Dear Subscriber,

Are you enjoying the
cooler weather?
Hopefully it HAS cooled down
where you live and you’re
able to get out and do more.

Being active is one of the BIG
keys to staying healthy – for life.

That, and following the advice in
today’s article. It’ll help your health…
and who knows?… it could even save
your life!

Yours For Health,
Shane Shiels
Shashido Enterprises

Adelaide’s Premier
Health & Fitness Expert

Can Diet Soda Kill?

I just came across a VERY good reason
why you should consider staying clear of
diet soda.

Recent findings presented at the Australian Stroke
Association’s 2011 International Stroke Conference
concluded that diet soda can significantly increase your
risk for stroke, heart attack and vascular death.

The findings were based on more than 2,500 people
across various ethnic groups to discover specific
stroke risk factors.

And as you might guess, diet soda tops the list.

In fact, those who reported drinking diet soda had a
61% higher chance of experiencing a vascular event
(stroke, heart attack, etc) than those who didn’t. This still
held true even after the researchers accounted for other risk
factors like metabolic syndrome, cardiac disease history and
peripheral vascular disease.

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s some pretty scary stuff!

While this is the first study to link diet soda to
stroke and other vascular events, plenty of
other studies show that drinking one or
more cans of the stuff a day can have a negative
effect on your health.

For example, one study published in the journal
Circulation followed men and women for nine years
and tracked their diets.

They found that drinking just one can of diet soda
increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome
(which includes abdominal fat, high-blood pressure,
high-blood sugar, etc) by 10 percent MORE than eating
a diet high in fried foods without the soda! [1]

If that wasn’t enough, those that drank diet soda
had a 34% HIGHER risk of developing metabolic
syndrome than those who didn’t.

In another study (conducted at the University of
Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio)
researchers followed 474 older adults for 9.5 years.

They measured their height, weight and waist
circumference, and had all participants report
their diet soda intake every time they came in
to be measured throughout the length of the study.

Every participant saw their waistline expand as
the study continued- but here’s the crazy part:

After the study, those that reported drinking diet
soda had 70% greater increases in their waistlines
than the non-drinkers. And those folks that reported
drinking two or more cans of diet soda a day
experienced 500% MORE waistline growth than non-drinkers! [2]

Not the kinds of odds I want on my side…

Researchers still don’t know if it’s something in the diet
soda that’s causing these negative health effects or if
it’s a behaviour-type thing – where folks who drink diet
soda think they can eat more since they’re saving calories
in what they’re drinking.

Regardless, I’d still stay clear of the stuff- especially
with the new finding I told you about earlier that
diet soda equals greater stroke and vascular
event risk.

Ideally, just drink water most of the time.
If you absolutely want to drink diet soda,
do so sparingly.

Don’t let it become a daily habit.

If the thought of just drinking water makes
you crazy, try drinking tea.

Also, adding things to your water like lemon or
crushed mint leaves can make it taste pretty
good and help you stay sane. Another option to
flavour water is Stevia – it’s an all-natural,
zero-calorie sweetener. Mix it with lemon juice
for zero-calorie lemonade!

Well, that’s it for today. Enjoy the rest of your

Oh and by the way, if you’re serious about
taking your health and fitness to the next level,
why not take advantage of
your FREE Fitness Consultation? (an $87 value)

During this consult, you’ll receive detailed
information on how to get fit and trim that’s
tailored to YOUR body.

There’s no obligation and it’s totally and
completely free.


1.Lutsey P, Steffen L, Stevens J, Dietary Intake
and the Development of the Metabolic Syndrome:
The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study
Circulation. 2008;117:754-761


Quote Corner

“I don’t believe you have to be better
than everybody else. I believe you have to
be better than you ever thought you could be.”
-Ken Venturi

Eat Yourself Thin

Beef Tips and Noodles
(Serves Eight)

450gm sirloin tips, cubed
1 (305gm) can condensed cream of
mushroom soup
1 (35gm) package beef with onion soup mix
1 (127gm) can mushrooms, drained
1 cup water
1 (450gm) pack wide egg noodles

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2. In a 33×23 cm casserole dish, combine the
mushroom and beef onion soups, canned mushrooms
and water. Mix thoroughly and add beef tips. Turn to coat well.

3. Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour.

4. While beef tips are baking, bring a large pot
of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and
cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente.
Serve beef tips and sauce over noodles.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Ready: 1 hr 15 mins

Amount Per Serving – Calories: 314 /
Total Fat: 8.8g / Cholesterol: 65mg /
Sodium: 673mg / Total Carbs: 41.1g /
Dietary Fibre: 2.3g / Protein: 17.4g

Recipe from

Shashido Enterprises
Adelaide, S.A.
Phone: 0420 347 550

(c) Shashido Enterprises 2012 (All Rights Reserved)



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