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If you want to lose weight and be healthy and happy, one of the best things you can do is eliminate ALL diet sodas. That means, in my book, there is no acceptable, healthy level of diet soda consumption. None.

 

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These drinks have a severe effect on your mood, your energy level, your adrenal glands, your appetite, your brain and your entire neurological system.

 

I have helped many a depressed client improve their mood simply by encouraging them to give up diet soda.

 

One year, I had two clients. Each was the same age. Each had fibromyalgia.

 

The first gave up diet sodas. After three months, she was no longer my client because she was completely out of pain and no longer depressed.

 

I followed the exact same protocol with the second client, but she was not willing to give up her diet soda. She paid the price with an uncontrolled appetite, failure to lose weight and unremitting depression.

 

You hold toxins in your fat cells.

 

Your body tries to protect your internal organs from these artificial chemicals, and it really doesn’t like anything it can’t use to make hair, bone, muscle or healthy tissue.

 

That means your body doesn’t like fake foods or fake drinks – only real foods like meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts and real fats like olive oil and coconut oil.

 

If you don’t believe me, read the websites at http://www.pricepottenger.org/ or http://www.mercola.com/.

 

The good news is you can drink delicious, bubbly sweet stuff that tastes great without the neurotoxins.

 

Try these two easy recipes:

 

Organic Lemonade

 

Juice 2-3 organic lemons with the peels – the peels contain pectin, which is good for you. Just wash the outside of the lemons.

 

Add stevia to taste.

 

Add sparkling mineral water to taste.

 

Variation: Try limes!

 

Lemon juice is fabulous for your liver and gallbladder. It helps you secrete bile, which helps with fat digestion.

 

Organic Juice Cocktail

 

Pour 1-2 ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice into a glass. This is fabulous for your kidneys and a great source of antioxidants. I also like to use unsweetened organic blueberry juice or pomegranate juice, both excellent sources of antioxidants. Add stevia to taste. Add sparkling mineral water. The Great News About Dessert

 

The Great News About Dessert

 

Many clients, especially women, want to eat healthier and be thin ― but without having to give up dessert.

 

If you have been battling your sweet tooth, ask me how to make healthy, raw food desserts of fruits and nuts.

 

The reality of it is you can eat reasonable amounts of these desserts without the thigh-jiggling effects of wheat or dairy products.

 

I share numerous health cookbooks with my clients. It is not necessary to be bored with plain chicken breasts day after day. Learn how to nurture yourself physically and emotionally with delicious foods with no fake ingredients or common food allergens.

 

Here is a recipe developed by my client Lee Townsend, one of the best organic chefs I know:

 

Lee Townsend’s Apple Pie

 

Choose organic ingredients

 

Crust:

 

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup almonds

1 teaspoon vanilla powder

1 cup pecans

3/4 cup pitted dates

1 cup walnuts

Soak the walnuts, almonds and pecans separately in water for 12 hours. Soaking nuts before you eat them improves your ability to digest them well. Drain. Place almonds in a food processor with the S blade and process until like flour. Add salt, vanilla and the pecans, walnuts and dates. Mix in the food processor. Press mixture into a glass or ceramic pie dish. Refrigerate while making the filling.

 

Filling:

 

1 teaspoon vanilla powder

2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 cup raisins

6 apples, peeled and cored

Place the salt, cinnamon, vanilla powder and 1/3 of the apples in the food processor. Process until like applesauce. Add remaining apples and the raisins until ingredients are chopped into small pieces. Add lemon juice. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate.

 

Classes

 

Yoga Classes: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4465 Northside Drive. For a map with directions to yoga, please visit http://www.totalfitness.net.

 

Qi Gong Class: twice in July – July 7 and July 28. Call 404-350-8581 for more information. For a map with directions, or to find out about our private instruction, please visit www.totalfitness.net or call 404-350-8581.Join us Saturday, July 30, for a seminar with Lasca Hospers, Ph.D., D.C.

 

 

Join us Saturday, July 30, for a seminar with Lasca Hospers, Ph.D., D.C., from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Total Fitness office, 1951 Northside Drive.

 

This three-hour workshop will teach you self-care techniques to use throughout the day. You will learn:

 

Posture orientation exercises to use before and after you get out of bed

How to position your body in the car, on a bus or airplane

How to arrange a stress-free work area

Regenerating exercises for when you come home from work

Ways to work with your partner or children

Individual postural and remedial exercises

Lasca Hospers is a special treasure. She is a veteran chiropractor in Marietta, Georgia, who incorporates a wide variety of techniques, including SOT, Network Spinal Analysis, Logan, Extremity Adjustment and yoga.

 

Lasca graduated from Oberlin College in 1946. For those of you doing math, that was 58 years ago.

 

Since then, she has accumulated decades of experience healing and teaching. She taught as a professor at Life Chiropractic College and worked and taught at the Chicago Medical School, the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and the University of Illinois Medical School. She has done neurosurgery research regarding epilepsy and completed her Ph.D. thesis on auto immune theory of multiple sclerosis at SUNY in Buffalo.

 

Cost: $100. Class size is limited, so please register early by calling Lasca Hospers at 770-425-3826 or Catherine Carrigan at 404-350-8581.