Happy Tuesday Love Bunnies!
I say bunnies today because it’s Tuesday and tomorrow is Wednesday. Wednesday is hop-day or hump-day, either way…bunnies love to do both. So, there you have it.
So, I was down another three pounds last week. That is six pounds in two weeks. I’m good with it. I will tell you that in my younger days, six pounds was a first weeks loss on a new diet. I’m in no big hurry this time. This round, there is somewhat of a slow burn and less of crazy frantic urge to get the weight off. I’m taking my time and acclimating myself to the feeling and the experience of becoming healthy. It’s an odd way of being, and it’s alright with me.
Let me give you the big news before I go any farther. We officially broke up with Weight Watchers last week.
I hated that I had to use their 800 number. Breaking up on their dime seemed cruel. I suppose it was better than a text.
It was hard, and it required a great deal of talking with the ww rep. However, we assured her that it wasn’t her, and we felt it was time to move on. Time to rethink our way of doing this that didn’t include fear, judgement, rules or forty dollars a month. We needed to find ourselves. We needed some space. We needed to just be friends. WW will always have a place in my weight loss heart, but there is no room for them in my weight loss plan anymore. We have grown apart and it was time to face it. Sigh…
We were scared afterward. We wigged out a little. But we got over it fast when we did the math and realized that we are SO going to be able to eat organic by ditching the WW. Eating in healthy ways is really expensive. Sondra and I often talk about how this country has the highest obesity rate and health care has gotten so expensive that not everyone can afford it. Eating healthy foods has gotten so expensive that not everyone can afford it. So, we are left with people who are in poverty that are forced to eat crap food because it is cheap. That puts them in poor health and they can’t afford to get treatment. Also, many people who are in poverty can’t afford a place to be able to plant anything, so they can’t grow their own produce. It is insane. Really. Off the soap box, sorry.
Anyway, I had a big dilemma this last week. It was in a happy dilemma form, so it wasn’t all pearl clutching and hand wringing or anything. It was a wedding. A happy, I get to wear a dress kind of wedding. The dilemma was this: I had to make two cakes for the reception. I love to make cakes. I love the whole process. Cakes are like pretty girls in frilly dresses.
I made a white cake with peanut cream and white icing and a hummingbird cake with a cream cheese custard filling and browned butter buttercream icing. Yes…that’s right. Susan is on a diet and making cakes. Doesn’t really mesh well, does it? Lol…no it sure don’t!
I licked beaters. I licked bowls. I tasted. My eyes rolled back in my head several dozen times. Mother can make some food, y’all.
I know when I step on the scale tomorrow it will all show. I can’t care. I can only get back down to it this week and move on. I am not off the diet. I am not on a diet. I am in love with me. I am loving me through this mess. I am not sorry I ate the cake. I am not sorry I licked the beaters. I just know that I am not going to do it again for a while. I am making better decisions for me.
So all this sugar eating got me to thinking about my powerful sweet tooth. I decided awhile back to stop with the artificial sweeteners. I am trying hard to give up processed foods. Chemicals are not cool. I needed to find an alternative. I understand that white sugar is just as bad as sweeteners in terms of being processed. So I switched to natural sugar. It wasn’t doing me any favors either. So I switched to Stevia.
NOW….here is what I want to tell you all.
NOT ALL STEVIA IS ALIKE
Stevia has gotten so much hype and has grown so much in popularity that you don’t have to visit your local health food store any longer. Most grocery stores now carry some kind or brand of Stevia. But before you just grab up a package, make sure you check the ingredient listed on the packate. Many brands have added ingredients that are harmful. Today I’m focusing on the white powder form, usually found in little packets. That’s what I use to sweeten my tea.
Ok, stevia is not technically a sweetener, it’s an herb that just happens to be sweet. And since Stevia is not a sugar it does not affect blood sugar levels, in fact it is proven to regulate blood sugar and is also known to help lower blood pressure. I know, why didn’t we know about this before?!
SweetLeaf is the only chemical-free, zero-calorie, zero-carb, zero-glycemic index, 100% natural sweetener there is. It’s made by taking the highest quality leaves of the Stevia plant and extracting their naturally sweet taste with only cool, purified water. No chemicals. No alcohols. No additives that cover up the great taste nature created. It has been said that Stevia may help individuals improve insulin production (great for diabetes sufferers) and can help with hypertension (high blood pressure).
Do not choose this:
Stevia in the Raw – has Dextrose and Maltodextrin listed in the ingredients. There are other bad choices on the market, including Whole Food’s 365 brand ( WTF?? I KNOW!) so make sure you check the ingredients before purchasing.
Why do these companies ruin such a good thing? Here is their explanation, of why Stevia in the Raw is using these ingredients. (www.steviaextractintheraw.com)
What is dextrose and why is it added to Stevia Extract In The Raw?
Dextrose is a natural carbohydrate derived from corn. Many sugar substitutes in powder form contain dextrose because it is a natural ingredient and does not change the flavor of the sweetener in the blend. In our packet product, dextrose is used to dilute the very potent Rebiana extract to make it measurable for consumers; it does not alter the naturally sweet flavor of the Stevia.
What is maltodextrin and why is it added to Stevia Extract In The Raw Cup For Cup?
Maltodextrin, like dextrose is a natural carbohydrate derived from corn. Many “cup for cup” sugar substitutes in powder form contain maltodextrin because it is a natural ingredient that does not change the flavor of the sweetener in the blend. In our cup for cup product, maltodextrin is used to dilute the very potent Rebiana extract to make it measurable for consumers in cup for cup sweetening equivalency as a sugar replacement; it does not alter the naturally sweet flavor of the Stevia.
The truth is that both of these ingredients are harmful for us. I could write a whole blog post on just this topic, but for now I’ll just give you the skinny version.
Dextrose – Dextrose is simply a form of glucose. Some food packagers like to use “dextrose” on their packaging instead of “glucose” because consumers have negative associations with glucose. Dextrose is derived from starchy food ingredients like rice, wheat, or potatoes but it is usually GMO (Gentically Modified Organism) Corn.
Maltodextrin – It is produced from rice, potato or corn starch. It is known to contain MSG and it doesn’t need to state that on the ingredient label. It is also known to affect blood sugar levels and cause tooth decay.
I also do not recommend Truvia because it is a blend of Stevia, erythritol and natural flavors. Erythritol is classified as a sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols are sugar substitutes that are either extracted from plants or manufactured from starches. Sugar alcohols are not completely absorbed into your body and therefore can cause gas and bloating.
Hello, this is why we get gassy when we eat sugar free candy.
The process in which manufacturers make erythritol is usually by fermenting sugar inGMO corn. Nothing processed like this is good. Remember we are trying to get rid of the processed crap. Now they are dressing it up like the good guy and hoping that we are not smart enough to understand what they are doing.
So, my view on this is why consume something that will effect our bodies in a negative way when we can simply choose to enjoy the benefits that Stevia has to offer? Remember, it’s all natural, and should be closest to nature as possible. You CAN grow your own stevia and harvest your own leaves. If you don’t have time to do all that….please take an extra couple of minutes to read the box. Stevia that is as pure as it can be is the one you want. You don’t have to eat chemicals. Well….you don’t have to eat as many.
Time to open our eyes and live, y’all. Know yourself, fix what is broken if you can. Love yourself through all of it…and make better choices for yourself. It’s all about the love, and that love has to start with self love.
Smooch Out…and don’t eat anyone’s crap today