I’m not going to lie. I’m wincing a little as I write this. Not because I’m in physical pain, but because mentally I have convinced myself that I need something — something that this month, I’m not going to have — something I love — something that I have been known to hide from the rest of the family,
so I can have the last one for myself so they can be healthy — SODA — specifically, a particular brand of cola that I drink multiple servings of every single day. I’m wincing because, now I’ve said it out loud, or…well, I’ve typed it out loud. Anyway, now you know about it and I’m accountable. Geesh! No pressure!
Here’s the thing. I don’t drink diet soda, because I’m terrified of the effects of aspartame; which leaves me with the alternative of 100%. real McCoy. delicious nectar. that is plain. old. wonderful. cola. (Sorry, I got distracted and went off on a tangent. I’ll try not to drool.) I’m embarrassed to tell you that it’s NOTHING for me to consume 4 – 6 cans a day. It’s camouflaged to casual passers-by, because I have my very own giant glass, packed full of ice and almost never empty of it’s
liquid lusciousness sugary beverage. no one ever sees all the cans. I’m NOT a huge overeater (probably because I’m always full on soda! Oy!) but I am definitely overweight. I easily consume 700+ empty calories a day indulging in my soda habit.
A 12 oz can of my brand of cola contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar! As I mentioned in a previous post, sugar is an antibiotic, and unfortunately as a bacteria killer, it doesn’t discriminate. It takes out the good bacteria, needed for digestion and a healthy immune system, along with the bad bacteria in our bodies. Excessive sugar consumption contributes to obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease and may possibly contribute to some cancers. There really is no verifiable evidence of how much sugar is too much, but it’s obvious from the state of American health, that in general, we’ve exceeded it. I have definitely exceeded it; and it’s a bad habit to pass on to my kids. It’s time to make a change and Champions for Kids has motivated me to do it NOW. Have I mentioned lately that I love CFK? If you missed my previous posts about them and the projects, I’ve worked with them on, then I want to encourage you to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, to stay up-to-date on the fabulous work they are doing.
So, with the knowledge that, now, giving up my crazy soda addiction, can not only improve my health and weight, but also provides me an opportunity to help provide healthy food choices for children in need, I’m jumping in with both feet and just going for it. I have given myself a month, the entire month of May, to abstain from buying soda. I’m guessing if I can go the whole month, I’ll be able to make the change permanent. The money I save, not buying cola, is going to be used for a new Simple Service Project with Champions for Kids that I’m over-the-top excited about! In collaboration with Jennie-O, they, I, and thousands of others like me, (even you, if you jump on board) are going to spend May donating healthy food options to organizations, shelters and food pantries that serve children in need. The money we’re using for that is going to come from what we save, giving up something that isn’t healthy for us. How could I say no to this fabulous idea? How can you!??! There’s no better time to go for it and make good on that healthy resolution. Making the change can help needy kids make healthier choices, too. How about it? Will you join me in the Jennie-O Champions for Kids Simple Service Project for May? What do you need to give up? How can you use the money you save, giving it up, to help kids in need have healthier food options? Check out the Jennie-O CFK project page, linked above, for ideas. Be sure you report your own projects, too, so everyone can be inspired by your generosity and healthy success! I can’t wait to see what you do!
And just to give you a little inspiration, here’s what I’ve decided to do for my Jennie-O Healthy Switch donation. We have a fun cookbook that is just for kids and all about healthy eating. I thought it would be fun to take some ideas from that book and make our own laminated Recipe Pages, complete with pictures of our kids preparing the recipes, and include them with the food donation we make to our local food pantry. We’re going to put together a healthy Kid’s Cooking Basket, with ingredients to make some healthy and delicious snacks and meal items. We want to donate food that is needed in the immediate, but we also want to share an enthusiasm for healthy-eating over the long term. So, we’ll include the ingredients to make three healthy, kid-friendly recipes, and pack them in a basket with the picture-tutorial recipe cards we make. We’re so lucky that our local food pantry has the facility to be able to accept fresh produce and refrigerated products as donations. Jennie-O lean turkey products will be a great addition to the kit! After looking through the book with my daughter and deciding on the recipes we would make and photograph, I made my shopping list and headed out to our local Walmart to start building the healthy kid’s cooking basket for our donation.
You can check out my complete shopping trip by visiting my Google+ album. I’ll be back in a few days to share the recipes with you and then to show you how we put together the recipe cards and donation basket and made the delivery. In the meantime, remember to check out Champions for Kids and decide how you can get started on your own Healthy Switch and help kids in need!
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