Great read...thank you for sharing the article as well as using the term 'sugarholics. I've heard that sugar has the same impact on the body, if not worse, than alcohol. Again, thanks for sharing...Knowledge is POWER!
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current weight: 138.0
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Because I am a type II diabetic, I avoid all sugars. Even the artificial, no calorie sweeteners spike my blood sugar. There is one exception and that is Stevia. Because it is a plant product and not an artificial product made with chemicals, I can use all of it I want and it is healthy for you - does not affect my sugar at all. BUT............it is super powerful and you have to use minute amounts of it. To begin with, I used too much and it was horrible ... now I use just a very tiny amount and it is great! You can even cook with it but find recipes that would tell you how much to use - definitely not an equal amount to the sugar.
Very sorry to hear about these products sickening you but I'm not surprised. I appreciate you sharing this experience with us. Hey, we're all interested in getting and being better. Stay healthy, my friend.
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My doctors told me not to have any artificial sweeteners and to also avoid low-fat products due to the addition of so many chemicals. My M.D. and my gastroenterologist agreed on this. They believe I have developed a sensitivity to these products, and eating them can set off a series of reactions ending in fainting. Two hospitalizations over this! One included a trip by ambulance. This theory is not proven, but when I ate some no-fat snacks a couple weeks ago, I began to feel the symptoms again several hours later.
It's great that you are choosing to stop. I think sugar, honey, maple syrups and other natural sweeteners are good in moderation. I'm just really leery of the synthetic stuff! Here's an alternative to your black coffee. If you've heard of it, forgive me.
I like to drink Roma (a roasted grain beverage) caffeine free. I mix it with a little coconut milk creamer and I am good to go, (no sugar needed)! I suggest that you buy these from whole foods or any supermarket that allows your money back, just in case you don't like them. I enjoy them immensely!
Thanks so much for sharing about the chemical makeup of sugar substitutes. We have tried stevia, but realize that it is also processed like agave, sugar, etc. In Ukraine, we found that people often used mashed berries as a sweet substitute in tea. We occasionally use "sweet" spices in coffee (cinnamon, nutmeg). It's all a challenge for us.
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current weight: 119.0
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I know I should not use splenda, but I do, I am always saying this is it, well, I think I finally opened my eyes today, this is it. I can use 1 sugar cube, until I can kick the habit and drink black coffee. yuk
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