I've read this blog today and it inspired me to comment on that
I always read her blog, and maybe you do too:) You should try at least, that's a very good read.
Ok, back to the subject.
It started so good, but got so disappointing in the middle. Ending was good too:)
Stevia really? There's absolutely no difference.
Natural in the beginning doesn't mean anything, almost all things are natural ...
Most drugs and even cigarettes are all natural. We all know that natural actually means NOTHING and we should never fall for that marketing trick.
Let's dig a little dipper, sweeteners on there own are completely harmless in quantities we are able to physically consume, like you can't drink 1000 gallons of diet soda in a day.
This is just a scientific fact, they have all the approvals.
At the same time there are plenty of studies that show that sweeteners can lead to overeating and obesity, so lets think about what they trigger.
At the ground level our bodies are pretty smart, and our cravings are bodies way to request some specific nutrients. For obese people bodies become a bit stupid and the work the same way, if it wants some thing - you crave it.
Lets say you've been eating a lot of sweets, like me before healthy lifestyle.
We're talking about huge amounts of sugar each day.
And all of a sudden, you replace most of it with sweetener, no matter which one.
You'll good at the beginning, but very soon your body with come to understanding that there's actually almost no sugar, 10% only, so when you'll eat normal food or normal sweets your body would be telling you that you need 10 times more...so you eat more...so you gain weight.
I want to stop on the sweeteners, cause they are not really that important...
If you eat healthy there's nothing wrong with having your diet coke, I like roman coke.
Bottom like is that they are not a tool or facilitator to be eating healthier, they can just be part of a healthy diet, I like diet coke simple because regular is too sweet for my taste.
You can have stevia, there really nothing wrong with all those substances.
Now, lets deal with the real issue here - addiction to sweet things.
First step is to test if you really need sugar, here's what you do:
1. Stop eating all kinds of sweet products for a week. To hard, check number 2 - it'll be easier.
2. You can eat anything else in any amount you want. And not like in your crazy diets, I mean anything and in any quantities you want...pizza, pasta, hot gods...all the junk food you want.
3. You may gain weight that week - and that's not a problem, cause you're aiming for lifelong understanding, and since you're already obese couple more pounds is no biggie.
Result: in very very rare cases, like 1 of a 100 obese people you'll will really struggle. Meanning that you really do need sugar, maybe you need to see the doctor on that.
Following is not really for you, but may help you manage your sugar intake.
Others will struggle too mostly in the beginning, but will be pretty much ok at the end of the week. Main piece of knowledge now is that you actually don't NEED sweets. And you are ready for the next step.
Second step is to return sweet tasting products into your life.
I bet that now apples don't taste sweet to you at all or any other fruits for that matter.
But by the end of the week you would be able to really taste fruits for example.
You'll will find that water melon is actually a bit too sweet.
Give all kinds of fruits a taste and some you will really like.
Third step is to not eat candy or anything like that for a month.
It's actually not that hard, there are plenty of fruits and sweeter veggies.
As far as all your other foods, you would need to eat a lot of other stuff to push sugar craving, you simple won't be having any. Don't believe that - just try!
Forth step is the rest of your life. You can eat sweets you like, taste them if you like you can it in moderation. Surprisingly you will come to conclusion that saying like "I like cake!" is just stupid, you can't really like any cake...you can taste it and then decide whether you like it or not.
I used to eat huge amounts of sweets, I could easily eat 2 pound cake in one sitting, and would care what cake that was:).
Now I eat any sweets I like, I have couple of brands of cookies, chocolate and candy.
And I eat them when I want, some days more some days less...I don't really restrict myself.
You can achieve this too, sure it takes time...but month is nothing compared to the rest of your life and it's nothing compared to the amount of time you wasted trying to eat less sweets.