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Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi – What about it?

Healthy Living, longevity, Weightloss

People ask me this all the time, What about Diet Coke? Diet Pepsi? Should I be able to lose weight if I drink diet <Insert Favorite Drink Name here>. I can not live without my Diet <Blah>. A look in the mirror or a self-reflection will tell you the answer. You do not need to pay me to answer that question for you. If you are unhappy with how you look and feel, you cannot keep doing what you always do. It is probably a time for a change.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

Are “diet” drinks good for you?

Seen in big bold colorful writing on food labels on your diet coke and other foods in the box – No Sugar Added, Low Fat, No High Fructose Corn Syrup, Low Sugar, heart-healthy.. I can probably go on and on about the adjectives being freely used, but you get the point.

Today I want to call them out – the food and health Industry in USA

for their total, utter and complete “fortified” Bull$$$t,

You have been lied to for decades by food pyramids, politicians, and lobbyists because keeping you in the dark is good for the big Food, big Pharma, Hospitals, Doctors, Health Insurance, and even the diet food industry.

There is also diet alcohol available these days. SMH. Wait. Can I SMH in a blog post? Or is that a social media thing?

Only to find out that you put on more weight as the days go by and by the way you have no energy, you crash 2 hours after eating your diet food and have to go back for your next diet coke.

The Lies Food Industry Tells You.

A 2020 Study by NHANES determined that over 73% of US adults are overweight or obese. That should tell you who is benefitting from the lies perpetrated by the food industry.

I am making no friends by telling you to stop believing the lies of the Health (Read: Processed) food Industry. and I understand I am punching a hornet’s nest by saying this but I was never known for playing it safe so here goes:

They Lie.

They want to keep you stuck.

They don’t have your best interest at heart.

If you want to live a long and healthy life if you want to be able to live long enough to see your children and grandchildren….


Then here is the real truth

You have to break the addiction to Processed Food.

If you are sick, have diabetes, high cholesterol, a heart condition, or are overweight or obese.

It is not you, that is the Problem. It is the chemistry of the food that you eat.

Fix the nutrition first, and It becomes a no-brainer to lose weight.

May be you heard this here first. But I am positive others have said it before.

Ok. We get the point. What diet should I get on?

Really, no matter what diet you follow, you will be fine as long as you eat unprocessed food.

Processed food is everywhere. It is difficult to avoid. Pretty much everything is processed and modified but try as best as you can to read the ingredient label.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


Here are some other ideas to help you get unprocessed foods:

  1. Buy Local: Local produce has longer to ripen naturally before it is picked. This means more nutrients for you!
  2. Eat REAL foods – Foods that are grown, not manufactured, processed, or modified and they do not contain unnecessary additives or preservatives to make it shelf-stable. Think fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, lean meat, and fish. 
  3. Avoid the “Dirty Dozen”: This is the list put together by the Environmental Working Group that highlights the produce that has the highest pesticide residues than other produce items. 
  4. Eat Seasonal Produce: Seasonally fresh produce is picked when ripe and fully developed. This means the plant has also had more sun exposure and will have higher levels of antioxidants.
  5. Wash Your Produce: If you are unable to purchase organic produce, make sure to wash it well in order to remove harmful pesticides from the surfaces of the food. 

What if I cannot break my diet pepsi (diet coke) habit?

Eating unprocessed foods is a lifestyle choice. Once you notice the positive benefits, it will quickly become a habit! I get it. It is difficult swapping your diet coke and diet pepsi for water. But you can try it out. Not ready to give up all at once? Try it a few times. When you go to the refrigerator to get the next can of diet coke, get a bottle of water as well. Drink water first.


Is Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi good for weightloss?

Figure out, how can you make this habit tinier, smaller, atomic, more quantum?

Here is a way: Start by making just a few small changes. Choose fresh, raw, whole foods and get into the habit of keeping them readily available so you can snack on them at the next craving. 

Read more about Hydration Matters: Drink More Water.

Do different. Be different. Feel Good.



True Story – Heard around town at McEvil – I want a diet coke with my Quarter Pounder and Fries. Because I am watching what I eat.


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #74.

Swiss Chard Recipe

Easy Swiss Chard Recipe – Superfood Chard with Cranberry, Ginger, Cumin and Cilantro.

Easy Low Carb Recipe, Fitness, Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Weight Loss Recipes, Weightloss

I created this Swiss Chard recipe after receiving my Viome superfoods list, which pretty much told me that everything I was eating was wrong. And I should eat a whole bunch of unknown foods instead. Viome tests for your gut bacteria from a tiny sample of poop and determines the kinds of food that will increase or support the good kinds of microorganisms inside your gut. I do not have any serious or debilitating underlying health conditions that I know of, but I still did the test to see what it finds out.

I developed this Swiss Chard Recipe for a contest in 2020, but it is time I bring it home to my own blog. This recipe indeed is a Superfood Powerhouse – Chard, Cranberry, Cilantro, Cumin, Turmeric.

Ingredients

  • Red and White Chard – 2 Large Bunches
  • Cranberry – Frozen (1/2 cup)
  • Garlic – 1 Tbsp, fresh minced.
  • Ginger – 1 Tbsp, fresh grated.
  • Cilantro – chopped for garnish.
  • Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Ghee – 2 Tbsp
  • Dried Red Chilies – 2 (optional)
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: to taste
  • Black Pepper: to taste

Method

  • Step 1. Wash and Chop Chard (I used Red and White Chard). Chop the stems and leaves separately to get even cooking. I chop the stems 1/2 inch size and leaves about 2-3 inches
  • Step 2. Chop Cilantro finely for garnish.
  • Step 3. In the Inner Pot of Instant Pot Add 2 Tbsp of Ghee.
  • Step 4. Add Cumin and Dried Red Chilly. Break them up if you want.
  • Step 5. Next Add the Cranberry, followed by garlic and ginger and thicker stem (chopped) of chard.
  • Step 6. Add the Chard Leaves, Salt, Black Pepper and Turmeric.
  • Step 7. Put the Inner Pot inside the Instant Pot. And Set the Instant Pot to Steam, More, 0 Minutes and Venting Position. This helps evaporate all of the water and get you good dry consistency.
  • Step 8. When the Instant Pot beeps, Wait for about 5 minutes and Open the Pot and Stir and mix everything well – so all of that tartness of cranberry and spices are all incorporated well.

Serving Suggestions:

  • I make a vegetable Omelet with this. Crack open 3 eggs, mix steamed chard and make the Omelet.
  • Eat with a side of Garbanzo beans.
  • Eat as a wrap in buckwheat pancake.
  • You can also garnish with Sunflower seeds for crunch.
  • Eat with a side of grilled chicken, shrimp, roasted lamb or any other meats, if that is your protein of choice.

Variations for this Swiss Chard Recipe:

You can also add pitted olives and canned asparagus as well to this recipe in the end.

Also Swiss Chard, Red, White, Orange, Rainbow – Any Chard goes for this recipe. It is all good for you.

You can add Radicchio to this Swiss Chard Recipe. It is difficult to eat radicchio by itself because of bitterness. Cooking pretty much eliminates the bitterness of Radicchio. So it is a win-win.

Here is a Prep Tip for Radicchio

Make sure you soak radicchio in cold water for about 30min – 1 hour before using it in a recipe. Radicchio is another anti-inflammatory food, that you should eat regularly if you are managing any kind of chronic pain.


Why are Chard, Radicchio, Cranberry and Asparagus called Superfoods?

They may or may not be superfoods for you. This is from my personalized Viome recommendations. Viome Gut and Health Intelligence tests provide personalized nutritional recommendations to help address the root cause of inflammation, biological aging, and chronic disease. No affiliations, I am just a customer and believer in their science. Viome recommendations of an entire list of anti-inflammatory ingredients were right on, considering the constant pain I battle with as a result of Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis. – Story for another day! You can Learn more about Viome here

Chard as a Superfood

Chard contains kaempferol which is a flavonoid. Kaempferol is a flavonoid released following microbial metabolism. Kaempferol balances your microbiome, encourages growth beneficial to Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species, and inhibits the growth of harmful or pathogenic bacteria. Studies indicate that kaempferol decreases inflammation and benefits many biological systems including the gastrointestinal, hormonal, neurological, ocular and immune systems.

Cilantro and Cranberry as Superfoods


Cilantro and Cranberries contain flavonoids which are a class of polyphenols. Polyphenols are a complex group of many compounds released following microbial metabolism. Polyphenols balance your microbiome, encourage the growth of beneficial Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species and inhibit the growth of harmful or pathogenic bacteria. Research shows that polyphenols decrease inflammation and benefit many biological systems including the gastrointestinal, hormonal, neurological, ocular, and immune systems.

Cranberries and Chard also improve your Intestinal Barrier Health microbiome score.

If you like this recipe, you will also like these.

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What are some Superfoods that you know of? I would love to hear from you and add them to my diet.


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #72.