Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ramblings, and Artificial Sweeteners

Just a short post today! I've been busy doing dog sports and boy, THAT is such a workout. In fact, I had cut back on my walking quite a bit for a few days because of the pain in my feet, and it had mostly gone away. But one hour of agility and I am limping again! At least now I know what's causing it. Time for some different shoes I think. Biking is still going very well and doesn't aggravate the pain, so I am focusing on that rather than walking (although the pup still gets a short walk everyday).

I really loved all the comments on the last post about money and weight loss. It was great to hear about your experiences and thoughts. For me, the most important point of my post was the list. If you make the list, and realise that it doesn't necessarily take money to fix most of your reasons/excuses, that empowers you to take control and fix those things NOW instead of waiting for some lucky windfall of cash that will likely never happen.

My eating has been sporadic lately; a hard boiled egg here, some almonds and dried coconut there. Just bits and pieces instead of any one big meal. I am trying to listen to my hunger (real, stomach hunger) while still keeping portions small. It is rainy today, though, so maybe a nice pot of chili is in order. Cornbread for the kids.

I am adding some upper body work to my lower body physical therapy sessions. It only takes five more minutes to do some biceps curls, triceps kickbacks, and shoulder exercises so I am doing those with lighter weights for now. I had planned to go to the physical therapist for guidance in upper body work, but don't want to put it off until I can get in, so I figured a few basic strengthening exercises ought to be okay. I won't overdo it and aggravate my shoulder issues, though.

I haven't been on the scale this week but my pants do feel looser. I have been craving peanut butter Easter eggs, but didn't buy any even for the kids this year. Sometimes I am tempted to buy some sugar-free candies in the grocery store, like the ones hanging in little bags at the end of the aisle. But wow, the calories on those things are just as bad as regular candy! And while sugar causes me physical pain, the artificial sweeteners somehow feel even worse to me (in my head) which is why I have been weaning myself off them: first the diet sodas, then the Crystal Light, then the Splenda in my coffee. It's all gone now. But I wonder how harmless or harmful those chemicals really are. Maltitol, aspartame, xylitol... so many choices. Guess I will stick to fresh strawberries and bananas for now, but I sure with there was a fruit that tasted like a peanut butter egg!

Off to bike.

15 comments:

Elaine said...

"I sure with there was a fruit that tasted like a peanut butter egg!"

heh, don't we all!!

lisa~sunshine said...

Oh gosh me too..

This week I've been having 10 grams peanut butter.. 10 grams of 88% dark chocolate.. melted and then add about 10 grams of the new gluten free brown rice krispys.. stir.. add to a plastic baggie and put in the fridge for about 20 minutes until the chocolate gets hard again.. the sugar count is really low so it's not making me want more.. and it's been very good.. it feels good to have something with healthy fats but not over board in sugars..

Princess Dieter said...

I ain't giving up sucralose. I like my coffee and iced tea sweet, and I'm not willing to use sugar or the nasty-tasting stevia.

I still will use raw honey--a teaspoon-- on my sweet taters. :)

For me, some things are not negotiable. They'd have to establish a totally clear, non-refutable link between sucralose and dire morbidities for me to give it up. Period.

We all have our lines in the sand. :D

Lyn said...

LOL Princess, I agree, I hate Stevia too!

Anonymous said...

Xylital kills dogs so be careful! Those sweetners are drugs, not foods.

Former Life Girl said...

I haven't tried pure Stevia yet. I use a packet or two of Truvia when making a smoothie or frozen yogurt. I've tried cookies and candies sweetened with maltitol. They tasted divine, but wreaked HAVOC on my digestive system. So, I would suggest trying small amounts of maltitol sweetened goods until you know how you can tolerate it.

http://formerlifegirl.blogspot.com/

Princess Dieter said...

Chocolate kills dogs, too. I ain't giving that up either. :D

lisa~sunshine said...

Thank god I"m not a dog.. I love my chocolate...

deezer said...

Peanut butter Easter Egg - sounds divine, we only get the normal chocolate ones over here in ireland.

About the foot pain - i used to get really bad aches and cramps and all kinds of pain in my feet when jogging, squatting, lunging etc. and I asked many a trainer about it. Most told me that my diet was the problem (i;m guessing they looked at me, went - well, fatty, you're too heavy for your feet!) - until i finally asked a fitness camp manager. At this stage I'd lost probably 25 - 30lbs, but was no where near goal. He sent me to get gait analysis. This is where they measure your feet on a treadmill and some of the sports shops have this in them. I then spent €60 on a pair of runners that feel like pillows around my feet. Amazing. He also told me that it wasn't important how much i spent so long as they fitted properly in the arch support. So, maybe check out some of the local sports shops in your area, or if there's any where else that you can get it done.

This article should make some sense.

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-240-319-327-7727-0,00.html

Good luck, and enjoy the spring time!

Anonymous said...

As I mentioned a few days ago, I had chronic foot pain, which worsened when active, until I went gluten-free. It's so nice to know that I won't have to hobble to the bathroom tomorrow morning!

~Lora

Leslie said...

I'm with the Princess...I will not give up my Splenda. Truvia and Stevia taste disgusting to me. I also hate aspartame and whatever is in the pink packets.

katie said...

Artificial sweeteners associated with MS (NY Times article Feb 2012)
Artificial sweeteners affect blood sugar, hormones too.
i weaned myself off of all of them and take my coffee without them. A 1/4tsp sugar in a couple of times a week. Don't drink soda or juice.

Anonymous said...

for me, artificial sweeteners (even the ones they SAY are derived from real sugar) means: INSTANT MIGRAINE!
bad bad stuff!!

Anonymous said...

Artificial sweeteners potentiate my cravings for sweets so I try to stay away from them. I've given up diet soda and artificially sweetened coffee/tea for that reason. There's some rodent research that shows calorie-free sweeteners mess with the brain's appetite regulation mechanisms (because the sweet taste makes the body expect and prepare for sugar calories, which it doesn't get), though there isn't enough data yet to say whether the same is true for humans. In any case, I know it messes with my brain, and that's the only reason I need.

JoAnna's Blog said...

I've read some bad things about artificial sweeteners. Somehow that doesn't make them any easier to give up, but I try, try again. Plus, sometimes you just gotta have real sugar (even with all its flaws). This post is inspiring though! I consume way too much diet coke. May be time to phase it out.

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