The US Dept of Agriculture reported that many Tobacco Growers are making a major crop change!
Ditching the harmful effects of farming tobacco to a more sustainable and healthy choice. Farming Tobacco is a nasty business, and even handling the tobacco plant has is unhealthy effects.
This new crop: Stevia. This choice is refreshing due to its benefits for both the consumer and the farmer.
Stevia has been used for centuries in Asia as a natural herbal sweetener that’s perfect for sweetening beverages and foods. You can find Stevia in health stores and natural markets in a pure green leaf form, which is not processed like the white powder versions you can find on the mainstream grocery store shelf. Currently the most recognized consumer brand is Truvia and is made by CocaCola. Its also the second best selling sugar substitute.
Now on the heels of Cargill/Coca Cola comes Stevia First Corp, who is an early-stage agribusiness based in California’s Central Valley growing region. Stevia First reported:
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates stevia intake could eventually replace 20-30% of all dietary sweeteners. The total global sweetener market was estimated at $58.3 billion in 2010.
When a person stops smoking the energy they have directed into smoking is often transferred to food.
Cravings can increase and many people often tend to eat more.
If you are prepared and integrate some simple weight management tips you’ll find it much easier to maintain your weight as you give up cigarettes permanently.
Weight Management Tips After Stopping Smoking
One of our favorite alternative sweeteners is Stevia. It comes in a powdered or a liquid form and Stevia. This sweet treat is also healthy.
Instead of grabbing a soda, or an alcoholic beverage (which increases cravings to smoke), or even a sugar calorie, loaded, fruit juice make your own sweet drink beverage.
Its so easy. Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour in a couple tablespoons of fresh or bottled organic lemon juice (Costco has bottled organic lemon juice), and add a dropper full of Green Leaf brand lemon flavored stevia.
When sugar cravings hit or cravings for alcohol (also loaded with sugar) you can make healthier choices.You now have a very refreshing lemonade drink that contains just a couple calories from the lemon. You can experiment. The liquid flavored stevia products come in flavors like orange, lemon, root beer, English toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, tangerine, etc. Use your imagination! You can buy mineral water, and add some flavored Stevia.
Another treat is to purchase some frozen berries, let thaw and then sprinkle some NuNaturals brand stevia powder. Or you can use the flavored liquid drops. Our favorite frozen treat is strawberries, liquid vanilla stevia, and a little non fat cottage cheese. Mix up and it tastes like a strawberry cheesecake without the guilt!
More Suggestions to Keep From Gaining Weight
By making some of the following small changes you will also benefit in keeping your cravings at bay.
When you dish up your plate at mealtime, first dish up protein, vegetables, and fruit. Then eat these foods first. When you go back for seconds you will be less likely to fill up on startchy and sugary foods that contribute to weight gain.
Also try using a smaller plate so your portion sizes will be smaller.
After eating engage in conversation and give yourself five minutes before considering dessert, or an additional helping. If you find you are still hungry then go back for another small portion. You’ll find fullness registers about 10 minutes after you have eaten. If you give yourself some time after eating while digestion kicks in you won’t eat past being full.
Snacking is important during quitting, but don’t snack on fast foods like chips and candy. Don’t buy them! Instead stock up on some dried apricots or dried pears. They make perfect snacks and both have enough fiber in them to help you maintain your blood sugar and reduce cravings. A little dried fruit can be very satisfying.
Other snacks that are good to have on hand are bags of baby carrots, grapes (high in sugar but satisfying), and celery sticks filled with non fat cottage cheese.
Little Preparation Goes a Long Way
If you have these alternatives to junk foods and alcohol on hand you’ll not only quit smoking, but you’ll gain a minimal amount of weight, if any.
Also, line up time to talk and walk with a friend several times during the week. The exercise will also help you detox from the built-up toxins created by smoking. The companionship will provide additional support.
How to Make Lemonade Using Powdered Stevia
This video was created by brand name Steviva.com. Our favorite stevia brand is NuNaturals, and Green Leaf for the flavored liquid stevia. We have yet to try Steviva brand, and we are happy to see more companies selling this awesome healthy alternative to synthetic sweeteners, fructose, and cane sugar.