Let’s Be Independent

4 Jul

Happy July 4th! Today is the day America was declared independent from Great Britain back in 1776.

So in honor of the good old USA I have decided to declare myself independent from something as well. I am declaring myself independent from soda. Now don’t get me wrong, soda isn’t taxing me without representation (shout out to middle school history).  But soda is hurting me in other ways.

1)     Soda is not water 

Part of my family fitness challenge goal (See blog “I’ll Take The Physical Challenge”) is to drink more water. If I am drinking Diet Coke I am not drinking water – duh. So far I have been doing a good job thanks in part to my brand new Kor water bottle-see picture above (thanks Brian) but I could do better.

2)     Soda causes Weight Gain

A study published in the June 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine shows that there is a direct correlation between consumption of soda and increase in weight [1]

3)     I am scared of the dentist

 I have worked hard to get these pearly whites. “ Soft drinks have emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay, affecting people of all ages. Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities. In extreme cases, softer enamel combined with improper brushing, grinding of the teeth or other conditions can lead to tooth loss.[2)”

4) Getting hot

 In April a study in the journal Hypertension suggests that individuals who consume more soda and other sugar-sweetened soft drinks may have higher blood pressure levels. I live inNew York. City Do I really need something else raising my blood pressure? I don’t think so.

So while I am not going to give up soda completely I am going to make a conscious effort to cut it down.

 Enjoy your holiday!  U-S-A


[1] http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Oral-Hygiene-Basics/article/Soda-or-Pop-Its-Teeth-Trouble-by-Any-Name.cvsp

One Response to “Let’s Be Independent”

  1. alison nakash July 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Does that include coke zero???

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