some advice for p1
After posting my story of ups and downs, it occurred to me that I haven't shared one of my best tricks to get through my two week P1--and I haven't seen anyone mention it, so here goes.
If you are craving something sweet after a meal and are uncomfortable with artificial sweeteners (the only artificial sweetener I ate during my P1 was in those no-sugar fudgsicles), try a cup of Yogi Tea Brand herbal tea. The line of flavors is huge and the stuff is available at all Whole Foods, and at a lot of other stores. None of them have added sweeteners (at least the ones I found at my WF) but they are made with a combination of herbs that make them taste sweet. Some have fruit, but I avoided those. I have found that a cup of Egyptian Licorice after a meal satisfied all my dessert cravings. But the other flavors are great too--they even have a chocolatey one made with cocoa shells. I drink a cup in the afternoons too, which is my major trigger time. They are calorie-free and really tasty. Theoretically, the herbal mixtures also have other health benefits.