The good, the bad, and the ugly?

So I rant, A LOT, about sucralose.  But what is it really I am ranting about?  Is it just me that doesn’t like it?  Is there a reason, like a real medical reason for my rant?

YES!!!

But first, lets see what Splenda has to say.

First they say they start with sugar, real sugar and through a process, turn it into a no calorie sweetener.  It passes through your body, without the body recognizing it is a carbohydrate, to it is not broken down and utilized for energy.  The process takes sugar, replaces 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups with chlorine.  They note that Sucralose does not have any side effects.  It is not the cause of head aches, stomach issues or bloat.  It does not affect the kidneys, the liver, or the Thymus.  That 85% of what is ingested, leaves the body unaltered, and of the 15% that does get absorbed, most of it leaves within 24 hours.

Now for why I rant!

As with anything controversial, it is always hard to find truth on the internet.  There is a product, that has millions of dollars spent on advertising.  They, of course, can say in all their websites that everything is safe and fine. Then of course there is the other sweeteners that spend thousands if not millions on bashing the opposing sweetener.  Should we trust people like JoLynn Braley from The Fit Shack?  Many people do, most of what she is saying is true (if not all of it), Or Dr Mercola. Who has many many published articles. Do we trust the makers of Splenda themselves?  Many people trust them too.  There is of course, places like The Natural News, or the best article yet….Naked Food Cooking!

For me, I CAN taste it, and I DO get an almost instant headache.  I DONT like the thought of chemically altered foods, (and yes I understand that cooking foods, alters it)  I don’t like that it has only been around for 20years in Canada (1991).

The good, the bad, and the ugly of the internet is that you can research anything and get info. that is just that, good, bad or ugly!  Some is true, some is not, but it is up to us to research and decide what is best for us and our bodies!

with that…I’m off to bed!

MB  xoxo

Day 4

So today was day 4 of the Visalus samples.
Today I mixed it just like yesterday. Juice, water, vi-trim and shake powder. Today I liked it as much as yesterday. Today I REALLY wished they made it with real sugar, just like yesterday. Today I know, I will not order it for me, just like yesterday….
I will catch up with an old friend if mine IFBB pro Jeni Briscoe, next week. We will chat, and I will learn more about the product. I went to Jeni, because she has been selling and using Visalus for over 2 years. Swears by it, loves it, recommends it, Uses it. I trust Jeni. She has told me there is a possibility they will be changing the auger substitute. I sure hope they do!

Day 3

Mixed the shake this morning with my kids fruit and veggie juice. 1/2 cup juice to 1/2 water. It was great! I’m really liking the shakes for the nutrition side. I also tried one of the vi-trim packets mixed in. My hunger was curbed almost all day! I tried one of the cookies that day too….which really makes me think…why can’t they either use real sugar in the shakes like the cookies, or no sugar/sweetener at all???
I have 1 more day of samples. I would love to say I will order it, but I know I won’t! I will post another day as to why I can’t stand sucralose!!! But for tonight, that is it. VISALUS…USE REAL SUGAR OR NO SUGAR PLEASE!!!

Day 2

On to day 2 of the Visalus Shakes…..

I mixed my shake this morning again with water, milk, a 1/2 a banana and added the Strawberry Phyto flavor mix.  Gotta say, it tasted pretty good.  I could still taste the sucralose, but I think I always will.

I didn’t get the headache, was thirsty all day, didn’t get any stomach issues, also didn’t feel hungry all day.  I ate, because I had to, but really didn’t want to.  I was quite surprised!  I see how so much weight can be lost on this system!  Maybe I just need to force myself to eat more!

I have been questioned…

so I’ve decided to take on a challenge…yes the Visalus challenge. However, I am not doing it as a transformation, or a weightloss. I am doing it to see what it is like. I am only doing it for 5 days. And I am only doing the shakes.

If anyone knows me, they know I really don’t like fake sugar.  I don’t like what it does to me, I don’t like how it tastes, and I don’t like what it does to your body.  BUT…many many people I know are on it and LOVE it.  and since MANY of my clients ask about it, I decided to grab a few samples and give it a try….

Day 1!

8:30am I mixed up the shake with 1/2 a banana and a squirt of nestle quik.  I know, kinda defeats the purpose, but I had to add some chocolate, and I didn’t want to add the chocolate flavor pack that has more sucralose in it.  I mixed it with 1/2 cup of 2% milk and 1/2 cup of water.

The first sip, i could taste the sucralose, but still decided to give it a go.  Within 10 minutes I had a headache.  I stopped at Tim’s to get the kids their bagel and juice and had some of their bagel to get rid of the headache….it worked.  I found I was getting munchy feeling still about 10:15, so I had some of my fresh pineapple salsa I made.  Then I got really really thirsty!  I was craving water the rest of the day.

So after day 1, all was ok.  I had no more side effects and decided to give it another shot!  On to day 2!