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Continued health experiments [Jun. 1st, 2010|11:21 am]
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Giving up beef and pork has not made me feel appreciably different, unlike other changes. I need to get into the doc's office for a cholesterol test to see if it's had any effect on my system.

Drinking more milk had the almost-immediate effect of curing me from the chronic colds I seemed to always be suffering. I've been germ-sick twice since I started drinking more milk, as opposed to the continually sick I was the year before

Since we started the fruit smoothie routine, I can report that my allergies have been massively reduced: at this time of year I would usually be taking two prescription drugs and supplementing them with OTC antihistamines at least 4x a day, and instead I'm taking one prescription drug, and not even every day. This is a HUGE improvement. Also, my hacking cough and chronic sore throat (both probably the result of post-nasal drip) have pretty much disappeared.

So, what's next? For most of you this is probably a no-brainer, but I'm giving up artificial sweetners for a month. This is probably the biggest hardship so far, because I rely on Lipton Instant Peach-Flavored Iced Tea for my caffeine delivery. I got up this morning, the first of the month and the day I'd told Ferrett I was starting this project, and for a moment I considered pretending that I'd forgotten all about it. But I was good: I brewed up a large cup of Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Original, added some honey, and then poured it over ice.

It's...okay. It's definitely more of a sipping drink than a chugging drink, so I'm forcing myself to get some of it down my gullet so that I don't get a caffeine withdrawal headache. I can tell, though, that this is going to be tough. If I don't see a definite change in my health during this month, I will not be motivated to continue on this part of the regimen. But I'm willing to give it a month because of the major changes in health brought on by the other changes. I can do this for a month. I hope.
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From: thetisra
2010-06-01 07:04 pm (UTC)
Some information about why it's not approved by the FDA... All things in caution/moderation
http://www.cspinet.org/nah/4_00/stevia.html
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[User Picture]From: kudilu
2010-06-01 08:18 pm (UTC)
not to nitpick, but that article and the studies it's based on are a decade old or more. Stevia and/or stevia derivatives are now availible at my local WalMart with the other sweeteners.
I don't know if the concerns listed in the article have been fully addressed or not, but at least it's now FDA approved for food use. there are even some drinks using Stevia now (specifically the 0-calarie Sobe LifeWater, if i'm remembering what my parents are buying correctly. there's also a WalMart brand that's doing the same thing).
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