When it comes to health, I am very big on small changes. Big changes are hard to adopt long term and absorb into every day life. Little changes and baby steps, however, aren't so hard to stick too.
One small step towards better health I've adopted over the last year has been switching to stevia. Stevia is calorie free and derived from the plant Stevia rebaudiana so it's not a chemical. I used to be a Splenda fan and a sugar free junkie in general but after doing the HCG diet (I know, I know it's controversial but it worked for me) and an elimination diet to pin-point some migraine triggers, I've learned a lot about how not so great some of these sugar free foods and additives are. My version of living Sugar Free was actually mega chemical packed: contributing to my migraines and not helping me lose a single pound.
During my round of diets one thing I had to give up was my coffee creamer. That was such a struggle. I am not a breakfast person so my coffee with my oh so delicious store bought creamer was my morning joy and probably the biggest sacrifice. The regular, fat free and sugar free versions all had so many chemicals in them and had to go. I whittled down my coffee to a little almond milk (or heavy whipping cream) & stevia. It did the trick but wasn't something I looked forward to anymore. I missed flavor. Until now! My new BFF- SweetLeaf Sweet Drops. These flavored stevia drops have brought back my morning joy. A few drops with my almond milk or cream and I'm happy again.
My little change is just a change now and not a sacrifice anymore....