Sugary Sodas Increase Diabetes Risk—Even In Small Amounts

In case you’re still on the fence about quitting your soda habit, consider this: Drinking just one sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can drastically increase your odds of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal Diabetologia.

Researchers from Imperial College in London analyzed data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), which identified participants with type 2 diabetes and also included how much juices, nectars, sugar-sweetened soft drinks, and artificially sweetened soft drinks people in eight countries in Europe consumed. Of all the beverages examined, the sugar-sweetened sodas wreaked the most havoc:  For each additional 12-ounces participants consumed per day, they boosted their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by another 22 percent.

Scary stuff, especially given that about eight percent of the population in the U.S.—around 25.8 million children and adults—already has diabetes. So stop dragging your feet and forget the fizzy drinks already! Or if you’ve already gone soda-free, forward this article to a friend or family member who isn’t to encourage them to follow in your footsteps.

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One Small Stair At A Time

I know I mentioned last week that I had injured my knee… at the time it seemed to be healing well and on it’s way to a quick recovery! Fast forward to yesterday (Easter)…

I LOVE my ALDO wedges though! Despite their heel height, they are very comfie and go with everything!

As I was walking Zoe in my 4 inch wedges (okay, perhaps not the best idea), I found a hidden whole in the yard and twisted my ankle… My ankle was fine, but the impact caused an immediate reaction to my knee. Some pops, some “oh craps” and some limping later I made it up to our condo.

Later that night it was clear something just wasn’t right.

To make a long story short, this morning I awoke to a swollen, weak and painful knee, by far the worst it’s been this entire time. I tried to see my orthopedic but they “couldn’t” get me in for 2 weeks! Really docs, thanks for the help.

So Dan and I made the trip to the local emergency care place only to get told that it’s one of 3 things (probably) and that all I could do is rest it, ice it, and take advil.

  1. Meniscus tear
  2. Sprain
  3. LCL injury

I won’t lie, I am pretty bummed out! I was just getting psyched to start training for a 1/2 and the idea of actually not working out my lower body or doing cardio pretty much feels like crap. It’s what I love, it’s what I do.

But I am following the doctor’s orders as well as my husband’s who knows me all too well and knows if given the chance I will likely do more than I should…

Wish me luck! I’ll post about my amazing UPPER body workout tomorrow!

Today’s Meals!

I am mad I didn’t snap a shot of lunch, but it was right after the doctors appointment and I was in no mood for being creative in the kitchen.


Overnight heated oats in jar (when there is just enough peanut butter left to make breakfast perfect)!


Zucchini and eggplant fries; Lentil and whole wheat pasta with leeks, spinach, garlic and thyme (very fresh and light!)

  • What’s the worst injury you’ve had?
  • How long did it keep you from doing what you love doing?

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