Yep Kaz you have to research and decide for yourself, there's a lot of grey area when it comes to splenda but with something like aspartame which has been shown to pass the blood brain barrier it is very clear that aspartame should definitely be avoided. I could never give you the answer re splenda because I don't know. I have tried to switch to stevia a few times just in case but it gives me nausea and after being off splenda for 4 years and having increasing problems which obviously aren't related to it I started using it again about 6 months ago when I cut right down on my carbs again.
But one thing I want to point out, you can't rule out something as bad purely because it is man made and something as good purely because it is natural. As I was trying to point out earlier a lot of natural substances that we have are neurotoxins. sucrose is a neurotoxin, that means presumably all fruits are also a neurotoxin, even veggies like the good old brussel sprout contains sucrose. But it doesn't just stop there, the list can go on and on with various nutrients that happen to also be a neurotoxin. One thing I learnt when I did an elimination diet for my daughter is that there's plenty of natural chemicals that do all sorts of stuff in normal everyday, natural and healthy foods and this spans across everything from plants to animals. And these are all chemicals that are produced naturally for millions of years not because we use pesticide or chlorinate our water.
I wish I knew the answer to all this but I have no friggen idea and I don't think anyone else does either. I suspect there is no right or wrong for everyone and you just have to do the best you can and do whatever feels right for you.
Hannah I filter my water too and I thought that was such a great thing until I read about the vapour from hot water such as when you take a shower or bath or fill up your kitchen sink with hot water. This is much, much, much worse then drinking it. One other downside to filtering is it takes out the good stuff as well, of course I still use the filter and one day when I have my own house I will have all tap water for showers etc filtered and use rain water.
Hannah, I am sorry if my skepticism towards the business side of bodytrim bothers you and I mean no personal offense to anyone on it and I am glad to have bodytrimmers here regardless. I am skeptical of any of these be it bodytrim, tony ferguson etc
The weight loss industry is a huge money spinner and I tried to be as open minded about Bodytrim as I could but somethings turn me off in that I think calories get too low but also the business side of it. Last year after they built up a good customer base they tried to make practically everything like their entire forum a paid for service (monthly fee) and it was only after it really backfired on them did they change it to how it is now (trim club). Anyway, I am sure there's lots of support there but its the people there following the diet that make it so and not the other way around
Well put Sherrie I didn't mean all man made stuff is bad, only that I approach it with caution. I just try to eat as healthy and wholesome as possible because it works for me.
For me, in the end, you can find pros and cons in everything, that's why you need to research it and make your own mind up. What concerns me (and what prompted the post) is that some people tend to follow what others say and that can be very confusing because everyone has their own point of view. You need some stability when following a plan and need to be sure about what you eat and don't and why.
Start Date 6 Jan 2009I don't want to lose weight fast, I want to lose weight forever