It is now Day two of Lent, which means day two of no sugar substitutes for me. No splenda in my coffee, no diet soda, not even the “natural” truvia sweetener.
For Lent this year I really wanted to give up something that I knew I’d crave on a daily basis, since the purpose is to deny of fast from something that you feel you “need”.
I go through a lot of splenda….it’s bad, like I put it in my coffee, my tea, my yogurt, and sometimes even my milk (unsweetened almond milk). Sugar (or sugar flavored things), are sooooo addicting. What’s bad about artificial sweeteners for me is that I have no incentive to cut down, because adding another pack of splenda doesn’t add any calories, so why not add it? Then I get so accustomed to the taste that nothing sweet satisfies me unless it is ultra sweet.
When I went to Europe nearly three years ago, I consumed only real sugar when I was out there, which means I only added a little to my coffee and that was about it. Ironically, when I was in Europe and only eating “real” foods, I lost 5-7 pounds during the month I was out there. Also, when I first came back, I couldn’t even stand the taste diet soda or splenda in my coffee….it tasted too sickeningly sweet. Of course, after I was back here for a couple of weeks I became accustomed to ultra sweet taste of things fairly quickly.
How did day one go? Actually not that bad! I’ve noticed that the foods/drinks I normally would consume with artificial sweetener in it I consume much slower and consume a smaller volume of when I don’t add the addicting splenda to it. This goes along with studies that have shown that people (or animals) who consume fake sugar actually weigh more and eat more than those who don’t. Now, I’m not doing this with the primary goal to lose weight, but the point is that sweet flavored things are addicting, and I feel I need to cut that addiction, especially when all that fake stuff can’t be too good for you.
Of course, just because I’m giving up artificial sweetener doesn’t mean I’m giving up my daily chocolate need:
If you practice Lent, what are you giving up? What’s the one thing that you would find the hardest to give up?
The hardest thing for me would be coffee. I’ve tried several times and failed miserably, so I know to not even try ; )