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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Saturday I got into a some sort of emotional crisis. Sad to say it led to binge eating in the past days.
I had been avoding sugars for 6 weeks, and been on a food plan that allows me to lose weight for 10 days.
In the past days I kept trying to get back on track and then at night I'd fail and overeat / binge.
I had a thought that I would try to slowly taper off the sugary foods again, but that definitely did NOT work!

Today I got rid of all trigger foods (gave them to my husband to take them to work). I have been using my 'old' rules that I learned in the BED treatment: eat 3 meals and 3 snacks and have reasonable portions. I probably will have eaten 2300 calories by the end of this day but if I get through it without bingeing I am content.
My thought is that it seems to be very helpful for me and maybe a 'must' to avoid refined sugars. Life, and following a food plan, was easier once I was sugar free for more than 3 weeks. I enjoyed my food more and had less cravings. I think it also helped me to be more stable in my moods... So, plenty of reasons to go back to that.

I will just keep on tracking my 'other goals' and pat myself on the back for every positive behavior.
For example, yesterday when I was feeling very low, I delayed overeating by getting busy, cleaned the kitchen and tidied the living room. Went to a yoga class.
Today, I got in my two longer walks with the dog and phoned a friend to distract myself from the negativity in my mind. I also did a short meditation. I made the effort to cook a 'real' meal.
Every step counts.
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  • WHITE-2
    Sweets make me feel suicidal and act agressive when I stop eating them or limit them. If I DO eat them I have to fight and keep fighting cravings to eat more and more. Believe me, they are addictive to me. You and I have discussed this topic for years now. I want to put it to rest. I need my energy to take good care of myself.
    YOU may be able to have sugars 'in moderation', but everyone is different. I have come to a well considered conclusion that I may simply be very sensitive to them.
    And on my deathbed I KNOW I will regret deeply, the extreme hurt I caused loved ones already because of sugar withdrawals. I don't want to add to that regret!
    1261 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    May I ask: What role do sweets play that you are torn about giving up? Is it possible they are worth the price? Try to look honestly and not just at what you think you should believe. Is complete abstinence necessary for your peace of mind? Is abstinence necessary for weight loss, in your opinion? If you were on your deathbed, which would you feel more regret over, do you think? What turmoil would you be able to reduce or even avoid if you eliminated sweets?

    I ask these things because often getting certain ideas clear can make it easier to make hard choices in the moment because the odds are the hard moments are going to come.

    I love your emphasis on seeing the positives. You have so many! And better eating over how it was a few years ago is pretty high on the list.

    1262 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    I know I did better when I gave up sugar...once I fell off the wagon, I'm craving it (and everything else) and also struggling with mood, body aches and pains, etc. You are going thru a good deal of stress, be patient with yourself, you can do it!
    1282 days ago
    I know it's been an emotional time for you. That is tough. HUGS to you and you are ding things the right way.
    Proud of you.
    1283 days ago
    Sugar free seems to be the main thing for your success with food.
    You are getting things back in order and coping very well.
    You definitely deserve those pats on the back.
    1283 days ago
    Keep working at it, you can do this. Good thing you gave the trigger food to the husband.
    1283 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    There are a lot of pats on your back there. 👏👏👏👏👏 Don't beat yourself up for things that may have been less good recently, draw a line under it and think going back to went well before may be the way forward for you. 😍 👏👏😍
    1283 days ago
    Great attitude. Just keep going.
    1283 days ago
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