No more added sweeteners...

Monday, April 07, 2014

Wow, this is a tough one for me. I love sweet, sweet, sweet foods, candies, junk food, you name it! So when I'm trying to lose weight, I have always felt that an artificial sweetener is the answer for me.

Apparently not so, says Bob Harper in his book, "The Skinny Rules," which I am thoroughly enjoying reading...again!! He researches everything in his book, so he knows what he's talking about. Even artificial sweeteners skew our brains to expect hypersweet tastes. Not to mention all the potential horrendous side effects that are suspected for these artificial sweeteners.

This is a really tough one for me. I've switched to having just milk in my coffee, no sugar or sweeteners. The one positive out of this change is I'm certainly not drinking as much coffee these days! It takes a while for my taste buds to acclimatize to this big change.

I used to even put a packet of sweetener on my morning oatmeal. Now, I'm using fruit, cinnamon and a touch of vanilla to make it just as delicious, or maybe better!!

What a tough ride this is, to lose weight and to keep it off. I'm going to watch my "skinny" friends this week, how they push away from the table when they're full enough, how they talk at get-togethers rather than hover by the food table, how they say "no" to dessert. They must be doing something right!!

As I started this new week, I remembered the verse from the book of Proverbs, "a righteous man (woman) falls seven times and rises again." Last week was only so-so for me, and I am starting fresh again this week. God, please re-wire my thinking processes to be like Yours, and to be honouring to You in my food choices this week. Amen.
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    Amen. I, too, am working diligently to reduce my intake of artificial sweeteners. I did it successfully once before but fell off the wagon and am now successfully using about half of what I had used. I'm about three years successful in leaving out the half and half from my daily coffee. You’re on a great path toward success.
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    way to go. I have thought about cutting out sugar and quickly ignored the thought. I wonder about using honey instead it is natural and the Bible mentions it a lot. Let us know how you do. Maybe I will get brave enough and try it. I love sweets and use a lot of artificial sugar too. emoticon
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  • NHES220
    I have to agree with Bob Harper. I have never been big about using artificial sweeteners in my cereral, but I was a big, big diet soda drinker. LOVED my diet Dr. Pepper. Used to drink about 6 or 7 cans a day and I swear it made me hungier. When I quit, cold turkey, I found I craved things less. Now I drink unsweetened black or green tea and just plain water. I have not had a soda in over 5 or 6 years and I do not miss it.
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    I've struggled with sugar addiction for most of my life. I felt artificial sweetners were better than real sugar for many, many years. Now I know it's actually worse for you because of all of the chemicals. So I keep trying to cut the sugar completely and it's about the hardest thing I've ever done. Quitting smoking was nothing compared to trying to cut out sugar of any kind. It's something I'm still working on ( I've been cigarette free since 2001). But I will win this fight. And you can too. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Cutting out added sweeteners can be pretty difficult. After reading an article about how sugar causes inflammation in the body, I decided to cut out any sugar that wasn't naturally occurring in my food. I did this, pretty successfully, during the month of March. And while this included bringing my own food to a dinner at my church (where they provided the whole meal) and battling my sugar cravings with fresh fruit even when there was chocolate cake in front of me, I felt better doing it. I had been stuck at the same weight for a couple of months, and last month, after only changing my sugar intake, I lost 4 pounds. I think sugar and artificial sweeteners are addictive, and they can be a really hard habit to kick. Make sure you have a plan, and stick to it. You can do this!

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    emoticon blog. Remember that little nursery rhyme. Ring Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies, Ashes, Ashes, They all fall down.? Girl, let me tell you, I keep falling down when it comes to certain things, but I keep getting up with the hand of Jesus. Thank you for reminding me of this Proverb. Judi
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