Editor’s note: S.T.A.N.D. is excited to announce its newest contributing author, Vector! Although we are a site dedicated to real-life superheroines (and we believe all women are super!), our staff welcomes input from everyone, male or female. With Vector‘s background in wellness through nutrition, we look forward to bringing healthy food ideas and information to our readers! ~Rock
I’m very excited to be a part of the STAND group of writers. I’ve learned something new every time I read one of the articles. A couple of months ago I noticed that there really wasn’t a dedicated food/nutrition article, so I asked Rock if I could take a shot at sharing some of what I’ve learned from studying nutrition for the past four years. She was kind enough to give me that chance.
I’d like to state first of all, that no matter what we think we know about food, there will always be something new to learn. Additionally, regardless of the food in question, asking “Is it healthy to eat?” will bring 100 different answers from 100 different sources. You’ll always find yourself on the side of the opinion that you trust. I’m suggesting here and now that you do lots of research on your own, establish a familiarity with sources that you trust, and most of all – listen to your own body.
I’ve been a student of nutrition and wellness for years, but have never obtained a degree, as I am a full-time commercial animator by trade. My mentors include Sean Croxton, founder of Underground Wellness, Jenny of Nourished Kitchen, and one of my business partners, David, who has successfully fought both his wife’s and his friend’s cancer without chemotherapy, through the use of healing nutrition. If that doesn’t tell you what the right foods can do, I don’t know what does.
So let me dive right in. Each of my articles will include the bad news and the good news. We have to end on a high note, right?
First, THE BAD NEWS:
SODA SUCKS. It might not be news to you, but you may not be aware of how bad the bad really is. I like visuals. Here’s a powerful one.
And if you’re drinking DIET SODAS, you should know that they are the worst. The book Skinny Bitches calls diet soda “a chemical shit storm.” Sorry to be so crude, but there’s the truth right there. If I have to appeal to your vanity, just know that “diet soda-ass” is caused by that cellulite that develops more quickly when aided by soda – specifically DIET soda. Relearn to love water. It loves you.
The Good News:
If you’re that into carbonated sweet drinks, purchase a Soda Stream and make your own out of fruit juices and other natural ingredients like lemon, lime, and vanilla.
I’d like to leave you with a recipe for a new “soda” flavor, but I don’t really drink them anymore. Instead, I like to take fresh mint leaves, water, and a little bit of Stevia (the healthy sugar alternative that’s actually good for you), and leave them in my water bottle for the day. Super refreshing, and no “diet soda-ass” to worry about.
And it goes great with this recipe from Nourished Kitchen:
Be well, and