Curb Christmas Cravings with Low Sugar Switches

Tis' the season to be snacking! The holidays are about sweets. But I'll be fa-la-la-fatter, if I'm not careful. I love canoli, marzipan, pralines, fudge and...oh, I'm sorry. My Christmas Cookie Monster is showing. And I haven't worked hard on my diet for 351 days to blow it on two weeks of holiday goodies. Alas, I can't abstain from Christmas goodies all season long either. I'm just not that disciplined. But I will make simple food swaps to curb my inner Christmas Cookie Monster. I can tame my sweet tooth with these easy, low-sugar holiday switcheroos. Christmas Cookie Switches

Before and After and After

My wedding photo at 115 pounds. To the right, me after four kids: 128 pounds. Bottom. Me after losing to mid-term babies and taking Paxil for 7 years: 234 pounds. Disheartening? I can barely look at those early pictures and I definitely hate looking at the more recent ones. But little by little, those 100+ pounds are coming off. I've whittled off about 45. I'm remembering that I didn't get fat overnight and I won't get thin fast either. One tool I employed was quitting the SSRI and all antidepressants. I was packing on pounds like a snowball rolling downhill. I'm seeking out natural mood stabilizers Here are some. Natural antidepressants.

Paxil Antidepressant Caused Weight Gain, Cholesterol Problems

10 years ago, in 2002, I began taking the antidepressant medication Paxil (aka Paroxetine) for depression and  anxiety. Now we know about Paxil's many many side effects. Weight gain and elevated LDL cholesterol are two problems commonly caused by the drug. When I began taking it, Paxil was a newer antidepressant and less was known about it. A therapist had recommended that I consult my physician about trying the then highly-touted Paxil for recurrent panic attacks.

Paxil did help me manage and process panic attacks and anxiety issues somewhat. However I became increasingly alarmed over the horror stories linking Paxil with infant birth defects, miscarriage and stillborn babies. Before I'd heard of Paxil's link to pregnancy problems, I'd taken Paxil during pregnancy (on my Ob-gyn's and midwife's recommendations). That pregnancy ended in stillbirth. It also caused me to put on a great deal of weight. I began to have trouble with cholesterol, pre-diabetes and liver problems (I'd never had any of these before Paxil). Read on for information on how I quit Paxil, got the cholesterol issues under control and am slowly taking the weight off. Obesity, LDL Cholesterol Problems from Anxiety meds

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