“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


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?


Renee said...

Your web site, Chronic Fatigue Community is great, 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.

me/cfs warrior 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 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,