The Dangers Of Decaffeinated Coffee

Coffee BeansWhen people first embark on the EAT Smart Diet Solution they often ask if they can replace their regular caffeinated coffee with decaf siting that “they cannot function without their morning cuppa”

And I know exactly how they feel, I love a large cappuccino and have spent many an hour in my favorite coffee shop drinking their large cappuccinos. The problem is I can’t stop at one “large cap” per day and will often drink up to 4 to 5 large cappuccinos per day. That is a massive amount of caffeine to be drinking on a daily basis.

The problem is, caffeine consumption is not exactly healthy. Not only is it extremely addictive, that’s one of the reasons that when I start drinking my large cuppa java I want to drink more which left me feeling lethargic gave me headaches and ruined my sleep, but it has a laundry list of side effects that can lead to various other health issues such as an accelerated heart rate, excessive urination, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, tremors, restlessness and difficulty sleeping.

Caffeine is a neurostimulant and accelerates the brains conversion of energy, this is why you feel energised. It’s a bit like turning the energiser bunny up to full. Trouble is the batteries will quickly run out and you’ll need another hit of caffeine when you hit the energy slump. Eventually this leads to addiction.

Caffeine also has a devastating effect of the body’s stress response system and particularly on the hormones cortisol and adrenalin. During human evolution these hormones would have been activated during a life or death situation i.e. fleeing from a saber toothed tiger or battling with other tribes.

Trouble is sitting in a coffee shop or at your desk at work is hardly life threatening situations but the hormonal response is just the same. Because cortisol helps the liver to liberate glucose for energy you get a massive blood sugar rush that would have given us the energy to run from that saber toothed tiger or fight it out for survival. But because you are sat at your desk you don’t burn off the glucose. Elevated glucose levels are detrimental to good health and so your body releases insulin from the pancreas. Insulin’s job is to store glucose, either in the liver and muscles. Think of the liver and muscles as the petrol tank for the body. However if the petrol tank is full the excess glucose is getting convert to belly fat. So not only have you potentially stored the glucose as belly fat the resulting blood sugar crash is going to leave you craving sugary foods. Not good if you are drinking caffeine to lose weight!! The key to losing fat fast and safely is by stabilising your blood sugar levels and not causing a high blood sugar/low blood sugar roller coaster that leaves you feeling exhausted and craving sugary foods.

Caffeine Increases The Risk Of Miscarriage

In a study of 1,063 women by De-Kun Li, M.D and published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showed that women who drank more than 200mg of caffeine per day more than doubled their risk of miscarriage when compared to women who abstained from caffeine consumption during pregnancy.

If that isn’t bad enough, decaf isn’t any better. In fact it’s probably worse!!

Decaffeinated coffee should really be referred to as low-caffeine coffee because the decaffeination process does not remove all of the caffeine. The decaffeination process typically removes around 97% of the caffeine from the coffee bean. Drinking 5-10 cups of decaf has the equivalent amount of caffeine as drinking one to two cups of ‘normal’ coffee; therefore you are still at risk of the side effects of regular coffee

How Is The Caffeine Removed

There are three methods usually used to remove the caffeine from coffee beans: using chemical solvents (methylene chloride or ethyl acetate), carbon dioxide, or the water method (also known as the Swiss Water method).

skull-and-crossbonesMethelyne Chloride is often used as a solvent in paint strippers, as an aerosol propellant, a degreaser in manufacturing, and paint stripper. It is also found in spray shoe polish, water repellents, spot removers, wood floor and panel cleaners, glues, lubricants, wood stains, varnishes and finishes, painting products, rust removers, and some automotive products.

Methelyne chloride is a known carcinogen and is toxic to your lungs. Repeated exposure to methelyne chloride can increase your risk of developing cancer

Regular exposure to methylene chloride also affects the nervous system and can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea, clumsiness, drowsiness, and other effects like those of being drunk. These effects on the nervous system can be permanent if exposure levels are high, or if they occur frequently over months or years.

Upon ingestion Methelyne Chloride is converted to carbon monoxide in the body. Since carbon monoxide interferes with oxygen delivery exposure to methelyne chloride can make angina and other heart symptoms worse in people with heart disease. People with lung conditions, smokers, and people who are overweight or pregnant also may be more sensitive to methylene chloride.

Pregnant or lactating women should steer clear of coffee that has been decaffeinated using methelyne chloride. If it is inhaled or absorbed through the skin is can reach the developing fetus through the placenta, and it can enter breast milk.

Coffee Consumption And Osteoporosis

 Your blood and most of your body tissues are alkaline. This alkaline environment deters the growth of pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Both decaf and regular coffee are extremely acidic beverages, especially if you use lots or sugar, artificial sweeteners and cows milk. Regular consumption of both types of coffee places your body into an acidity crisis, which forces your body to release calcium from your bones to maintain proper pH balance. An over acid internal environment is a leading cause of many degenerative diseases including: arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia osteoporosis and calcification of blood vessels and tissues. Cancer also thrives in an acidic environment but doesn’t survive in a normal more alkaline environment. Therefore reducing your consumption of acid forming foods reduces your risk of developing this deadly disease.

In summary, while I love a cappuccino on a regular basis, except when I’m 100% compliant to the EAT Smart Diet Solution rules, I highly recommend that you reduce or eliminate your caffeine consumption.

Because when you do you’ll have better energy, better sleep and reduce you’re the chances of gaining belly fat as well as reduce the risk or chronic lifestyle diseases.

The best way to get rid of the caffeine is just to go cold turkey, however a word of caution: you may suffer from severe headaches for a few days as your body fights the addiction as well as learn to depend on it’s on fat stores for energy instead of the artificial energy from the caffeine.

If you are a mega caffeine addict it may be wise to reduce your caffeine intake slowly to reduce the risk of headaches, nausea and vomiting.

Further reading: for more information about what to expect when you detoxify from caffeine and other toxic foods click the link for The Healing Crisis




Marc Kent author EAT Smart Diet Solution



Author: EAT Smart Diet Solution


Health Benefits Of Salt

EAT Smart Diet SaltShakerSalt, it’s a controversial word.


People like to add it to their food for “taste”. Doctors tell you to reduce your salt intake due to it’s like to high blood pressure.


Salt has gotten a bad rap over the years but without it we will die. Every cell in our body is like a small ocean filled with salty water. But too much of it or the wrong type can be problematic. Research has shown that salt is linked to strokes, calcium deficiency and osteoporosis, fluid retention, weight gain, stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.


However all the research done linking salt to the above canditions has been done using refined, processed and chemically altered table salt or refined sea salt.


Not All Salt Is Created Equal

Table salt is created by taking natural salt, often the residue from oil mining and cooking it at 1200 degrees fahrenheit. At this temperature 80 of the 84 minerals and natural elements vital to health are lost.


After cooking the salt is often filled with toxic amounts of chemicals including aluminum derivatives that have been linked to Alzheimers disease. Natural salt is not usually white and so it is bleached, further adding to the toxicity of it. Many processed table salts contain anti-caking agents, toxic amounts of potassium iodide and monosodium glutamate or MSG which is not without its own side effects which I cover in detail the EAT Smart Diet Solution.


Due to the toxic nature of processed table salt it often causes a rapid rise in blood pressure as the body tries to keep the toxins away from the heart. Many chronic illnesses such as diabetes and obesity, as well as gout can be worsened by excessive table talt intake.


Because of all that, many people belive that sea salt is a healthier alternative to table salt. It used to be, but that is no longer the EAT Smart Diet pollutioncase. Our oceans are being used as toxic dumping grounds with over 180 million tons of toxic waste including mercury which is linked to , PCB’s and dioxins are being dumped into the worlds oceans, rivers and lakes each year!


Mercury exposure at high levels can lead to poisoning and can harm the brain, heart, lungs and kidneys and can damage the immune system. Mecury toxicity is linked to Parkinson’s Disease.


PCB’s or Polychlorinated biphenyls, belong to a group of synthetic chemicals that have been classed as endocrine disruptors or xenoestrogens.


Because the body cannot eliminate these chemicals they undergo bioaccumulation, where they have been linked to breast and ovarian cancers in women and to decreased testosterone levels, prostate cancer, and lowered sperm count in men.


Dioxin poisoning has been linked to diabetes, immune system problems, increased infections, thyroid diseases, dental problems, high cholesterol, lung problems, skin problems as well as cancer.


As there are no safe “doses” or threshold for dioxins any amount can potentially lead to any number of cancers including cancers of the liver, thyroid, stomach and skin. Breast cancer, Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, prostate cancer and brain cancer are all linked to dioxin toxicity in the body.


Conversly himalayan Crystal Salt has many health benefits.


Himalayan Crystal Salt: The Health Benefits


Himalayan Crystal Salt is a natural salt that has been formed over the last 250 million years under intense tectonic pressure.


Himalayan Crystal Salt contains the same 84 natural minerals found in the human body. Due to Himalayan Crystal Salts unique structure that contains its minerals and trace elelments in colloidal form they are small enough for the body’s cells to easily absorb them.


The health benefits of using natural Himalayan Crystal Salt include:EAT Smart Diet himalayan salt

  • Regulating the water levels within the body and helping to maintain proper cell function.
  • Promoting a healthy pH balance in your body’s cells, especially brain cells.
  • Encouraging blood sugar health.
  •  Helps to reduce the signs of aging.
  • Assisting the generation of hydroelectric energy in your cells.
  • Assists in the proper absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract.
  • Supporting respiratory health.
  • Reduces the incidence of sinus problems, and promoting over-all sinus health.
  • Help to prevent muscle cramps. As well as increasing bone strength
  • Help to regulate your sleep as well aspromoting natural sleep patterns.
  • Supporting your libido.
  • Aids vascular health as well as supporting a healthy libido
  • In conjunction with water it is essential for the regulation of your blood pressure.
  • Prevents cellulite, when compared to table salt
  • Reduces chances of developing rheumatism, arthritis and gout, when compared to common chemically treated salt.
  • Reduces chances of developing kidney and gallstones when compared to common chemically treated salt.
As you can see, there are many benifits to adding Himalayan Crystal Salt to your daily diet. You can order some from Amazon by clicking on this link here: Himalayan Crystal Salt
Marc Kent author EAT Smart Diet Solution

Banana Omelette

In this episode, Evie and Marc rustle up Marc’s favorite breakfast recipe: The Banana Omelette

For the banana omelette you will need:



3 x  eggs

1 x banana

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Coconut Oil

Peanut buter or other EAT Smart Compliant filling.



Add teaspoon of coconut oil to omelette pan. Turn on heat to a low setting.

Add eggs, cinnamon and banana to a mixing bowl or glass jug.

Blitz ingredients together.

Pour into pan once oil has melted.

Leave for 5 minutes until the top starts to bubble.


Turn off the heat but leave the pan on the ring.

Add filling.


Enjoy 🙂

EAT Smart Diet Recipes banana omelette strawberries



How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted

Hope you are AWESOME,


Want to know how to get everything you every wanted?


Of course you do 🙂


Ready? Ok here’s how….


Decide what you want, commit to it and follow through by taking action each and every day until you get it.


Sounds too easy doesn’t it?


The thing is, because it sounds too easy people never do the things that they say they want to do. The most successful people in the world (at anything) decide what they want and keep taking action towards getting it.


But here’s the key, successful know what they want and exactly why they want it. Conversely most people fail at things because they haven’t really dug deep enough into the reasons why they are doing things. They don’t have a big enough reason why.


Find your reason why and the how will take care of itself.


So how do you really know what you want?


By asking questions.


Lots of em, until you get to the reason behind the reason


What questions do you need to ask?


Easy: What? Why?  When? What?


The first question you need to ask yourself is “What is it I want?”


Be specific, there’s not point in saying I’d like to lose weight. It’s not definite enough and it’s definitely not inspiring enough. You need to set what I like to call “BSG’s”.




You know the ones that get you excited, the ones that send a shiver down your spine; the ones that make you say, “That would be AWESOME!”


For instance, my passion and what I believe is my purpose in this world is to spread the word on health, natural eating and that is why I wrote the EAT Smart Diet Solution. I want to change people’s perception of what a healthy diet consists of and how implementing the EAT Smart Diet Solution into their lifestyle readers of the book will enjoy a fit and healthy life and will also find that many of their symptoms will get better or disappear altogether

Therefore one of my goals is to get the EAT Smart Diet Solution into as many peoples hands as possible and that is why I plan to give away at least ten thousand copies in the next 5 years. If I can do that, imagine how many lives I could change for the better. And I would feel AWESOME that I’ve had a positive impact on 10’000 people’s health.


Once you’ve figured out your “what” you need to figure out your “why?”


The “why?” is normally the hardest part for most people, for instance people often go on a diet because “I’d like to lose some weight” but then struggle to follow through on the program and soon look for ways to fail. They never truly commit to it because they don’t have a big enough reason WHY


Ultimately if it was just about dropping a bit of weight on the scales they would have done it already. They wouldn’t have let life get in the way or uttered the words “one wont hurt”.


But as you know, one does hurt if you can’t stop at one or you think “sod it, I’ve failed and eat the whole pack”


So to find your big why, you need to dig deep down, and for some people this part can be really uncomfortable. So keep asking why until you’ve run out of answers.


Here’s how you find your big why


“I want to lose 10lb while on the EAT Smart program”


“Because I want to look better”


“Because I’ve got a holiday in 2 months that I want to look good for”


Because I don’t want to feel self conscious in my shorts on the beach”


Just keep digging until you get to your real reason why, and tell the truth in every single answer. If you lie to yourself you will never achieve what you want. The truth shall set you free J


Once you’ve figure out your why, you need to figure out your when. In the example above I said I plan to give away 10’000 copies of the EAT Smart within the next 5 years. I set a deadline, something to aim for.


With the weight loss example I used I said “I wanted to ose 10lb for a holiday in 2 months”


Setting deadlines gives you something to aim for, something definite. If you don’t set a deadline, it will never get done.


So know you know your what, your why and your when, now you need to figure out what you are going to do about it. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where you sit down and plan exactly what you are going to do to achieve what you have said you are going to achieve. One you’ve made the plan, make a commitment to follow through each and every day until you reach your target.




In the weight loss example it could be as simple as following the EAT Smart Diet Solution 100% without deviation for the two months and following a SMART training program.


To take that a stage further and really take charge of your goals is to create daily action steps that move you forever closer to your goals, they also keep you on track. How? Each day write down three things that you must do before you go to bed to guarantee you reach your goal and then don’t go to bed until you do what you said you are going to.


Then before you go to bed check your list to see of you had done them. If you haven’t completed your tasks, ask yourself three simple questions: If not, why not? Is there still time do something about it? Am I still on track?


By making yourself more accountable and taking at least 3 steps in the right direction each and every day you will get to where you want to be faster than ever.


So a quick recap:

  • Decide WHAT you want. Set BIG SCARY GOALS
  • Find your big WHY
  • Set a deadline by deciding on your WHEN
  • Then commit to a plan deciding WHAT you are going to do about it each and every day until you get it


Every action causes reaction. So make every action you take a positive one.


Be awesome,


Marc Kent author EAT Smart Diet Solution



Author: EAT Smart Diet Solution. Get Your FREE copy here: EAT Smart Diet Solution

Time To Hit The Reset Button On Your Life

Most people are passengers to their own lives. They get swept away with the constant rush of this world or what other people expect us to be.

Time to hit the breaks and design the life you want to live.

From the body you wear to the clothes you weat
From the car you drive to the house you live in
From the job you have to the holidays you take

Sit down and think what you really want from this life.

Then plan exactly what you need to do to achieve what you want.

Then take consistant action each and every day in the direction that you want to go in.

Above all, be AWESOME 🙂

Marc Kent

Author: EAT Smart Diet Solution