First of all, stay positive. Don’t tell brain I CAN’T have it and I WANT it…tell your brain I CAN have it, but I don’t want it. This makes it your choice and the cravings will eventually stop. There is a documentary I watched called Hungry for Change. I have included this link and I hope everyone will check this out. www.hungryforchange.tv if you love yourself, prove it. Show your body, which is the only vessel you have to live in, some respect. Stop shoveling in the pesticides and toxins. Let’s use Diet Coke as an example because it is the most widely-consumed and we will break down the ingredients:
Carbonated Water – carbonation is a gas and this gas added to a liquid and taken internally, not only messes with your teeth, but also sucks the calcium from your system.
Caramel color - is a food dye….What are the risks of food dyes added to processed food? In late June, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issued a press release saying “food dyes pose a rainbow of risks: cancer, hyperactivity, allergic reactions” and called for a ban on artificial food dyes. Here’s a link to a table from CSPI that summarizes the studies on food dyes
Aspartame - Beware of Deadly Aspartame Sugar Substitutes!
Although its name sounds tame, this deadly neurotoxin is anything but. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener (over 200 times sweeter than sugar) made by the Monsanto Corporation and marketed as "Nutrasweet," "Equal," "Spoonful" and countless other trade names. Although aspartame is added to over 9,000 food products, it is not fit for human consumption! This toxic poison changes into formaldehyde in the body and has been linked to migraines, seizures, vision loss and symptoms relating to lupus, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other health destroying conditions (even Gulf War Syndrome). Learn more information about this crime against our health.
Aspartame - Artificial Diet Sweetener Unhealthy & Makes You Fat!
Because Monsanto's artificial sweetener aspartame (sold as "Nutrasweet," "Equal," and "Spoonful") is over 200 times sweeter than sugar, it's a common ingredient found in "diet" foods and has become a sweetening staple for dieters. Besides being a deadly poison (see page 42), aspartame actually contributes to weight gain by causing a craving for carbohydrates. A study of 80,000 women by the American Cancer Society found that those who used this neurotoxic "diet" sweetener actually gained more weight than those who didn't use aspartame products. Find out more about the deadly health risks posed by Monsanto's toxic sweetener on this website:www.aspartamekills.com
Aspartame/Nutrasweet is not very sweet in itself. This may explain why Equal puts Dextrose (sugar) and maltodextrin as the first ingredients (so that it tastes sweet). Aspartame/Nutrasweet is a brain drug that stimulates your brain so you think that the food you're eating tastes sweet. If you pay attention you'll notice that when using Aspartame/Nutrasweet, everything you eat at the same time also tastes sweet! This may be why Aspartame/Nutrasweet causes you to crave carbohydrates. Hence, you may not lose weight using it.
By the way, cyclamates got pulled off the market in the 70's in the US (but not Canada or the rest of the world). Why? Because the sugar industry saw too much of their market disappear.
Caffeine - Anxiety is feelings of worry and nervousness, and in intense forms, anxiety can manifest in a group of disorders called anxiety disorders. Caffeine is a stimulant that increases heart rate and can lead to nervousness and agitation, increasing anxiety levels. For people who already suffer from anxiety, caffeine can spur panic attacks, and for those who don't normally feel anxious, caffeine can cause anxiety.
Caffeine causes an increase in heart rate and can make some people feel like their heart is pounding, even causing panic attacks. A panic attack is an intense feeling of terror and anxiety that feels like you are losing control and having a heart attack. According to Roland Griffiths, PhD, a professor in the departments of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, caffeine can trigger and worsen anxiety and panic disorders. Caffeine can also cause jitters, headaches, nervousness and irregular heartbeat.
Citric Acid -
The most common symptoms of citric acid overdose include stomach cramps or pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, increased sweating and swelling, and pain in the abdominal or stomach area. In rare cases, yellow eyes or skin may occur. Citric acid may be visible in the stool. Contact your doctor immediately if any of these effects occur after taking medication with citric acid.
Less common symptoms of too much citric acid are more serious. Symptoms include bloody or black, tarry stool, or bloody or cloudy urine. There may be a frequent urge to urinate or a decrease in the amount of urine. Other symptoms may include fever, headache and an increase in blood pressure. You may experience back or side pain as well as muscle pain. Other symptoms include nervousness or restlessness. Skin rashes, hives or itching may also occur. Sores, ulcers or other blemishes may appear on the lips or in the mouth. You may also get a sore throat. Swelling of the face, fingers, ankles, feet or lower legs are other potential side effects. If you have unusual bleeding or bruising, tiredness or weakness and weight gain, it could indicate citric acid overdose. You may also experience numbness or tingling in the hands or feet. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Phytoketonurics - Have you ever looked at the label on a diet soda can and seen the warning: Phenylketonurics - contains phenylalanine? I personally know of several people who refuse to drink diet soda because the word "phenylketonurics" sounds too scary! What does "phenylketonurics" mean? Is it something you can catch from diet soda?
Well, let me take the opportunity to answer these questions. "Phenylketonurics" is NOT something you can catch from diet soda! This long, scary-sounding word is included in a warning at the end of the ingredients list on some products, but it is NOT an ingredient these products. "Phenylketonurics" is the term used to refer to people that have the metabolic disorder Phenylketonuria, or PKU for short. So - kind of like how the word "diabetics" refers to people that have "diabetes", "phenylketonurics" refers to the people that have "phenylketonuria". I myself, am one of these phenylketonurics and the warning on diet soda cans is included merely to inform people like me that the product contains the synthetic chemical ASPARTAME .
I also found a list you can take to the grocery store with you and make healthy choices if you plan to purchase processed foods. There is also an app you can get on your phone called Fooducate:
Unacceptable Ingredients for Food
The following list contains ingredients that Whole Foods Market finds unacceptable in food products.
Please note that creating a product with no unacceptable ingredients does not guarantee that Whole Foods Market will sell it.
We reserve the right to change this list at any time. This list is intended for illustrative purposes for our shoppers. If you are a supplier interested in selling your product to Whole Foods Market, please contact a Whole Foods Market buyer – the list below is not intended for use in formulating products.
- acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium)
- acetylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
- ammonium chloride
- artificial colors
- artificial flavors
- benzoates in food
- benzoyl peroxide
- BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
- BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
- bleached flour
- bromated flour
- brominated vegetable oil (BVO)
- calcium bromate
- calcium disodium EDTA
- calcium peroxide
- calcium propionate
- calcium saccharin
- calcium sorbate
- calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate
- certified colors
- cysteine (l-cysteine), as an additive for bread products
- DATEM (Diacetyl tartaric and fatty acid esters of mono and diglycerides)
- dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
- disodium calcium EDTA
- disodium dihydrogen EDTA
- disodium guanylate
- disodium inosinate
- ethyl vanillin
- ethylene oxide
- FD & C colors
- foie gras
- GMP (disodium guanylate)
- hexa-, hepta- and octa-esters of sucrose
- high fructose corn syrup
- hydrogenated fats
- IMP (disodium inosinate)
- irradiated foods
- lactylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
- lead soldered cans
- methyl silicon
- microparticularized whey protein derived fat substitute
- monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- partially hydrogenated oil
- potassium benzoate
- potassium bromate
- potassium sorbate
- propyl gallate
- sodium aluminum sulfate
- sodium benzoate
- sodium diacetate
- sodium glutamate
- sodium nitrate/nitrite
- sodium propionate
- sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate
- solvent extracted oils, as standalone single-ingredient oils (except grapeseed oil).
- sorbic acid
- sucrose polyester
- sulfites (except in wines, meads and ciders)
- TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)
- tetrasodium EDTA