My Stevia Free Lifestyle

by HEAB on April 5, 2010

So Lent officially ended yesterday, and I have yet to use any stevia. So funny as during the first few days of giving it up, I was already counting down the days until Easter when I could sweeten my coffee once again with my favorite vanilla stevia drops or make some protein ice-cream. However now, the desire is completely gone. 40 days without the sweet stuff really helped curbed my cravings for sugar and artificial sweeteners.

There were so many mornings when I would eat a sweet breakfast followed by a sweetened cup (or 2) of coffee and end up just feeling gross. Do you guys ever feel this way? Since giving up stevia, this has not happened once. A breakfast like strawberry shortcake oat bran with almond butter & whipped cream was completely normal for me…


I never used to wake up craving savory anything, but now it’s usually all I want…like a breakfast burrito with refried beans, scrambled eggs, and salsa.


Or egg salad made with hummus, mustard, and pickles on toast…


I’m not saying I’ll never use stevia again, but I hope I won’t end up sneaking it into every meal like I was doing before Lent. Is stevia bad for us? Honestly, I don’t know, and there is so much conflicting information out there. One thing I do know is that my body can’t handle real sugar, and stevia seems to the best alternative. So no, it’s not banned from my life. I just hope to stay away from becoming dependent on it again.

For those of you that abstained for Lent, how did it go? What did you learn about yourself?

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