I only discovered that the Belly Fat Cure didn't allow traditional Diet Soda after I had signed up for an expensive class with Jorge Cruise in 2009. I was shocked! Doesn't he know they are the staple of every dieter?! Doesn't he know they are our saving grace?! Apparently, he does know and he thinks they are part of the problem. And after giving them up myself, I have to wholeheartedly agree. (But seriously in that moment, I almost quit right then and there when he told us that. I actually told my Hubby "I don't think I can do this" and I may have cried.... over soda...)
I was introduced to Blue Sky Free sodas from a good friend that is also on the Belly Fat Cure. She pointed out that they were just as good as Zevia, but less expensive. It is sweetened with Stevia and Erythritol. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol and is considered a natural sweetener. It is the source of of the carbohydrates in the cola. Turns out Blue Sky is a product from Hansen's which claims the product is 100% natural. If you are just starting the program, they take a little getting used too. If you have been on low sugar/no artificial sweeteners for awhile you will find them too sweet and need to cut them with sparkling water.
These sodas are not "free" on the BFC and need to be counted along with all other foods. I have found that I can't have one a day, if I do I don't lose weight that week. So if you are having any of these drinks and have stalled on weight loss, step back and take a look at how much you are having. I have them as a special treat, just on occasion. That means about once a month nowadays, but in the beginning when I was weaning myself from sugar and artificial sweeteners I had them much more often. Each flavor varies a little bit on their count but most have 0 gram Sugar and 11 grams Carbs for an S/C Value of 0/1. They are also allowed on the Fast Track program, but in a much more limited quantity.
Blue Sky Free sodas are available at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Sunflower Market, Vitamin Cottage and similar health foods stores, and of course on Amazon. Find it where you live HERE. It comes in several different flavors: Root Beer, Cola, Lemon-Line, Cherry Vanilla Cream and Jamaican Ginger Ale (the only one I haven't tried). Make sure you pick the Blue Sky FREE, with out the FREE at the end it's a totally different product.
For more drinks there are allowed on Jorge's Belly Fat Cure and Fast Track plans click HERE!