Session Girls, Fit Perfection, No To Artificial Sweeteners

Main Article / October 23, 2018

We can’t help but marvel at the look of so many Session Girls. They inspire us in so many ways including wanting to stay fit especially if we want to have a mixed wrestling session with them.

How do they do it? How do they stay in such great shape?

One such new girl that has ventured into our market emanates from the powerful civilization of Russia.

Her name is Miranda Power and just take one look at her body. She is gorgeous and in perfect shape.,, photo via

She sessions out of Russia and if you decided to take her own, you had better be in good shape.

Her email is

Which brings us to this notion of staying in great shape ourselves.

One approach of course is to work out frequently but we should not forget the companion to that is having a healthy diet or at least one not loaded with sugar and fats.

As of this writing, during the fall and heading into the holidays, who are we kidding? Most of us are going to try have temporarily have our share of cakes, pies and other desserts, swearing to get back to our regular regime at New Year’s, whatever that may be.

While we enjoy the foodie festivities loaded with desserts, it raises the question, can we help our cause by consuming artificial sweeteners instead of desserts and drinks loaded with sugar?

Some feel artificial sweeteners, especially the zero calorie kind is sort of the magic bullet.

But is it?

One point of view is explained at They educate, “In the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, daily consumption of diet drinks was associated with a 36% greater risk for metabolic syndrome and a 67% increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Aren’t these diseases that artificial sweeteners may help prevent in the first place?”

Yes. Well at least that is what some of us thought.

We would like a second opinion.

At they add, “Despite the addition of these non-caloric artificial sweeteners to our everyday diets, there has still been a drastic rise in obesity and diabetes,” said lead researcher Brian Hoffmann, PhD, assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University. “In our studies, both sugar and artificial sweeteners seem to exhibit negative effects linked to obesity and diabetes, albeit through very different mechanisms from each other.”

It appears the result indicate that artificial sweeteners change how the body processes fat and gets its energy.

Life is balance and we are determined to enjoy our beloved foods but still be in good health and hopefully great shape to engage in mixed wrestling.,, photos via The Lazy Artist Gallery

We have a visiting female writer who will help us grapple with this potential sweet intake dilemma.

Danielle VenHuizen, MS, RD is a nutritionist who firmly believes in the mantra “Food is Medicine.” Through her writing, speaking and individual counseling she seeks to provide expert nutrition advice based on the most current research so that people know the right foods for their body and are able to treat themselves with food, not pharmaceuticals.

She graduated from Bastyr University in 2006 with a Masters in Nutrition. Bastyr is renowned for its holistic, whole foods approach while at the same time grounding students in hard science and standard Medical Nutrition Therapy. Because of this training and exposure, she incorporates a wide range of nutrition modalities, whether from the alternative care perspective or standard medical model, to best meet her client’s needs.

Please enjoy and learn from her very interesting article.

Zero Calorie Sweeteners: No Bueno Say the Experts,, photos via Jamin Djuang

By Danielle VenHuizen  Submitted On May 08, 2018

Once again non-nutritive or “artificial” sweeteners are making the news. New evidence shows that there are negative biochemical changes in the body in response to these low-cal sugar replacers.

We already know that sugar has detrimental effects on our blood sugar, insulin and waistline. It is common knowledge nowadays that sweets consumption should be lowered and kept to a minimum. In came, subsequently, those nifty no-calorie sweeteners that promised a similar flavor without all the unhealthy side effects. While initially regarded as safe and approved by the FDA, for some time now research has hinted they are not as benign as touted Now we have even more evidence that they are doing more harm than good.

In this new study, researchers took several groups of rats and either fed them diets high in glucose, fructose, or artificial sweeteners (aspartame or acesulfame potassium). Acesulfame is sold in stores at Sunnett or Sweet One, and aspartame is sold as Equal or NutraSweet. Both are currently approved artificial sweeteners by the FDA.

Within three weeks the researchers found discernable differences between the groups per blood samples collected. They noted that the artificial sweeteners appeared to change the way their bodies processed fat and energy overall. They also noticed that the acesulfame potassium accumulated in the blood and had a negative impact on the cells lining the blood vessels.

Bottom line? Don’t think that switching to artificial sweeteners is the answer. For one, how many thin people do you see walking around drinking diet sodas all day? They don’t seem to work. This study helps us understand why. Also, continuing to drink sweet beverages hinders one’s ability to acclimate to lesser sweetened beverages and foods. It keeps the sweet desire active, per say, and doesn’t solve the problem of cravings. In fact it can make things worse by initiating an insulin response but, with no actual sugar entering the body, you end up with lower blood sugar and a “crash,” so to speak. The craving cycle continues.

The article ends by trying to answer the question, which is better? Sugar or artificial sweeteners? How about neither? My advice is to ditch sweet-tasting beverages altogether and switch to good ol’ water, the way nature intended.

But you hate water you say? If that’s you, think about some simple flavorings such as lemon, lime or other fruits soaked in your H20. Maybe dilute a favorite beverage half and half and keep increasing the water until you desire the sweet taste less and less. Drink club soda and lime if fizzy is your thing. There are ways to make better choices to keep these harmful chemicals out of your bodies for good.

In the end, if weight loss, blood sugar control and heart health are your goals, artificial sweeteners have to go. Period.


Danielle VenHuizen, MS, RD, CLT is a Registered Dietitian who helps her clients achieve health and vitality through food, not pharmaceuticals. She specializes in working with food sensitivities, Diabetes, Cardiovascular health, Digestive Disorders, and healthy pregnancies. For more expert health advice visit her blog at

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