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Are you really thinking about what you’re doing to improve your health?

This week I’d like to pull your attention to drinking. No, not alcohol – this would probably take quite a few articles… I want to talk about other canned drinks.

When you drink coke, soda or most other canned pop drinks, do you know how much sugar you’re taking? Without even realizing it you’re taking on average between 25 and 49 grams sugar (1 tablespoon is 12 grams!).

Within 20 minutes of drinking your blood sugar level shoots up, your liver responds and your insulin levels increase. Your body starts converting the sugar into fat. And the higher insulin levels also lead to high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and weight gain.

After about 40 minutes your body increases dopamine production which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain. That’s the same physical response that you get from drugs. So you will start to feel a “sugar crash”, your body will be craving more sugary or high carbs foods.

And this is just the damage caused by the sugar content. Many canned drinks also have caffeine (30–80mg), artificial food colors and also high fructose modified corn syrup (remember GMO).

Now, maybe you’ll say that it’s ok because you like to drink the diet versions. But these are still sweetened by adding aspartame – this chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda, coke, pop and pretty much all diet drinks. Aspartame has over 100 different known health side effects including diabetes and cancer.

So next time when you go to buy drinks for a barbecue, or to give your kids, really think about it. Is it worth it?

Here are some alternatives:

  • you can make green tea or berry iced tea, you don’t need to buy the cans, just make it yourself, it’s so easy.
  • try the turkish drink called “ayran”, you take plain yoghurt, cold iced water, add a little salt and some dry or fresh mint. It’s so delicious! Also if you like you can add some fresh fruit for a different variation.
  • you can make your own lemonade (with lemons or limes), if you like you can add stevia or Molokai honey to sweeten the taste, maybe add a little fresh jalapeño pepper.

Give them a try!! They’re so delicious, healthy, fresh and much cheaper…

And if you have coke that you already bought and don’t want to use, then check the website www.wakeup-world.com (type coke into the search box on the right and you’ll find the article “20 domestic uses for coca cola”). You’ll see all the things around the house that you can do with coke. It’s really not meant to be put into your body!

Let’s keep Molokai healthy and happy!

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Ayda competes regularly in fitness competitions and is currently preparing for the 2023 North American championships.

NPC North American Championships, 2022
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CPA Toronto, 2021

You’ve probably heard so many people say “I love what I do”, BUT in my case I can truly say it from my heart. I’ve competed in sports all my life, but it wasn’t so long ago that I really understood that actually I can only ever compete with myself.

“You are perfect, until compare yourself with someone else”

I started contest prep in 2011, and since then I didn’t stop competing. In some competitions I got first place, in some it went not so well, but every competition that I prepared for taught me something more about myself and helped me take the correct direction, which I believe has shaped my work and my life in such a positive way.

When I competed in my first bikini competition I had just moved from my home country Turkey to Canada, and was getting used to the Canadian lifestyle — and, of course, the language too, which was the hardest part for me. I always wanted to do a fitness or bikini competition, but when I was still in Turkey the work and cultural differences made it so hard to do.

So I was in Vancouver BC, working at Steve Nash Fitness Club, and one of my co-workers, who was a competitor herself, asked me “why you are not competing?” I started asking myself and questioning if I could do it? I’d never done anything like it before… Maybe you’re asking yourself the same questions right now! Of course I told myself “absolutely, I can’’. And my competition journey began!

Each show that I competed in gave me more knowledge about my body, and how I can improve. Of course, it’s not easy to correctly identify what’s missing with training and nutrition, and this learning process and all of the experiences pushed me to learn more… I’ve been a personal trainer since 1993, but I wanted more and began my nutrition studies. I finished my Comprehensive Nutrition and Sports Nutrition degrees.

And yes, I am still competing! You can see a list of all of the competitions that I’ve competed in further down this page. And right now, AGAIN, I am getting ready for my next show…!

I’ll warn you right now, it wasn’t easy at all. The easiest part was the training, which was already part of my daily life. But posing, dieting, supplementation, getting a bikini, finding a trainer… This was much tougher, not the mention the cost for the registration, jewelry, tanning, hair and make-up, they cost a lot too. 

But I wouldn’t let anything stop me, and right after my first show — WBFF in May, 2011 — I immediately started looking for the next show to compete in. I was hooked!

I am so happy to be able to help other competitors who are willing to work and improve their mind and health at the same time. My goal is to create healthy and happy bikini competitors, who want to challenge themselves and put in the work that needs to be done to reach their goals. There is really no easy way to get there… But there is a smart way.

I look forward to working together and sharing my knowledge with YOU to get you in the best shape of your LIFE!!!!! 

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