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  • Quitting grains is like quitting cigarettes

    Just started Monday.... I feel like I have gone through the same 3 days this week as I did when I quit smoking in 2009.
    First I was tired and grouchy and bored, but I didn't want grain. I hated the stuff. Never going to touch it again. This lasted through day two.
    Yesterday, day 3, I started fantasizing about French bread. And much like I did with cigarettes, I began romanticizing the process of French bread... the art, the smell, the craft, the communal nature of sharing a loaf of bread or baking. I started justifying cheating to myself... "Once I know I'm not addicted I can have just one slice of French bread. It will be fine."
    This morning I woke up and realized that grains are a lot like cigarettes. Not healthy. And I'm not just giving up the grains to get healthy so I can return to them later. I am giving them up like I gave up cigarettes... for good. And just like smoking, I am sure there will be a day when I slip up and have a nibble of someone's bread... but I bet it won't taste as good anymore.
    Or, maybe, just maybe... it will taste so amazing that only one bite is really all I need. But probably not.

  • #2
    Totally agree, this subject has been talked about a bit lately. My take on it is here but instread of grains i talk about quitting sugar

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    • #3
      Yup. You'll go through withdrawal too.
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      • #4
        Yep. But take heart! Bread actually isn't as good anymore for me. And I definitely don't crave it anymore. When I'm hungry I crave steak. Or eggs. Or sushi. Mmmm, sushi...

        I do have an occasional slice of really good sourdough bread when it's available. That's worth it to me. But I don't go nuts and eat a loaf like I used to, and I don't buy it at stores, only when eating out at nice places that make REALLY good bread.

        EDIT: it probably took me about 6 months or so before I could comfortably eat one slice of bread and stop. So yeah, I was pretty addicted.
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        • #5
          I have been thinking about bread a lot lately too. I just came back from Germany and I can't get the bratwurst on a crunchy roll out of my head that I had one of the last days I was there. I gained a pound or two in the process.

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          • #6
            I just quit smoking last weekend. I should be starting PB in the next couple of weeks. I hope quitting grains is not as hard as that was...

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            • #7
              As someone who quit both, quitting smoking was a hundred times harder in my experience. Just my opinion.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mr. Koozie View Post
                As someone who quit both, quitting smoking was a hundred times harder in my experience. Just my opinion.
                Everybody's different! And some people have really bad grain/sugar addictions.
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                • #9
                  Sugar was harder for me than grains.

                  But I was getting coffee at work yesterday and someone had toasted bread. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM was the smell

                  then I had to remind myself of the aarrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh stomach cramps that will go with that lovely smelling bread.

                  back to the office. P
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mr. Koozie View Post
                    As someone who quit both, quitting smoking was a hundred times harder in my experience. Just my opinion.
                    Same here... Quitting grains was a cake walk compared to smoking.
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                    • #11
                      It makes sense that most grains and sugar would be addictive. They have physically addictive properties due to the huge insulin spike and likely other factors we may not yet fully understand (I've heard plenty of hypotheses, though). But even completely disregarding all that, virtually all of us lived all our lives consuming copious amounts of grains, and being that ingrained (no pun intended, I swear) in our minds is hard to shake. And for us younger folks (<30) we also grew up with insane amounts of sugar in everything as well.

                      You combine habit with physical addiction, and yeah, it's the same deal as with cigarettes, coffee, or any other drug with true addictive properties.

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                      • #12
                        Quitting smoking was REALLY hard. I know -- I did it twice with some success and many other times in between. Now after 25 years, I consider myself a non-smoker more than an ex-smoker.

                        But like anything else, quitting takes practice. Slip and have a smoke, or a slice of french bread -- that just gives you the opportunity to figure out how to do it better the next time. Then one day it's been 25 years since your last slip!
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                        • #13
                          Quitting grains can be harder - eating wheat is very socially acceptable whereas smoking is not.
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                          • #14
                            I've never smoked before, but giving up sugar was difficult for me. I always loved grains (buckwheat and steel-cut oats mostly), but once I gave them up I haven't really looked back.

                            Sugar, on the other hand...

                            I had a heavily-sweetened drink today for the first time and it made me really sick because I haven't been consuming added sugars on a daily basis like I used to. I felt dizzy; my heart was racing; I felt stuffy and hot; my teeth were sore; I started to get a headache; my stomach was cramping up a lot. It's not something that I want to experience again, so I felt I learned my lesson.

                            Just keep pushin' on through. The earlier in your journey, the harder it is. You will learn to cope and eventually your body adjusts to it. It may happen sooner rather than later, or it may take a long time. Time will pass and in the future you'll feel healthier :]
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                            • #15
                              grains/bread/oats/cereal were incredibly easy for me to give up but chocolate and sweets are another story- 4 months later and i still have'nt completely given up chocolate

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