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  • Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
    True confessions time.

    A few years ago, I could not stay out of the dog food and dog treats. No matter what I tried I ended up scarfing down over eight cups of dry dog food a day. Didn't matter that I could see the bones and hair in it. No matter where I hid it, no matter what I told myself I would consume it by the double handful.
    I was experiencing very heavy periods, almost to the point of hemmorhage and one day it dawned on me that I should probably be taking an iron supplement. Oh, maybe a multi vitamin as well. Just as soon as I started taking those I walked away from the dog food and never looked back. Obviously I was trying to replace something my body was lacking.
    I've actually read an article recently that points to an upswing of instances of people eating things that aren't food. Things like chalk and dirt. I think it's because more people are eating unhealthy foods and despite the fact that obesity is on the rise, it's a sign that we're actually STARVING. So much of what people call "food" is so nutritionally poor that our bodies are driving us to eat more of anything, even looking for nutrients in things that no one would consider to be food.

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    • Originally posted by DemonGraveWolf View Post
      I've actually read an article recently that points to an upswing of instances of people eating things that aren't food. Things like chalk and dirt. I think it's because more people are eating unhealthy foods and despite the fact that obesity is on the rise, it's a sign that we're actually STARVING. So much of what people call "food" is so nutritionally poor that our bodies are driving us to eat more of anything, even looking for nutrients in things that no one would consider to be food.
      Water, water everywhere and not a drop making it out of the fat cells? But no seriously some people are just weak willed. Even when I was pre-diabetic and eternally hungry (at least the insulin sensitivity's improved...) I never gave in to the urge to lick mold off the door hinges. At least not for less than 5 bucks.
      In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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      • Kewel...
        Didn't really mean to kick off a string describing how nutritional gaps causes eating more of the bad 'foods'... or even non-foods from what y'all have written, but it's a neat discussion!

        Reading these makes me realize that my hoarding of brown sugar, salt and graham crackers w/ a tub of frosting (at different times) in my bedroom during my teen years was a real symptom of malnutrition. We had real butter and cheese in the fridge, and Mom would cook with them, but we were severely chastised if we ever went for more than she'd doled out -- "because we'd had plenty put into the meal".

        I had periodic cravings for paper, lots of ice, even spent a couple of months where I'd spread Elmer's glue thinly on my hand, let it dry and eat the slightly salty results....ewwww!
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        Now 214 -- that's 60 lbs!
        Goal 160 lbs -- last time there was in junior high!


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        • Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
          True confessions time.

          A few years ago, I could not stay out of the dog food and dog treats. No matter what I tried I ended up scarfing down over eight cups of dry dog food a day. Didn't matter that I could see the bones and hair in it. No matter where I hid it, no matter what I told myself I would consume it by the double handful.
          I was experiencing very heavy periods, almost to the point of hemmorhage and one day it dawned on me that I should probably be taking an iron supplement. Oh, maybe a multi vitamin as well. Just as soon as I started taking those I walked away from the dog food and never looked back. Obviously I was trying to replace something my body was lacking.
          Wow, thats really intense. And here I thought that eating play-dough as a kid was odd. Thank you for sharing.
          "Since going primal, I've found that there are very few problems that cannot be solved with butter and/or bacon fat."

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          • A few years ago I had a thing where I wanted everything I ate to be burnt...especially waffles, I would toast them to blackness and only when they were hard as a brick would they be good enough to eat. Ice was a favorite snack of mine because the crunch soothed me. I later ended up in the hospital with a blood count of 4- I could have died and had no idea I had anemia. So if you find yourself craving things like ice, dirt or paper check your iron levels.

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            • All sorts of cravings are linked to needs. When I was pregnant with my now almost 17 year old, I was swimming every day. Loved it. But I would go to Golden Corral every day... EVERY DAY and eat mashed potatoes and bread. Tons of it. I would eat two plates of mashed potatoes, probably 8-10 cups of mashed potatoes.

              Looking back on it, it was scary. I was craving lots of something that I wasn't eating. Totally scary. here I was scarfing tons of this food just to get the nutrients my body needed for the baby.

              It's a miracle I didn't get diabetes.
              The eyes of all hope in thee, O Lord: and thou givest them meat in due season.
              Psalms 144:15

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              • Originally posted by DemonGraveWolf View Post
                I've actually read an article recently that points to an upswing of instances of people eating things that aren't food. Things like chalk and dirt. I think it's because more people are eating unhealthy foods and despite the fact that obesity is on the rise, it's a sign that we're actually STARVING. So much of what people call "food" is so nutritionally poor that our bodies are driving us to eat more of anything, even looking for nutrients in things that no one would consider to be food.
                interesting... no wonder while I was pregnant the doc kept asking me if I was craving non-foods. (I lost a ton of weight when was pregnant even though I ate like a horse)
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                • Originally posted by DemonGraveWolf View Post
                  I've actually read an article recently that points to an upswing of instances of people eating things that aren't food. Things like chalk and dirt. I think it's because more people are eating unhealthy foods and despite the fact that obesity is on the rise, it's a sign that we're actually STARVING. So much of what people call "food" is so nutritionally poor that our bodies are driving us to eat more of anything, even looking for nutrients in things that no one would consider to be food.
                  The urge to eat non-food items is called "pica" and I think you're right about the causes. But in addition to chalk and dirt, I think we have to include things like donuts, ice cream, seed oils, aspartame, and the whole panoply of industrial food substitutes. Viewed this way, you might say that 95% of the population suffers from pica. I certainly did. Only after switching to all primal foods did my appetite normalize and my strange cravings disappear.

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                  • Interesting CW moment to come... Biggest Loser is on tonight (yes I watch...shhh) have you seen the ads during commercials?? Dannon SF low fat yogurt and McDonalds.. bwahahahahahahahaha really???!!!
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                    • Originally posted by athomeontherange View Post
                      Biggest Loser is on tonight
                      My wife watches it... I'm not allowed to watch with her anymore because of all my "comments".
                      "Canned food is a perversion,' Ignatius said. 'I suspect that it is ultimately very damaging to the soul."
                      - John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces)

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                      • I work at a large company and they have a health, wellness, and safety department that gives out newsletters on CW health advice. Then, on "safety day" they had free donuts for everyone. facepalm.

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                        • Originally posted by Goldsmith View Post
                          My wife watches it... I'm not allowed to watch with her anymore because of all my "comments".
                          I keep waiting for my kids to yell at me to shut up. I'm horrible at trying to keep my thoughts to myself with regards stupid commercials. At best, I'll demand they mute the commercials, and I look away.

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                          • Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                            For someone named Nestle, she seems to know what she's talking about with regards to nutrition.

                            Why can't we put people like her in charge?
                            No, she doesn't. She's a saturated fat- and cholesterol-phobe:
                            Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health, Revised and Expanded Edition (California Studies in Food and Culture)

                            quote from one of the reviews:
                            "Marion Nestle's book "Food Politics" makes clear that the political system she favors is dictatorship - with her in command."

                            It's not a good idea to "put" anyone "in charge"; free individuals should be able to make their own nutritional decisions, for better or for worse.
                            Last edited by healthseekerKate; 10-04-2011, 12:32 PM.

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                            • Originally posted by June View Post
                              I work at a large company and they have a health, wellness, and safety department that gives out newsletters on CW health advice. Then, on "safety day" they had free donuts for everyone. facepalm.
                              Yeah, my company tries to do "health incentives" by getting us discounts at weight watchers. They send out "health and wellness" emails periodically, but gods only know whats IN them. I delete them as soon as they pop up. Perhaps I should turn a snarky eye on the next one to come through.

                              To my company's credit, there IS a tiny gym in our building. It's tiny, and in the basement, and cold, and is kinda like a dungeon (and not the FUN kind of dungeons either), but its THERE and theres a small selection of free weights and, most importantly, a shower for when some of us go run/walking over lunch in nice weather.

                              Most of the time, though, despite all those cheery health emails, there is no one in there (although, that could be to aforementioned flourescent-lit-dungeon qualities. Doesn't exactly encourage one to try and get more exercise done)
                              "Since going primal, I've found that there are very few problems that cannot be solved with butter and/or bacon fat."

                              My amusing take on paleo-blogging: http://whatshouldwecallpaleolife.tumblr.com/

                              Are you a Primal in San Francisco, or the SF Bay Area in general? Join our facebook group!

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                              • Originally posted by Corvidae View Post
                                ... (and not the FUN kind of dungeons either)...
                                Had me snort-laughing.
                                Durp.

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