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Taming the Sweet Tooth

Monday, January 21, 2013

I'll be finishing up the 4 weeks of the official SparkPeople Taming Your Sweet Tooth Challenge in two more days. I am extremely glad I took on this challenge. I cut back my artificial sweetener use for a couple weeks and then I gave up all artificial and intense sweets - no Splenda/Sweet n Low/Equal/saccharine/Truvia; no syrup, diet or otherwise; no pudding; no cakes; no cookies; no desserts; no honey; no gum; no Tic Tacs/breath mints; no soda; no Crystal Light; no Lipton/Snapple tea. I'm drinking coffee, decaf, tea and herbal tea absolutely plain, instead of with the mountain of sweetener I used to use. It has now been 11 successful days. (Full disclosure: although I'd given up dried fruit, I had 23 raisins on my oatmeal the Saturday morning before I ran the 5K. I also had one Gu Chew 30 minutes before the race, just to make sure I had the energy to run. I'm not counting this race fueling as a sugar violation. I think I may have needed them.)

I've decided to complete two full weeks with no intense sweets. Then my goal will be to eat one dessert or less per month, preferably at a family birthday or holiday dinner. I will limit my artificial sweetener use to an average of 4 packets or equivalents (8 oz of artificially sweetened drink = one packet) per day. I believe I can live with these goals and be healthier and happier for it!

As I commented earlier, things I never thought of as sweet (carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, almonds) all taste sweet to me now. My sweet threshold has decidedly been reset. Today even onions tasted sweet. I'm not kidding.

And once again I say gratefully, thanks SparkPeople!
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