1. I had a dream last night about a 5 mile race I have coming up in May. I dreamt that I ran it in 35:22 which is slower than the last two years I have ran it. I was very very disappointed in my dream. I don't want to be slower! Somehow I ended up third overall in the race, which that time would never allow. It does make me more determined to work hard the next 6 weeks until the race!
2. I continue to be amazed at how many people think just because a food says it is "sugar free" means it is somehow okay to eat or better for you, or even good for you. Most of the time it is empty calories and depending on what is making it sugar free it is BAD for you, especially for kids.
I already was mostly avoiding it, but after having a conversation with an ENT surgeon a couple weeks ago about it, I am now going out of my way to make sure my kids avoid it too.
Aspartame has been linked to headaches, depression, mood disorders and increased hunger in kids. (source) HERE is another great article talking about all the different kinds of non-natural sweeteners and problems associated with them.
I originally cut out artificial sweeteners when I was pregnant, but have become a little lax since. They are in over 6,000 food products...including toothpaste and kids medicine. So I think I will just try to keep it to a minimum and not bring anything into my house that say "sugar free" on it.
3. Last night when I got home from work it was BEAUTIFUL out. A perfect spring evening. Made me even crankier that they made us stay late at work to learn how to play get along with hard to get along with surgeons. I really love my job and the people I work with, but I don't love staying late for things like that when they take away time from my family and playing outside in such beautiful weather.
What is your take on artificial sweeteners?
Any race dreams lately?