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Mind Your Own Wellness
by Alex Ong, Wellness Coach

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My clients and audiences often ask me the following question:
If I were to drink 8 glasses of water a day, where should my soda/pop go?

After the water! The following is the "White Belt Eating Formula" from the book Mind Your Own Wellness: (The easiest way to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day)

- 1 glass of water once you are awake

- 1/2 to 1 glass of water
- Your regular breakfast order
- 1/2 to 1 glass of water
- Between Meals: 1 glass of water

- 1 glass of water
- Your regular lunch order
- 1 glass of water
- Between Meals: 1 glass of water

- 1/2 to 1 glass of water
- Your regular dinner order
- 1/2 to 1 glass of water

- 1 glass of water 2 hours before you sleep

Where should my soda/pop fit in? Whenever your craving comes into play. Just make sure that you remember to give yourself the freedom to choose to drink a glass of water prior to loading yourself up with sugar water. Just a reminder: Water is for drinking, soda/pop is for sipping!

By the way, if you were to drink a can of soda/pop a day (let's say it contains 35 grams of sugar per can), how many pounds of sugar would you have consumed in a year?

Is it 8 pounds, 18 pounds, or 28 pounds of sugar a year?

7 bags of 4 pounds sugar - Yes, you got it - 28 pounds of sugar a year.

By the way, sugar is absolutely FAT-FREE!!! Before you put it into your mouth. Once it is in your body, it will soon turn into fat, if you cannot burn it off fast enough.

Best of Luck,

Alex Ong - Bruce Lee of Wellness - Junk Food Expert
Inspirational Speaker & Natural Health Author of Mind Your Own Wellness

@ 11:05pm ET on February 2, 2010 'Where should my soda/pop go?' Down the drain if you're serious about being healthy!
@ 12:15pm ET on February 3, 2010 Thanks for sharing Zurda - That's a great way to look at it!
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