I am sitting here in the airport waiting for my flight to Florida. How can I encourage you now that I have some time to reflect?!
- My recommendation – please beware of diet beverages and try eliminating them from your life (or at least really limit them). We’ve had quite the discussion in class about this topic. A couple of us have been reading up on it and it is NOT good news. Not only are these artificial sweeteners dangerous to your health, they promote weight gain! OH MY! This was how it was described to me by one TTT member: the presence of artificial sweeteners on the tongue creates a hormonal response – insulin is released. (Insulin is the hormone that handles sugar in the blood and also creates fat storage from extra food). The release of insulin without the presence of sugar or food to go along with it (it was a false alarm!) actually then promotes hunger in your body. You then eat to deal with the hunger. Voila – weight gain from drinking diet sodas!
- Please replace the diet drinks with good water. You may have an adjustment period as you are accustomed to the sweet flavors of diet drinks but your taste buds will eventually adjust and enjoy the taste of water! You need 8 glasses of water or more to keep your kidneys functioning well and to lose weight.
- If you choose to drink regular sodas, remember there are 13 teaspoons of sugar in one 12 ounce can of soda. That is a lot of sugar! You really don’t need the calories!
- Maybe you might want to think of soda as the occasional treat?
- Stevia is the only sweetener that appears safe. It comes from a plant and is a natural sweetener. I recently found it under a different name (Truvia) in the sugar section of the grocery store, Hannaford’s. I’m not sure if this is as good as the pure form you can buy in health food stores. Stevia is safe for diabetics.
- Even Splenda (sucralose) apparently isn’t safe – it is chlorinated and is similar to drinking the chlorination found in pesticides. Ugh!
- Beware of these water beverages that are coming out. Check the label for artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, etc). I would call them a diet drink more than I would call them water.
- Be careful of drinking frequent sweetened drinks (even natural ones such as juice) because these will keep your blood sugar level up and you won’t become hungry as often. Remember that hunger is your friend – it signals permission to eat!
- My favorite sweeteners are Raw Honey from my local area (helps fight any allergies you may have from pollens), tubinado sugar from the health food store, and of course – Vermont Maple Syrup!
I don’t have the resource list for these details yet. I will have to get those later. Have you had any experience with diet drinks that you would like to share?! Please do! Remember – water, water and more water!! It’s good for you!