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    What about Stevia?

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    Hi, I'm new on here and can't find anything about Stevia when I search. I've been actually using some xylitol on occasion also, when baking with coconut flour.
    My goals are reduced insulin and fat loss as natural and healthy as possible.
    Thoughts?
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    I use it occasionally. Usually liquid form, in drinks.

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    I advise you to avoid "sweet" as much as possible.
    See "cephalic insulin response."

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    I use a bit of the powdered or the drops in my coffee. I know it's crazy to some, but it's really hard for me to give up that little bit of sweet in my coffee.

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    Stevia is alright, if a little bitter. True about the insulin response for sweet tasting food/drink regardless of sugar content.

    You'll find that the longer you're primal, the less you will crave 'sweet'.

    Great side effect!
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    If you can get away with not using Stevia it'll help tame your sweet tooth. It's supposed to be all natural but the extracts are generally pretty processed.

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    I use it from time to time, it really helped me in the early days when I was coming down off the carbs but now I don't really crave sweetness to the extent that a piece of fruit can't satisfy me. I say go for it, obviously regularly using sweeteners isn't ideal but as far as I know Stevia doesn't provoke an insulin response like some sweeteners can, it will more than likely just be a temporary thing to help ease you into the change over. At least that's how it went for me, for a few months I went through a phase of trying to paleofy all the old cereal and sugar based foods I had grown up on, but with time you lose the emotional attachments and eat a lot more simply. I use about 1tsp for a big load of baking so the amount you eat really is miniscule as it's so damn strong. I get Nu Naturals from iHerb.com as it's so lightweight it costs very little for shipping.

    I have some sweet stevia recipes here that may be of some use if you're not used to using it, my rule of thumb is always use less than you think you'd need to avoid a bitter aftertaste;

    Coconut-rose pancakes: http://foodfloraandfelines.blogspot....-pancakes.html

    Elderflower, strawberry and rhubarb crumble: http://foodfloraandfelines.blogspot....e-rhubarb.html

    Stewed apple with walnuts, cinnamon and coconut cream: http://foodfloraandfelines.blogspot....et-snacks.html

    Lemon zest slmond pancakes: http://foodfloraandfelines.blogspot....-pancakes.html

    Be sure and let me know if you decide to try any, I'd love to hear how you got on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khrystyna View Post
    I use it from time to time, it really helped me in the early days when I was coming down off the carbs but now I don't really crave sweetness to the extent that a piece of fruit can't satisfy me. I say go for it, obviously regularly using sweeteners isn't ideal but as far as I know Stevia doesn't provoke an insulin response like some sweeteners can, it will more than likely just be a temporary thing to help ease you into the change over. At least that's how it went for me, for a few months I went through a phase of trying to paleofy all the old cereal and sugar based foods I had grown up on, but with time you lose the emotional attachments and eat a lot more simply. I use about 1tsp for a big load of baking so the amount you eat really is miniscule as it's so damn strong. I get Nu Naturals from iHerb.com as it's so lightweight it costs very little for shipping.

    I have some sweet stevia recipes here that may be of some use if you're not used to using it, my rule of thumb is always use less than you think you'd need to avoid a bitter aftertaste;

    Coconut-rose pancakes: http://foodfloraandfelines.blogspot....-pancakes.html

    Elderflower, strawberry and rhubarb crumble: http://foodfloraandfelines.blogspot....e-rhubarb.html

    Stewed apple with walnuts, cinnamon and coconut cream: http://foodfloraandfelines.blogspot....et-snacks.html

    Lemon zest slmond pancakes: http://foodfloraandfelines.blogspot....-pancakes.html

    Be sure and let me know if you decide to try any, I'd love to hear how you got on!
    thank you SO much for sharing your recipes. They sound amazing. I hope I can find the rose water and elderflowers here in Texas.
    YOur photography is excellent. What type of camera are you shooting with?

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    No probs Selah! Thanks for the kind comments I use a canon EOS 1000D, I've only had it two months or so but it's so much fun, very user friendly!
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    Yes, thank you so much. I LOVE cooking and so I really appreciate good recipes. My goal is to learn to practice moderation. Baking coconut muffins once in awhile is fine, but not all the time. I have used a little xylitol too. If the recipe calls for 30 drops of stevia I use 15 and an 1/8th cup of xylitol. It seems to help avoid the bitter after taste.
    Thank you!

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