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Breaking the Artificial Sweetener Habit

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I'm hooked on Sweet n Low and last year I tried for over a week to go cold turkey giving up the sweetener. The result? Nausea, weakness, headaches, just a feeling of not feeling good.

Can anyone give me some tips on how to break that vicious habit? Honey, I have on hand, but it doesn't do anything for my taste buds. If anything I use a lot more. I'm sure I'm not the only person wanting to get away from artificial sweeteners. Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated!
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LULUTU 1/13/2014 7:19PM

    For me it's dietCoke. I've weaned myself from it before and suffered from terrible headaches. I was never entirely certain which was the greater problem - caffeine or aspartame withdrawal. I'm trying to limit my dietCoke now, but my primary symptom has been fatigue. No cold turkey for me this time, but I've down to 1 glass a day.

If you've managed to stay off the stuff this long, keep going! Your symptoms will abate eventually. If it becomes unbearable, allow yourself a small, measured quantity and the slowly eliminate even that.

Good luck!

Lulu (another Cat!)

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RAINEMARIE214 1/13/2014 12:32PM

    Going cold turkey will definitely give you withdrawl symptoms. If you can stick it out...they should dimish after 2 weeks or so. The other option is to slowly ween yourself off. Use less ecah day - you'll still have the symptoms but they shouldnt be as bad. Also, try subbing for sugar in the raw or stevia/truvia. You could also check out the 21 Day Sugar Detox - it's a book. I havent read it, but I skimmed it at the book store - that might be helpful.

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FIT-N-TRIMME 1/11/2014 7:01PM

    That is my next vice to stop. I am a Diet Pepsi person. First thing in the morning and all day long right up to bedtime. Good luck. You can do it.

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LOVINGLIFE43 1/11/2014 2:14PM

    Try agave nectar or trivia. They are both all natural alternatives.

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LOVINGLIFE43 1/11/2014 2:13PM

    Truvia

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LOVINGLIFE43 1/11/2014 2:13PM

    Try agave nectar or trivia. They are both all natural alternatives.

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SHERYLP461 1/11/2014 10:00AM

    artificial sweeteners are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. Other than cutting back a bit every week I do not know, but isn't it interesting that you are going through withdrawal from a 'harmless' product that is totally "safe"?
Since you have stuck it out for a week, and still feel the effects, I would call my doctor about it, or you could research the withdrawal on line from a reliable source.
My best wishes and I hope you are able to kick the habit!

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