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Week 4: June 22 through June 28 – modified S.O.S. Free Plan

Week 4: June 22 through June 28 – modified S.O.S. Free Plan

Still eatings lots of Puffed Corn and I am having small amounts of products with salt and oil, but not to excess. The items with oil are from the food demos I do, so I am not personally purchasing anything with oil in it. My future plan is to try and keep the consumption of products with salt and oil to very minimal amount overall in my daily consumption. As for sugar, I do not consume any products with cane sugar and very minimal with maple syrup, as use mostly coconut crystals/nectar and stevia.

It was an accomplishment to not eat anything at all with oil, salt, sugar and overt fats for 31 days and honestly, when I started, did not know if I will be able to see it through to the end, as I had products around that fell into those categories and could have “caved in,” at any moment, but wanted to stay true to myself, stay strong with my conviction and know I could do it. I did not have anyone around to motivate me, but myself, so have to self-motivate, self-support and find other things could snack on when got hungry that stayed in line with the program was adhering to.

If anyone decides to embark on a change in their life of any kind, it is good to have other around to motivate/support you and definitely seek advise from a medical professional if this is related to your health and have a pre-existing condition because as much as it would be great to just stop taking a medication, etc there can be a more deleterious/negative affect on the body by doing so. As the saying goes, “slow and steady wins the race,” and in this case it would definitely be so. One thing (of many) I was blessed with in life by G-d, is the ability to persevere and align my mind to do something and stick with it, like I have done previously with various types of fasts and cleansing regimens that have documented on this blog.

Wishing you endless blessing & success in your journey to superior health & wellness!

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Plus 3 days: May 29 through 31 = 31 days Grand Total!! on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Plus 3 days: May 29 through 31 = 31 days Grand Total!!

May 29/19 – 29th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Today I did alot of walking and feeling the hunger later in the day and ate 2 servings of rice, 2 servings of oatmeal and salad. I am also feeling tired because was a warmer day and didn’t get enough sleep. I feel like I need more protein and iron, had some White Mulberries, mentioned previously, as per serving of 3 Tbsp. has 20% iron, 130% Vit. C, 8% calcium, 3g protein and contains polyphenols (like found in grapes & red wine), flavonoids, anthocyanims, alkaloids and resveratrol. Other then that, nothing else to report.

May 30/19 – 30th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report. I am looking forward to eating overt fats again, as feel it is time to add them back and also may be I am missing some nutrients the way have been eating. I do not know for sure because only a blood test would let me know, but even that is not 100 percent foolproof, because I do not eat the S.A.D. way of most of the population and the standardized results of their blood testing is geared towards them and not to a long time whole food vegan, like myself.

May 31/19 – 31st day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I reached the 31st day successfully. It is the last day on this plan and will be starting a modified plan that will start tonight after sundown, which is The Sabbath. Here is information on that.

2nd Month: June 1 through June 30/19

I may not necessarily report daily, unless have something new to say, but more of a weekly summary update. I will continue now with a modified S.O.S. Free Plan, to reiterate what stated previously, I will be eating overt fats, only small amount of salt that are in products and sweeteners – stevia, coconut crystals/sugar or date sugar. I will leave out oils completely, which are not whole food anyway.

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You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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Week 4: May 22 through May 28 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 4: May 22 through May 28

May 22/19 – 22nd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report. Still eating alot of carbohydrates to feel full & satisfied. I am actually looking forward to be able to eat again nuts, seeds, nut butter, avocado and vegan yogurt, as I fell like I need more variety and am limited to a smaller amount of options. I will stick with this till the end of this month, as I have come this far and want to see it through to its completion.

May 23/19 – 23rd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Tonight, I ate a few of the Corn Tortillas from Food for Life that bought a few days ago and would probably taste better if warmed slightly, but do not have a pan for that. I made wraps out of them with tomato paste, kelp powder, nutritional yeast, Aduki Beans from Eden Foods, Living Upland Cress (hydroponically grown watercress) from Hollandia Produce and cut up mini red bell peppers.

I am eating way too much carbohydrates in the way of grains and puffed cereal, in my opinion. Is it because I am hungry or bored? Not sure. I want to be honest here with what I’m eating. I do not seem to fill up/feel satiated on these items, as I get hungry not long after finish. I see it as possibly that I’m not having enough volume of fruit on a daily basis that would fill me up more and maybe also higher protein. Since I’m not using protein powders because the ones have are made of seeds and not sure the ones made of rice/pea protein would be appropriate for what I am doing now. Since I am already at the “home stretch,” and 7 days left without overt fats, I will not plan to get those protein powders, but try to up my calories from beans and fruits and see if that helps. The thing for me, is that I do crave crunchy food and go for the rice cakes, crackers, rice snaps and puffed cereals (especially the puffed corn which is crunchy), but the problem is afterwards it dries out my throat because is dry, so ought to be hydrating more (that is to begin with, without eating all these dry foods)

At this point, I have decided that starting in June:
1- I do plan to resume the overt fats have left out – nuts, seeds, nut butters, vegan yogurt and avocados.
2- I will not use products with oils and cane sugar/maple syrup.
3- I will use stevia, monk fruit and coconut sugar as sweeteners or if in any products.
4- There are some products will resume that have a minimal amount of sea salt/himalayan sea salt, (I would like/try to stay with 5% or under per serving) like the vegan yogurt I like called Lavva. I still plan to choose most of food products that buy/use to be without added salt, although they may have sodium, naturally occuring from the ingredients.

It will be interesting to see how my body reacts after not consuming these items for 30 days and I will share that with you.

May 24/19 – 24th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new. Still eating lots of carbohydrates

May 25/19 – 25th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Had a new snack tonight, Apple Chips from Bare Snacks. They are just baked with no added salt, oil or sugar. Nice to have a crunchy sweet snack, as most of the crunchy things have are usually savory.

May 26/19 – 26th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Today I ate more fruit and protein, so didn’t eat as much grains, as usually do.

May 27/19 – 27th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I mostly get hungry for heavier foods like grains & beans in the latter part of the day and still snacking on lots of puffed cereals, but does not always satisfy me, but simply like having something crunchy to eat. I have not noticed, per se, that I am feeling any different after almost a month of doing this, but I am sure when I start having some food products with even small amounts of added salt, it will taste too salty for me, since I cut it out completely, unless the food had naturally occuring sodium.

May 28/19 – 28th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

It is now 4 weeks and hard to believe I have gone this long on this plan and no “cheating,” but just eating alot more carbohydrates daily. I will continue till the end of this month which is a few more days and then resume overt fats starting next month.

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You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

Maybe or maybe not, but the S.O.S. I am referring to is an adaptation of your vegan food plan that eliminates Salt, Oil and Sugar. I say this because I am a whole food vegan and in the S.A.D {Standard American Diet} world, I don’t believe they could care less about this, sad to say. It is used by True North Health Center in California and others.

I, myself, have done various cleanses and fasts that documented on my blog (including coconut water cleanses, water fasts and dry fasting) and now I am trying something different. I got an email last month from Frederic Patenaude and subscribe to his posts, as he always has interesting information to share, as well as the knowledge he has culled from many years in the natural foods world. I don’t necessarily need to go on a “diet” to lose weight and detest that word anyway, because connotes going on and off something and I ascribe to be on a program that is constant, consistent and for the long term, where get results and don’t yo-yo back and forth, as it’s harmful to the health.

Here is a link to Frederic’s article: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=4848

So what I decided to do and coined a new term, is The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™
What is that? Similar to the S.O.S. program, but I added no overt fats to it. Dr. Doug Graham recommends, to eat minimal added fats, but I’m not saying this is good for everyone, although when you read the link to the article above there is a comment on the bottom about someone who has been eating very low fat for a long time and has had good results.

Frederic mentioned that the body needs 90 days to adapt, so I decides to try this for the next 3 months, but do it 1 day at a time and then progress from there. I do eat whole food plant based, but I have done more snacking (but everything is food based) in the last number of years and have gotten lax with not consuming oils when buy products, although do not use it for my own food preparation. Also, used packaged products with cane sugar, maple syrup, salt and would like to eliminate them from my food plan and get back to eating foods in their natural wholesome state and not buy packaged products or minimize them at best. There is 1 item that has a minimal amount of salt that will be consuming because I do eat Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Tortillas for The Sabbath and Holydays, as it is the best out there because is flourless and without added oil. Other then that will be keeping to this 100%, G-d willing. This means will have to add more volume of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans to make up for the things will not be consuming.

Here’s a list of what will not be eliminating:
1- Oils – since do not cook with it, means products that use it as an ingredient
2- Nut butters
3- Nuts and Seeds
4- Avocados
5- Vegan Yogurt – as all are made with nuts and usually added salt, as well
6- Salt
7- Sugar (except for stevia which is not a sugar and make also look to get yacon syrup or if can find yacon powder, as is not a sugar, but from a Peruvian root that happens to be sweet and is also a prebiotic)
8- Coconuts

I am not saying it is going to be easy, as my body has to “detox” off of those items and I may feel a lack of satisfaction in my daily consumption and also there is the mental, emotional and psychological brain chemical reactions to consider, as well. As I said above, will simply be adding more volume of the other foods and actually, when you look at the cost of buying organic produce it seems expensive, but really it is not, it’s what you buy that is packaged, canned, boxed, etc that costs more because the price gets “bumped up” or inflated from the time the company makes it till it comes to the store, as everyone wants a “piece of the action” to make a profit. I am also used to grabbing a quick nutrient dense snack at work of a whole food bar and all of them have something that will be eliminating, so will have to have other snacks instead.

What I plan to do is document my experiences during this time on my blog. I am not sure will have time to do it daily, but will do my best to share with you what happene on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and psychological.

Look forward to sharing with you, as I embark on this new adventure.
I also want to say, that I do not plan to eliminate overt fats completely for more then 90 days and may even return to some after 30 days, depending on how I am feeling. My goal is to try to stay free of all salt, sugar and oils for the long term.

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The information provided in this email is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label, packaging or program I am doing

You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or as a substitute for medication or other treatment prescribed by your physician or health care provider.

You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet- Interview with Jonathan Heine, Owner of You Are Loved Foods

My Comments
I found this company at the Natural Products Expo/Expo West in Anaheim, CA in March 2017. I tried almost all the products (as the cupcakes are not vegan and I am) and loved them! Hence what a great name for the company and there is a story about the name, if you check on their website: http://www.urlovedfoods.com

For my thirty-third interview, I have the pleasure to introduce you to Jonathan Heine, Owner of You Are Loved Foods: incorporated in 2014, first started selling in 2016.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

In 1973, Woody Allen made a movie called “Sleeper”, in which he played a health food store owner that woke up 200 years in the future.
Doctor: “You have to realize that all your friends have been dead for over 200 years.”
Woody Allen: “But they all ate organic rice!”

I was into healthy eating way way way back in the early 1970s. Sustainability (then called “Conservation”) , “health” foods and ethnic foods were new and only in big cities and “hippie” communities. GMO had just started and nobody heard of it.

Some organic growers unwittingly used GMO seeds for their wheat, rice and oat crops. The long term cumulative immune and metabolic effects on many of our bodies weren’t even a thought. Unfortunately, my body was sensitive, so my metabolism and immune system started going haywire, and nobody could figure out why. Doctors told me it was my fault: I had bad eating habits, I didn’t exercise enough, etc. I was running half marathons and at one point was on 1,000 calories a day to maintain. Oddly, cigarette smoking solved the weight issue eating the same stuff. Hmm. Can anybody say “Conspiracy Theory”?

So then the diet expert theories came into play.
First it was low fat foods. So up the starch, and therefore up the sugar (if you get a hamburger, throw away the hamburger and eat the bun). Bagels were considered reasonable snacks. Low Fat yoghurt, raisin bran with skim milk, whole wheat toast with a little no sugar added jam. Eventually, even small amounts of starch or sugar, an apple, say, could put 5-10 pounds of weight and bloating on me in a very short period of time. On top of that, reducing weight would take longer because the bloating and immune reactions would persist. My limbs ached, I had fibromyalgia, and no amount of exercise seemed to stop it. Although training for a marathon did help a lot.

By the time I was 40, I was about 20 pounds overweight, and felt awful. I went to see a famous diet doctor, and following her advice, I gained 150 pounds in under six months, crossed over into diabetes, and felt like I was going to die. Nothing worked.

Then I stumbled onto a nutritionist who put me on a modified atkins program. The traditional doctors said it would kill me. Since their advice had been so helpful, I decided to leap. In 5 years, with no portion control, I released 120 pounds. Not quite all the way back, but getting there.

In the process, I realized there weren’t a lot of tasty alternatives for what was then, an early Paleo, Low Carb, Sugar free lifestyle. Tons of Xylitol, tons of Erythritol, yucky tasting stevia, and yucky tasting monk fruit extract. Tons of Whey and Soy Isolates. Forget chocolate. And the protein bars tasted terrible and had all sorts of crap in them. Nothing to take on trips. No good treats.

So I took out my chef’s “hat”, started going to ingredients and food technology trade shows, and started, for myself, the You Are Loved Foods products. Along the way invented a heat resistant, low fat, ultra low carb, sugar free, naturally sweetened chocolate. And got really good at alternative, starch and sugar free versions, of all sorts of favorites: Cheesecake, lasagna, cupcakes, fudge truffles, granola.

After I got myself and some friends off insulin and no longer diabetic, I decided to start the company to bring these great tasting benefits to the world.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

1. Iphone and a solar charger. Without that, no books, no music, no sanity. This would include my meditation programs, my wisdom programs, my visualization assistance. And I could recharge the battery. I’d visualize being rescued, and stay positive about it. And, I could watch the three tv series I actually learned to download, which I highly recommend: “Revolution” (about the American Revolution), “The Black Donnelys” (great NY drama, 9 episodes), and “Hunted” with Grey’s Anatomy’s Melissa George (definitely worth watching).
2. A tooth-care kit. 20 Toothbrushes, 10 years supply of dental floss, a tongue scraper, a gum stimulator and lots of toothpaste.
3. A book about the 5 things you should take to be stranded on a desert island. Hopefully this would at least show me how to build a fire and keep it going. Build shelter, find water, etc. Being a Jewish New Yorker, I’d need pictures and probably someone to hire to do all that stuff for me. So I’d need double of everything.
4. A set of knives for cooking and other things.
5. A set of towels and wash cloths.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Be your own physician and seek out all the information you can to keep yourself healthy, and solve any health problem available.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

A bikram yoga membership. It combines flexibility, with strength, spiritual connection, endurance, and amazing detoxing. And introduces you to a community of like minded people.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

You Are Loved Foods: Always sugar free, gluten/grain/starch free, strictly certified paleo, mostly certified vegan, kosher parve, and gmo free. We have a patented low carb, sugar free and low fat, heat resistant chocolate. We sweeten with our own form of monk fruit extract with various special properties that others don’t have. Glycemic index below 5.

Products include Protein bites, Fudge Truffles, Paleo superfood granola, chocolate cupcakes, 0 calorie sweetener. And AMAZING Taste. Not like the other sugar free, gluten free, Paleo stuff.

We are currently in all three Erewhon Stores, PC Greens, All Vintage Grocers, Lassens Camarillo, Rainbow Bridge Ojai, Rainbow Acres Culver City, all in LA area.

Internet orders: Free delivery program in Southern California for all products, and around the country for our non perishable products (with the rest coming in the fall). Minimum Orders Apply.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

The planet is at an existential crisis. As technology reduces the need for workers, and as cumulative impact of the poisoning of our bodies and the planet reaches a new climax, as the 2% becomes 1% and even fewer, and as spirituality moves people away from organized religion, and the conflicting tides of old beliefs and old order clash with new. The old hanging on at all costs, including the safety of the world, and the new, starting quietly but not realizing how important it is to make bold moves. Our thought leaders, our compassionate capital investors, our technology leaders in all industries, must work together to grow a new and more enlightened model of the support of human needs.

Our greatest immediate challenges: global warming, GMO agriculture, overpopulation, ending poverty, available and affordable health care (including mental health care, alternative modalities, and end of life care and housing) for everyone, and to provide dignity to humans in life and in death (allowing those dying to decide when and where to choose their passage).

Food is our greatest natural resource, and has the potential to support or destroy our health. Investing in natural, sustainable processes and making them scalable. Moving away from meats and grain based agriculture towards nut and seed based agriculture, reducing our dependence on industrial meat production. To the extent there is meat and fish production, making it more humane, natural and sustainable.

It is all possible. We have the technology, the resources, and the imagination. And we have not choice, and almost no time.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Abraham Lincoln. Completely Self-educated, our most intelligent and introspective president. A masterful politician, bold and imaginative. He used the law like a virtuoso plays an instrument. Courageous, and a true leader. He led the country to fight a war to abolish slavery and keep the US union together, despite incredible resistance even in the North. Uncompromising in his goals, and brilliantly compromising to achieve his goals. And fought the National Bank of the US (the predecessor to the Federal Reserve), and the New York Financiers (Wall Street) to finance the Civil War on his own terms, even repelling the Rothschild’s desire to control the US economy through its lending to the war effort.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Each body is different, yet we have similarities. As many of us get older, our ability to metabolize fast metabolizing foods (high carb (even “complex carb”), high sugar foods) diminishes. Add to that GMO impacts on the immune system and metabolism, the diabetes inducing food chain, and pressurized lifestyles, and we must reduce our carb intake. Millennials, as they get into their 30’s and later, are realizing: “if I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself when I was younger”. Our bodies are forgiving, but cumulative maltreatment, even with the best of intentions, is difficult to reverse.

Listen to your bodies, find the foods that work best for you. Reduce the sugars, reduce the starches. You Are Loved Foods can provide some of the yummiest products within that construct available and recipes with more products to come.

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Killer Sweeteners and Agave Nectar/Syrup – Not recommended!

Killer Sweeteners by Isabel De Los Rios – Certified Nutritionist
http://www.thedietkiller.com

In my practice as a nutritionist and personal trainer, new
clients are always coming to me telling me they are doing
everything they are “supposed” to be doing, but still, do not
lose weight. Of course, this is frustrating. Losing weight is
hard enough, and to change your eating habits and still see no
results, that’s even more frustrating.

So why do these people not lose weight? If I had to pick the
most common reason why most people’s efforts have proved no
results, I would say it is the deception of artificial
sweeteners and processed diet foods. Yes, you heard right. It is
the diet coke, diet snacks, processed foods and artificial
sweetener in your coffee that is keeping you fat. So how is this
so?

Artificial sweeteners overwhelm your liver

Your liver is your largest internal organ, and it’s responsible
for an astonishing variety of life-sustaining and
health-promoting tasks, including those that make healthy weight
loss and weight management possible. Integral to countless
metabolic processes, the liver supports the digestive system,
controls blood sugar and regulates fat storage. One of your
liver’s most important functions, and the most crucial to your
weight loss, is chemically breaking down everything that enters
your body, from healthy vegetables, to not so healthy fast food,
from healthy water to not so healthy soda.

It’s your liver’s job to distinguish between the nutrients you
need to absorb and the dangerous or unnecessary substances that
must be filtered out of your bloodstream. But when the liver is
clogged and overwhelmed with toxins, like artificial sweeteners,
it can’t do a very effective job of processing nutrients and
fats. If it can not process the nutrients and fats that your
body needs, this will cause you to gain weight or will prevent
you from losing weight. Your liver also produces bile, a crucial
substance for detoxifying our bodies.

It is the job of bile to help our bodies break down the fats we
need and to assimilate fat-soluble vitamins. But when our bile
becomes overly congested with the toxins it’s trying to filter
out, it simply can’t function properly. It becomes thick,
viscous and highly inefficient in breaking down fats. The
result: You are more likely to gain weight and to have a greater
difficulty losing it. So the more toxic your body becomes, the
more difficulty you’ll have losing weight and keeping it off
because your liver just can not work properly to break down fat.

Are artificial sweeteners considered a toxin?

So what qualifies something as a “toxin”? A toxin is anything
that your body does not recognize as a natural food source. The
reason why artificial sweeteners have “zero” calories is because
your body does not recognize them as a food source. For example,
the chemical process to make Splenda (sucralose) alters the
chemical composition of the sugar so much that it is somehow
converted to a completely different molecule than sugar. This
type of “fake” sugar molecule does not occur in nature and
therefore your body does not possess the ability to properly
metabolize it. This is how the makers of Splenda claim that it
has zero calories, because in theory it should not be digested
or metabolized by the body (Although it’s been shown that some
people’s body do absorb u.p to 15% of the artificial sweeteners
they ingest). So the more artificial sweeteners that you consume
in one day, the more you are overwhelming your liver with toxins
and the less able it is to do its job of processing fat.

And what happens if the liver can’t do its job? You can’t lose
weight or worse yet, you gain weight.

What if you don’t use artificial sweeteners? Don’t be fooled.
Almost every diet product on the market has some kind of
artificial sweetener added to it. Even some children’s snacks
are now being made with sucralose (Splenda) and most flavored
waters contain sucralose or aspartame.

Now add up how many things you eat in one day that contain some
form of artificial sweetener. The list may be very long. How
overwhelmed do you think your liver is? Does it have the ability
to work properly? Even if you keep your calories at bay and only
drink Diet Coke with your meals, will you truly get down to the
weight that you want, and stay there? It’s certainly been in my
experience that the answer is “no” and until you are ready to
commit yourself to a healthy way of eating, weight loss will
always be a constant struggle.

What else do sweeteners do? Sweeteners increase appetite

Artificial sweeteners tell your taste buds that, “sweet stuff
has arrived,” which to the brain means, “nutrition has arrived.”

When artificial sweetened drink or food reaches the small
intestine, the receptors find no nutrition. A message is then
sent back to the brain saying, “We’ve been tricked-there’s no
nutrition here.” The appestat (the part of your brain that
triggers satiety) sends the message to “keep eating because we
need nutrition to help process all this fake food and run your
body.” So even after you eat a good portioned healthy meal
(along with your diet coke) you still feel like your starving
all day, or you become very hungry soon after. Your healthy
eating efforts may be sabotaged if you continue to feel hungry
all day. No one likes to feel hungry so you continue to eat more
food until you feel satisfied, which in your effort to lose
weight, may just be too much.

Sweeteners increase our Sweet Tooth

Saccharin (Sweet n Low) is 300 times sweeter than sugar,
aspartame (Equal) is 200 times sweeter than sugar and sucralose
(splenda) is 600 times sweeter than sugar. Such sweeteners can
only increase our sweet tooth and increase our taste of sweet
things. If you can never get rid of your sugar cravings, any
healthy eating plan will be difficult because you will
constantly be craving “sweet”. Artificial sweeteners have also
shown to promote the same blood sugar fluctuations as regular
sugar, which, again will bring on “sugar lows” which will
i.ncrease appetite and cravings. This is not to say, that
something sweet now and again is not ok, but it is those people
who can not control their sugar cravings that are being
sabotaged by these artificial sweeteners.

What are some alternatives to sweeteners?

Giving up sugar and artificial sweeteners may be difficult,
especially if you are accustomed to everything having such a
sweet taste. A wonderful alternative to sugar and artificial
sweeteners is an herb called Stevia. Stevia is an
extraordinarily sweet herb, 200-300 times sweeter than sugar.

Stevia is almost zero calories, so it is perfect for people who
are watching their weight. Unlike sugar, it does not trigger a
rise in blood sugar so you will not get a sudden burst of energy
followed by fatigue and a need for another “fix”. It increases
energy and aids digestion by stimulating the pancreas. Stevia
also presents great advantages over saccharine and other
artificial sweeteners in that it is not toxic. Stevia is a plant
that is found in nature and is not man-made in a laboratory.

Stevia can be found at almost all health food stores such as
Whole Foods, and is listed under the “supplement” section.
Stevia can be used exactly like sugar and artificial sweeteners
to sweeten drinks and it can even be used in baking.

If weight loss or staying away from sweets has always been a
problem for you, take notice of how much artificial sweetener
you have been ingesting. That just may be the culprit. Make a
resolution this year to give up the “fake” stuff and stick to
natural alternatives like Stevia. You will not only be helping
your weight loss efforts but you will also be benefiting your
health. If you or someone you know is addicted to sweet drinks
such as sodas or beverages sweetened with sugar or artificial
sweeteners, try this “Tea Juice” and you will see that weaning
yourself off sugar or sweeteners will be much easier.

Tea Juice

-5-6 bags of any non-caffeine herbal tea of your choice (green
tea, peach tea, berry tea, orange zinger, lemon, etc.)

-3 quarts water

-Stevia powder or liquid to taste

Boil tea bags in a large pot. Add 1-2 full teaspoons of stevia
while still hot. (You may add more or less, based on your
desired sweetness) Let tea cool and then transfer to the
refrigerator in Ice Tea pitchers or individual size water
bottles.

This drink is a great replacement to Diet Coke or Diet Snapple.

Isabel De Los Rios – Certified Nutritionist
http://www.thedietkiller.com

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Agave Nectar/Syrup

Here is some info from the website Food Renegade: (here is the link to the site to read the full article – http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/). In a recent article now posted on the Weston A. Price foundation’s website, Ramiel Nagel and Sally Fallon Morell write, Agave “nectar” is not made from the sap of the yucca or agave plant but from the starch of the giant pineapple-like, root bulb. The principal constituent of the agave root is starch, similar to the starch in corn or rice, and a complex carbohydrate called inulin, which is made up of chains of fructose molecules. Technically a highly indigestible fiber, inulin, which does not taste sweet, comprises about half of the carbohydrate content of agave.

The process by which agave glucose and inulin are converted into “nectar” is similar to the process by which corn starch is converted into HFCS. The agave starch is subject to an enzymatic and chemical process that converts the starch into a fructose-rich syrup—anywhere from 70 percent fructose and higher according to the agave nectar chemical profiles posted on agave nectar websites.

Some more info from the article on this site: In a different article, Rami Nagel quotes Russ Bianchi, managing director and CEO of Adept Solutions, Inc., a globally recognized food and beverage development company, on the similarities between agave nectar and high fructose corn syrup:

They are indeed made the same way, using a highly chemical process with genetically modified enzymes. They are also using caustic acids, clarifiers, filtration chemicals and so forth in the conversion of agave starches into highly refined fructose inulin that is even higher in fructose content than high fructose corn syrup.

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