Take a breath and take a minute to think about what it means to you to have your cupboards full. What does it mean to you to buy a bunch of candy bars or other snacks, even if you aren’t going to eat them? Maybe you want some special food around for the grand kids or visitors? I used to keep food put away in my bedroom for emergencies or something. It made me feel safe, or comforted or rich. I am not sure which. Has this ever happened to you? I even knew enough to think I was like an alcoholic putting a bottle away somewhere, just in case.
Have you stocked up on something and then later wondered why you bought it? Maybe it’s not food. Maybe it’s clothes or shoes or purses. I still like to buy more purses and shoes than I need. I’m always looking for the perfect purse or more comfortable shoes. Or versatile shoes. Ones I can wear with lots of things so I don’t have to take several pairs with me on a trip. You know how it is. I need comfortable walking shoes, shoes that look cute, shoes that are the right color and shoes that make me look well dressed.
Do you know that awareness is half the problem? Once you are aware of some behavior it is much easier to change.
Several people write to me for help with going on binges. They get some “stressor” going on and out comes the food machine. “Eat everything in sight and maybe I’ll feel better.”
Food is sure a cure-all for lots of things. It helps when you are angry. It helps when you are sad. It is something we enjoy with friends and it is one way to give presents to others. Many times my mother brought donuts or cookies over as soon as she heard I was dieting. I don’t think she consciously did this, to sabotage me, but wanted to give me a present. Once a boyfriend did the same thing. He actually ordered my favorite Pecan Pralines from Charleston, S.C. and had them fed-ex-shipped to my door. I was doing “Atkin’s” at the time. That blew the diet for that week! Of course I can look back and think how I could have given them away or put them in the freezer, but did I do that? No!
How do you get to the place that food isn’t such an addiction when you have to eat every day?
One of the best ways to break food addictions is to avoid fats found in desserts and fast food, sugar and flour and even excessive salt. I think it’s one more reason why the HCG Diet works so well. When you avoid certain foods, it actually can lessen the cravings. Think potato chips or popcorn. Think anything that is hard to resist and that you eat more than you planned on.
From this link: http://www.webmd.com/
Here’s a sample of questions that can help determine if you have a food addiction. Do these actions apply to you?
- End up eating more than planned when you start eating certain foods
- Keep eating certain foods even if you’re no longer hungry
- Eat to the point of feeling ill
- Worry about not eating certain types of foods or worry about cutting down on certain types of foods
- When certain foods aren’t available, go out of your way to obtain them
Some cravings are not only due to the foods eaten, but the hormones that are stimulated to make you more hungry. Eating mostly high protein can do the same thing as eating according to the hCG diet. Whether you do the HCG Diet or Atkin’s, you quit eating flour and sugar.
Think about this for a minute. Can you give up sugar? Can you learn to satisfy a sweet tooth with some fruit? It’s what our ancestors did when sugar wasn’t so readily available. You may be able to gobble down a big bag of M&m’s pretty easily, but you aren’t likely to eat more than one or two oranges at one sitting or even 2-3 apples or bananas.
I know that some of this doesn’t pertain directly to doing the hCG diet, but it does come into play when you get to maintenance. When you get to maintenance, and then after, think how you can eat anything that is meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and even cheese, etc, fruits and vegetables. It is even hard to overeat. Best of all, you can have a steak with the fat. You can have olive oil and other oils that make vegetables taste good. Some oils including real butter actually help you absorb nutrients from your food, especially from vegetables.
And as long as you don’t eat anything with added sugar or flour products like crackers, breads, noodles, cereal, pasta, etc., you can maintain with ease.
The best part about avoiding sugar and flour is that it gets easier and easier. You may find you don’t crave the same foods anymore. You may find you really want healthy foods. You may even notice that fruit tastes better than you ever realized before. It happened to me. I am eating two clementines while I write this today. It didn’t even occur to me to make some toast or have some cereal. Now if I had some hot homemade bread coming fresh out of the oven, that might be different. But I have learned what to avoid and I remind myself how tired I’ll feel a little later on if I eat carbs.
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