Welcome to Healthy Living Week 5.
This week I lost a half pound making my total 5.5 pounds lost and 24.5 to go.
I'm still struggling with sugar but I can honestly say I cut back significantly. I've also increased my water but I need to continue working on getting more water in, especially during these hot days. I made it to the gym four times this week.
My resolution this week is that I'm no longer buying soda pop at the grocery store. I will allow myself one when we go out for a meal which is once or twice a week, but that is it. The only time I'll buy sodas at the store is when we are having a party at the house. I've always been a believer that most things in moderation are fine, its just when it gets to excess that it's a problem. My daily diet sodas are/were a problem.
My decision to do this has been on my mind for some time and after a visit to the dentist I left there determined soda was something I needed to cut way back on and my family didn't need them either. First I'll say, I've only drank diet sodas for years now. I've been reading though that even diet sodas aren't good for you. My dentist told me that although I don't have any cavities, yeah, they need to do a deep cleaning under the gums on me. Something about how the gum attaches to the teeth and that I've had some bone loss in my mouth which could have been caused by soda pop. This deep cleaning involves numbing up my gums so the procedure, which is scheduled for Oct., is going to be painful. Something for me to look forward to :-(
Some of harmful effects of sodas that I have learned about include:
It can lead to dehydration.
Regular sodas are packed with calories.
It is bone weakening. It can leach the calcium out of your bones which is what is happening to me. This is due to the phosphoric acid that all sodas contain.
The acids in soda can destroy your tooth enamel.
Artificial sweeteners in diet soda can possibly cause other food cravings.
I ran across a whole slew of other health issues. It can possibly cause kidney damage, harmful effects on our liver, and in general that it contains toxins that can damage our cells.
One thing that was not ever mentioned in any of the articles I read, but it was one of the first things I thought of is that it gets expensive!
Like I said, I believe in moderation and cutting back to only one or two a week is huge for me. It will be interesting to see how this affects my weight loss and general health.
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