Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Accidentally Poisoned Myself Again

Oops ... I did it again.

I accidentally poisoned myself again.

Not on purpose, mind you! But rather, accidentally ... with aspartame.

The first time we realized I was accidentally poisoning myself was last year, about two weeks before the Arnold. I began developing some stomach issues, and we narrowed the cause down to the artificial sweetener aspartame. When we pulled all the Crystal Lite and Diet Coke out of my diet, the issues ceased and my body tightened up.

After the show, I added the Crystal Lite back into my water bottle, cuz really, who wants plain water when it can taste like cherry limeade?! Not this girl!

Up until three weeks ago, I hadn't had any issues. And then suddenly, I did. We couldn't figure out why my body was depleted.

Then we realized I was poisoning myself again.

Crystal Lite in my desk drawer. EVIL yet so tasty!

It's been five days since I replaced Crystal Lite with flavored liquid Stevia in my water bottle, and surprise surprise! My body filled out and tightened up at the same time. *facepalm

All natural, liquid Stevia - the replacement for evil Crystal Lite
I'm back to feeling confident about prep, and on track to bringing my best to the stage in a week and a half!


  1. Who knew!

    its time to take out the gum chewing i think....

  2. What?! I guess I really drink that Mio stuff... I just love the taste of Sweet Tea! Where do you buy liquid stevia?

  3. I had the same issue. I was overdosing on artificial sweetener big time! I yanked all of it from my diet several weeks out from comp and felt soooo much better! Trident was the only gum I could chew because it's made with xylitol which is a natural sweetener.

  4. Yup! I had to cut mine too since it was too bloated due to the artificial sweeteners. I haven't bought flavored Stevia but I may have to give it a try! Thanks for the suggestion :-)

  5. It's amazing how bad that stuff really is. Especially all the "diet" sodas and other diet products. What they don't tell you is that a lot of these products contain a mold in them disguised under the name "citric acid." I will still advise to be care of of some stevia products. Pure stevia is awesome but a lot of companies but in added ingredients that can sabotage your weight loss efforts.