“Artificial Sweeteners actually TRICK your metabolism into thinking sugar is ON THE WAY!” That’s not all they trick they turn on NOISE in my head! They get cravings RUMBLING again too!
2019 has been the year of “Sweetener Struggles.”
Ok let’s be real there can easily still be struggles in Keto-land. Sweeteners and my life-long hunger for sweets has really been a struggle this year. Reaching for the sweets to soothe, comfort or reward myself has been something I’ve been personally dealing with.
One of the biggest things of maintenance is the THRILL of the diet is over. You’ve done it! What now? Well, it’s a season of figuring out what you can have and not have. What you can control and what you need to leave off the plate. You give yourself permission and see where it leads. Sweeteners LEAD ME TO TROUBLES. I can’t control them any easier than I could control sugar!
In maintenance I gave myself permission to enjoy an expanded version of Keto treats. Something I avoided the first year due to the triggers. Keto treats are something I allowed myself at first “upon occasion” and then they crept in and became a “daily event.” When I came to the place of realizing I wanted a dessert for breakfast and I don’t eat breakfast my eyes FLEW wide open and the problem was clear.
I cannot remember what Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal tastes like, not at all. But I remember the Lowcarb ice cream I had on Sun, Mon and Tues. I can’t remember the taste of cookies but I remember a Keto cookie I had a few months back. I removed one form of SWEET and in maintenance I allowed another in.
The struggle has been real!
Sweeteners didn’t JUST trick my metabolism they tricked MY BRAIN! They tricked my hunger center! They moved in and started calling the shots, MAKING NOISE IN MY HEAD!!!
I’ve removed almost all sweeteners with the exception of a small drop of stevia to end the bitterness in black coffee. I do give myself a treat every once in a while and then give it a few days and then I have to pull it. Every time I “detox” I come to accept another layer of what works and what doesn’t.