I Poisoned Myself With Splenda

Who knew you could poison yourself with something like Splenda, right?  This allegedly ‘safe’ sweetener changed my whole outlook on what I thought was healthy at the time.

It was the summer of 2009 and I was training for my second fitness competition. This time I was trying a carb cycling diet to get really lean- three days of eating less than 60 grams of carbs and then one day of loading with 130 grams of carbs.

Needless to say, my sweet cravings were insane.  I used to have a major sweet tooth. I still love my sweets now, but back then my whole life revolved around them.

So in order to satisfy my cravings I started adding Splenda to everything- oatmeal, yogurt with berries, smoothies, baked goods, etc.

At the time I was also suffering from some major joint aches and pains, especially in my left hip down to my knee.  I thought it was just from the extreme training I was doing for the show and from being a runner.  All runners get hip and knee pain! It’s normal, right? Wrong!

After weeks of pain and trying everything from chiropractic to acupuncture, massage and foam rolling I was at my wits’ end!  I was even spending the last 10 minutes of each expensive session with my personal trainer for assisted stretching and nothing was working.

Finally, one day after complaining to my trainer about the pain for so long he mentioned an article that he had just read about something called Splenda poisoning and how my symptoms were very similar.

I googled it right away and found I had been poisoning myself with Splenda!

Turns out there were hundreds of other athletes, runners and everyday people out there posting on blogs and other sites about how they had been experiencing the same thing as me.  So I immediately stopped using Splenda and within a matter of days my pain was completely gone!

In this week’s video I tell more of my Splenda poisoning story, how it changed my outlook on the meaning of ‘healthy’ and what to do about toxins like this in your food.

This made me question what is ‘healthy food’ really?

Healthy food is real, natural food from the earth, not something manufactured to be fat free or low calorie.

It also made me question what other chemicals was I being exposed to that could be contributing to health issues I was experiencing like my worsening allergies and struggle with weight.

In a recent article in The New York Times, it’s pointed out that we’re exposed to hundreds of toxins on a daily basis, most of which are completely invisible.

“Scientists have identified more than 200 industrial chemicals from pesticides, flame retardants, jet fuel, and neurotoxins like lead in the blood or breast milk of Americans, and in people all over the planet. These have been linked to issues like cancer, genital deformities, lower sperm count and obesity.”

I’ve personally been affected by these toxins and so have you.  This is why I’m on a mission teach more people how to take back control of their health and weight by cleansing the body naturally.

Early bird registration is now open for my Seasonal Cleanse Challenge!

Sign up now, before March 10th and save $20!!!

In the Seasonal Cleanse Challenge you’ll learn how to use foods and simple DIY cleansing techniques to rid your body of toxins that have built up over the years which are taking a toll on your energy, weight and overall health. There’s no gimmicks, requirements for juicing or deprivation in this cleanse. If you’re worried about the timing of it or how much effort you’ll have to put in, it’s personalized to meet you where you’re at, and you’ll still get great results!

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You’ll see how easy it can be to cleanse your body naturally once you see what past participants have had to say here.

P.S. If you or a loved one have been feeling frustrated with your energy, weight or health then the Seasonal Cleanse is a good tool to get you started. You will be supported to sort through the various pieces of the puzzle that might be stopping you or holding you back from realizing your full potential.

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