One of the biggest changes I have made since starting my lifestyle change is removing all refined, and manufactured products from my diet. No sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no white flour and so on. I found an interesting video that was aired on a Fox News Affiliate (yes I know, Fox) that talks about aspartame and how back in the 70′s it was not recommended for consumption. After a few peeps were fired over the findings, the product made it to market and it is now in more than 6000 products. It causes all sorts of problems and really should be avoided. Here is the video. I guess come to your own conclusions but I know that I will be staying well away.