Coca-Cola Controversy

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If you haven't heard of the Whole30 or you have and don't know much about it, here's what it's all about straight from the website:

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. 

The next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life. We know this because we did it, and tens of thousands of people have done it since, and it changed our lives (and their lives) in a very permanent fashion. (Need convincing? Just read some of our stunning testimonials.)

I started the Whole30 on July 26, 2015. I am currently on day 17 and I'm feeling great. I haven't had any bloating, gas, or indigestion since going on the program. My acne has gotten a lot better. I have so much more energy and I'm sleeping better than I have in a long time. I'm even waking up on time, before my alarm goes off. My seasonal allergies have also improved.

Over the last 17 days I have been eating only fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, chicken, beef, fish, eggs, and some nuts. I'm only drinking water, green tea, and seltzer/sparkling water. I have not consumed any dairy, carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners, and no Diet Coke! I have been trying to give up diet coke for YEARS!!!!! I was drinking 2-3 20oz bottles a day I've also been a avid pizza eater (sometimes a few nights a week) for a very long time.

My reason for doing the Whole30 was to quit these bad food habits and get rid of the cravings. Of course, I'd like to lose some weight as well. I broke a Whole30 rule and weighed this morning. I've lost 7.4 pounds since starting the Whole30. Here's the kicker. I haven't worked out at all! Just by changing my diet I'm feeling better and losing weight! Keep in mind, the Whole30 is not a 'weight loss' program, but a lifestyle change. My last day on the Whole30 will be August 24th. There are some foods I will try to reintroduce to my diet - peanut butter, yogurt, oatmeal - to name a few.

At this point you're probably wondering why this post is titled Coca-Cola Controversy.

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While I was getting ready for work today I was watching CBS This Morning. There was a story about how Coca-Cola has donated millions of dollars to spread the message that Americans pay too much attention to what they eat and drink instead of focusing on how much they exercise. Much of the money went to the Global Energy Balance Network. Steven Blair, GEBN's Vice President and leading scientist, is saying that people out there are blaming obesity and diabetes on eating too much, eating too much fast food and drinking too many sugary drinks and that there is virtually no compelling evidence that that's the cause. (video clip here)

I'm calling BULLSHIT!

Now I'm not a doctor or a scientist, but even I know better than that! I stopped drinking diet coke (among other things) and lost over 7 pounds in just 15 days. My trainer at the gym told me herself that diet soda assists the body in retaining fat. No bueno! The statistics that the news was showing this morning was mind blowing. I had no idea that 1-in-every-100 deaths from obesity-related diseases were caused by sugary drinks.

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Over the past two weeks my cravings for diet coke, pizza, and a few other things have gone away. I definitely do not plan on bringing Diet Coke back into the mix. I am loving my Perrier way too much. Also, La Croix makes a great Passionfruit seltzer water. Yum! I always preferred Coca-Cola to Pepsi. Open Happiness! is Coke's slogan. Well, not so much anymore. I open up a diet coke and everything will come back. The cravings and all that crap connected to it. It's not worth it to me. 

It's one thing to advocate a healthy balanced lifestyle, but a complete other when you decide to back a company that you are paying to say that your drinks aren't harmful. Shame on you Coca-Cola! Shame on you!

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