In the 1970s I had an addiction to TAB (which was like diet Coke) for about 6 months, but that is all the artificial sugar I used until the processed food years took its toll.
About 15 years ago, I was shopping for a bottle of 7-UP for a punch for a party when a lady about my age who had obviously been going through chemo, stopped me and gave me a lecture on the evils of artificial sweeteners. She said diet soda was what was killing her.
I hope she knows that her speech stuck and I never jumped on the splenda etc. bandwagon. Of course I let the other non-nutrient artificial ingredients in our processed foods do a number on me, but I am desperately trying to remedy that now.
The closer we eat to natural foods the healthier we are going to be. So haunt your farmers markets. Find a good fish market. Find a local farmer who grass feeds his beef and buy your meat from him. Even Weight Watchers despite all their processed foods shares this simple tip. Shop around the outside edges of the grocery store in the refrigerator sections.
What amazes me is how much better the natural foods taste when the taste buds are not confused by all the addicting processed foods full of sugar and sodium. I have yet to lose weight because of all the Christmas splurges, but I must admit my skin is nicer than it has been in years from the cleaner diet.
| Pounds lost: 8.0