Saturday, March 21, 2009

Why do I use Xylitol - Por qué uso Xylitol?

Martha was asking me what is Xylitol? Xylitol is a natural occurring sugar substitute. It is not 100% sugar free, but almost. It has only 3 calories or so. So it is considered a safe alternative for diabetics. I like it because it looks like sugar and tastes like sugar WITHOUT any after taste or chemical toxic ingredients. There is also STEVIA, which comes from a plant in South America, also natural but it has a big bitter aftertaste is don't use the exact amount. It is really hard to calculate how much to use because it is SUPER concentrated. The good side of that is that it lasts a long time. I use Stevia only for my lemonade. It works great on sour drinks and it saves my Xylitol which is expensive. You just have to google "what is Xylitol" and there are tons of info on the net. Both Xylitol and Stevia can be purchased at any Health Foods Store.

Now, the reason you should not use SPLENDA is because it is a chemically modified sugar. 
It contains CLORINE which is proven carcinogen. You can google "Why is Splenda bad" and you will get plenty of hits with information explaining how bad it is. In fact, it looks like it even causes to increase your appetite which is a real bad think if you are taking it to loose weight. 

After many bad experiences in life, too sad and personal to share, I have learned that not everything that is FDA approve is safe and not everything doctors recommend is safe (doctors are trained to give you drugs, all drugs have dangerous side effects that hardly ever discussed with patients), that is why I don't follow the crowds anymore. Research, research and research, that is my mantra! When it comes to my body or my kids health I have the last word, and I have the POWER to make my own decisions. 

That philosophy has turn me into sort of a social-rebel, questioning everything I am told to do. Always looking into all possible options rather than assuming that I have to do what everyone else does. That is why I:
  • Homeschool
  • Don't vaccinate my kids
  • Use cloth diapers
  • Breastfeed
  • Try not to use any drugs unless it is a last resource and there is no natural alternative.
  • Stay home to rise my kids instead of putting them in daycare which we achieve this by adjusting our lifestyle to meet our family's priorities rather than all the way around. 
  • Believe in natural birth 100%
  • Etc, etc, etc
In summary all my lifestyle is based on the premise that I don't have to follow the crowd, that I have choices and the power to make those choices. 

So Martha I just want to encourage you today to do the same. It is good to seek medical advice and advice from people but ultimately you are the only one that is going to have to live with your decisions, some of them with lifelong consequences, so be your own doctor, your own teacher, your own everything, learning from everything and praying about everything. Listen to your heart, sometimes a doctor will tell us to do something and our guts (God) is crying "No! Don't do it". Listen to the little voices inside of you, your maternal instinct knows best, the Holly Spirit inside of you will always guide you if you are willing to listen. The rest is just about educating yourself. Now with technology, anything you want to know is at the tip of a mouse click! and I think God will be proud of us for being wise while living in this very deceiving world. 

I am not saying doctors are bad, I am just saying they are (or should be) your health partners, they work for you, not the other way around. Unfortunately they were trained to prescribe drugs not to heal you. That is why you have to be involved in the decision making process about your health. Also, I am not saying everybody should make the same choices I make, but everybody should make their own INFORMED choices. 

Martha you can email me privately anytime you want at marlen_perez AT hotmail DOT com.
Take care!

No se si todos saben pero Splenda contiene ingredientes cancerígenos por eso uso un substituto natural del azucar llamado Xylitol. No se si en CR se consiga. Es una de esas cosas diferentes que hago luego de investigar en el internet. Creo que me he convertido en una revelde social, ya que todo lo cuestiono e investigo en el internet. Por eso les animo a todos a buscar alternativas y nunca seguir a las masas. Escuchar a tu instinto y sobre todo al Espíritu Sto dentro de tí ya que vivimos en un Mundo muy engañoso. 



Marlene said...

I just realized that every time I published changes to this post several people might have gotten an email, that means several emails, I apologize for that. Many times I have after thoughts about a post and make changes to it or add information later. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Anonymous said...

Oh bless your heart!!!! I am in awe of your post, thank you for taking the time to answer my question :o) you are a sweetie pie and I will take what you said to heart!

A friend of mine has a blog called "Health Begins with Mom" and I will definitely refer her to this blog since she has recently asked about the benefits of Xylitol.

You can find her blog entry here:

I will leave a comment there about this entry if you don't mind, thanks!!

<3 Martha

Marlene said...

Thanks Martha! I am going to read her blog!