I had a friend over for lunch so we had soup and salad under the umbrella on the back patio.  It was gorgeous out!  We had a very relaxing time catching up.  The salad had spinach, arugula, romaine, zucchini ribbons, sundried tomatoes, red pepper and cucumber.  I topped mine off with Greek vinaigrette. 

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My afternoon snack had a lemon theme going on!  Larabar “Lemon Bar” flavor (OMG a new fave Larabar, it was AWESOME!!!!  I thought I was eating lemon loaf!) and a Ginger Lemongrass herbal tea to go:

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I had a handful of raisins around 5:00 to hold me over till dinner because we took the dogs for their quick 2 mile WOG in the evening.  We had some errands to run for our living room project so we picked up some falafel on our way to Home Depot.  Mmm, hummus!  Tabbouleh!  Falafel!  Something pickled (not sure what it is but it tastes really good!)

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I don’t think they gave me enough falafel!  (6!)  I ate 2.5 of them.  MSP took one, and the rest came home.  Not sure how they’ll reheat, guess I’ll find out today!  

OK friends, off to get this Thursday started!  Have a fantastic day and I’ll see you next time!

–Shari B.  =)

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8 responses

10 09 2009
Sabina

Love it…Carrie told me to read your blog ’cause I had to get over a massive Diet Pepsi addiction!

10 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hey Sabina! Thanks so much for coming by the blog and dropping a comment! I feel like I know you already thanks to Carrie’s Facebook – wish you both lived closer, you are my kind of peeps! Hope to see you here again!

Are you already off the Diet Pepsi or are you just starting to wean off? 😉 Way to go! Have a great day!

10 09 2009
Diane

Hi Sheri, I LOVE your blog. I have been focusing on eating healthier for a while now and I feel good! A couple of years ago as a “new year resolution” I gave up drinking diet coke. I only missed it for maybe one week. Now I just can’t drink the stuff at all – so artificial tasting and it NEVER quenched my thirst – only made it worse.

10 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hi Diane! thank you, I’m so glad to hear you like the blog!! Isn’t it interesting to see how our palates change when we get used to eating things that are fresh and free of chemicals? I get that too with certain foods. In fact even last night, I mentioned to my husband that I have gotten so used to making my own hummus that I like my version better than what we had with our dinner out. 🙂 Nice job on sticking with your resolution a few years back and following through with it!

10 09 2009
Jen

Stephanie sent me to your blog today after I complained about being hungry all the time and feeling like a slave to food. Great site! I will keep reading and hope to be inspired by all of your hard work. I used to have good eating habits of my own, but have slid a little over the past year (grrr)!

The delicious pickled something you’re referring to from Garbanzo is eggplant. Is is not divine?

10 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hi Jen! Welcome! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! 🙂 OK, I thought I heard them say eggplant when they asked if I wanted it – but it didn’t LOOK like eggplant so I figured I had to have heard it wrong! And YES, definitely divine! Thanks for letting me know, I appreciate it! I LOVE that place, and we are getting one in 8 days near Park Meadows so I won’t have to drive so darn far to get my falafel fix! 🙂

On the slave to food thing – oh sister I hear ya! I’ve been down that road myself a few times!! Have a great evening, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you on future posts! 😉

–Shari B. =)

11 09 2009
Sabina

I didn’t know you were on her FB page 🙂

Yeah i’m off of it, but it’s hard as mutha effing hell. The first time my addiction was INSANE. The max i had was 11 in a single day…during work hours. didn’t include driving to work and what i had after work. Weaning off that addiction involved a LOT of sleeping. And being cranky.

This time around wasn’t so bad, but you do get hooked on the taste of something fizzy. I usually go in two phases…first drinking Fresca ’cause it won’t stain teeth, it’s caffeine-free, but it’s still got the sweet bubbly thing going on…and then phase 2 is switching to tea. Tea is a pain ’cause it has to be prepared, whereas a case of soda on myd esk at work is the lazy man solution.

done with my rant 🙂

12 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hey Sabina!
OMG 11 diet pepsis in one day! My eyeballs would be floating for sure and I probably wouldn’t sleep for 2 weeks!
Do you like your tea iced at all? I only ask cuz I was thinking if you made one BIG batch, maybe then you could just keep it at your desk and pour it over ice when you’re ready to have some?

Have a great weekend!
–Shari B. =)

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