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12/28/08 9:56 P

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My guess is that you will notice a difference. Splenda affects your liver, which affects everything else. When your liver works well, you will feel much better! Make sure you drink lots of water to get the chemicals out of your system if you've just quit Splenda or Nutrasweet.

Another discussion on this team pointed out that the FDA has approved Truvia (refined stevia) now. I found some in the grocery store this weekend. It was $3.99 for 40 packets and it does not have the aftertaste of the supplemental stevia IMO.

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12/26/08 10:32 P

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Wow, I have used ridiculous amounts of Splenda. I've used it to sweeten coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. ... sometimes all in the same day! emoticon

It was calorie free, made things yummy, and, well, I was always going to use less once I lost the weight...

I will buy some agave nectar and Truvia at Trader Joes or Whole Foods this weekend and then no more Spenda! I wonder if I will notice a difference in how I feel? Either way, as someone interested in health, I have delayed doing this too long.

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12/15/08 10:27 A

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SLPENDA IS POISEN I'M NEW TO THIS TEAM IVE BEEN INTERESTED IN EATING AND LIVING A CLEANER LIFE. I HAVE 4 KIDS WHO STILL WANT SWEETS ANY SUGGESTIONS
I'M THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO WOULD HAVE TO ELIMINATE THE BAD STUFF. TOSS WHITE FLOUR AND SUGAR ECT. AND NOT BAKE THE SCALE DEFINATLY WOULD AGREE

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12/14/08 8:48 P

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I agree with what Shani said about giving up the sugar and it will really cut down on the cravings. Also, really work on getting your protein with every meal/snack - that has really helped me. As for oatmeal I put .25 c of raisins, cinnamon, vanilla and it is so yummy. I used to put 2 tsp brown sugar in it, then I went to 1 tsp, then I changed to honey and now I don't use anything and it tastes great to me. I find raisins are really sweet and sometimes I'll be decadent and put 50 g of fresh strawberries as well.

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12/14/08 11:20 A

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Hi Ya'll,

i got my Amber Blue Agave in my local health food store: Brand Wholesome Sweeteners. cost: $7.29usd

Oh, there was two kinds: Light colour & a darker Amber colour. i assumed the colouring was the simuliar to brown & white sugar witch is exactly what the clerk agreed with me.

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12/13/08 7:33 A

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Once more, thanks for the insight. I am going to look for agave nectar and stevia this weekend.

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KELLKAT's Photo KELLKAT Posts: 2,227
12/13/08 1:01 A

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At the store, we have bought Madhava agave or "Blue" someting or another... Last time we bought it in bulk at WildernessFamilyNaturals.com.

I'm just saying... Kelley


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12/12/08 4:02 P

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KSABBY - I don't think stevia has an aftertaste....but I only use miniscule amounts.

I love stevia & agave nectar....but in oatmeal I usually put in cinnamon & lottsa fresh fruit or applesauce. I know a lot of people put peanut butter in it too. Love fresh fruit in tea too. :)

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I love raw cane sugar! When we were in Hawaii, we stayed in the rural areas and everyone chewed on the stalks. It tastes really good, but can be super sweet so you don't need much! I'm buying more this weekend!

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12/12/08 11:32 A

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Katijori, you probably need to go cold turkey on the sweetener. I've found that by reducing the amounts of simple sugars (not just refined sugars), I've reduced my cravings 99%. It takes about 2 weeks (maybe not even that) to get past it. You might want to give it a try. The initial pain is worth the freedom you gain later. ;)

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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12/12/08 11:06 A

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Hmm. I wonder if I could control the agave. I have ZERO control with sugar (hence, why I don't keep honey around anymore lol)

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Ok, I am going to look for it. Any particular
brand(s) you suggest?

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12/12/08 10:31 A

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KSabby,

You have to try agave, you will be amazed. Yes, there are calories to it but I have lost a ton of weight and still am and use it on a daily basis. There is no after taste since its a natural and clean product of the Earth. I love it in my coffee, yum with a little cinnamon (I'm going to grab some in a bit). I actually carry a small amount of agave in my purse when I go out just in case I need to add it to anything. Its great! You just need a LITTLE to make something sweet since its quite strong.

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I have heard the Stevia (at least some brands anyway..) have an aftertaste. I know splenda has one too.

So basicially what I would like input on is. How much (if any) of an aftertaste have you experianced with Stevia? I am beginning to think I may try the Agave first as an alternative sweetener.

Also, does anyone use more natural sugar instead of the white granulated for things that just have to have sugar? How has that worked out? When I was in London they had natural cane sugar(i believe). It was a little bigger, browner, and took longer to dissolve, but I heard that it is better for you than granulated white sugar....is this total crap?

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Wow I can't believe anyone would even consider splenda Clean eating, its poison in my book. Agave all the way if you need sweetness.



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12/12/08 12:37 A

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Agave nectar would definitely be in a health food store, but most grocery stores are also carrying it now, too, I think (most here in Utah do); check both the health food section or wherever they have sugar and other sweeteners.

I'm just saying... Kelley


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Thank you so much for all of your postings! Some great ideas.

I appreciate it

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Ladies,

I have to say thank you for your postings. I, too, am trying to steer away from Splenda. Is the agave nectar in health food stores or is in our basic grocery stores? I really want to clean up this sweetener craze I am beginning to develop! Any other suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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I'm a big fan of agave nectar or maple syrup (Grade B), but I think you might want to reconsider the Stevia. It may look like it's really expensive, but if you realized how concentrated it is, you would see that it isn't really as expensive as it seems.

I'm just saying... Kelley


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12/11/08 8:51 P

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I like agave or molasses

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I like Agave. I'm not big on sweets though so it last me forever. I add fruit and cinnamon to my oatmeal and usually that is sweet enough for me.

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I do use Stevia in my oatmeal. It takes a microscopic amount so even if it is costly, it lasts almost forever. Cinnamon is also a good flavor boost in the oatmeal.

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What is everyone's favorite sugar substitute? I am trying to get away from splenda, but it is hard to decide what to try instead first...

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12/11/08 6:41 P

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Even though Stevia is pricey,isn't doesn't take much to sweeten stuff.I would recommend what the others posted instead of splenda.

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I agree with the others - Splenda is not clean.

Options include honey, agave syrup, brown rice syrup (read labels), maple syrup, date sugar, maple sugar, and yes, stevia.

You might try looking online for places that are more affordable. Amazon sometimes has bulk packages you can buy. Frontier also has stevia.

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12/11/08 5:33 P

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Splenda is chlorinated sugar. It isn't clean at all.

Have you tried fruit in your oatmeal (applesauce? strawberries? something like that) or molasses? There is also Agave Nectar, which is low glycemic, but if you couldn't control the honey, you wouldn't be able to control the agave. It tastes like rock candy.

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Hi Ya'll,

Agave syrup/nector can be used instead of Splenda or Stevia or sugar. it can be pricey but ya'll use less of it since its very very sweet.


Link to wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agave_syrup

HTH

Edited by: TWODIFFSOCKS at: 12/11/2008 (19:01)

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Hi everyone,

Just need a little help with Splenda - I don't think that it is clean eating, but I am having trouble choking down plain oatmeal and green tea.

I bought some honey last week, and piggy here finished it off already (terrible sugar cravings - completely uncontrollable)

I'm wondering --

a. what can i use instead of splenda that won't break the bank (financially and calorie - wise - stevia is PRICEY! and safe?)

b. any ideas of why the honey jar massacre? I quit drinking completely last week too -- and really focused on clean eating for the last 2 weeks.

Thanks for your help,
Kate

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