The 7 Stages of Understanding

My first thoughts as I wandered the aisles of the grocery store were simple and innocent enough. “I haven’t made a dessert in awhile” “A cookie sounds amazing” “I wonder what I can find on the baking aisle…”


The pressure I feel is almost comical. I am probably considered one of the foremost “health nuts” in my small little community. I don’t eat sugar, processed foods, fruit, grains, starch of any kind and I turn my nose up at many of the artificial sweeteners that are commonly used, such as: Splenda, Equal, Sweet N Low, Malitol, and Xylitol (and this is by no means an exhaustive list). BUT MAN, I want something sweet!… But no sugar, no starch and definitely no fake food….and people watching me will expect nothing less than that.


…See what I mean about pressure?


So, I find myself on the baking aisle. I already know what I will find. But there is a new addition to the shelf. Pyure, an organic stevia blend meant for baking. Stevia is a sweetener I really have no qualm with. If you get it in the proper form (liquid extract that you typically only find at health stores) you have your hands on one of the most natural ways to sweeten foods, only behind buying a stevia plant and dipping the leaves into your tea (which you can totally do if you happen to not be a plant mass murderer like mua). Promising to not impact blood sugar or insulin, Pyure and Swerve are quickly becoming the most popular alternative sweetener to regular sugar.

And with claims like that I am intrigued but skeptical,
The mental argument that ensued should be added to the local TV stations daytime soap opera.


“No… if it sounds too good to be true, it is” -Good Angel
“You should buy it and try it and I bet you’ll like it” -Bad Angel


Bad angel won.


The ideas for everything I could do with it ran wild. I made cookies, no bakes, barks, brownies, pies, whipping cream  (all LC, no added sugar, GF, LCHF).


I am pretty sure I was out of the bag in less than 2 days and I found myself braving Wal-Mart again just to get more.


Whoa… what happened here?


This pattern ensued for a little while longer before something dawned on me.

One little trigger for a “little treat” had turned into a insatiable appetite for a little something to eat, a little sweet treat. Just a “little”.

My appetite hadn’t been this high for sweets in many many moons.

And that was the start of what I am going to call the The 7 stages of understanding (much like the seven stages of grief).

  1. Appalled
  2. Angry
  3. Depressed
  4. Acceptance
  5. Education
  6. Resilience
  7. Enlightenment


I went from being aghast with my actions , to angry that I had let myself continue, then sad that I did it, to accepting I did, correcting the actions through education, then overcoming all of the negative to end with some peace.


…all over a little bag of sweetener.


If you could see me right now, I would be shaking my head.


Here was my problem.

While, maybe my blood sugar was fine, I think the erythritol messes with your Leptin and Gherlin hormones a little too much for my liking.


Lept, Gherli-What?

Yes, these little guys are your dietary hero and villain.

Leptin being your satiety hormone (“hey, dude, you have had enough-knock off the meat platter”).

Gherlin being the “gremlin” that attacks your mental fortate with an overwhelming persuasive chant of “feed me, feeeeed mee more, FEEEEEEEED MEEEE”-you get the idea.



So let this be a little warning to my friends. Whether you are trying to limit your carbs, cut your processed foods, eat a more “natural” plate, or just stop eating out; the good angel always has your best interest at heart. And if it sounds too good to be true?.. It probably is.


What is your take on baking blends like Pyure and Swerve?

Have you noticed an increase in appetite?


In Health,

Liz Jackson
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Is it Buzzworthy or Not?

In my local area there has been some buzz over Collagen based protein; especially using it post  exercise to boost muscle recovery. While there may be some health benefits of the protein (just like with any responsibly made and properly researched supplement), true to my usual form, I want to make sure that everyone is as educated as possible about what they are putting in their bodies.

A few key points that you need to remember:

  1. Collagen protein IS NOT NEW; it is not revolutionary. This product, in various forms, has been around and used for years and if someone tries to tell you differently, they are trying to sell you with what is quite possibly a gimmicky product.
  2. Collagen is missing essential muscle building amino acids that ARE present in Whey or animal based protein supplements.
  3. There is no scientific research or extensive evidence behind collagen protein for anything other than some arthritic application and even that is not completely proven.

I am not just spouting random thoughts, I have spent some time researching and forming an opinion on this topic.

Here are my main sources of my formal opinion (and don’t forget, we are all allowed one).

Excerpt from: From a nutritional point of view, collagen and gelatin are a poor-quality sole source of protein since they do not contain all the essential amino acids in the proportions that the human body requires—they are not ‘complete proteins‘ (as defined by food science, not that they are partially structured). Manufacturers of collagen-based dietary supplements usually containing hydrolyzed collagen claim that their products can improve skin and fingernail quality as well as joint health. However, mainstream scientific research has not shown strong evidence to support these claims.[41] Individuals with problems in these areas are more likely to be suffering from some other underlying condition (such as normal aging, dry skin, arthritis etc.) rather than just a protein deficiency.

Excerpt from:

Hydrolyzed collagen is taken in doses of around 10g a day for skin health and some benefits to joints, and can be taken with meals. It should not be taken in higher doses as a Protein Supplement (for muscle gain and fat loss) due to having less efficacy than other protein sources and a lackluster amino acid profile


The main thing I want you to pay attention to is that Collagen protein is LACKING essential amino acids to aid in the recovery of muscles after exercise. That is why I will always recommend Whey or Whey Casein blend based protein supplements such as Nutrabio 100% Whey Isolate or the Nutrabio Muscle Matrix.

I have not touched into the cost of Collagen supplements because that is not something I have a lot insight into and I won’t try to do act like I do.

Any time you want information about a supplement I highly recommend the website called . The amount of research complied in one place is impressive and pretty easy to dissect.

You ask questions about the prescription medications you take, you make sure you put the correct octane gas in your car; you scrutinize your bills or reports from work or school. ALL of these things directly affect you and your life. I still beg the question, WHY do we not do the same with the supplements we take? Why do we just accept whatever some random person says because they are our “friend”? Look into stuff yourself, whatever it pertains to and yes, I mean everything- EVEN WHAT I SAY.

All I am asking you is to educate yourself, especially before you push something onto others.


Liz Jackson



P.S. Side note- did you know that Gelatin is basically Collagen protein? Just something to…chew on.