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“Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sweetness

I have been trying to adjust my diet lately, and I've come upon an interesting question: Which sweetener is better for you? I've heard that aspartame is not good for people with CFS, but I seem to tolerate it better than actual sugar. I love to have a SlimFast shake in the morning, because I hate breakfast and it's the only thing I can stand. Also, I want to start drinking sports drinks for electrolyte support, but high fructose corn syrup is definitely not good. Is sucralose any better? And I really like the Crystal Lite packets you put into your own water bottle, but again ... aspartame. Does anyone have any experience or advice with this?

As an aside, I have actually had a good week! You couldn't tell it from my lack of posts. Of course, the end of the school year is ridiculously busy. But I've felt a few days of really good energy! I don't know why, because I'm back to feeling blah today.

Plus, I got the first issue of my Fatigue Busters newsletter out -- talk about stress! Why do I worry that people I don't know and will never meet won't like my newsletter and website? Am I really that identified with it? Yes, I think I am. Maybe that means I identify myself too much with CFS. Hmm, something to think about. I also updated two major pages on my website -- pacing and diet. Much better information now, I think. I also added a bit to the natural treatments section of the website. Good work, eh?

This is the last week of school. :) I love having the kids home with me. Plus, I have the added bonus of not having a fixed schedule to stick to. I can actually allow my body to wake when it wants to instead of being jolted out of sleep by the alarm. That's got to help, right?

4 comments:

Renee said...

Your web site, Chronic Fatigue Community is great, Shelli..so much good info and the newsletter is a neat idea. You will be helping alot of people.
Sugars, natural and substitutes don't work for me. I have used rice syrup at times. I have heard that agave syrup is good to use.

cfswarrior said...

I agree with Renee-great website. Regarding sugar substitutes have you ever tried Stevia? Its made from a plant. I didn't think I'd be able to switch from the sweetener I used to love to Stevia but now I won't use anything else!

Kara said...

Try Stevia or agave or rice syrup and see if those work. Stevia is terrific. Please, please don't use aspartame. It is derived from a poison. Be sure and read up on it.

Lauren said...

We use Xylitol,

You can read more about it at http://www.xylitol.com.au/. See their FAQs page for more details.

Getting used to baking with it takes trial & error because you use less, so you lose the crunchiness of sugar but as a replacement sweetener eg in meals, tea etc it is unreal & helps reduce candida, is low GI & can reverse tooth decay, so they say.
Good luck,
Lauren