Archive - April 2014

The 20 Worst Drinks in America. This Will Make You Cringe.
How I Beat the Bloat. My Secrets to a Bikini-Ready, Flatter Tummy, in a Few Days.

The 20 Worst Drinks in America. This Will Make You Cringe.

First I have to confess something right here right now.  I needed to figure out a math problem before I could write this post.  And me figuring out a math problem is exactly what those ecards online say:

Every time I see a math word problem it looks like this.

Question:  If I have 10 ice cubes and you have 11 apples.  How many pancakes will fit on the roof?

Answer:  Purple because aliens don’t wear hats.

Therefore I needed to ask hubby if there are 5 grams in 1 tsp how do I figure out how many teaspoons are in 5 grams.  He set up the math problem. reported how many grams of sugar were in the product and I’m going to convert that for you into tsp.

So What I do know is that the American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 calories per day of sugar or 6 tsp and men get no more than 150 calories per day of sugar or 9 tsp.  That’s per day, all day as in after you eat your recommended fruits, veggies and starchy carbs, you only get 6 and 9, women and men respectively, tsp of fun sugar.

So I looked up the 20 worst Drinks in America through to make sure that my favorite drink was not on the list.  Let’s see….

#20 –  Worst Water –  Snapple Agave Melon Antioxidant Water –

1 bottle = 33 gr of sugar (math problem) = 6.6 tsp

#19 – Worst Bottled Tea – Sobe Green Tea

1 bottle = 61 gr of sugar = 12.2 tsp

#18 – Worst Energy Drink

1 bottle = 61 gr of sugar = 12.2 tsp

#17 – Worst Bottled Coffee – Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino

1 bottle = 45 gr of sugar  = 9 tsp

#16 – Worst Soda – Sunkist

1 bottle = 84 gr of sugar = 16.8 tsp

#15 – Worst Beer – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

1 bottle = 32.1 gr carbohydrates

#14 – Worst Kids Drink – Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury Twist

1 bottle = 60 gr of sugar = 12 tsp

#13 – Worst Functional Beverage – Arizona RX Energy

1 can = 83 gr of sugar = 16.6 tsp

#12 – Worst Juice Imposter – Arizona Kiwi Strawberry

1 can = 81 gr of sugar = 16.2 tsp

#11 – Worst Espresso Drink – Starbucks Peppermint White Choco Mocha

20 oz = 95 gr sugar = 19 tsp

#10 – Worst Lemonade – Auntie Anne’s Wild Cherry Lemonade Mixer

32 oz = 110 gr of sugar = 22 tsp

#9 – Worst Hot Chocolate – Starbucks White Hot Chocolate

20 oz = 75 gr of sugar = 15 tsp

#8 – Worst Frozen Coffee Bank – Dairy Queen Caramel MoooLatte

24 oz = 112 gr of sugar = 22.4 tsp

#7 – Worst Margarita – Traditional Red Lobster Lobsterita

24 oz = 183 gr of carbs (equivalent to 7 almond joy candy bars

#6 – Worst Float – Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Soda (vanilla ice-cream and cola) 28.6 oz = 136 gr sugar = 27.2 tsp

#5 – Worst Frozen Fruit Drink – Krispy Kreme Lemon Sherbet Chiller

20 oz = 115 gr sugar = 23 tsp

#4 – Worst Frozen Mocha – Cosi Double Oh! Arctic Mocha

23 oz = 240 gr sugar = 48 tsp

#3 – Worst Drive Thru Shake – McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake

32 oz = 168 gr sugar = 33.6 tsp

#2 – Worst Smoothie – Smoothie King Peanut Power Plus Grape

40 oz = 214 gr sugar = 42.8 tsp

#1 – Worst Drink in America – Cold Stone PB&C

24 oz = 30.6 tsp

So there you have it.  Yikes. Wake up call.  Some of these drinks sound delish but the best deterrent for me is knowing the amount of sugar in there.

Excuse me waiter, may I have some water with lemon and the cheque please.


How I Beat the Bloat. My Secrets to a Bikini-Ready, Flatter Tummy, in a Few Days.

So a few weeks ago I had a pool party to attend which meant I’d have to don a bikini.  Great.  I shouldn’t have splurged and had that frozen yogurt with hot fudge sauce and a touch of chocolate whatever that was that looked so delicious displayed in the showcase.   Well I wanted to look my best so I pulled out my “go to” plan of action.  Since the event was on a Saturday I started on the Wednesday.   I’d only eat this way for a few days because I’d get bored and I’d binge for sure.

Normally I eat 5-6 mini meals a day every day which helps to keep my blood sugar stable, energy high and metabolism burning.


But here’s a few secrets that I use to look my svelte best.


I reduced my intake of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, beans, apples and pears and I replaced them with more watery fruits and vegetables like lettuce, celery, cucumbers, grapefruits, watermelons, pineapples, melons, oranges and grapes. These helps to flush out my system.


I avoided sugarless gum and sugar alcohols. I always use Truvia to sweeten my Greek yogurt. I stayed away from carbonated drinks and sipped on peppermint and chamomile tea and water instead.


I avoided fast food and packaged foods like the plague because the sodium content is too high and I nixed the sea salt when I was cooking. I definitely added the sea salt back in after the party though.


I skipped carbohydrates like pastas, bagels etc. because 1 gram of carbs holds 3 grams of water so if I ate 1 whole wheat bagel for breakfast which has 35 grams of carbs I’d retain 105 grams of water. There’s 454 grams in a pound so if I were to add some pasta for lunch and a baked potato for dinner well that wouldn’t have been conducive to my plan. Instead I ate lean proteins like chicken breast without the skin and salmon.


I stayed away from fiber supplements because too much psyllium husk can lead to bloat if you don’t drink enough water.  I wasn’t taking any chances.

After eating like that for 3 days I looked and felt fabulous.  I slid into my bikini, rolled up on the party and I made sure to be seen looking flat ab-tacular and then I grabbed a fat burger from the BBQ.


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