Thursday, January 03, 2013

My habit

For the last few months I've had a love affair with Crystal light. It started this summer with the Pom-tini flavor.  I was so sad when I learned that Pom-tini was only a seasonal temporary flavor.  However, I quickly discovered that Cherry Pomegranate was just as good.  I took my water to work, but I drank copious amounts of crystal light at home and on the weekends.  I did purchase some small packets of crystal light (the kind that goes into bottles) for work for those days when water just doesn't cut it.   I thought I was doing great.  I was drinking LOTS of liquids.  It was nothing for me to drink a pitcher of crystal light a day, and on weekends when I was home, sometimes two!   Yet, I always woke up dying of thirst (when I drinking enough water I'm not that way) and while there were no signs, I just have felt deeply that the Crystal Light Habit needed to be checked.  Today I decided to look into it.  I always vaguely knew that Crystal light had aspartame, and I always vaguely knew what aspartame does to the body...but here is  nice simple description....it is from the Livestrong Website... 

One of the criticisms of using aspartame-sweetened foods for weight loss is that the sweet taste still tricks the brain into thinking it's hungry. This hypothesis would lead to a triggered effect in the body that would release digestive enzymes and insulin, actually increasing hunger cues and potentially causing a person to eat more. But consistently, past research did not draw this conclusion. Scientists studying this issue saw that consuming aspartame did not increase insulin, increase appetite, or increase eating and drinking more calories overall.

Despite this previous evidence, two new research studies  from the Texas Health Science Center paint a different picture. They showed that the waistlines of people who drank diet soft drinks increased 70 percent more than people who didn't drink diet soda. They saw that people who drank diet drinks had a greater likelihood to be overweight. The blame is placed on the brain triggers instigated by the sweet, calorie-less taste experience. Two other recent brain studies demonstrated this effect, showing that the body does seek out calories after eating no-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame


So while I have a pitcher of Crystal Light in my fridge (and more to make) I will be limiting my intake and focusing on my water.  Oh yeah, Diet soda?   You are also on the way out.  I've gone without many times before and I find that I don't miss you (and actually like going out to eat and saving the couple bucks by ordering a water!).   I know that the first few days will be difficult, but water really is so much more refreshing!  (in fairness, I didn't always think so...but I grew to LOVE it!)  

I am 16.7 miles into my virtual trip cross the united states.  :-)   I'm making use of that exercise bike that is in the living room!  :-)

9 comments:

Chris said...

I used to drink Crystal Light Peach Tea like it was in scarce supply.

Kinda sounds good after thinking about it.

Good luck to you this year as you reach your goals---I have a few of my own.

thiiirdy.com

Maren said...

I've never tried it, as it's not available in my corner of the world.. but I think that everything is OK in controlled portions? :)

Shelley said...

I weaned myself off of everything that had artificial sweeteners, and now I can't stand the taste of "diet" anything. And as I don't drink sugary drinks, it pretty much limits me to water, coffee, and iced tea...a little boring, but hey - chemical-free is a good thing, right?

Scribbles said...

I had to look up what Crystal Light was as we don't have that here in Australia. I'm one of those lucky ones who doesn't have trouble drinking water but sometimes I do feel like a diet cordial ... raspberry flavor. But I don't really want to have artificial flavors. So I try to just plug along with the water. One of the few calorie free things out there I can put in my mouth!!

Countrywoman said...

Good for you I am not there yet with the diet sodas

Donna B said...

Keep up the good work. Fortunate for me I am not a BIG Crystal Light lover, but thought it helped with my appetite at work during the summer. Will have to re-visit that! Still like water better, it quenches my thirst,

Deanna Printy said...

I love Crystal Light too. And after reading your post I am glad I only drink it occasionally. Thank you for the information.

B.H said...

I love Crystal Light! I water mine wayyy down though. I am srinking my last diet soda now, and paying myself the money I WASTE on it for new clothes when I have re lost my weight. I do notice I eat more when I dirnk diet drinks, I haven't noticed it so much with Crystal light, but like I said I water mine down. Those single packets I usually mix in a 32 oz walter bottle, and they are meants for 16, and the pitcher size I make in a 3.5 quart picther vs 2. I have also recently made some of the skinny waters with the fruits and veggies you let sit. They are good, but exoensive.

Darcy said...

I am 100% in agreement about aspartame. I think it's poison. It doesn't stop me entirely from consuming it, but it's something I'm trying to cut out. I'm cheering you on as always, my friend!