Thirsty Thursday: Made Exclusively for Water

Happy Thirsty Thursday!  TGI-almost-F 🙂

I work as a catering attendant, and today I overheard two women discussing their new diets.  If you could even call them that! In between sips of diet coke (and asking me to bring more), one of the women shared how she is cutting out all carbs.  I wanted to scream at her that cutting carbs won’t do anything if you’re chugging 5 diet cokes a day!  Okay, maybe she’ll drop a couple pounds, but it won’t last and it certainly won’t be healthy.

If you’re looking to improve your health, one of the first places you should look is what you drink. I stick to water, club soda, and green tea leaves (bag tea is another issue with me!). There are so many reasons why you should not drink soda!  I’d try to convince you to not drink alcohol, but there are too many people reading this who would boycott the blog if I tried that 🙂

These are the ingredients to a favorite of clients here at my internship, good ol’ Diet Coke:

Did you know that the ingredients are listed by what is used the most in the product?  That means you’re probably mostly drinking CARAMEL COLOR.  I’ve never juiced a caramel, but I’m thinking that’s not really how it’s made.  Also, if you look at this label and think, “Yeah, I know  what aspartame, phosphoric acid, and potassium benzoate are and what they will do to my body.” and you STILL drink it, more power to you because you’re going to need it.

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener which, when ingested, eventually breaks down in to formaldehyde.  Yeah, the stuff used to embalm people.  Enough said, right?  Well if not, check out this site for more info.

Oh, but you drink Diet Coke Sweetened with Splenda?  Still not okay! Check out this picture that’s been popping up on my newsfeed that past few days, thanks to Michelle LeSeuer from Unique Health and Wellness.

This babe cut Splenda from her diet for just 28 days, without changing any other part of her lifestyle, and got incredible results.  She also brought up an awesome point: ” I wonder now what the Splenda is doing to the inside of my body since it can make such a drastic difference to the outside.”

Now you’re probably wondering, what the heck can I drink?? Well, water is definitely a great start:)  But don’t be afraid to get crazy with your H2O and add cucumbers, strawberries, pineapple, anything!  Also, to beat the summer heat, I found a great recipe from Trainer Momma for you! Because doesn’t everyone need a piña colada every now and then?

Protein Piña Colada

(I modified it a bit)

1 cup of almond milk
1 scoop (around 2 1/2 Tb) of protein powder
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/4 tsp coconut extract
1 packet of stevia
5 ice cubes

Just throw it all in the blender for about 3-4 minutes.  The longer you let it mix, the fluffier it will be.

Calories: 200