|Blackberry and Raspberry Cobbler|
Ok, boom, pow, I took the hits now it's time to get up and dust off my boots. What's next dear Dr. Carpio? He said, cut the sugar, eat lots of fruits and veggies and lose 25.5 pounds, then, as always he smiled.
Ok. Cut sugar. I can do that. Lose 25.5 lbs.......that's the challenge, but I will do my very best. In college and shortly after, I used starvation to lose weight, therefore, I don't weigh myself because it triggers the starvation mindset and becomes an obsession. I must come up with something else. I consulted a Specialist to help me lose the fat in a healthy manner. Weight loss in progress.
Next, cutting the sugar. I love sweet tea, I love ice cream, I love cake, I love sweets. I hate diet anything. I can't use artificial sweetners because I have an allergy to something in them and my head starts buzzing, no kidding. I have long since abandoned, as many things as possible, that contain GMO's and are not organic. The research into an effective, natural sweetener began.
I can not emphasis more, DO YOUR RESEARCH, there are many "natural" sweetners out there that are only "natural" because a part of it came from nature at one point. Just because something says "natural" doesn't mean healthy. Take Agave syrup, it is terrible for you! "Most agave syrup has higher fructose content than any commercial sweetener -- ranging from 70 to 97 percent, depending on the brand, which is FAR HIGHER than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which averages 55 percent."
While some Stevia products do contain stevia, they also contain chemicals. The FDA has not approved pure Stevia for use as a sweetener, as seen in this excerpt from an article written by the Mayo Clinic. "Note that although the FDA has approved highly refined stevia preparations as a novel sweetener, it has not approved whole-leaf stevia or crude stevia extracts for this use." Key words, "highly refined," code for adding chemicals in the refining process. That's why Stevia still has an after taste, as do other "sweeteners." My sister bought me some Stevia plants, and when I take a leaf from the Stevia plant and chew on it, or add it to my tea, there is NO aftertaste. Sigh, why does the FDA approve chemicals but not the natural/actual plant????
In my research I found Monk Fruit. As you all know, I have food allergies so I have to be extra careful with regards to what I put in my body. Lots of research later, I found out that the monk fruit is a gourd and part of the pumpkin family. Good news for me, I'm not allergic to pumpkins. Yes! I also learned that the area the Monk Fruit is harvested, has more Centanarians than any other part of the world. Also good news. Monk fruit got it's name because the Chinese Monks used it medicinally, it's actual name is Luo Han Guo. Some of the most important health benefits of monk fruit include its ability to treat diabetes, help with weight loss, lower inflammation, eliminate fever, prevent certain types of cancer, protect the heart, prevent allergies, and prevent signs of aging. Monk Fruit is also 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. Could this be true? Only one way to find out, buy some.
While searching for Monk fruit, I found that 99% of all monk fruit sweetners are mixed with something. For instance, dextrose is mixed with a popular "raw" sweetener. Dextrose is a sugar, anyting with "ose" is a sugar. How can it be raw, if it's mixed with something? It can't have a lot of monk fruit in it for two reasons, #1 Dextrose is listed first in the ingredients and #2 monk fruit is brown, not white. If a monk fruit sweetner is white, it's not pure. There are other "monk fruit" sweeteners out there, but they all have an added ingredient or more. Also, since Monk Fruit is approximately 300 times sweeter than sugar, and the container says that 1 teaspoon, is a serving, it can't be pure, right? I want PURE, 100% pure. So I searched Organic and found a product with 100% pure monk fruit in it. I purchased it, and WOW. Just WOW!
I'm not trying to do an ad, but I have to share! Monk Fruit, pure, 100% organic Monk Fruit is BOMB! It's is delicious, no aftertaste, it dissolves in cold drinks, hot drinks, it doesn't break down into a chemical mess when it's added to baked goods. It is out of this world. My son with a massive sweet tooth even likes it! Here's a picture of it:
|This is the scooper included in the container.|
|The container says 1 gram is a serving, and there are 100 servings in each container. NO WAY, there's probably more like 300 servings in there, simply because it's SO sweet!|