Over the last few months, my healthy lifestyle has given way to laziness and unhealthy eating. This is partially due to the fact that I had months of back pain that resulted in treatment for a herniated disc. Over the past 6 months, my pain has caused me to have the inability to exercise and even cook the way I like to. As I write this, it feels like just a bunch of excuses, but I really was in a lot of pain. About 1 month ago, I was treated for the herniated disc and now only have slight pain here and there.
Now that my pain is pretty much gone, I am trying to regain my healthy lifestyle. One of the things that I have done is limit my coffee intake and increase my tea intake (I wasn't drinking any tea and I was having multiple cups of coffee and cream a day). Recently, I had a single cup of coffee and decided to try some VanGogh Caramel Vodka with some NuNaturals chocolate liquid stevia. This was the first time I tried it and it was really good. Along with the chocolate stevia, I was given (by NuNaturals) a bunch of other products to try. I love the liquid Stevia. I love using the vanilla, lemon, orange, peppermint, and chocolate in my tea. I also love using the lemon or vanilla liquid stevia in sparking water with some lemon juice to make a healthy "soda". It's the best drink to have when you need your thirst to be quenched especially in the hot weather.
My husband and I have been using stevia for years as a healthy way to eliminate sugar, yet have some sweetness in things that we enjoy. I hope to be able to try out some of the other NuNaturals products in baking. In the past baking with stevia was difficult as there was always a horrible after taste. I haven't experienced any after taste with the NuNaturals products that I have tried. Other than the liquid stevia, the other products that I have tried and love are the fast dissolving stevia tablets and the individual stevia packets. The tablets are great even in iced drinks. I love keeping a bottle in my car or purse and using it when I get iced tea out. I use the individual packets in my husbands tea every day.
I am working on changing my eating habits so that I can lose some weight. I have never been this heavy and I don't want to get this heavy again. I am having trouble with making changes, but it will happen. I need to eat less food, eat healthier food, and start exercising. I am working with PT and need to get better at actually doing my exercises. I am doing better, but need to do more.
I will continue to use NuNaturals in my tea and hope that I can eliminate coffee. I need to limit my caloric intake and start eating healthier foods. I need to increase my exercise and strengthen my back so that I don't hurt myself again.