Don’t Drink Your Calories

Hey Power Girl,

I want to teach you a very important and valuable lesson.

Depending on your age you should be having 1100-1300 calories a day.

Lets say you have even only one can of soda or a sugary drink every day, there are approximately 189-644 calories right there.  That is quite a big portion of your recommended daily calorie intake.  Let’s say you have a second drink, which often times many people do this due to the addicting flavours, that is two times the amount of calories and you could almost be at your target for calories for the day.

One BIG problem, no nutrients.  So you won’t feel full (because our bodies get full on nutrients not calories) and you will keep eating.  So all of those calories will go where? You guessed it right ON your body as stored fat.

I have a question for you power girl, would you eat 10 cubes of sugar?  That is the amount of sugar that is in one can of pop/soda.  Now even if you have a diet pop/soda like Diet Coke you are no better because these drinks are sweetened with a dangerous chemical called Aspartame.

Research has shown that Aspartame leads to things like cancer, diabetes, and actually INCREASED obesity.  I know it seems too crazy to believe.  I didn’t believe it myself so I Googled “Aspartame dangers” and read it for myself, you should too.

Here is a list of examples of drinks that have “hidden” sugars in them that you should avoid and cut out of your diet if you want to look and feel great:

  1. bottled juice (300-400  calories)
  2. white chocolate mocha with whipped cream (410 calories)
  3. Burger King milkshake (950 calories)
  4. Jamba Juice shake (844 calories)
  5. Pina colada (644 calories)
  6. 7-Eleven double gulp soda (600 calories)
  7. Orange Julius’ strawberry banana shake (600 calories)
  8. Soft drinks (150-180 calories)
  9. Gatorade and Powerade (50-100 calories)
  10. McDonald’s fruit smoothies (250-380 calories)
  11. McDonald’s triple thick milkshake(small) (560 calories)

An easy solution for saving you calories is by simply sticking to water.  After all there are zero calories found in water, and water does not have any sugar or Aspartame.

Clean water is essential to our health. Your body is made up of 70% water.  It affects all our cells, our enzymatic processes and our ability to detox. Treatments such as the Gerson Therapy stress the use of pure water for cancer patients. Research shows that clean water is an essential ingredient in cancer prevention.

If a plant in your garden was drooping and limp what would you do?  Of course you may add nutrients to the soil but you would certainly add water.  However, if the water is contaminated you know the plant will be affected. The question is Power Girl why do you not use this thinking with your own health?

Here are some benefits of water:

1. Oxygenates your blood and flushes toxins out keeping you healthy

2. Water helps in the productions of lymph to help circulate your white blood cells to fight disease

3. Keeps your eyes and mouth clean

4. Helps you digest food

5. Prevents unnecessary snacking because your stomach feels empty which helps you lose excees weight stored as fat

But how much water should you drink each day?  The answer is actually a simple formula.  Calculate your weight in pounds, then divide by 2. That is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking every day for proper health.  (1 oz = 30 mL) So if you weigh 80 pounds you should be drinking 40 ounces or 1200 mL/1.2 L per day.  If you weigh 120 pounds you should be drinking 60 ounces or 1800 mL/1.8 L every day.

I know it sounds like a lot but you don’t have to drink it all at once.  Just keep a bottle near you and keep sipping then refilling it all day long.

So do yourself a favour Power Girl and don’t drink your calories.  Instead take care of your body and prevent cancer by drinking lots of water and limiting your sugar.

After all better choices (like drinking water) equal a better body and a better life!

Drink up!

Your friend and coach,

Jessy Lipke

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