I would like to share with all of you the story of a beautiful young girl I met last week. There are many things I love about my job, but surely on the top of the list is that I get the opportunity to meet so many great people and talk to them about health and wellness.
Last week I sat down with a young girl and we bagan to talk about breakfast, she made a comment that she eats the same breakfast every day. I asked her of course what the breakfast was and she mentioned Special K cereal. I said to her, “Since you eat this everyday we should check it out and make sure that it doesn’t have any crazy chemicals that you need to watch out for”. She was polite enough to run out of the office and bring back a box of Special K. She read it to me and of course we discovered that BHT is in the cereal.
At that point I went on to tell her how nasty this chemical is. Of course I had to point out that BHT was banned in many countries over 30 years ago. At that point she proceeded to tell me her story. I was so upset after hearing her story that I asked her if she would please put her story in an e-mail and send it to me so that I can share it with all of you and perhaps having the same thing happen to them. Here is Victoria’s story…
My Name is Victoria M. Castillo; I am an 18 year old girl to whom you gave a free consult to health at my job at the Metro Plaza ShopRite in Jersey City. I want to tell you my story about the Special K challenge diet that I started back in 2010 when I was about 15 years old.
Before I started the Special K diet I weighed 185 and I was only 5’1″, I was close to being obese. When I saw this challenge I was determined to lose weight. I did this challenge for three months. Here is what the Special K diet consists of; Meal 1: eat a bowl of Special K cereal or a Special K protein shake. Meal 2: eat either a Special K protein shake or Special K meal bar. Lastly Meal 3: eat whatever you want.
In 2011, in my senior year in high school, I weighed 136 and I was happy with the way I looked. I also worked out not just doing this diet. One day I couldn’t go to school I was in excruciating pain that left me curled up into a ball and every time I got up or moved it would cause me to throw up. My mother had to take me to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with gastritis.
I can’t eat anything acidy such as oranges, limes, lemons, etc. I did not know how I got gastritis until I realized when you told me that Special K cereal has BHT. I was disgusted to find out what I was eating and putting into my body this entire time and I believe that’s what gave me gastritis.
Now I have to take pills everyday and they’re equivalent in size to fish oil pills. I have to take 8 of these pills every day.
Well, I guess you can see why I got so upset. Please try to ensure that you read ingredients, there really are a great many cereals on the shelf that you can purchase and feel good about eating. My favorite cereal happens to be Kashi, I like all the Kashi cereals. In fact should you need them to be sweeter, and sometimes you might; why not add some honey, maple syrup or fruit.
As far as the manufacturers of Special K go I have a thing or two I would like to say to them.