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    Hello, I'm Chucky and I'm a sugar addict. It has been about 3 hours since my last fix. I often find myself in dark corners quaffing back fizzy drinks and cakes. I hide the wrappers from my girlfriend, but she knows. Even the dog has started to look at me with disgust and judgement. I need to change my lifestyle, and I need to do it now.

    I have put on 65lbs in just twelve months and don't even recognise myself anymore. I am covered in very bad and painful spots, and often get inflamed skin. I was vomiting blood last month and was diagnosed with fatty liver disease. All in all, I had no clue that my health could dissipate so rapidly just from food!

    Twelve months ago I was the manager of a nightclub, I was doing long hours and so I ate convenience foods… mainly fast food and chocolate. Before that, I was healthy, my body fat was 9%. Fast forward a year and I have 36% body fat, a ton more weight - I have gone from a 32 to a 40 in my trousers - and not in the good way. All in all I feel like a loser.

    I move to a new city tomorrow, to start a new life, and hopefully have a new lifestyle. I read PBP by Mark six months ago, and it has been gathering dust ever since. I just needed the right time to implement it. I am hoping that reading your stories of success will help me to break my addiction and get my life back.

    Any advice to help me get the sugar monkey off my back would be welcomed.

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    Hi Chucky, I am just starting out after 3 years of depression and I gained 70lbs. I have been trying for a year to get my life back but just kept falling down again and again, but 5 days ago I woke up and felt strong in my mind. So here I am on day 5, it's hard the first week as some get low carb flu. I have it bad today, but I don't mind as I know in the next few days I will start to feel amazing. You just have to decide when you are going to take control of your life, I stopped looking in the mirror as I started to hate myself. This morning my face looks tired but less puffy On the 3rd day evening I had craving and was telling myself to go and have something that it would be okay and I could start again tomorrow. But I did not binge and fell asleep, I am so proud I did it. I am having a teaspoon of honey each day to help me get through this first week, I will give it up next week. And I hope to add it back later when I am completely under control. I hope you can find the strength to change your eating habits, as junk food will destroy your health and life.
    Got my life back September 23rd 2013...Female 5'6"

    HW 210lbs
    SW 202lbs
    CW189lbs
    GW140lbs

    The best feeling is not feeling depressed

    My journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread95382.html

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    • #3
      Do you know only today I found some hidden wrappers in the spare room
      Got my life back September 23rd 2013...Female 5'6"

      HW 210lbs
      SW 202lbs
      CW189lbs
      GW140lbs

      The best feeling is not feeling depressed

      My journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread95382.html

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      • #4
        Hi Manda, thanks for your reply. Well done for making it through the first week. I am sure by next week you will feel amazing! How bad have your cravings been on a 1-10 scale? I am guessing it is hard for you, living in Italy - the food there is amazing!

        I start on monday and I am nervous; I have images of the film Trainspotting, where he locks himself in a room with a couple of buckets, lol.

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        • #5
          Th 1st day was not so bad and I kept myself busy, plus I went for a hike which made me tired. 2nd day was simpler to the first and I would say my craving was scale 5, but the 3rd day was scale 8, it started in the night when I went to bed. I had been with 2 year olds all day and worked an 18h day, I was laying in bed trying to convince myself to get up and binge on junk. I kept saying you can start tomorrow go on you know you will start again. Its like there is 2 of you and your really trying to fight the other personalty, but for the first time in 1 year I beat her and fell asleep. I have been bingen for 3 years but the other 2 I never told myself to stop. It hard and you have to keep on trying and trying, never give up because one day you will be stronger than that silly person who is destroying you. Bad carbs make you unhappy, unhealthy, overweight the list is so long, you and only you can make this change and if you are here I believe you will

          Living in Italy is hell, but I do a lot of my shopping in France.

          Not seen that film in sooooooooooooo long, I left the UK in 1986.
          Got my life back September 23rd 2013...Female 5'6"

          HW 210lbs
          SW 202lbs
          CW189lbs
          GW140lbs

          The best feeling is not feeling depressed

          My journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread95382.html

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          • #6
            Your coming off junk food not heroin, I know its a drug junk food and kills you slower then heroin. But you will be fine, I promise it won't be as bad as that
            Got my life back September 23rd 2013...Female 5'6"

            HW 210lbs
            SW 202lbs
            CW189lbs
            GW140lbs

            The best feeling is not feeling depressed

            My journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread95382.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Chucky View Post
              Any advice to help me get the sugar monkey off my back would be welcomed.
              Hello, how are your teeth ? mine were challenged by refined sugar and I was tired of getting fixed up by the dentist (time and money). So I stopped cold-turkey. I then replaced refined sugar with xylitol, and that was a big improvement. Xylitol has not been addictive, so now I don't feel like eating these crap sugary pseudo-foods (they also contain bad fats and wheat, and that fucks up even more by the way). So look into transitional solutions like xylitol or stevia based sweeteners. You don't have to lose your sweet tooth, just the refined sugar and crap ingredients that come with it (wheat, bad fats, weirdo chemicals).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chucky View Post
                Any advice to help me get the sugar monkey off my back would be welcomed.
                Don't know if this will help or not, but for myself what has really helped me with carb cravings and losing weight is to increase the amount of fat that I eat. I eat a lot of coconut oil and butter. Grass-fed butter tastes really good. The fat makes me feel full and I don't feel hungry. At meals I don't even feel like eating because I am not hungry. Many times I eat the oil and butter raw. Some people mix it with coffee. It is called bulletproof coffee. Eat fat, get thin. No sugar, no grains...FTW!!!

                Cheers!

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                • #9
                  @Manda, thanks. Io amo í dolci, but I will do it. It helps having people in the same boat. You get extra points for doing it in a country with such amazing none-primal foods. When I kissed my girlfriend goodbye this morning I was thinking about Pizza... I will miss that the most. ... .

                  @FrenchFry - my teeth are fine, but I have to admit I have noticed a couple of holes this last year. I will give the sweetener a try... thanks for the advice. The problem is that there are so many 'weirdo chemicals', thow are you supposed to know what you can, and cannot eat? I thought that bacon was bacon and eggs were eggs - apparently not. It is so confusing.

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                  • #10
                    Cheers Alan, but dude, that sounds horrible. You eat raw butter? lol. I am allergic to coconut, but I will give your bullet proof coffee a go. Yeah, I am starting to get that grains are the devil - how could Subway lie to us like that!?

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                    • #11
                      I do not know about yourself but I cannot eat just a little sugar.The stuff drives me nuts. One taste sets me off to the races, and i must have more.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by alanwil2 View Post
                        Don't know if this will help or not, but for myself what has really helped me with carb cravings and losing weight is to increase the amount of fat that I eat. I eat a lot of coconut oil and butter. Grass-fed butter tastes really good. The fat makes me feel full and I don't feel hungry. At meals I don't even feel like eating because I am not hungry. Many times I eat the oil and butter raw. Some people mix it with coffee. It is called bulletproof coffee. Eat fat, get thin. No sugar, no grains...FTW!!!
                        Same to me.
                        I tried to stop cold turkey, it worked for some time and then I always felt into binging again. Really discouraging. But now, I see that little by little, I was taking new habits which brought me to be low carb with no difficulties.
                        First, the habit of eggs + bacon or cheese for breakfast. That delaid my sugar cravings later in the day. And eating more fat did the same.
                        Now, I can enjoy a treat from time to time (not often), it does not end with cravings.
                        At first, I supplemented with pre and probiotics to increase good gut flora. Sugar is feeding bad one, so I think it is helpful to help the good flora taking advantage on the bad one.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Myrtille View Post
                          At first, I supplemented with pre and probiotics to increase good gut flora. Sugar is feeding bad one, so I think it is helpful to help the good flora taking advantage on the bad one.
                          Très sage de ta part, Myrtille!
                          To the OP, yes, prebiotics could be paramount to success. Feed the right bacteria, starve the bad ones, and you should feel much better in the presence of sugary foods (aka not tempted and satiated). So green bananas, cooked and cooled potatoes, even buckwheat pancakes, etc, any food with prebiotic. Add a good raw milk full fat yogurt (sheep would be best in my opinion), and the probiotics will survive the ride to the colon by attaching to the prebiotics. When gut balance is restored, these cravings tend to become history. Personally, as an ex-sugar-wheat addict, I have had no relapse whatsoever because I focused on gut balance. The first time I introduced pre+probiotics, I must say I felt some dramatic consequences (fartage, bloating, etc, there was war in my gut between bacteria types - all this stabilized eventually and I have not been sick since - took about almost a year to get there, and now after almost 2 years it's routine ...).

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by FrenchFry View Post
                            Très sage de ta part, Myrtille!
                            To the OP, yes, prebiotics could be paramount to success. Feed the right bacteria, starve the bad ones, and you should feel much better in the presence of sugary foods (aka not tempted and satiated). So green bananas, cooked and cooled potatoes, even buckwheat pancakes, etc, any food with prebiotic. Add a good raw milk full fat yogurt (sheep would be best in my opinion), and the probiotics will survive the ride to the colon by attaching to the prebiotics. When gut balance is restored, these cravings tend to become history. Personally, as an ex-sugar-wheat addict, I have had no relapse whatsoever because I focused on gut balance. The first time I introduced pre+probiotics, I must say I felt some dramatic consequences (fartage, bloating, etc, there was war in my gut between bacteria types - all this stabilized eventually and I have not been sick since - took about almost a year to get there, and now after almost 2 years it's routine ...).
                            J'aime cette petite goutte de français dans cet océan anglophone

                            Thank you for the precisions. The bananas have to be green ? They are not really tasty that way...
                            I eat some kefir as well and lacto fermented veggies.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Myrtille View Post
                              J'aime cette petite goutte de français dans cet océan anglophone

                              Thank you for the precisions. The bananas have to be green ? They are not really tasty that way...
                              I eat some kefir as well and lacto fermented veggies.
                              Ouais, c'est assez amerloque dans le coin mais on s'y fait
                              You can have green / yellow bananas. Too ripe and most of the resistant starch has turned to sucrose already. I tried super green bananas ... it is not for the faint-of-heart ... your mouth will dry within a second, and you have to chew for ages because a lot of saliva is required to be able to swallow the stuff. But you can have them already sort of yellow, they are sweet but not too much, and the starch is still present (you feel it in the texture, but nothing compared to the super green stuff).
                              As otzi says in these forums or on free-the-animal, probiotics are only half the equation. If you don't provide them with prebiotics, they are about useless. The other thing I learned is that most of them are killed during their ride through our digestive tract unless they can cling to their food (resistant starch or fermentable fibers). So yogurt with say raw potato starch powder or tapioca starch flour mixed up will improve the desirable result. Of course, it is up to you to experiment ... I also use xylitol in my yogurt because it also feeds the good bacteria in the colon. All this is hardly primal but I don't care, I am not religious about all this. As a French, I just enjoy good and nutritious foods, whether paleo or neo-lithic, does not matter to me as long as it is low in toxic shit and has excellent nutrition.

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