Stevia

One of the changes I’m trying to make in my diet is less sugar. It has been really hard! I love sugar. Sugar in my tea. Sugar in my coffee. A little sugar after lunch. Even sports drinks. It’s too much.

I want to put better things into my body. I need to change my mindset of “You deserve that cookie,” to “You deserve to be healthier.” Too much sugar in the diet can contribute to health issues. Diabetes is a real danger. Twenty-three million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. And of those people who have been diagnosed, 90 – 95% have Type 2 diabetes, brought on by poor diet and inactivity. In other words, it’s preventable and curable without medication. I have a history of diabetes in my family, so I’m trying to stay ahead of the game. I want to develop good habits before I’m forced to change because of a doctor’s diagnosis.

Two things I’m changing….fruit to satisfy my sugar craving and, in my coffee, I’m trying to make the switch to Stevia. With the negative talk about the side effects of aspartame  and other artificial sweeteners, I try to stay away from them. Stevia is naturally derived from a South American plant. There is some evidence that Stevia reduces blood sugar and helps with weight loss. But, there is not enough evidence to say for sure. Still I’m determined to make the switch. I bought some of the small tablets and I started putting one in my coffee instead of the sugar. After the first day I decided I need to do it more gradually because it does not taste the same! I’m hoping I’ll develop a taste for it. If not, I may be developing my taste for black coffee.

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