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The Low Down on Low Cal Sweeteners

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Studies done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) have found that the safest sugar substitute is. . . Splenda (sucralose)! Hooray, since that’s my favorite. More than 100 studies have confirmed its harmlessness, according to More magazine (and based on studies by the CSPI, FDA, Calorie Control Council, etc.).

Stevia doesn’t need any approval to be sold, since it’s an ingredient “generally accepted to be safe”, so some critics say that there hasn”t been enough testing to prove it isn’t harmful. Over 200 studies have shown Aspertame (Equal, NutraSweet) poses no health risks, but some rat studies raise questions about it’s possible link to cancer.

30 human studies done since the 1970s have found no connection between saccharin (Sweet’N Low, Necta Sweet) and bladder cancer. The claim of any such connection was dropped in 2001. And, finally, Acesulfame K (Sunnett) has been subjected to 90 FDA studies with no safety issues arising, but critics claim they weren’t done very well.

Why bother with sugar substitutes at all? Hold on to your seats, ladies; this info from More magazine will make your head spin:

According to Dr. Robert J Johnson, author of The Sugar Fix, your aim should be to eat no more than 8 teaspoons of sugar a day. Just look at the nutritional labels, look at the “total carbohydrates” number and divide it by 4. FYI a single can of regular soda has 10 teaspoons.

My conclusion: I’ll stick with Splenda. Tastes the most like sugar, even when heated, with no funny aftertaste. And when I make desserts with Splenda, no one is the wiser (until now!).

One final caveat: sugar substitutes may actually make you gain weight, since your body loses its abilty to gauge how many calories you’re taking in and cause you to overeat.

Oh, well.

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Broadway Nails

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

God, I love these! They’re really easy to apply (takes me about 5 minutes every Sunday night) and only cost about $5-$6 for a package of 24 (about 2 weeks worth). But the real reason I love them is that I get tons of compliments. . . from co-workers, from women I pass in shopping, from receptionists (and who knows better than them?). I even had a (male) client disparagingly ask me how much I spent on my nails every month. When I told him less than $15, he didn’t believe me.

Everyone has fake nails now, if they’re willing to spend the money. I say, why pay someone for you to spend time you don’t have, sitting in a nail salon when you can do it yourself (and not risk infection, since you replace them weekly)? And you don’t have to worry about spoiling your expensive manicure when you garden, do crafts, or whatever.

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L’Oreal Couleur Experte

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Don’t try to pretend you don’t color your hair. Even if you have just a tiny bit of gray, you probably use some off-the-shelf color or get it done at a salon. (If you don’t, you’re looking older than you have to, unless you have really dynamite gray.) Personally, I can’t stand to pay anyone to do something I can do myself (except clean house), so I’m of the do-it-yourself mindset. I’m recommending L’Oreal Couleur Experte (oooh, French!), but, honestly, I buy whatever I find on sale. I mention this particular product because, believe it or not, it is incredibly easy to highlight your own hair and this one makes it even easier.

That said, I only buy this when it’s on sale; other times I look for other highlighters because I don’t highlight every time I color. But here’s what I do do (and here’s my secret): I use one of those old caps with the pull-through holes in it. This way, I get even highlighting all throughout my hair. Of course, at least once I’ve left the highlighter on too long (didn’t hear the timer) and had to pull the hair color bottle out of the trash and reapply over the highlights for a few minutes. Believe it or not, I got tons of compliments.

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Restora Fuzz Removal Comb

Saturday, October 29th, 2011


This is something I buy friends as little giftees. It’s only a couple of dollars (I get mine from Vincent, my dry cleaner, on Bethany Rd. in Hazlet), and it is perfect for removing pilling from all kinds of clothes. Many an article of clothing that was bound for Goodwill was granted a longer life with Restora.

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Heel Protectors

Thursday, September 29th, 2011


he heel protectors that I have are simply called “The Invisible Heel Protector” but I have a feeling almost any brand will do the trick. These are virtually invisible plastic sleeves that go over your heels, then shrunk with a hair dryer. Other brands use adhesive, but I like this kind because they’re less likely to peel off or be affected by rain and snow. They really don’t show and they eliminate the tears we get on our favorite shoes. Ouch!

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