So what’s all the bubbly about?
When I was a child, I knew when it was a special occasion. We could have soda!! Birthday parties with root- beer floats, picnics with burgers and a Coke or grape Nehi on the last day of school. We never had soda stocked in our refrigerator. We would have water with dinner, milk or orange juice with breakfast and Kool-aid as an occasional treat. Most of the time we ate at home. Going out to dinner was for Friday night or Sunday brunch and even then, maybe once or twice a month.
So what’s happened? Mom’s have had to enter the work force. We are busier than ever and we have sacrificed home cooked meals for fast food and microwavable dishes that are premade and filled with chemicals. With that trend came the invasion of soda, fattening our national bellies. Don’t get me wrong. I like soda too. But it has been a challenge to resist the pervasive advertising campaign of the carbonated companies. As a nation, we drink more Coke and Pepsi products than water! And when we drink water, we buy it, bottled, at a price greater than the price of gasoline. For most of America, bottled water is completely unnecessary. And don’t even get me started on diet drinks!!!
So what do we do about it? It’s less convenient, requires more planning and discipline, but we need to drink more water, eat more fresh foods (Hint: lots of vegetables, moderate amounts of fresh fruits and less meat). Your body and health will thank you for it.
P.S. If you take time to read ingredients and need a chemical degree to understand what’s in your food, you probably shouldn’t be eating it!