Let me make this clear: I am not one to jump on the latest food bandwagon or to be swayed in my purchasing choices by whatever scare the media had concocted but my growing sense of uneasiness meant I had to take some sort of action.
As I researched the issue more fully I came to the conclusion that all artificial sweeteners have to go. I conducted two clear outs. The first was of my 'favourites' list on the Tesco website, where I do the majority of my shopping and the second was of my cupboards. My diet is now artificial sweetener free.
I found information on the web stating these sweeteners were addictive. I was sceptical. Sorting the true information from the propaganda of Aspartame's rival companies and the raving of people with axes to grind was difficult.
All I can do is report what has happened to me, personally...
1) I have a recurring headache. So what?, you could ask. We all get a headache every now and then. True. But this headache is exactly the type and location one of the more seemingly reputable sites said I would get.
2) I have had some pretty awful mood swings. These are manageable thanks to the years of practice I have had dealing with low moods due to depression.
And last night I would have killed, committed actual physical murder, for a can of Diet Coke.
All of which backs up my initial theory, I am susceptible to the negative aspects of artificial sweeteners. Who'd have thunk it? A big lad like me brought low by fake sugar. Oh, well...
On the writing side of things...
Work on Blue Jackets #4: The Nameless Story, has really picked up in pace. My right hand is better than it was making typing less arduous and it shows in my daily output - up to about 1500 words a day.
I am also working on short stories, destined for the indie market. It was there I started and it is there I feel comfortable. As a result I am currently working on a retelling of a fairy tale called 'A Little Red' (no prizes for guessing which fairy tale I have chosen!) for a YA anthology. Hopefully I will get the piece finished before the submissions window closes.