Dr. Eades mentioned in his blog a few days ago that he and his wife use the soda water button on pop dispensers for a sugar-free, carbonated drink at restaurants. He even included a picture of the little button so you’ll know what to look for: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/photo-diet-diary/photo-food-diary-tuesday-dec-2-2008/. I usually use the plain water button that is on most soft drink dispensers, but I never noticed one marked “soda.” I think this is a great idea. Many restaurants provide lemon slices on the counter along with the straws and napkins, especially if tea is one of the choices, so now that I know the trick, I can make a healthful, “real” soft drink (similar to Sprite or Seven Up), without aspartame or high-fructose corn syrup. I’ll just squeeze a couple of lemon slices in a glass, add a Splenda tab or two, and fill it with carbonated water. (I assume I’ll still have to pay for a beverage, but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to ask if there is a charge for soda water.) Thanks for the tip, Dr. Mike!

Also, don’t miss this blog by Mark Sisson at Mark’s Daily Apple http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ about whether or not to get a flu shot. He also has some good thoughts about how to keep your immune system working effectively.

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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