Did you know that for every can of soda (diet or regular) you drink it takes 32 cups of water to neutralize the acid in that one can or bottle?

Did you know that for every can of soda (diet or regular) you drink it takes 32 cups of water to neutralize the acid in that one can or bottle?

Having so much acid in your system puts a tremendous strain on your kidneys, which filter acid out of your bloodstream and puts it into your urine. Your body also uses its own alkaline minerals (including calcium from your bones and magnesium from your muscles) to neutralize the acid. Eventually that can lead to osteoporosis, weak muscles, tooth decay and brittle, porous bones that fracture easily.

Soda also contains the worst form of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and diet soda is also just as bad as it contains artificial sweeteners.

This information plus so much more was included in a newsletter from Sherry Brescia, Health Researcher, and author of, Great Taste NO Pain.

I’m not suggesting you run out and purchase Sherry’s program, but if you think about what she is saying in her newsletters, it makes a lot of sense.

If as consumers, we wouldn’t run to the grocery store and pick up the fastest thing we can microwave and stuff in our face, what would be the alternative?

During my year in Weight Watchers and my year as a Weight Watcher’s coach, I learned first hand if you change your eating habits, you are assured, and I say assured of a healthier you.

Think of it. If we would shop the perimeter of the grocery store, what do you find there? Fresh produce such as vegetables and fruits. Moving on you will discover the fresh meat counter full of lean protein options. Going forward the dairy cases. These sections of the store for the most part are the least processed foods. You actually need to clean, cook or consume as a fresh product. But with a little preparation, you can have a nutritious meal and you know exactly what is in it. Not some product you cannot pronounce, let alone know the meaning of.

Example for supper, make a stir fry of fresh vegetables and lean steak or chicken, pork or even seafood. Season with fresh ginger, salt and pepper and you may have a meal you thoroughly enjoy. The best part of the ingredient list is you know and can identify them all.

No one said eating healthy would happen over night.

After all, how long did it take you to create all those unhealthy choices? Ten, 15 or maybe more years than you care to count. What matters is that you make a conscious effort to drop one unhealthy choice. Once you do, making healthy choices becomes as easy as breathing.

Your body will thank you and the best results are your improved health. Check out this week’s One for Your File on page 9, Southwest Three-Bean & Barley Soup from Eating Well. Bon Appetite!

Thought for the week: We never repent of having eaten too little. – Thomas Jefferson.