Today is Tuesday the 6th Day of January 2015–Sweeteners, Attitude,and The Plan for Decluttering, Organizing, and Cleaning Your Home

Fireplace with Christmas swagThe Area of Focus through Tomorrow Is The Living Room/Family Room. The Area of Focus from Thursday the 8th through Wednesday the 14th is The Kitchen.

Tuesday is Duster Dance Day—Swish the Dust Right Out the Door. Put on music and make it fun.

In January’s Major Declutter the One Small Area for the Day on Tuesday and Wednesday are the Storage Areas in Your Living Areas—end tables, desks, magazine baskets, bookshelves.

Attitude is Everything

Is your attitude “How can we meet this challenge?” “How can we solve this problem? Or are you defeated before you start? Are you a part of the solution or a part of the problem?

Your attitude makes all the difference. You only lose when you quit. As long as you keep going you can meet any challenge.

In Your Decluttering—Remember, One Small Area at a Time—In a 12 to 14 inch space or a single drawer or shelf, remove all the contents. Replace only what is used or needs to be stored in that area. It’s good to compartmentalize so that the contents of a drawer don’t slide around and become a miscellaneous mess.

One new habit for this year—I am planking every day to improve core strength as well as strengthen my arms and legs. Planking is a position where you hold your body up using your arms and your feet. I set the timer on my cellphone and let it count down for me.

????????????????????????????????????My Eating Plan—My goal is to significantly reduce the amount of sugars I consume. Last year I eliminated sugary drinks including fruit. If I consume fruit which is God’s candy for us, I want the fiber and all the nutrients. If a food ingredient ends is –ose, it is a sugar.

Dextrose is sugar

Fructose is fruit sugar.

Lactose is milk sugar.

Many times the amount of sugar is disguised by listing several types of sugar as ingredients. I go directly to the chart, note the size of a serving, and note the number of grams of sugar and the servings of carbrohydrates. 0 servings of carbs =1-4 grams, 1 serving=5-20 grams, 2 servings=21-40 grams, and I believe you can do the math.

What’s the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates?

What about artificial sweeteners?

These three products were developed by chemists and do not occur naturally:

Saccharin (Sweet and Low or pink packet) Possibly cancer causing according to scientists from the University of Illinois and Boston University.

Aspartame (Equal and NutraSweet—blue packets)found in many diet sodas. Studies have shown aspartame can cause imbalances in your brain, aggravate migraines, and affect your nervous system, your mood, and even your quality of sleep.

Sucralose (Splenda or yellow packet) Scientists at Duke University found that commonly consumed amounts of sucralose reduce the amount of “good” gut bacteria by 50 percent. Gut bacteria is needed for healthy digestion and regular bowel movements. Sucralose contains chlorine which is used in sanitation.

Healthy sweeteners are monk fruit sugar, stevia, xylitol. Stevia is from a South American herb that contains no calories and is significantly sweeter than sugar. Xylitol and other sugar alcohols are not completely absorbed by the body and can cause gas and bloating. Sugar alcohols are neither sugar nor alcohol. They do not cause tooth decay and contain fewer calories than sugar. No more than 100 grams per day should be consumed. One sugar alcohol that does not cause the fermentation that occurs with other sugar alcohols is erythritol.  Xylitol comes from the fiber of different fruits and vegetables. It was found in Finland to help prevent the advancement of osteoporosis. (Information from The Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise)

Eliminating much of the sugar especially simple sugars from what you eat will help you lose weight and feel better. Again, I try to limit my sugar/carbohydrate consumption to 15 grams of sugar per day and 6 servings of carbohydrates, preferably complex carbohydrates.

Love and Hugs,


Did you know that according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health that drinking two sodas per day (78 grams of sugar) increases your risk of heart disease by 35%.

There is a line of soft drinks (Zevia) that is sweetened with stevia and does not carry this risk. Locally, I found it in the organic section at Kroger.