For three years I managed to go without any artificial sweeteners and still managed to lose a little weight. Through the past year I have managed to maintain that loss without following any other plan but one of eating non processed, whole grain foods. Now, don't get me wrong; I have partaken of pizza, ice cream, cakes, cookies, butter, sugar, whole milk, etc. What I didn't eat was diet foods, low fat/fat free stuff. I didn't get skinny. I will never be skinny. What I am is able to wear the clothes in my closet. I am happy here.
Anyway, I say all that to confess I fell off the wagon. First I bought Crystal Light so the guys would have kool aid without using so much sugar(instead of them making Lemonade from lemon juice and sugar. I know, I know, that's much better). Then I bought 4 12 pk cases of diet drinks cause they were on sale and I thought one a day wouldn't hurt me. Yea....."All the best laid plans of mice and men". This all started a couple of months ago. What also started a couple of months ago was my restless legs (and shoulder) getting worse. It was getting to the point where I was only able to get about 3 hours sleep a night. My old tricks to alleviate the symptoms didn't work. Not wanting to go to the doctor to get a prescription (yet another chemical), I went online to see what others did to naturally deal with restless leg. What I found shocked me. I read a post where a lady said that diet drinks aggravated her restless leg. Upon reading that I immediately stopped drinking diet drinks and instead drank just tea and water. That was 4 days ago. I have had 4 great nights of sleep, only getting up to go to the bathroom (all the water lol). I come back to bed and am immediately asleep. I can set my watch as to when I will get up. After going to bed @ 10:30, I get up at 1:30, back to sleep, and up for the day @ 5:30. That is my normal wake up time. I am sold on the fact that the artificial sweeteners were contributing to my condition. I am back on the band wagon and will not touch another sugar free anything. If anything I am going to focus even more on what I eat to make sure I am giving my body what it needs to function. Like I said before, I will never be skinny, but that doesn't mean I can't take care of myself. If you drink diet drinks or sugar free products, and have this condition, think about dropping them. You may be pleasantly surprised and the results.