Am I the only one having a hard time giving up Splenda? And/or alcohol?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I do really well avoiding non paleo foods, but when it comes to beverages I have a much harder time. If I avoid alcohol I crave beverages with Splenda it is like I must have one or the other. Has anyone else had trouble dropping Splenda or other artificial sweeteners?

Edit: I should ad I don't drink or crave soft drinks. I make homemade lemonade with the Splenda or I want it in my coffee. I also don't like the taste of stevia. However I have not tried the drops.



on September 28, 2012
at 12:40 AM

mind over matter, if you dont mind, it dont matter



on September 26, 2012
at 05:47 PM

I like my coffee black just like my metal...



on September 26, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Use Stevia instead

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on September 26, 2012
at 12:10 PM

Mind over matter. You don't need either. Imbibing once in a while is not problematic, barring some medical conditions. I'm with HippiPaleo...I'd favor alcohol over Splenda any day.

Cravings such that you are experiencing can be over come. You just have to put your mind to it.



on September 26, 2012
at 11:56 AM

subsitute the splenda for stevia

alcohol - that is a tough one!!


on September 26, 2012
at 11:13 AM

alcohol - yes, splenda no. I think the alcohol is healthier truth be known



on September 27, 2012
at 08:59 PM

You are craving it because the manufacturers of Splenda WANT you to crave it. Sometimes thinking about sticking it to the corporate giant has helped me drop these habits. And nowadays, I don't want to be eating manufactured food. I want real food only.

You may try slowly decreasing the amount of splenda you put in your drinks until you don't need it any more. When you drop the artificial sweetness, and all sweeteners for that matter, your tastebuds will start to notice how GREAT everything real tastes. There's hidden sweetness in foods you never imagined, but you can't taste it now because you're still programmed to seek super sweet tastes.

I add some coconut milk and coconut oil to my coffee and froth it with a little $3 hand frother. For some reason, my tongue reads this white foam as sweet and very satisfying to me in the morning. As for sweet drinks during the day, I cold brew herbal teast that taste sweet without added sugar and drink those iced instead. There are some lemon flavored teas out there.



on September 26, 2012
at 01:34 PM

As far as diet soft drinks go, try rotating in some sparkling water. The La Croix brand has worked for me. They have a little flavoring and come in a can, so they satisfy the "have a soft drink" fix (which is as much mental as anything with me).


When it comes to coffee, learn to drink it black. Most people can't handle the idea of black coffee, because they make it waaaaaaaaaaay too strong (aka Starbucks) so they have to use cream and/or sugar to tone it down. Try making it weaker, and you'll discover black coffee (like wine) has a wide range of subtle flavors you never realized existed. You may even start to search out exotic coffee brands and start to view coffee as a legitimate beverage instead of just a caffeine carrier.

Remember also, that there ARE paleo sweeteners (like honey).



on September 26, 2012
at 05:47 PM

I like my coffee black just like my metal...



on September 26, 2012
at 01:28 PM

As you've heard from others, if it's down to an unavoidable choice for you, go with a little alcohol. Not a sticky sweet drink, certainly, but you'll do much less damage with alcohol than splenda.



on September 26, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Splenda is very addicting. All artificial or zero calorie sweeteners are, the body recognizes sweet, and expects cheap energy. When it doesn't get it, it wants more. Sucralose appears to be more addicting as it has a slightly higher caloric load (about 4 calories (from the maltodextrin) vs 1-2 for other sweetners). This appears to prime your engine and cause your body to desire more.

You can substitute stevia for splenda, but I would advise first breaking your addiction first.

I cut out alcohol during my weight loss phase. I now consume 2-4 drinks a week. Usually a couple of beers and a couple of glasses of wine. And I have not seen any ill effects from it.


on September 26, 2012
at 12:55 PM

Splenda is the devil!!

Wine however.... I find nothing wrong with it unless of course you have a health condition that prevents you from having any.

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