Artificial sweeteners are ubiquitous in our food system. Food manufacturers add them to sodas, energy and sports drinks, protein powders, health bars, yogurt, gum, candy, and pharmaceuticals (including syrups and antibiotics for children). Artificial sweeteners are the food industry’s way of harmonizing our cravings for sweet things with our concern for calories. The appeal is that we can enjoy sweet food without the weight gain and deleterious spikes in blood sugar. Seems like a win-win, right? Not so fast. Despite FDA approval, these non-nutritive sweeteners pose a threat in terms of weight gain, food cravings, gut health, and more.
I’ve mentioned recently here and on social media that I’m trying to scale back and change my coffee/caffeine consumption habits.
I’ve talked through this with clients and friends quite a bit (people get deliriously curious when you bring up dietary changes. Particularly when those dietary changes involve less coffee. Moms be like whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!), so I thought I’d outline what was going on with me that forced my hand with this decision.
What I Ate Wednesday: A real f*$%ing lot. Because I’m breastfeeding. And I’m famished. Always.
(Another day you’ll see what I did with my CSA veggies. Today, I rant.)
My 6 month old baby is exclusively breastfed. That means she hasn’t had so much as a drippity drop of anything outside of breastmilk since June 3rd when she was born.