If you were consuming a lot of Aspartame before reading about its side effects, you may have decided that you want to cut this man-made sweetener from your diet. If you have decided to do so, think about the following pointers to make it easier for you to make the change from an artificial sweetener to a natural one.
The first thing to consider is to cut back slowly so that your body gets used to no longer ingesting it. If you currently add Aspartame to your tea or coffee, for example, cut the amount you use in half; then later on to one quarter; then to none. If you drink diet soda, reduce the amount you consume from maybe 4 cans to three, and so on.
It is also time to pay attention to your taste of sweet. When you wish to have something sweet, eat a little bit of it (without the Aspartame in it) – that slice of cake, or cookie, or the piece of chocolate. Think about about how much you are eating and make sure that the portion is small. Eat it slowly. Savour the taste and the sweetness of it. You will find that your sense of taste will tell you when you have had enough: all you have to do is listen to it.
Begin to read food labels. Remember you can find Aspartame in foods such as fat-free and sugar-free yoghurt, low calorie jams, salad dressings, candy, breath mints, cereals, sugar-free gum, cocoa mixes, instant breakfasts, desserts, and shake mixes. Take note that some drug and supplement manufacturers do not use the term Aspartame on their products. Instead they state that the product contains phenylalanine (this is an amino acid that has been isolated to create Aspartame). Therefore read the labels on those protein supplements as well.
Bear in mind it may take up to 60 days to rid your body Aspartame. Drinking lots of water will help your body to flush out the toxins. If you do not like drinking plain water, add a bit of lemon to it. Or make fresh fruit and vegetable juices at home (with no added sugar). While getting rid of this artificial sweetener from your body, you may experience some symptoms which may be uncomfortable such as: headaches, tiredness, food cravings, bad breath, or mucous discharge. These are signs that your body is at work eliminating the toxins. Take heart, it will end!
Have you consumed a lot of Aspartame? Do you think you will be able to eliminate this sweetener from your diet? What steps will you take?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013