Monday, August 30, 2010

FALL CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE WEEK 2!

        This week is going to be hard for a lot of you. So I am only going to ask you to give up one thing...

                                              SODA!
                                   ( YES EVEN DIET!)

   I totally understand that drinking soda is addicting and it may be a hard habit for some of you to break. Especially those of you who start your morning with it for breakfast (ahhhhhhh!) and continually drink it throughout the day

  But in order to lose weight, you must give up the soda!

 Here's why I want you to give it up....

  REGULAR SODA:
  The idea that regular soda is bad for us is a no brainer right? But did you know how much sugar is actually in one? If you drink a 12 oz can of Coke you are consuming 140 calories and 39 grams of carbs mainly from high fructose corn syrup! So if you drink 3 a day that is 420 calories and 117 grams of carbs! Or if you have one of those big gulps its 44 oz and 518 calories! Yikes!


  DIET SODA
   I know that many of you drink diet soda because you like to drink something with some flavor but you don't want the extra calories, so you figure it's pretty harmless. However, diet soda is actually counteracting your weight loss goals, because it makes you crave more sugar and feel hungrier. 
   When we eat sugar our brains understand that there are a lot of calories connected to that sweet flavor. However, when you drink a lot of diet soda, your brain gets confused because it is waiting for the calories that are suppose to be connected to that sweet taste but none are there. So it begins to think that our bodies need to consume more sweet foods to get the calories we need. Consequently, we begin to overeat because we don't realize how many calories we are consuming.  Overtime our brains can actually forget that sugar has calories! Then when we eat foods with real sugar our bodies don't burn up the calories in that food because our brain thinks there weren't any. Consequently, that sugar we actually did consume is then stored as fat! It becomes a vicious cycle that needs to be broken.

What you can replace your soda habit with....
  If you feel lost without your soda,  remember it takes about three weeks to break a habit! You will soon forget all about them! (really I swear!)
 Here are some healthy alternatives, to help you out.

1. Green tea:
    Studies have shown that drinking 3 cups of green tea a day helps increase your metabolism. It also has lots of polyphenols and catechins that fight free radicals.


2. Puerh Tea:
   A much better way to start your day, with a little caffeine!
   Here is a link to my blog post telling all about the goodness of puerh tea!

3. Skim Milk
    If your stomach can tolerate skim milk, it is a great way to get a good source of protein. If you mix it with a few scoops of Chocolate Malt Ovaltine it makes a great post work out recovery drink!
4. Water:
   A study came out in August that said drinking two glasses of water before your meal will help you lose weight because you will feel fuller and eat less. Water is the best beverage choice to drink throughout the day to keep you hydrated and feeling full. Many times we think we are feeling hungry so we eat, but our bodies actually need more water. So before you start to snack on something, have some water and wait a bit before eating.

These alternatives may sound boring for your taste buds, but in a few short weeks without all that soda, you will feel a real difference in your body, mind and waistline!
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So how did you do last week? Were you able to give up fast food, throw out your non clean eating snack and eat breakfast everyday?
  If you even tried to do all/or some of those things, great job! If you didn't even try, start today!  Remember, this fall challenge will be a continual work in progress.  You might have to take a little more than one week to make one part of the challenge a permanent part of your life. So if you weren't able to eat a clean breakfast everyday or you broke down and had McDonald's one day with the kids, that's OK, just refocus yourself this week. Plus try to exchange your sodas for healthy alternatives!

 Let me know how you are doing with any of the parts of the challenge so far. I would love to hear from you!

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