Sunday, August 20, 2006

Killing Me Sweetly

Oh. My. God. What the hell have I been putting in my body!?

In my own tips section I basically say "don't do the sugar free thing." But this weekend I suddenly realized that I have been eating a lot of Aspartame. (Nutra-Sweet / Equal) I think it has been affecting me.

There have also been studies that show artificial sweeteners screw up the body's natural ability to know when you are satisfied, thus crippling weight loss efforts.

So today I have gone "Cold Turkey." We threw out all the stuff that contained Aspartame, or the "Phenylalanine Warning," then bought replacement products. The stuff with real sugar have like 20 to 70 calories more per serving. The odd thing was, even though they had more calories, I actually ate less calories. This was because I felt satisfied much longer. So I did not need to eat as frequently. I also didn't have any intense cravings today. Which is great because lately I've been feeling like the Ravenous Bugbladder Beast of Traal. (For those of you who know where your towel is.)

I think I'm off to a good start! Aaron wants me to take some time to "detoxify." So I am going to be eating simple unprocessed foods for a while. My daily calories are also changing to a more "maintenance mode" level, instead of a weight loss amount. (Although, websites suggest that I'll lose some weight just by freeing myself from the chemicals. )

Time to hit the sack!



Lynn / vigilant20 said...

Sweetners are difficult. Every couple of years "they" come out and say a different thing about them. I do have some since I still want to sneak in the occasional zero cal soda (I hate wasting calories on beverages), but I agree with you...natural always ends up being the healthiest.

allenia said...

Hey Jess, So it seems like it has been ages since I have left a post. I loved the "Killing Me Sweetly" post. I have believed that it is better to have "the real thing" and be satisfied (with a smaller amount) than pump my body full of "fake sugar" and crave more, more frequently.

So I started losing weight just a few pounds then found out on Father's Day that my wonderful husband and I are going to be welcoming a precious new addition to our family on Feb 26, 2007!!!! I must say that I am very proud of myself though...I have only gained 5 lbs and I am now 13 weeks pregnant. I will be glad to have the baby and be able to get back on a healthy weightloss journey. I spoke with my OB/GYN and let her know that I didn't want to gain more than 20 lbs (give 5lbs)....she said that because I am already overweight that 20 lbs sounded reasonable. I look forward to keeping in touch and continuing to being encouraged by your posts....PSSS you look great and are doing so well.

Allenia (lil mama)