This is a pretty interesting topic to visit and I'm excited to open the discussion with all of you. I'm very interested to hear what you think about Chemicals Vs Calories when it comes to nutrition. It's something I've studied a bit in my health coach training, but it's certainly not something I followed along with at a younger age. Now I certainly make it a priority to pick up healthy options even when busy. Thankfully Montreal is getting way more resources to do this and stay on track, like AGNOSANTE ready made meal delivery. You can pick what you want each week and it'll be delivered to you. Best part is it's already made and HEALTHY. You know exactly what's inside and it's packed with wholesome veggies and the right kind of grains from their vegan bowls to their dinner plates! (The shrimp is delish)
But in the past I didn't focus as much on what's inside. I picked up sugar free, low cal options. Like I mentioned, especially when I was living in the US there were options of all of my favourite things - even sugar free peanut butter cups that were less calories. I didn't really think deeper into what was replacing the sugar or what was really in any of it....... until the gummy bears.
Now stay with me here because this story is rather traumatizing (mostly to me and my best friend). I used to order a lot off Amazon because they had so many weird sugar free low cal options (I'm telling you I was obsessed). On one of my usual binge orders I found sugar free gummy bears and was so excited I didn't check the size of the order. It arrived and the image I have in my head is like those huge bags of dog food you see and think how can dog possibly finish that! It wasn't that big but in my memory this whole story is exaggerated and scaring based on what was about to happen next.
That weekend my best friend was coming to visit me and I was pretty excited I had this giant bag of what I thought then was "healthy" gummy bears to welcome her with. We sat on my dorm room bed and chatted about everything that was going on in our lives, mindlessly munching on gummy bears.... we ate a lot. We got dressed and went to dinner and believe it or not we went out to Lavo. Now this was the only time I've ever been to Lavo. If you don't know it, it's one of the biggest clubs in NYC. I'm really not a club girl but we figured why not we are young and fabulous and my best friend is with me in NYC.
We had our dinner and started our dancing, but shortly after my stomach started hurting. A LOT. Sharp pain. Like a gas pain but nothing was really happening. A few minutes later it was huge and hard. And then more pain. I went to the bathroom and I felt dizzy and was sweating. I thought I ate something at dinner. I told my bestie and she felt like crap too. We were both thinking the food. You know of course it had to be the healthy salads gone wrong that we ate at the popular New York restaurant and not the chemical concoction we downed hours before. (This was college logic remember) We really didn't feel well and we headed back home. That was the end of our Lavo life.
We both couldn't figure out what it was and then when we got home we saw the giant bag of gummy bears sitting on the table and at the moment we both knew. We checked the label. I don't think there was ANYTHING inside those bears I could pronounce. That's not a joke! We checked online on their website and it said ** may have a laxative effect. We were screwed. We had eaten more than half the bag (a giant bulk size bag). There was no helping us. I'll leave the rest to your imagination but there were no boundaries beyond that point.
The moral of the story is chemicals suck. They actually suck! They rot your insides and you're not benefiting from cutting calories or corners now. In the long term it'll cost you. In our case it was later that night but in many people's cases it'll be later in life. Chemicals that are carcinogenic and cell damaging are found in tons of stuff. We need to read the labels but tons of people don't. They see branding and low cal and reach for that option. They ruin your digestion, your skin, your sleep, give you mood swings, cause cancer and other disease..... make healthy choices and don't spend your time looking at calories. That's my first suggestion. But I really wanted to hear what you all think about the topic and what your experiences and beliefs are....
As for me and my best friend, we get a good hysterical laugh at least once a year about the gummy bear story.....