Saturday, January 30, 2010

More Musings from a Post-op January 2010

This is some incredibly important information from my friend Lulitu's profile and since she offered it in her signature, I'm sure she won't mind me sharing it. Very important stuff about artificial sweeteners.
From my friend Lulitu: (thanks Lulitu)
I begin my anti-maltodextrin (spenda/equal) crusade today!
A little background:
I am a Sugar Addict. After my RNY I became completely sugar intolerant, so to "Feed the Need" I switched to the fake stuff. I was at the point that I was adding it to everthing I ate. I do mean everything. At work I would go out and get a salad and add equal to the salad dressing, A Lot! Then 2 1/2 hours later I would be a Shakey Mess (low blood sugar) and have to eat again. It crossed my mind that it might be the sweetners but I wasn't willing to look at it.
So this summer I had a Total hip replacement and have been off work. This gave me time to start learning about these substitutes and what they were doing to me. So here is what I've found: Maltodextrin turns into a Carbohydrate in my body, and when eaten in larger amounts drives up my blood sugar, and because I am a hypoglycemic drops it, dangerously low at times. As a carbohydrate it also makes me want to eat more. Since cutting out adding these substitues to my meals I have dropped about 18 lbs (weight that I had started to put on) and Feel much better.
If you're having trouble with your blood sugar, or beginning to regain weight, or feeling hungry a lot, you may want to take a look at how much artificial sweetners you taking in. I am amazed at what has maltodextrin in it. I know I am sounding a bit 'Preachy'. But I feel SO strongly about this, and I want to see all my oh family succeed, and be healthy.
Be Well My Friends


Unknown said...

First off congrats on the 18lb loss! Also, I'm a former sugar addict as well and have been hesitant to add back in after surgery in Dec. So, I like you, have been eating fake stuff but it always upsets my tummy. Thanks for posting this & prompting me to look into it deeper.

Unknown said...

weestepn, I will make sure my friend gets your comment (she's the one that wrote the post about the 18lbs and the artificial sweetener). Please be careful about adding back sugar after surgery... I could tell you some horror stories and if you've done it since December, you can certainly keep it up! hugs, Yvonne

SkinnieMinnie said...

Hi Yvonne

Just wanted to say thank you for mentioning me on the WLS show and your blog is great - you are so inspiring (especially for someone who is a little "slow" with the weight loss). Take care and take care of skinnieminnie cat for me :-)