Monday, February 22, 2010
I read back in December on SparkPeople that the recommended amount of artificial sweetener per day is no more than the equivalent of four packets. I knew I used way over that amount and have for years and years.
For the month of December I just tried to count how many I was using. I certainly wasn't exact. The article did tell that 8 ounces of diet soda equalled one packet. It didn't tell me the equivalent for sugar free pudding, diet syrup, and right now I can't think of any other such products, but I know I used some. Anyway, in December I actually think counting them made me use less. However, I counted approximately 12 packets per day. (Oooops! Ooouchhh!)
I sat a goal to reduce, by one packet a week, from 12 to 4. So, if I had stuck to my plan I should be about down to 4 after 8 weeks. Well, eight weeks have come and gone. Can't say that I've achieved what I set out to do, at least not on schedule. However, I have made progress. I'm at about 6 to 7 daily now. I have been drinking less than 8 ounces of soda weekly. My oatmeal in the morning I generally sweeten with unsweetened applesauce and no other sweetener now.
The thing I'm having trouble with is hot drinks. I enjoy coffee, decaf coffee, tea, decaf tea, and herbal tea. I used to add two packets - one Splenda and one Sweet & Low -- to each all day long. I cut down to one packet of Splenda only in each cup. I'm trying to drink some without any sweetening. Some days I just can't do it. I've even had a day or two I just quit counting.
So, I am hereby, recommitting to get to this goal of averaging 4 artificial sweetener packets or less per day. My birthday is June 6th.I am declaring that I will accomplish it by then. Maybe sooner.
If anyone else has gone through sweetener withdrawal, please share your experience! Thanks, Marsha