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Does Diet Coke Cause Cancer? Or Just Other Horrible Terrible Things?

Jul 31, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!

Anyone who knows me know that I hate on diet coke like nobody's business. I've been trying to get my Mommy and friends to stop drinking it since (no joke) high school. It's evil! Cmon peeps, how can you poss think that something brown and in a can can't be all kinds of awful for you when it has artificial sweetener.

There are oh so many reasons why you should not drink the stuff. Here are just a few:

1. DC inhibits the signal in your brain that tells you that you're full.

2. DC can give you acne. It drains your body of its alkalinity, which we need to get our flawless complexion. My husband's dermatologist, who is pretty famous (Dr. Jeanette Graf) told him that if there is one thing you shouldn't drink out there–it's soda!

3. Aspartame in Diet Coke is on an EPA list of potentially dangerous chemicals contributing to neurotoxicity, right under Arsenic. That's a bit too close for comfort to me!

4. Diet Coke can make you fat. Yes, all you people out there guzzling DC to keep yourself feeling full when you're hungry are not doing yourself a favor. You can actually gain weight from Diet Coke! Two servings or more a day increases waistline by 500%, found two 2011 studies conducted by the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. 500% Y'all!!!!

5. The Harvard's Nurse's Study found that Diet Coke can decrease kidney function. Do you know what your kidneys do? Me neither. But not cool. I prefer my organs in working order, thank you!

6. Aspartame is linked to cancer. Like closely linked! The FDA says basically it's “generally recognized as safe” despite its link to cancer. Anyone else remember when they used to say that cigarettes weren't bad for you? Just c'mon. It contains three well known neurotoxins. Aspartame was found to increase cancer risk if exposure begins in the womb, reported a study at the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center.

DC has also been linked to tumors in rats, the BPA is being studied in cans to see its harmful effects. And don't even get me started on the carmel dye.

So, how about you just trust me. It's not good for you! Switch to lemon water, doll faces!!! You'll thank me later.

Best Upper East Side Brunch NYC: Parlor Steakhouse: Drinks Included for $25!

Jul 30, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: 301, Food and Cocktails!, Posts to Transfer, Restaurant Review

Last week I Had the pleasure of seeing one of my very nearest and dearest friends for brunch. For $25 you get a brunch entree and 5 (Enormous) mimosas! (You can also get bloody Marys. The food is from a great restaurant. Far more respectable than most lower east side brunch places. Parlor is an excellent steakhouse and their booze is definitely higher class than any bottomless brunches I've ever been to!

I recommend the Steak and Eggs or the Parlor Salad with Salmon. (And if you feel like sneaking in some french fries they are amazing (get them with a side of bernaise!) They even have a great kids' meal.

Aaaaaaaaaa-mazing is all I have to say!

Spend the day with a good friend and you're guaranteed a good time!

The Controversial OMG Diet is on Its Way from London to the USA!

Jul 30, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!, Health

Have y'all heard of this crazy new diet called the OMG! Diet. It's so nutso. The diet is about as stupid as it sounds. OMG! advises you on how to drop 20 pounds in 6 weeks so that you can look hotter than your "BFF." Whilst I can't blame girls (especially younger ones) for being tempted by such promises, most experts (unsurprisingly) do not endorse this extreme diet, which suggests starting your day with an ice cold bath, blowing up balloons, drinking coffee pre-workout and skipping breakfast. You know, pretty much anything that you find to be soothing and comforting–do the opposite! I'm all for dropping extra pounds and the diet does endorse a large veggie intake (except for broccoli) but the competitiveness that it tries to get you to be driven by (being better looking and skinnier than your friends), while effective and mildly humorous for someone of my age is a rather depressing and bleak way to encourage a healthy lifestyle among our teenagers. 

OMG! indeed!

Have you tried the OMG! Diet? 

Snooki Soda! Limited Edition Rocket Fizz Wild Cherry

Jul 25, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Celebs, Intoxicology

It was only a matter of time I suppose before people could guzzle a Snooki Soda, right? Umm not. How many college kids will be mixing this with their vodka?

Will you try Snooki's soda?

Healthy and Refreshing Summer Drinks that are Good For You!

Jul 23, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!

Happy Friday! During the hot summer months, it’s especially important to stay hydrated for optimal health and beauty. Your body will crave more fluids as you are naturally perspiring more. Unfortunately, many popular summer drinks are filled with sugar and chemicals that do you no favors in terms of your health or hydration. But according to celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution Kimberly Snyder, there are many other good choices. Here are Kim’s top three healthy summer drinks to be sipping on under your umbrella.

Iced Rooibos Mint Tea

Rooibos tea is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, so it promotes youthfulness and great skin. Over a little ice with mint and lemon, it’s a refreshing and detoxifying summer beverage.
· 6 Rooibos tea bags

· One lemon, sliced

· Several leaves of fresh mint

· Stevia to taste

· 1 gallon of boiling water

Pour water over lemon, teabags and mint leaves and steep, stirring occasionally, until liquid cools. Remove tea bags, pour into a pitcher, and refrigerate. Serve cool or over a little bit of ice.

Basil Lemonade

Lemons are high in vitamin C and promote alkalinity and cleansing in the body. The basil adds a refreshing flavor to this sugar-free lemonade.
· ½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice

· 4 cups of cold water

· 1 cup of fresh basil leaves

· Stevia to taste

Place basil in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle it by slightly crushing the leaves. Combine lemon juice and water and pour over basil leaves. Add stevia to taste. Chill, and serve over ice.

Cilantro and Jalapeno Limeade

Cilantro is loaded with antioxidants and aids in detoxification, while jalapeno can help rev up your metabolism. Lime is high in Vitamin C.
· 4-1/2 cups of water

· 1 cup organic cilantro, washed and chopped

· 2 large jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed and chopped

· 1-1/2 cups of fresh lime juice

· Stevia to taste

· Lime slices for garnish

Pour water over cilantro and jalapenos. Steep for 30 minutes at room temperature, and then cover and chill for 3-4 hours. Strain the mixture into a pitcher and stir in lime juice. Add stevia to taste. Serve over ice garnished with lime slices.

Sundays at Earl’s Beer and Cheese. The Upper East Side’s Best Neighborhood Bar

Jun 24, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: 301, Food and Cocktails!, Posts to Transfer




Earl’s Beer and Cheese is the quintessential neighborhood spot!

Best Organic Chocolate: Alter Ego Dark Quinoa

Jun 13, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!

Just tried the most awesome organic chocolate bar! It tastes like an organic NestlĂ© Crunch but instead of puffed non-organic rice it’s filled with organic popped quinoa! Plus it’s 60% cocoa.

For more information visit Alter Ego

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