Ship’s Log–September 28th


For the next week, I’m going to experiment with reducing the stevia in my diet in response to a new study indicated a rise in blood sugar levels is associated with consumption of artificial sweeteners. While stevia wasn’t one of the sweeteners tested, the fact that this result was found with all the calorie-free sweeteners studied is cause for some concern. Now, I’m not going to run out and start pounding back sugar-lden soft drinks, but I am going to start using a teaspoon of real sugar in my coffee in place of the serving of stevia. Those extra 28 calories aren’t going to make or break my goals, but now I’m a little curious if the stevia has been hurting more than it helped.

Distance to goal weight: 22 pounds


  • 1 mile stroll


  • Cinnamon raisin Ezekiel muffin with peanut butter and raspberry jam
  • Orange juice
  • Coffee with sugar and almond milk


  • Multigrain baguette with hummus, sliced tomato, pickled red pepper, and arugula
  • Cantaloupe
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Coffee with sugar and almond milk
  • Dark chocolate

Afternoon Snack:

  • Popcorn
  • Fresh juice: beet, apple, and carrot


  • Soft corn tacos with Beyond Meat beefy crumbles, guacamole, peri-peri sauce and salsa
  • Corn on the cob with white truffle olive oil, Old Bay seasoning, and Fauxmesan
  • Mixed greens with Sicilian lemon white balsamic
  • Sangria
  • Handful of NatureBox watermelon chews

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