I’m a touch horrified to discover it’s been over 2 months since I last posted here. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking of it or even that I haven’t been composing posts in my head, it’s just …. simply …. been ….. nuts. The summer flew by and was filled with much socializing but also by the fact that both of my children were home with me. All Day. Every Day. All Summer.
It was a time to focus on them and that I did. I also enjoyed myself immensely knowing that there were 2 ways of going into this; either with extreme trepidation that I would end up certifiably insane after spending that much time with them, or; with the attitude of not being able to beat them, therefore I might as well join them. (That might have been a poor choice of phrase!).
So, with mindfulness, I discovered a whole new side of me. A side that could let the small things slide and I could get out and enjoy the moment. I’m actually proud of how long I was able to let the cleaning go in my house because that is something that I don’t let go off easily. The winter was long and the summer felt short so I was going to make the most of it.
Ironically, after all that focus, the time now I am enjoying just as much. These strong fall days are spectacular. The already stunning colours, the blue September sky and the warm weather (but cool nights) are just about perfect. I wish it could last forever.
Now I’m done blaming the weather for my neglect, let’s get back to business. The most exciting piece of news I read while I was galavanting around was some damaging news on artificial sweeteners. Everyone loves bad news for their enemy and artificial sweeteners are my #1 sworn enemy. Now there is scientific proof that artificial sweeteners are doing exactly the opposite of what they are supposed to.
A study has found that the replacement for sugar, artificial sweeteners, might be making a problem that they were designed to prevent, actually worse. The results found that volunteers (and mice) had increased blood sugar levels which is a marker for a higher risk of diabetes. The effect seems to be concentrated in the gut bacteria. Like sugar, artificial sweeteners appear to increase the “bad” bacteria in the gut which kills off the good bacteria and compromises the immune system.
Artificial sweeteners have been a source of controversy for many years. I have written about them a few times mainly in respect to weight. This link to the post Deceptive Labeling: Which Sugar? includes a list of which brands falls under the “artificial sweetener” umbrella. I would love to see this “food” banned altogether, this is a small step in the right direction.
In the end, it all goes back to the same thing. Let’s ditch the magical replacements for those deemed foods”unhealthy”, such as butter and sugar and instead focus on creating ourselves a diet that includes all the whole foods we’ve been eating for centuries but in realistic proportions. A diet that doesn’t have room for chemicals.
And while we clear out all those chemicals and get back to nature, make sure you get out in the next few days to enjoy the stunning weather.