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4/5/13 4:40 P

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I'm sorry you're dealing with all this. I think it could well be so that eating bread may trigger urges to binge on sugar. The book Wheat Belly (not that I am following it's advice, but it offers interesting information, I think) states that two slices of whole wheat bread increase our blood sugar level more than two tablespoons of pure sugar do. If that's true I don't know. But it's 'food for thought' (ha, ha).

If you like you can post here or start a separate thread about your attempts to deal with this so we can encourage you and try to offer support.

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4/4/13 2:30 P

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I am really fighting sugar binge mode. I am totally addicted. I've had 3 binges the past 3 days. I had been off all sugar and gluten for over a year and was doing fine. But the last couple of weeks sugar crept in. And 2 weeks ago when I had a cold I really wanted bread and soup, not gluten free bread. So I bought a loaf of really healthy multigrain bread and it delicious. I don't binge on the bread but maybe it's triggering something? Not sure. I've been stressed about work and personal stuff as well. I can't wait to get through this, it is taking all my energy. I could use a buddy to check in with.

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3/31/13 1:19 P

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Great!

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3/30/13 10:13 A

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My goal for today is not to eat any candy or any other "overt" sugar. That is my start :)

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* I am a good person, and I deserve respect.
* I choose to respect myself today by refusing to engage in verbal or emotional self-abuse.
* I have been successful at many things I have set out to do, and I can learn to do better at the things that give me problems.
--Dean Anderson

We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.
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3/30/13 5:18 A

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Johal, I think I understand how you're feeling. It can seem like so much too do, all at once and it can be so hard to find the motivation.
I can tell you that I have stopped eating sugar a couple of times and it did help me quite a bit. I will post in my blog about my experiences with this, I hope you'll read it. I first wrote it in this post but it got to be too long!
(Editing to add: you can find the blog post I wrote aboute cutting sugar out here:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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A short version is: you could try to cut sugar out for just three (or five) days and get rid of the 'sugar fog' and the 'sugar emotions' and then maybe feel better able to make choices. You could post on this trhead, or in your blog, about how it's going and get support from others. I also encourage you to search for spark teams about being sugar free and join them to hopefully find inspiration and support.



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3/29/13 8:52 A

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I feel so tired. It feels like too much effort to plan healthy eating. I look for quick comfort, quick foods. And sugar, sugar, sugar. And I feel so helpless--caught in this sugar trap and I just don't know how to get out of it, Well, that's not strictly true--I "know" I should stop eating it. But knowing and doing seem to have this huge chasm separating them.

Daily affirmation:
* I am a good person, and I deserve respect.
* I choose to respect myself today by refusing to engage in verbal or emotional self-abuse.
* I have been successful at many things I have set out to do, and I can learn to do better at the things that give me problems.
--Dean Anderson

We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.
--Richard G. Scott


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3/28/13 4:31 P

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First week report; I've done well with regard to the goals I mentioned.
I did make a smoothie and salad / vegetables for lunch every day. I did do some batch coooking, and I have been journaling about the binges. I DID have three binges, or maybe one that lasted three days, depending on how we count. Background was a lot of stress and emotional things happening.
So I was not very succesfull at 'doing something else' instead of binge eating. I did actually flush some of the trigger foods down the toilet. I've mixed feelings about that, but it did seem to help me the moment I did that, it was a relief to know I cannot stuff myself any further.
I also did take action with regard to one of the issues that is bothering me so much this week. I took a step. Now I feel anxious and confused about having taking it, worrying if it was the right / best thing to do. But at least I did do SOMEthing.

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3/28/13 4:27 P

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I'm sorry to hear you've been sick! Is there a way we could offer you specific support?

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3/28/13 4:13 P

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I have had a lousy first few months of 2013, virus after virus. Not sick enough to lose weight but sick enough not to care about what I am eating. I want to eat better but I am so tired. I need something!!

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* I am a good person, and I deserve respect.
* I choose to respect myself today by refusing to engage in verbal or emotional self-abuse.
* I have been successful at many things I have set out to do, and I can learn to do better at the things that give me problems.
--Dean Anderson

We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.
--Richard G. Scott


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3/21/13 1:46 P

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My goals with regard to healing from binge eating right now are:
- preparing a green smoothie, a salad and a breakfast with nuts and fruits in the morning so I have healthy foods to grab when I'm hungry.
- do 'batch cooking', once a week or so make a huge amount of vegetable soup or stew so I can freeze it and use as a healthy snack when needed.
- at a moment when I feel an urge to emotionally overeat, go do something else. If I then still overeat, taste the food as consciously as I can.
- to write it down when I had a binge, what I ate (amounts, mostly), what the triggers and emotions / events were, and if I managed to stop it, curb it, whatever, how I did that. And if possible also a few things I could do to prevent the same thing 'next time'.


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3/21/13 5:17 A

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Share your goals and your circumstances and then keep sharing on this thread once a week how it's going. Accomplishments, setbacks, insights...

Also a place to ask for support or for a buddy. If you see someone posting here that they'd like a buddy you can send them a sparkmail and start supporting one another as buddies, or maybe be a mentor if you like.

Edited to add later: you can click on 'spark teams' under 'community' and type in 'accountability' and find several teams that offer accountability in different ways.





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