So, I’m finally doing it.
It’s long over due.
I’m finally quitting drinking Diet pop.
I’ve tried in the past and quit for a little while and then went back but, the only way I can explain it, is that I’m addicted.
The hard thing to admit is that I know how TERRIBLE it is and that I know that I am literally putting poison in my body.
Sort of when you see doctors and nurses smoke, I mean, they know how bad smoking is and what it does to your body but, they are standing outside puffing away.
Here’s a refresher for my fellow Diet-pop drinkers:
Most, if not all, Diet drinks contain Aspartame or Sucrolose. Splenda being one of them, for awhile I thought that this was a safe sugar substitute until I dug deeper and discovered quite a few astonishing facts.
- Splenda was “discovered”, yes, d i s c o v e r e d by a grad student in London in 1976 while working on a study whose purpose was to create new insecticides.
- DDT, a poison used to kill many pests, which is now banned has a VERY similar chemical structure as Sucralose.
- There are many studies that claim Splenda is safe but, all studies were paid by McNeil Nutritionals–which can often lead to questionable results.
- Scientists took the natural sugar molecule and added Chlorine to make Splenda. A known poison.
- Studies only tested secondary effects such as tooth decay.
- Only 6 studies were on human subjects for a span of 3 months, which most people use Splenda for years.
- Independent studies on humans showed that Splenda impaired liver function, caused enlarged kidneys and liver, loss of red blood cells–which causes anemia, impaired mineral absorption, shrinkage of the Thymus gland (the gland that plays a big role in immunity), linked to Dementia, severe depression and sleep disorders.
- Splenda has been linked to Lupus, Diabetes and digestive disturbances. Diarrhea, bloating, vomiting and nausea.
- One of the biggest side effects folks, can you guess? WEIGHT GAIN.
Well, my body craves it.
I don’t know if it’s the caffeine or if the carbonated taste that I crave but, it’s had a hold on me too long.
As a part of my getting Fit & Firm and staying motivated along this journey. I’m stopping this nasty habit. I’m going to take it day by day and slowly wean myself off of it. I’m afraid quitting cold turkey will be really bad with the caffeine intake and all. Maybe the artificial sweetener itself may cause some form of reaction. I’m also not a heavy coffee drinker but, I do enjoy a nice black coffee once in a while. When I do have a cup of coffee it will be sweetened with Stevia which by research, has been deemed safe. It’s an herb that is much sweeter than sugar and has shown no side effects.
Well, I drink lots of water and for years I’ve drank Green Tea. I haven’t had Green Tea since August and before that I couldn’t because I was pregnant then breastfeeding. I can’t drink it now because it’s high in Vitamin K and that in essence cancels out the blood thinner that I’m on.
So, it’s going to be water and organic soy milk for me.
I’m beginning to think that even though I want to be healthy, it’s sort of eliminates my efforts of eating clean, especially when I put such toxins in my body knowingly.
I am beginning to see that maybe a little caloric intake is much better than the adverse effects that this has.
P.S. my girls rarely if ever drink pop, so it’s just me addicted.
So, here’s to being motivated and to making a change that I’ve been wanting to make for so very long.
Lord help me.
What is your addiction? How do you find better alternatives?
Til then, cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.