The Sweet and Shocking Truth

As a motivational speaker on health and wellness I can openly admit that a few times a year I will get an overwhelming yen for a cold, fizzy, sweet pop.  It's usually brought on by a sandwich.  If I make a sandwich for lunch then I get a yen for potato chips.  If I'm going to let myself have potato chips, and I mean full fat, overly salted potato chips, then I've GOT to have a soda!  So I do.  Delicious!  Then it might be 3 months down the road when I feel like a sandwich for lunch again.  So 4 sodas a year (and 4 bags of chips) isn't going to do any harm.  Agree?

Sadly, most Americans average 2 sodas per day.  This overconsumption of sugary drinks is directly linked to the obesity epidemic in America.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest created this amazingly honest video so they could get people to reconsider their consumption of soda and other sugary drinks and to encourage people to think critically about the soda industry’s manipulative marketing messages.

Powerful stuff.



Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

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  1. Your title got me! And the lure of those salty chips! So appreciate you always keeping us focused on keeping a healthy balance in our lives. Plus, I dig you call it "pop" which of course this Midwestern gal can relate to. Thankfully I have one daughter who never drank pop once she saw the ingrediants, and another who has a diet coke every once in a great while. On an airplane I've been known to succumb to a ginger ale once in awhile too, but appreciate water most of the time. Thanks for reminding us of the power of advertising mixed in with sweetness.

  2. Thank you for your comments, Colette, but shoot, the video link didn't appear in my post!!!  That's the powerful part.  Hmmmm.  I'll try again.

  3. Oh wow. Thanks for that reminder Polly. And I am VERY happy to report that I haven't had a diet coke (my drug of choice) in almost a year now.  Well, I take that back. I STARTED to have one about a week ago. I took one sip and almost gagged.  It tasted AWFUL!!!  Like metalic coated chemicals.  So the moral of the story is that if you give this stuff up for long enough, you just might lose the taste for it.  Not sure about full sugar sodas though.  Do those taste okay after you've been away from them for 3 months?  I'm not ready to forego my salty chips just yet though :)

  4. It would be interesting to know the truth about diet sodas too.  I've heard that the body doesn't really know the difference between regular and diet and the affects are just as bad.  What are your thoughts?  I'm not totally addicted….is there such a thing as sorta addicted to diet soda?  :)


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