“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver

Sunday, 21 April 2013

What's Cooking Good Looking?

Today is NOT a recipe day. Today I am going to write about something I do "eat" everyday though, Sweetleaf 100% Natural Stevia Sweetener.   This is not a paid endorsement.  I am telling you about this product because it has changed my relationship with food cravings.

I LOVE this stuff! I am proud to say that I finally kicked the artificial sweetener habit. Recently I have read so many negative things about aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) that I finally decided that I had to give it up.  (If you are a consumer of artificial sweeteners then I suggest that you do your own research and reach  your own conclusions.)  I have been avoiding sugar for the past 6 years since I lost over 100 pounds.  I needed to stay away from sugar so I blindly switched to artificial sweeteners.  I was drinking nearly 2 L of diet pop a day, but I said to myself "Who cares?  There are NO calories!"  I was not making the connection between consuming all of these artificial sweeteners (most diet pop contains several types of artificial sweeteners) and my intense cravings for MORE sweet things AFTER I had consumed the diet pop.

After doing some research, I decided to try Stevia which is a natural sweetener.  I discovered through more research that many brands of Stevia are processed with harmful chemicals.  Enter SweetLeaf. A teacher at school gave me a box, and I have been buying it ever since. It does not taste as sweet as the other sweeteners, but it also doesn't set off the "craving cascade" I experienced with sucralose and aspartame. You can buy it in Toronto at Loblaws Superstores in the Health food section. I buy the packets and the drops. I use the crystals in my coffee, and the drops in my plain greek yogurt, mixed with some real vanilla. YUMMY! If you are concerned about controlling your calories and your glycemic index (does not affect your blood sugar levels) then you  might consider Sweetleaf.   Right now they are holding a contest, so why not enter and you could try it for FREE.  http://on.fb.me/10CvJ7D
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  1. This is so interesting, I've been trying to kick my Diet Ginger Ale habit....I've noticed I get very hungry at night right after I've had a few of them. I'm going to try this!

  2. Fern,
    I got started on all the diet food habits with WW. I know it's working for you and that's awesome. Sometimes a little more knowledge goes a long way. Let me know how it's going. I have switched to San Pellegrino and a slice of lime. I swear it's more refreshing now that I have become accustomed to it!