Food addiction monster...rawwwrrrrr
I am probably the only food addict on this site, but ugh this sucks. I seriously feel like satan is on one shoulder and an angel on the other.
Satan. "Just give in, you won't last anyway."
Angel. "No, you can do it, you did it before."
Satan. "You'll do it again and gain it all back again."
I mean seriously for 3 days!
I feel obsessed by food. Even low carb food. I think about what I am going to eat next.
Any ideas of how to get past the thoughts? It's a battlefield of the mind.
You are DEFINITELY not the only food addict! Trust me, speaking for myself, I know I fall into that category! However, I do find that it gets easier with a Low Carb WOE. It really truly does. If you can stick it out and get past it, it will get easier and better.
I know a lot of people have talked about L-Gluamine really helping a lot with cravings and wanting to eat. I haven't tried it, but you might want to look into it.
For me, spending lots of time on these forums helps immensely! Reading about the successes, knowing what works, and getting advice makes a huge difference.
Don't give up! Hang in there and know you're not alone! :hugs:
Eat!!!! Seriously, eat until you are full. Once your body adjusts, your appetite will decrease. During my two months with this WOE I have had times when I am more hungry than normal and I can curb my appetite by eating a higher fat snack like cheese, cream cheese on an oopsie roll, bacon, etc. Another thing that helps me is a cup of coffee with HWC. Hang in there! This too shall pass............. :-)
Eat legal foods until full. Fat helps! :)
NO you are not the only one for sure!!! The binge monster has had me in its grap for the past couple weeks/days and forever!! It is a battle some weeks are easier than others but it is always lerking-like you with LC food and Bad food. I am always thinking about the next meal!! IT is a never ending cycle!!:sad:
You are definitely not alone. Carb monster was with me all day today and I feel it's effect on my mind and body. Back to low carb tomorrow I go!
TIME...just ignore the evil one a few more days and he will go away or be alot less noticeable.
Oh, you are FAR from the only food addict here!
I found that cutting out all processed foods, including diet drinks, helped a lot. So did eating more fat than I used to (I put coconut oil in my coffee in the morning and eat avocados because I don't like the fat on meat, chicken skin, etc.)
As a he others have said, you are certainly not alone! Try reading The Diet Cure... it's been instrumental in me sticking to lc this time around
Hi, my name is Trish and I am a compulsive overeater. The high I get from binging on food is extremely addictive. I will live with this compulsion for the rest of my life, one day at a time.
You are not alone.
I tried 12 steps... Learned a lot, but not for me.
I read tons of books. Applied what worked for me and didn't obsess about what didn't.
Sought counseling... Got lucky to find one that listed binge eating disorder as one of her specialties. I had no insurance at the time and had to find one that offered a sliding scale. They are out there.
Adopted an LC lifestyle... I need the physiological edge it provides.
You CAN live with this and be healthy and successful. Yes you can.
I hear your cry and I can assure you that this board (and countless others) are FILLED with compulsive foodies. I am posting a review of a book I'm just beginning to read. I think it is something that can help many of us understand the nature of what we call "food" and to come to understand that we are "sheep amidst the wolves." The wolves being the creators of these "hyperpalatable foods."
They literally are designed in laboratories to be irresistible. They are created just so that we will eat more and more and more of them and not know why. All they care about is the "bottom line" (not OURS, but theirs.) In effect, we have been duped and we are literally being drugged by these producers of "food."
There are tons of other reviews of this book on Amazon, so please go and read more for yourself. You can also click and read excerpts from the book. It might make you feel a whole lot better about the struggle you are finding yourself in.
It's not your fault. It truly isn't, and it's not a sign of a weak-will or lack of self-discipline. We are simply "hooked."
ha no one read my sarcasm about being the only food addict ;)
BUt seriously awesome advice. I am going to look at all these resources! I made it all day on plan. Day 5 DONE!
I have found that once I get into ketosis and stay there for a week or two the hunger monster disappears. If carb creep gets me and I slip out, I have to start the process all over and fight the constant urges to eat carbage again. I can actually forget about food when I'm in ketosis. I LOVE that feeling. I've been consumed by thoughts of food my entire life. The freedom is totally worth it! So, I encourage you to just keep going! Don't give in to satan, he is a LIAR! :)
I've been reading the Thin Commandments, which deal with a lot of the emotional/psychological aspects of dieting (so it works pretty well with just about any plan). I also recommend The Four-Day Win, which also deals with similar subjects, with very easy tasks that you can do for four days to set yourself up to succeed.
Anyway, both of them talk a lot about those inner voices. The Thin Commandments even suggests that you write up a health script -- a list of sayings and encouragement and goals that are personal to your health journey -- and record them so you can listen to them every day. Eventually, that script replaces the "Satan" script, and you can hear yourself using your own words against the temptations.
I haven't recorded mine yet, but I've written them up and read them every day. Mine's four pages, under categories like Hunger, Temptation, Discouragement/Want it NOW, and Motivation. It's really been helping me run new, healthy "scripts" in my head when I'm tempted, or tired, or frustrated because it's taking SO long to lose weight.
Here are my scripts. They are personal to my needs and issues, but see if you can modify some of them to fit your journey, write them up for yourself, and keep reading/repeating/listening to them each day:
Hunger isnít that big a thing. I can wait half an hour. If Iím still hungry then, I can eat a small snack.
Iíve gone a whole day on only 500 calories before; this is nothing. Iíll be fine until my next meal
Itís not time to eat yet. I ate just a little while ago. The next meal is coming soon. I do not need a snack.
Iím not that hungry; but Iím REALLY tired of being fat!
Snacks are for growing children, or for athletes who need more fuel. I have no need for a snack; I had a full meal a while ago and will be eating another meal soon.
If I run out of calories today I get a whole new set tomorrow. Iím not going to starve between now and breakfast!
Discouragement/Want it NOW
It took me thirty years to get this fat. It will take some time to lose it healthily.
Time will pass whether I lose weight or not. I might as well take the time to eat on-plan.
One pound a week is my aim. One pound a week and Iíll have lost over 50 pounds by this time next year. One pound a week is do-able. One pound a week is healthy loss. One pound a week is sustainable and maintainable.
In a year, I will look back to today. I can do this for a year. I want to be healthy for myself, and for my husband, and for my daughter. Getting to a healthy weight will allow me more time with my daughter.
I have earned the right to be healthy and enjoy my retirement. I will be able to travel and enjoy walking around cities and parks even when I am older. I will be mobile and healthy.
I am like a full roll of paper towels. I have removed some sheets of paper towel, and I canít always see the difference. But there ARE changes. I have lost almost fifty pounds! Thatís a small child, or two huge bags of dog food! Thatís amazing! Most people never lose that much weight. I have. I will continue. And as my body gets smaller, each pound lost will become more and more apparent.
I am like a huge old steam ship, like the Queen Mary. My ingrained bad habits of eating and moving are the course Iíve been on for years. I have begun making course changes, but I may not yet see the results of those changes. It takes a LOT to change the course of a steam ship, and a lifetime of bad eating habits and unhealthy choices. But the course IS changing. I will stay the course and it will change slowly but surely to a healthier, slimmer way of life.
A year from now I'll be glad I started. "Only" one pound a week, for a year, will be more than 50 pounds lost forever, in a slow, safe, sane way that may be easier to maintain. One pound a week is five fewer pounds of force on my knees. One pound a week is less of a stretch to tie my shoes. One pound a week is easier to carry things. One pound a week is being able to walk longer without pain.
When I stay on plan for the day, Iím healthier today than I was yesterday. I canít see it on the scale, or in my clothes, but Iím stronger, Iím leaner, and my blood sugar is more stable than yesterday. Each day Iím on plan is one more day closer to the healthy, strong body I seek.
Today, I am losing the next pound. I will be at my next mini-goal when that pound comes off. Never mind the rest... itíll come off later. Today, Iím focused solely on the next pound.
I love myself enough that I donít HAVE to eat what is offered. I donít have to buy unhealthy food just because my family wants it. I donít have to eat their unhealthy choices. I can choose to eat something else - something on-plan for me.
I keep saying I will do anything for a healthy body that can move without pain. This is ďanything.Ē When I eat on-plan I satisfy my body with healthy food and allow it to heal itself, fuel itself, and use up the unhealthy fat.
I donít have to eat it just because itís there. Itís okay to throw leftovers in the garbage. I paid for it; I can dispose of it as I wish. Eating it wonít make me a better or more frugal person.
Do I want to eat that, or have more time with my daughter? Do I want to eat that or have more time pain-free with good mobility?
Each bite of sugar and starchy food is like a little crowd of tiny ninjas who rushes right to my knees and ankles and begins cutting them up with tiny little knives of pain. NO NINJAS ALLOWED!
Itís just food; itís not THAT special. Iíve had it before. I will have it again. Just not today.
Imagine a room full of the food in question. There is lots of it -- shelves and shelves of it, in all varieties. Imagine all that luxury of food. Grocery stores are full of it. Itís not going to disappear. This isnít my last chance to have it. I can plan for it to be part of my diet in future. I donít need it today.
It's easier to stay on plan than to get back on plan. Just for the next hour, then the next day, then the next week. I can do ANYTHING for a week!
That food is not about me. Itís not something I choose to eat. Itís not a healthy choice. There are plenty of food choices that are healthy and tasty that are on my plan. This is not one of them. I donít need it, I donít want it, and I donít choose to eat it.
I don't have to want to--I just have to do it.
Thirty minutes is nothing. Itís half a TV show. Itís reading and responding to one forum of posts. Itís a shower. Itís making dinner. I can spare 30 minutes for exercise. I can spend 30 minutes for my health and strength. I deserve to use that time in a healthy, ďselfishĒ pursuit.
I love myself enough to exercise. I love myself enough to take some ďme timeĒ to walk or hike. I deserve a strong, healthy body that can do the things I want it to do. I deserve to walk and move without pain.
Motion is the lotion. Exercise keeps muscles strong and limber. Exercise works the core and the heart and lungs. When I exercise I make it easier to do it next time.
Do I want to sit a while longer, or do I want more time with my daughter and husband? Do I want to blow this off, or do I want a longer, more pain-free life?
I like how I feel when Iíve exercised. I feel stronger, healthier, and more flexible. I am woman; hear me roar! I am happy when I have exercised. I can do this.
I want to hike, and swim, and row. I want to ride horses again. Imagine my hiking trail, surrounded by trees and greenery. Breathe deeply. Listen to the birdsong and the wind in the trees. Imagine myself moving strongly and confidently through the greenwood. Healthy, strong, happy.
I can bike. I like feeling like Iím flying, and the strength of my legs. Think about Jo. If she can ride on her tricycle each week, and she used to need a chair, then I can do this! Imagine myself pumping along, controlling the bike around corners, working harder up the hills, and the wind in my face as I go down hills. Imagine myself running errands or shopping on my bike. Being able to swing my leg easily over the back, even with the basket. I can do this!
Keep doing this. When I go to Michigan this year everyone will be amazed. Keep doing this. I can do those beach stairs, and bike to the beach. Imagine my sisters and how proud theyíll be of my new shape. Keep doing this!
Think of Teddy. Sheís lost over 150 pounds eating less. If she can do it, so can I. 1200-1400 calories a day isnít bad. It will come off. I donít need drugs or surgery. I can eat tasty,, healthy meals and still be within my plan and calorie range. It WILL come off. Look at how much Teddy is doing now that she just couldnít do before. Soon, that will be me!
Iím not losing weight SO I can love myself, Iím losing weight BECAUSE I love myself. I love myself enough to take care of myself. I deserve a slim, healthy body that is strong enough to garden and bike and hike and move things. I deserve a long life so I can see my daughter grow and blossom, and meet my grandchildren.
I WILL be able to ride a horse. I WILL be able to shop the regular sizes. I WILL be able to sit easily in a booth, and not squish people up on the Metro. I WILL be able to navigate through a crowded restaurant or store without having to pre-plan the widest way through. I WILL be able to take my daughter to an amusement park, or Oktoberfest, or Renn Faire, and not have to sit and rest every half hour.
I agree, great post, Synger! :goodpost:
Anxiety is a trigger for me. Many addictive type behaviors are anxiety related even if doesn't feel like it. If I find myself wanting to eat when I'm not hungry, humming a tune while tapping my wrist or whistling while patting my head can help. It sounds crazy, but if you can identify triggers, and apply a diversion, you can start to break the pattern. It's the only thing that has ever helped besides cutting wheat consumption. That's the physical and the diversion tactic is the mental for me.
Gosh I needed to read this!! Cannot even BEGIN to say how many times I get to day 3 and that lil evil voice talks me out of the low carb way of eating AGAIN!!! Drives me NUTS!!!!
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