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Hey Sparkers! I am back from having my baby:). I gave birth to Emily on January 29th, 2013. It's time to get back to my pre pregnancy weight and increase my exercise levels. It's great to be back!
Hey Sparkers! I am back from having my baby:). I gave birth to Emily on January 29th, 2013. It's time to get back to my pre pregnancy weight and increase my exercise levels. It's great to be back!



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1,426 Days since:  Caffeine and Artificial Sweeteners


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To stay fit and energetic so I can be a healthy mommy and still be fit at 40.

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I'm a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a mental health therapist, a singer, and most importantly, a servant of Christ Jesus. Now I'm also a mommy of a beautiful baby girl!

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5/26/2012 12:39:21 PM

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We're both on the "No Artificial Sweeteners" Team.
I hope that you're having a Super Saturday.
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5/1/2012 3:40:56 PM

Howdy! Keep up the tracking streak. We have to live in our truth and tracking those calories puts in right in your face... good or bad. Keep it up!
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4/12/2012 1:47:42 PM

I grew up on Sweet N Low, too. It is actually less problematic than aspartame (Equal), and sucralose (Splenda), and neotame. Some aspartame detox docs even recommend it. I looked at the studies used to discredit Sweet N Low, and I would be professionally embarassed as a scientist to have my name on those studies; they were so bad it almost makes you wonder if they were done on purpose to usher in aspartame.

However now we have other healthier sweetener alternatives available, such as Just Like Sugar, xylitol, etc. And personally, my sweet tooth vanished when I started eating 1 piece of fresh fruit before each meal. So I personally believe, at least in my case, that my brain sends the sweet craving when it wants me to eat fruit. There must be some phytochemicals in fruit that, when missing, my body craves as "sugar".

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4/10/2012 7:08:10 PM

Lady Sparksalot!!! Lol!! Love it! Thanks for the goodie!! ...Amelia

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4/4/2012 8:10:32 PM

Thank you for joining the No Artificial Sweeteners Team. Please join us if you havenít done so already on the threads so we can get to know you, and introduce yourself in the New to Team Forum. We love birthdays, so please let us know yours on the birthday thread.

Some of our diabetic team members cannot have "healthy sugars", so we also share and research alternative sweeteners on this team, attempting to find the healthiest and least artificial amid the bewildering array of sweeteners and the maze of information. We go through them one by one and post threads and articles.

There are alot of threads discussing different sweeteners that are organized like a library (Splenda, aspartame, neotame, etc.) just waiting for you to peruse them. In the aspartame thread you will find links to articles and also free full-length movies online, such as Sweet Misery.

We want to spread the word about the dangers of aspartame, aka AminoSweet, Equal, NutraSweet, Spoonful; and liquid stevia that is mixed with aspartame. So even if you only keep the icon on your page and aren't active, that's okay, I'm grateful, we need to get the word out. There is the unlabeled use of aspartame in processed foods, children's vitamins like Flinstone, prescription & OTC medication, gum & mints, Tylenol, milk; Mars candy bars who's ingredients SAY "natural flavoring" but admit it's really aspartame when you call them; and I could go on and on since it's now in over 14,000 products. Hints aspartame is in a product, even if unlabeled, are PKU on the label, and 'natural flavors' in the ingredients list (natural flavors may or may not be aspartame, neotame, and/or MSG - I no longer buy anything if it includes "natural flavors" on the label).

You also need to ask your pharmacist about "inactive ingredients" and read the inert ingredients list in medications. Can you believe aspartame is an inert ingredient in epilepsy medication???!!! If you don't ask you won't know that you're ingesting aspartame, neotame, sorbitol, sucralose, acesulfame-k, etc.

Neotame is even worse. It is estimated that the toxic sweetener neotame is between 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, which would allow food manufacturers to use less (much MUCH less, a tiny teeny amount) in their products. And since the FDA does not require labels to include ingredients that contribute less than one percent of the product, in most instances neotame can be used in foods without having to be listed on the label, including certified organic foods. Neotame is also hidden under the infamous "natural flavors" category.

A new scary twist by food manufacturers is to combine several sweeteners together in one processed food, beverage, or medication (see the thread located in General Discussion about Orbit Gum); and the addition of UNLABELED aspartame and neotame into thousands of regular, non-diet food products. If you combine several, and each one of the several is less than one percent of the product, then you don't have to list any of them on the ingredients list . . .

Three of the aspartame symptoms on the FDA's list of 92 are Weight Gain, Increased Hunger, and DEATH. The FDA declined to release the list of 92 aspartame symptoms publicly, so it had to be obtained through filing a FOIFA request (freedom of information act).

My sister was a heavy user of artificial sweeteners; she died in Dec 2010 from cancer. She was only 51. We can save lives by spreading the word about aspartame and Splenda on SP!

SparkRecipes are full of Splenda!

So many Sparkers simply do not know.

We're glad to have you join us, welcome! Carol

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