About Nutrasweet/Aspartamine/Equal

There is a lot of spin out there.  You can be your own guinea pig and quit the products and see how you feel.  I believe in stopping a substance and seeing if there is a difference without it.   I had a significance difference in concentration and mood after the 60 days off of nutrasweet.

I have had people say, but I have diabetes; I have to drink sugar free colas.  Let me word this differently.  Are colas in any form beneficial to us?  No.  You have diabetes and that affects your entire body, but you are going to consume cans full of chemicals?  A body already overloaded due to the diabetes.  I can find no logic in that argument.

If you are thirsty, drink water.  Drink herbal teas without sweetener.  Avoid caffeine in chocolate and drinks–it is a powerful vasoconstrictor–exactly what a diabetic does not need.

Now for the urls:




And that is just to get you started.  It is your body.  You alone are responsible for its care and maintenance.  No one can do this for you.

Do your own research.  Think logically.

And good luck.  Eating healthy in the fast food age is a challenge, but it can be done.

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”


Where Did MSG Really Go?

It really did not go away.  Why should that be a surprise?  The FDA finds mercury in the major sweetner used in the US–one that some other countries will not accept in their food supply–but is given freely to us.  

Look at MSG’s new names:









I had intended to do an article on Nutrasweet, but the last article opened the proverbial can of worms.  Diet sodas do not make you lose weight–but they do poison your body.  

I was dieting once, drinking tons of flavored water, diet coke, and eating foods with artificial sweeteners in them.  I was working on a tele unit and a patient asked  a soda.  I took him a Diet Pepsi–he took one look at it and said emphatically, “That is poison.  I will not drink it.”  I apologized and brought him a regular soda.  

I had no time to talk with at that moment as I was passing medications to my 5 patients, but when I was through, I went back to his room and asked why he referred to the diet soda as poison.  He was reluctant to share with me, but he did tell me that he was a research scientist and worked for the FDA–and that it was a known poison and should be banned, but money was involved.  Now I was skeptical and it showed on my face.  I TRUSTED the FDA (so naive back then).  He then asked me if I had a computer.  I replied yes–and he said do your own research.  The really bizarre stories about nutrasweet–they are true, and government has the research to back them up, but the public will never know it.  At that point I just sat down in a chair.  He went on to say it took 60 days to cleanse the body of nutrasweet (aspartamine).  He further said it caused seizures, mental confusion and cloudiness.  I was dumbfounded.  He sat he had said too much and for me to do my own research.  

I had been drinking a lot of substances with nutrasweet in them—and I had been having trouble concentrating at work, but I chalked that up to the crazy business of the unit.

60 days later, clean of Nutrasweet, I no longer had concentration problems.

As for MSG–I have to do more rsearch.   But I think it is in nearly every prepared food we eat.  

Until I get the research done, at least you know some of the side effects and all the many names it hide beneath.

Kate Thorn

All about Spinach!

Yes, the food that made Popeye strong!  First from Wikipedia:


Part of the post vanished.

If you have a patio with sun exposure or a garden site, it is best to grow your  own veggies–spinach, tomatoes, rosemary, basil, squash–if not available take advantage of farmers markets.  Best veggies are ones you grow–you do not have to deal with the pesticide question then.

Kate Thorn

More on HFCS

Labels are Tricky

I had a late lunch and wanted a light supper–so I had a Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer.  I did not check the label before I ate it.  Mistake number 1.  So while I was eating, I was reading the label–and nearly at the end was the infamous HFCS.  I did eat 1/2  ( a small half at that!).  I can always eat some yogurt if this is not enough.

For newcomers to this blog, I want to give some links out regarding HFCS (high fructose corn syrup):












(note this study was done in 2009–and 50% of items tested contained mercury)












I will stop for now–I only scraped the surface—and someone else made the autism/food connection too.

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”


The only yogurt I have found thus far without HFCS is Stoneyfield.  They also have a Greek yogurt called OIKOS.  If you are watching your fat and sugar–this is the preferred brand:  below are the stats on this particular yogurt in vanilla flavor  (sugars will go up in the fruit added ones.).

Total calories per serving:  110

1 serving = 5.3 0z

Total Fat = 0  (absolutely no fat of any kind!)

Cholestrol = 0

Total Carbs = 12 gms

Totals sugars = 11 gms

Total protein = 15 gms

Review–quite thick and creamy–a little on the strong side; I added a touch of

nutmeg–delicious and oh so healthy!!

This yogurt is on sale in Harris Teetor for a dollar per container–pretend it is

a diet food–and it all of the sudden is cheap!!  And good for you.  This whole

adventure is about more than losing weight–it’s about creating healthy habits

that will get and keep the weight off AND make us healthier in the process.

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”

And Yahoo Agrees!

I clicked on a link about quality and length of life:


Good info!

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”

Everything Blueberries

Eating healthy is not difficult when you are fresh fruits and vegetables–it does get difficult navigating the very sharky waters of ingredient and nutrition labels.

But today’s post is about blueberries and they are incredibly low in calories and pack a huge wallop in benefits!

I am giving a link that is maybe a little easier to understand that the info from wikipedia:


The following info comes from Wikipedia:

“Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients, with notably high level of the following essential dietary minerals:  Maganese,  Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K,  and dietary fiber.  Blueberries have glycemic load score of 4 out of 100 (which is very good!).

Reseachers have shown that blueberries contain Anthocyanin, Proanthocyanidis, Resveratrol, Flavanols, and Tannis. These substances inhibit mechanisms of cancer cell development and inflammation.

In a 2007 symposium on berry health benefits were reports showing  consumption of blueberries (and cranberries)  may help alleviate the cognitive decline occurring in Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions of aging.

A chemical isolated from blueberry leaves can block replication  of the Hepatitis C virus and may help to delay disease spread by infected individuals–it is NOT, however, a cure.

Feeding blueberries to animals lowers brain damage in the area of strokes.

Recent Rutgers research indicates that blueberry consumption may aid in prevention of urinary tract infections.

Other animal studies indicate that blueberry consumption lowered cholesterol and total blood lipid levels, possibly affecting symptoms of heart disease.  Additional research indicated that it may aid in control of high blood pressure.”—-source Wikipedia

In summary, we all have hearts, brains, kidneys, and immune systems that we really want to function very well and stay healthy—do your part and eat blueberries (no sugar please!)!!!

Kate Thorn–who has lost 6 pounds since starting this!

“one day at a time”

Eating Out & Grocery Discoveries

Today was a busy day–for me anyway!  We went to PetsMart to get Daisy some “healthier food”–Her dry cat food had corn products in it.  Since switching her food, she has lost weight, has a lot more energy, and is not laying around sleeping all the time.  Think there might be a connection between the type of food she is eating and how she feels and acts.  Like us, maybe?

Then I went to Harris Teetor–TJ had found this totally delicous  new pesto sauce there–Artichoke Lemon pesto–We had had some the night before–it is fine to eat these fat laden types (olive oil is a good fat) as long as you reduce the amount of sauce used.  Our capellini was lightly seasoned and it was fabulous.  All the new foods I find are listed under custom foods on the fitday.com site under katenexile–click on view custom foods.  I keep mine public for this reason.

I also discovered a yogurt brand with no HFCS in it.  The brand is Stonyfield–all organic–low in fat.  They even had a pumpkin pie flavor!  And they had another line of organic Greek yogurt that had only 1/2 gram of fat (5 calories) in it–and it is Chocolate!!!  And delicious–I had it for supper tonight–since I ate out today!!  Now that was the good part of grocery shopping–but I also label checked a box of baked crackers–think they were Triscuits–and it started out with whole wheat flour–that was good–but a few lines down was the HFCS.

Regular corn syrup is not so bad–it is glucose.  To turn it into fructose chemically–well involves chemicals.  Having even half test positive for mercury is not a situation that I deem safe or sane.

I am losing weight slowly (my goal is to lose it slow and eat healthy).  I am not hungry all the time.  I feel better physically and have more energy.  If you have not tried cutting it out of your diet, please try it.  I am eating healthy but less–and I not hungry–that should help inspire you.

Eating out was not planned.  It was sort of a surprise–it was around 2PM by the time we stopped to eat.  And we had a coupon for Ruby Tuesdays.  We rarely eat out–maybe once a month.  I got the mini-burger with fries and a salad.  The saled was 2 kinds of lettuce, spinach, carrots, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries–with less than a tablespoon of honey mustard dressing on it.  To drink I had raspberry lemonade–and the raspberries are real! This drink cost 3.00–but a waiter enlightened us that if when we were leaving and we asked for a refill to go–that there was no charge.  I do not feel so bad spending 1.50 per drink, especially one loaded with raspberries!

For supper I had a chocolate yogurt and the rest of the raspberry lemonade!

It was a day thoroughly enjoyed!

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”

After one month

Slow progress is good–but still, even with slow progress–I have lost 3 pounds since I started with the blog and fitday.com.   I have also started doing pool therapy 3 x week  for an 8 week stint, then it is back to the Y for me.  The most major change I have made is getting rid of the sodas, including my beloved coke.  Something about knowing the ingredients have made them unappealing to me.  I am getting sugar and caffeine from the Russian tea–but much less caffeine, and that is totally a good thing.  No researched info tonight–just an update.

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”