Caffeine in Soft Drinks – Guess What?

Soft Drinks

Just when I think (or maybe hope) I’ve heard it all, along comes a piece of information that is news to me. As a Food and Wellness Coach, I help my clients assess how their choices are working for them.  I am very familiar with the the downside of “soft drinks”  …. sugar or artificial sweeteners, flavorings and additives, carbonation, drinking less water, etc. However, until this morning, I had not considered the source of most caffeine in these drinks. I listened to a recent NPR Morning Edition story called “Wake Up and Smell the Caffeine. It’s a Powerful Drug,” Here’s what I learned:

Most of the caffeine in soft drinks comes from factories in China.

“Naturally extracted caffeine is burned out from heated-up coffee beans. But most of the caffeine used in soft drinks is actually synthetically produced in Chinese pharmaceutical plants. After visiting one of these plants…. (Read more)

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

This movie could be life-changing for anyone dealing with blood sugar issues.  In my own practice, I have clients who have seen remarkable changes in their health as a result of eating more raw foods and letting go of processed, dead and chemically-altered foods.

Here’s a synopsis from Top Documentary Films:

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse disease without pharmaceutical medication.

The six are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food for 30 days. The film follows each participant’s remarkable journey and captures the medical, physical, and emotional transformations brought on by this radical diet and lifestyle change. We witness moments of struggle, support, and hope as what is revealed, with startling clarity, is that diet can reverse disease and change lives.

The film highlights each of the six before they begin the program and we first meet them in their home environment with their families. Each participant speaks candidly about their struggle to manage their diabetes and how it has affected every aspect of their life, from work to home to their relationships.