Isn’t it cool how powerful the mind is? You can actually become so accustomed to a habit that you “reprogram” your mind. The “reprogramming” of the mind is how some people become addicted to things or substances. Once the thing or substance has been part of their life for a certain amount of time, they force their mind to believe that they cannot live without the thing or substance.
My wife likes to watch Dr. Oz and I on occasion watch the show with her. On one particular episode, he was talking about artificial sweeteners. He said that using too much artificial sweetener is bad. Artificial sweeteners can fool your taste buds. After using the artificial sweetener for so long, you forget what sugar really tastes like. I did not actually believe this at first. I believe now that it is true. For example: I like coffee. I usually put Splenda in my coffee to sweeten it. I have tried to use sugar in place of Splenda before but my taste buds were so in tune with the Splenda that it took more sugar to sweeten my coffee than it would have with Splenda.
That same episode also said that artificial sweeteners are bad because they can help you to gain weight. Artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, tell your brain that something sweet is coming but then your brain is robbed of the sweet, sugary deliciousness that it thought was coming. When you use artificial sweeteners, your brain craves that which you are denying it. Sugar. So, when you actually eat something sweet, you are more likely to over indulge yourself with the sweetness.
I would like to wean myself away from artificial sweeteners or at least keep the sweeteners to a cup of coffee. Have any of you been successful at weaning yourself off of artificial sweeteners. What tips can you share to help me? Hit up the comments.