Previously published on Factoidz.com
It’s only been 2 days and a few hours since I gave up Splenda cold turkey. I’ve kept my diet rather bland, and did not eat anything that contained sucralose. For that matter, I have not ingested anything with aspartame in it either. After the first 24 hours I felt somewhat better. I wasn’t as tired as I usually am. Now that I’ve gone past 48 hours without the sweetener, I can tell a big difference in how I feel.
For over a year I have been suffering from fatigue that has gotten worse over time. The fatigue was so bad that it interfered with my ability to write as often as I needed to. Today, I was up at 3 AM and wrote my first article for the day. Following that, I went back to bed and slept until 6 this morning. I got up and have written 3 more articles today. I have two more articles to write today (for my other writing gig), and will get those done before I quit for the day.
Today, I feel like I am rising from a thick fog. Instead of visual, the fog was mental. I couldn’t think properly. My short term memory was nonexistent. Although, I still do have some issues with my memory, I do feel that my concentration has improved. Although, I do feel I have a long way to go before I feel normal with a normal memory, I do feel that my cognitive abilities will improve with time. Already, writing is less of a challenge for me, because I can concentrate better.
My diet is rather bland now. I’ve been eating only whole foods these last two days; therefore, I am not ingesting all the chemicals that are placed in the processed foods. The main thing that I notice is that I don’t have any cravings. Normally, I am always snacking on something due to the cravings. I usually stay hungry, but since I have eliminated processed foods and the sweetener I am not craving anything. I am satisfied with a child’s portion (I had gastric bypass surgery 9 years ago) and I am satisfied for several hours without feeling the need to snack.
I’m not sure if my fatigue and cognitive function has improved primarily from avoiding sucralose and other sweeteners, or if the improvement in how I feel is partly due to the dietary changes. I just know that I feel better. Besides the dietary changes, I have started back riding my exercise bike for 30 minutes each day.
This experiment will continue. It’s not a true scientific experiment, because there are too many variables; however, it is interesting to see how my body is reacting to the changes. As time goes by, I will be updating everyone with any significant improvements that I notice. I would like to consider this factoid as part of an ongoing journal of my mental and physical improvements and/or setbacks.