This is good to know. Sometimes I think “is this clean or DIRTY????” (You have to imagine me saying “dirty” like “dirhhhhteeeeeee” in a menacing tone.) So I’m looking for sweeteners because I am sweet and sweets love their sweets! I am used to having several packets of Splenda a day in my coffee, on my cereal, sometimes I just snort it off the back of my hand or…okay maybe I don’t go that far.
Why Splenda? Well because I have a cranky pancreas. A few years back…ten or so, I had a bad case of kidney stones and when I had the CT scan to isolate where the giant sea urchin of pain was dancing the fandango in my urethra, they found a dark spot on my pancreas. (Imagine the scene…the stone is passed and I’m feeling fine, going in to get the results of my scan. It’s a beautiful sunny Winter day. I had just hit my 92 pound weight loss goal. Life was good. I skip into the doctor’s office, flinging flower petals over my shoulder while Disney-esque birds twitter around my shoulders, and a timid fawn peers out from behind a bush. I sit down in the Doctor’s office and he says, “Here’s the stone. It was small…”
And I’m thinking, “Small? How about we drive a Mac truck with snow tires through YOUR ureter and we’ll talk small!” when he says, “but this here we’re concerned about….”
I didn’t hear another thing. My heart dropped, I remember feeling like like the world went black and cold, and I tried to figure out what my face was doing so that I could tell it not to cry or scream or contort because I needed more information, but my face had a mind of its own. We fought a bit and I retained composure. The doctor told me some other stuff, I’m sure but all I remember was being in the front seat of my car sobbing, calling my husband who didn’t answer, then calling my mom and crying “I have a tu-u-u-u-mer in my pan-ain-ain-creas…”
Long story short, I had to have a “Whipple Procedure” (Pancreatic Duodectomy) where they removed part of my pancreas so I have striven to be kind to my pancreas by limiting sugar consumption and avoiding alcohol almost completely. I thought that since Splenda was supposed to be safe (please, I’ve read all the studies I know–I do not have a sensitivity to it) it made more sense than sugar. Plus, sugar is a lot of calories.
So I was looking up safe sweeteners. I got some Sucanat and I like it, but it’s caloric and I’d like to have an alternative so that I can wean down off of drinking sweet coffee. I stumbled upon this page and thought I would share it!
So far so good today…breakfast was steel cut oats, almonds, currants, and banana. I tried another way of cooking it in the microwave which I won’t share because it didn’t work very well. I might as well have put it on the stove.
Lunch was chicken chili; black beans, chicken, onion, some spices. It didn’t look pretty because of the black beans but it tasted great. I cooked down a chicken carcass for the broth and learned a very important thing–take the carcass out BEFORE adding the beans. So outside of having to pull the odd vertebrae from betwixt my teeth, it was good! I added some light sour cream (no additives, made only of milk) and we had some honeydew.
Dinner is ready! Off to eat!