I am a user and abuser of gum and artificial sweeteners. Yeah I know they are bad for me. Yes I know that as a registered dietitian I should know better. I do know better.
Chewing gum is a stress thing for me. I am no small user. I’ve been known to chew threw a crazy amount of gum (more than one pack per day). I know I over chew and I am convinced it is linked to my teeth grinding. I am a severe teeth grinder. So I have resolved to stop chewing gum. It’s gonna be tricky especially when I am stressed out- but I know I can and will do it.
I also overuse artificial sweetener. I have for years and it comes from a long history of self esteem issues (I’m working through them). I’ve more than a week without them and I think I have finally kicked the habit! But I also know that stress will return and bad habits can come with stress.
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