Would You Like a Water Beverage?

Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters Fruit Flavored Water Beverage, Tropical Fruit | Wegmans.

Capri Sun comes out with a “water beverage”. Wanna see the ingredients list? Here you go:

Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sucralose (Splenda Brand Sweetener), Natural Flavor.

They’re marketing it as a healthy alternative to water for kids:

Tip: Consuming 5-8 servings (8 fl oz each) of fluids per day is recommended by health professionals. (Fluid needs vary per person and can be met through a variety of sources, including Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters, plain water, milk, and other liquids. 0% Juice.



HFCS free foods

Stop High Fructose Corn Syrup! HFCS free foods.

Losing More. Losing Fast.

I never thought I’d actually be saying this but I think I might be losing weight a little TOO quickly*. I’m fourteen pounds down in less than two weeks. I realize that a lot of that is water weight but sheesh. The thing is I can’t eat any more than I am already eating. Eating low carb has suppressed my appetite and I have to force myself to eat come dinner time.

On the other hand I feel absolutely fantastic. I can’t remember the last time I felt so good. Cutting out sugar has made a HUGE difference as has quitting smoking (working on day five!) Whatever it is that’s happening in the mysterious jungle of my innards it’s making me feel happy and healthy.

So do I add more carbs to slow down weight loss but possibly start feeling like crap again? Or do I sit back and enjoy this and figure that it will even out eventually?

*I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a wee thrill out of writing those words but that way lies disordered eating–something I don’t need any more of.

What Happens to Your Body When… You Carb Binge?

What Happens to Your Body When… You Carb Binge? | Mark’s Daily Apple.

A great post from Mark at Mark’s Daily Apple about the effects of a carb binge. Posting it here so I can read it anytime I feel like I’m missing out by cutting out the carbs.

Dammit Mother!

So I go to visit my mother this evening and she has of course just pulled a delicious hot steaming meatloaf out of the oven. My mother makes the best meatloaf in the entire world but she puts so many breadcrumbs in it I might as well be eating Pixie Sticks on white bread ala Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club

“You didn’t happen to go light on the breadcrumbs this time did you?” I ask her hopefully, knowing what the answer will be. “Of course not. Why would I?” My mother fully supports my attempt at low carb living but she’s not ready to take the plunge yet.

I very nearly gave in and had a piece. After all, how bad can a big hunk of meat be? But before I did I took a peek at the carb count and ingredient list on the bread crumbs. Then I backed slowly out of the kitchen and drove home crying. Crying but meatloaf-free.

Diet Soda Not So Good, Al

Soda has always been one of my true vices. I drank Coke for a loooong time and it made me a lot fatter than I would have been without it. Two years ago I switched from regular to diet and lost almost twenty pounds without changing anything else about my diet or fitness level. I lost another twenty when I started walking every day but the soda made a huge difference.

Once the switch to diet was complete I started working on my caffeine addiction. I’m happy to say I’ve been almost completely caffeine free for year. I may have one regular diet soda when I’m out somewhere or perhaps an iced tea but only a few times per month, if that. My anxiety levels are down and I’m sleeping better than I ever have.

So I thought I was doing pretty good with the caffeine-free diet soda. But I had one today and a half hour later I am feeling fuzzy-headed and tired. I also had a very strong craving for cigarettes that didn’t go away until I switched back to water. It could just be a coincidence but I’m not willing to risk it. I think the ciggy thing is due to conditioning. When I drank soda I smoked (since I was doing both almost all the time) and my mind made a connection between the two of them, hence why the craving disappeared when I went back to water. But I can’t explain the fuzzy thinking and sudden dip in energy. I’ve been full of getupandgo since I started eating low carb. The only thing I did differently today was drink the soda.

It was a caffeine-free diet Pepsi I drank. I wonder if things would be different if I had Splenda-sweetened Diet Rite instead? Maybe I should just scratch it and avoid soda altogether from now on. I’ve certainly felt healthier since switching to water.

Update: I’m also feeling a teensy bit nauseated. Don’t know if it’s related or not.

Just Another Note About My Twitter Stream

Just another little note re: Twitter. I am using it mainly to record what I’m eating, how quitting smoking is treating me and cravings I am experiencing. I want to keep a record of such things so I can see how my moods fluctuate throughout the day. I’m also recording weight and health statistics along with notes and reminders.