Saturday, February 09, 2013
So, I started the sweetener detox on Monday Feb. 4. It has been almost a full week now without any sweeteners in my diet, my biggest of which would be Diet Coke. Now I have tried to quit Diet Coke MANY times before on the simple notion that I drank too much, or that people said it was not good for you. But I had never done any research into it before. This time I did my research prior to quitting. I researched everything I could on sweeteners, on the many side effects, causes and diseases of sweeteners and how to detox from sweeteners.
I think getting this information allowed me to get a much better knowledge base allowing me success in this journey. Now I know I am only 6 days in. But in the past, I would have gone 1 day without Diet Coke and be craving to have one. This time, I am not even having the slightest inclination to have one.
Yes, I miss it. Yes, I know it will be hard to never have it again. But knowing that this will be the best for my health in the long range, I know it is easier to say "No".
As far as side effects go, migraine on one day, stomach ache and a general sense of not feeling well. Depressed, achy, feeling icky!
But it will all be worth it in the end!
Monday, February 04, 2013
So, if going off of Diet Coke was not bad enough, of which I have never been successful at, I am now going to do a complete Aspartame / artificial sweetener detox. It is amazing how many foods this chemical is in. What is more disturbing is how many side effects this chemical truly has and the illnesses that it can trigger, mimic or cause. What is disheartening, during all of my research, is learning how much the FDA has known and for how long. And that they have essentially turned a blind eye to the public and continue to allow this chemical to poison the people and to make us sick in so many ways.
I, for one, will not allow this to be brought into my home anymore. Myself, my children, and now my husband, who never gets sick, have been showing too many bizarre, unexplained symptoms that cannot be traced to anything. And after seeing the dizzying long side effect list for this chemical, I think I have at least found some of our problem.
I plan to track my detox here, just as I did for my Cymbalta withdrawal. If it is of any help to anyone, great, if not, at least it will be an outlet for myself.
For anyone interested, there are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption! Seems unreal to me too, but even the FDA has released documents that show they were aware of the symptoms as far back as 1995 with thousands of complaints. Research is all over the web, some of it quackery, but much of it very much substantiated. The news stations like to point out diet drinks as being the main culprit for being bad for us, but the fact is, there are over 8000 products on the market with sweeteners in them.
Just sad to know in a country where they now regulate where you can smoke, what size soft drink you can buy, and what type of oil to cook the chicken and fries in, they still allow this chemical to be put in over 8000 foods and other household products that are making us sick, some fatally. What is wrong with this picture.
Time to make a change, and hopefully along the way, get healthy.
Wish me luck. I have read, this could be a bumpy road!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
after a week, every other day at the gym, I am feeling better for going to the gym, but today I am suffering terrible back spasms and am hurting. feel like I need to slow down and take it down a notch which is so frustrating since I have been feeling so positive with going to the gym. thought I was doing good taking it easy and sensibly in the first place, apparently not enough.
just cannot win sometimes.......
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
2013 - wow, another year has come upon us and I have looked into the mirror and I am still looking at the same me. On the one hand, I am happy that I have not gained the weight back that I managed to lose over the last 6 months. But on the other hand, I have not lost much in the last few months.
I was in the hospital in November with a bleeding ulcer, and according to my tests done after Christmas, they are still healing, so I still have to watch what I eat, take medication to heal my stomach and gut. I have multiple health issues that affect me on a daily basis, so I never know if I can physically move from one day to the next. I want to move, I want to exercise, I want to lose weight. I do not want to use my health as a deterrent or an excuse anymore. But it is a fact that I have to live with. Daily.
I am joining a new fitness center tomorrow with my husband. He has a lot of weight to lose. I have, right now, about 80 pounds to lose. I know if I take it a day at a time, and listen to my body, I can make some changes.
Making positive changes. - eating better / healthier - drinking more water / stopping my diet coke addiction - moving more / not hurting so much - discontinuing medications - leaving stress behind me / finding healthy outlets for stress
I am looking forward to this and SO much more in the coming months. This is going to be my year!
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