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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Dear Legislator,


Imagine getting a phone call one early morning informing you that your dear Grandmother is being evicted out of her nursing home due to its forced closure and she and all of her things need to be obtained by 3 pm that same day. Not mentioning that your Grandmother is a 100% total care individual and requires around the clock supervision, routine medications and close medical attention, something that you could not safely (or financially afford to) provide in your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year.

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What did she do to deserve this? She worked her entire life, she provided for her family and now she is unable to care for herself.

I want you to truly try to imagine how you would feel and the thoughts that you would have. Hold onto those thoughts and feelings.

Now, imagine getting a phone call one early morning informing you that you no longer have a job because the nursing home that you have worked at for 10 years is being forced to close. No notice, no severance, no explanation other than “budget cuts”. You have a family, you have children, you have bills coming in every month, mouths to feed (and they are always hungry). What did you do to deserve this? You work hard, you strive to do the best you can for your family and now this?



Do you feel that; that little feeling in your gut, the sinking gut wrenching FEAR feeling?

That very fear is VERY close to becoming a reality for hundreds of our fellow Oklahomans. You think this doesn’t affect you? You’re dead wrong.

Now let me tell you why:

The proposed additional 25% cut to Medicaid reimbursement that is currently being proposed will be devastating to our health care system in Oklahoma. The cuts will force closures and reductions in service levels for those hospitals, physician practices and nursing homes that are already scraping by and living on the edge. All Oklahomans will suffer as a result of additional cuts.

The previous 11% cuts implemented since July 2014 have left our already crumbling health care system in an even more perilous and vulnerable position.  The thought that we can sustain any more cuts without a huge impact is completely ludicrous. For the 42 Oklahoma hospitals and 269 nursing facilities “at risk” of closure ‐‐ additional cuts WILL push them over that cliff.

Our most vulnerable citizens will be without care: employees will be without jobs and the state would lose millions in jobs and wages. How does this make any plausible sense to anyone?

Instead of dismantling health care and a core economic driver for our State, there is another, clear solution.

We must implement a responsible increase in the Cigarette Tax, and support “Insure Oklahoma”, a plan to claim the federal dollars we’re leaving on the table – and use the funds to expand access to health care in our state.

In the face of such a devastating situation I sincerely hope you will agree that a new tax which discourages smoking and will ultimately save lives is preferable to government cuts that will most surely cause unnecessary deaths, loss of wages, increased unemployment (which draws on government aid…), and severe stress within every community.

Failure to do this will result in the closure of additional hospitals and nursing homes across the State at a time that many physicians are choosing to leave the profession and young people interested in medicine are already choosing specialties other than health care. The crisis to find healthcare providers is already all too real for much of rural Oklahoma.

The effects of further cuts will be felt for years to come and will be absolutely disastrous.

Please stand up for all Oklahomans. Implement a responsible increase in the Cigarette Tax which will discourage smoking, and ultimately save lives, our health care system and our economy. And then expand access to health care in Oklahoma by supporting “Insure Oklahoma” – our states program to help provide affordable health coverage to Oklahomans. More than 90% of the money will come from the federal government.

It’s our money — we need to take it back to improve access to health care in our state. In the long term, building on Insurance Oklahoma will save the state money, and stabilize our health care system.

We voted you in believing you would do what is best for Oklahoma, what is best for Oklahomans and I urge you, I beg you:
Do everything in your power to put a stop to the 25% Medicaid cut.


Let’s make Oklahoma better. Support the Cigarette Tax, and “Insure Oklahoma” and STOP the cut.




Liz Jackson


Local Political Leaders Contact Info

Name Phone Email

Rep. Steve Vaughn (405) 557‐7355

Rep. John Pfeiffer (405) 557‐7332

Sen. Eddie Fields (405) 521‐5581