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Rebecca’s Healthy Living Journey – Dieting is a Bad Word

by Cascade Ice on May 11, 2011

The Flavorful Life is featuring several “healthy living journey” stories from Cascade Ice fans around the country, where guest bloggers tell us their thoughts on how they face challenges and come up with new ideas to pursue better health and fitness lifestyles. The following is the latest update from Rebecca Warren of Ohio.

I don’t know about you, but the word “dieting” should be up there with those bad words that you were taught never to use growing up as a child. It’s a horrible word and makes me break out into a cold sweat just thinking about it! However, because it is life and something that I personally need to do, I do it. I’m not the girl who can eat whatever I want without gaining a pound. Sure, I can eat whatever I want, but I can assure you that I will gain a pound and then some more, and some more, and some more!

 I’ve been a member of Weight Watchers for years. It has helped in many ways, but I will tell you the most helpful part of the weekly meetings isn’t being held accountable to the required weigh-in, but the helpful suggestions and ideas from the other members. The meeting that I attend has a new leader, and she has incorporated a portion of the meeting where we can bring products to share with the other members. Typically, the products are a low-point food or drink. It’s amazing how much food is out there in the grocery store that you frequent but you just don’t notice!

Sometimes, there is a hidden gem that no one knows about, such as my love for Cascade Ice. This was my show-and-tell item recently, and the soda drinkers were thrilled to hear about it! It’s the bubble in the drink that wins over your heart! Okay, okay – it’s the bubble, the taste and lack of calories all combined. It’s everything about it!

Since my New Years Resolution was to drink more water, Cascade Ice has helped me stay true to going in the right direction. I am a true addict of a particular diet soda and there is no denying it. Though I still love it, and I still drink it daily, I’ve been able to add some more variety into my day by drinking Cascade Ice during the day and in the evening.

Wanna know a secret? I may or may not have added a hint of extra flavored fun to a particular Mixed Berry 2-calorie drink over a weekend, and found that it is wonderful special occasion drink! Cheers to you!

Hidden Sodium: Who Are the Biggest Offenders?

by Cascade Ice on February 15, 2011

Dr. Katz recently outed some common products in a recent MSN Health article that contain “hidden” levels of sodium – many of which we assume are healthy.

Especially in processed food and drink choices, sodium has become ubiquitous. Dr. Katz makes a startling revelation that more than 80 percent of the salt in the typical American diet was added to your food by someone other than you!

Examples of foods and drinks that usually have higher amounts of sodium are sodas, breakfast cereals, cookies, salad dressings and canned soups. A good rule of thumb to avoid overdoing it on your daily recommended sodium limit is to make sure your average food over the course of the day has no more  mg of sodium than it has calories per serving.  Try instead to incorporate foods from nature, such as lean meats, vegetables and fruit!

If you’re looking for one less thing to worry about in terms of added sodium, reach for a Cascade Ice 2-calorie water – they don’t contain sodium at all, so you can enjoy it guilt-free.