[QUOTE=PaleoMom;1181472]Yay, on the growing muscle and losing inches! What a major victory when restriction doesn't have to get involved :)[/QUOTE]
I'm finding that I'm fluxtuating up and down a lot, but my "lows" keep getting lower :) Are you finding that too? It feels like my body is adjusting a lot.
[QUOTE=Zach;1181501]Why do you think Mariusz Pudzianowski needs his cortisol blunted?[/QUOTE]
Is that a weighted question? ;)
[QUOTE=Cierra;1181588]I wish mag. C would work for my chocolate cravings... I want chocolate every day!
That's amazing that you've got some good body recomp going your way, looks like your stint of eating more paid off :)
Ohh and I was gonna ask if you still did any dry brushing? I stopped whenever my skin started getting bad (zits), but I was wondering if you had any chances with that.
I'm so happy that your bingeing is subsiding even if v you still have stress. I wonder what you would categorize as a binge, though, instead of just calling it overeating? I still have trouble deciding what happened when I eat too much; I never know if my body actually needed it due to previous restriction. <3[/QUOTE]
Well, my cravings were for dark chocolate, which I know is loaded with Mg. Maybe you're just craving sugar? Have you tried having a coffee with refined sugar when you have a chocoate craving? That would give you your caffeine and sugar hit in one, and it would confirm or eliminate possibilities for what the craving is. I'm all about trusting the wisdom of the body!
Binging for me is not about the amount of food: it's about the mentality and loss of control. It's a heightened state of emotion, bordering on mania. THe experience is incredibly exhilarating for me: I feel like I'm saying fuck it and I can eat what I want, my senses get overloaded with pleasure, then the aftermath is guilt, shame, loathing. So a binge is basically when I'm treating food like a drug. We had a big discussion on MDA about this a while back: knifegill started a thread which he never realised could be triggering for people. I got so angry about it, but it was good for me ultimately cos' it was just when I was starting to admit I had a problem and it was great to talk about it. [url]http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread77284.html[/url]
During this whole period of journalling I had so many days where I ate a ton, but probably only two days that came remotely close to binges. And thinking back on them now, they were only the shadow of my former past, compared to what I use to be. I'm still hoping that my appetite will regulate more: I eat so much! But I'm not trying to control it: something is happening just by letting my body do what it wants. I need to be patient. Hope some of this is helpful!
I was actually going to mention the dry brushing actually - still doing it religiously once or twice a day! It's gotten rid of the sun wrinkles I had on my legs and feet, and overall my skin is a lot softer. I think it's also helping with reducing water retention in some places. Hasn't helped my circulation though. How are you getting on with it?
And thanks for the encouragement :)
[QUOTE=ombat;1181531]Waah, I've read about chocolate cravings really being a need for magnesium. I take mag supplements every day and I still get the chocolate cravings during my TOM.
Great news about your body comp and your non-bingeyness! Bad news about alcohol being a total BITCH! ;)[/QUOTE]
Cierra said the same thing and I reckon it's not Mg you're craving: it's sugar (or something else found in chocolate). Do you drink coffee? Maybe if you want chocolate try drinking that with refined sugar: it would give you your caffeine and sugar hit in one, and it would confirm or eliminate possibilities for what the craving is. You can always have some chocolate in addition ;)
[QUOTE=VacillateWildly;1181569]That's interesting about chocolate and magnesium, I didn't know. Funnily enough, the other day I was thinking about how chocolate is of no interest to me now whatsoever (choc biscuits or choc cake a different story, wheat cravings are different though I think). I used to love chocolate but it doesn't bother me now even slightly and I have no desire for it. About a year ago I had a twitching muscle in my eye which wouldn't go away so I dug into the mag sups and still take a daily dose now. I wonder if there's a correlation?
You haven't binged for 10 weeks, that is such a break through. Have you had the urge? If you did get the urge, would it be sudden or pre-meditated and a slow build up? Do you have any strategies for the onset of a binge mindset?
I have decided to give daily meditation a red hot go for my flighty cortisol levels as well. Sometimes I think I look like your weightlifter, but with more hair and maybe a bit slighter :cool: I have a feeling I ought to stop coffee (I know you did with no benefits) but I can't. I don't drink, smoke, do naughty things, I'm allowed coffee surely?
You drink a lot of coconut water - any specific reason? I had a weird craving for it the other day and thought the world might end if I didn't get it instantly.[/QUOTE]
Definitely sounds like there's a link.
Wow, I didn't realise it was 10 weeks... that's incredible. You know what's interesting is that I had started to tackle the binging a month previously: I didn't binge for nearly a month, but it required a HUGE amount of will power (we were emailing at this time), then I had an emotional set back and I binged.
Now I don't feel I'm using will power at all: something has changed in my psyche. This is why I'm sure that curing addictions is not a case of fighting it and harnessing will power.
Now I'm getting cravings for specific foods, as opposed to a desire to binge. Sometimes the cravings are intense, but my proccupation is now just relieving the craving, instead of fighting the urge to binge. There have been a few times when I've really, really wanted chocolate, and I resisted because I was afraid it would end up being a binge, but I eventually allowed myself and found myself satiated after a couple of bites. I haven't had that experience since I was a kid! One bite of chocolate would end up costing 10K cals.
Does coffee make you feel more anxious? How much do you drink? Have you tried decaff?
Coconut water: I LOVE it! And I find it so hydrating. I get thirsty a lot, and often water doesn't cut it for me. I drink a liter a day lately... Ha, maybe you had a craving for it cos' I put the idea in your head?!
[U]Entry 11.1: A Lil List[/B][/U]
Eleven is my number, so while I'm here, I want to make a list of the successes so far, and where I'd like to go next.
- Am regularly sleeping the night through! Might have 1-2 bad nights a week, compared to seven... I no longer consider that I have insomnia.
- No binges :) Not quite there yet On several occasions have eaten trigger foods with no adverse effects.
- Self perception: I don't think I'm fat!! (most of the time). Considering I thought I was fat when I weighed 30 lbs less than now, this is a pretty big deal.
- Less obsessive about weight: not counting cals, not measuring myself every day. Freedom :)
- Generally being kinder, and more loving to myself. Feel happier!
- More sleep: Mostly getting six hours, would like to get between six - eight.
- Energy crashes. Would looove to get these under control.
- Peace with food: I'm improving here in leaps and bounds, but I still think about food a lot. I would like to have even less dependency on it.
Stress: Would like to learn how different hormones feel in my body so I can identify what's going on and use awareness to separate the emotional response from hormones from the physical response.
- Body comp: For a year I've had this pic as my computer user avatar, hoping that it would infiltrate my subconscious, ha ;)
At one stage I was actually getting close to having the body that I wanted, but the price (starving myself) was too high. Do you think it's possible for me to get this body eating heathily and not exercising like a maniac? I want to get fit, but not spend seven days a week working out.
Is that a weighted question? ;)[/QUOTE]
Good pun, but no im serious. Why would you think someone like him would have high cortisol or am i missing something?
[QUOTE=Zach;1181978]Good pun, but no im serious. Why would you think someone like him would have high cortisol or am i missing something?[/QUOTE]
Ah, he could be a laid back dude in daily life... but in that pic he looks like he's about to blow a gasket..! You release cortisol in yoga, so I imagined he's releasing it in that pic (I don't know the science behind weight lifting).
Zach - how hard do you reckon the woman above trains to keep her body like that? She's a yoga teacher.
Oh ok. Yea im sure that intense exercise like that releases cortisol, ges got so much test pumping through him that im sure hes ok. Cortisol isnt always a bad thing, kinda like estrogen.
No clue, im sure its more diet then anything since she has very low bodyfat. Probably a vegan diet?
Go fruitarian for a few months(or less, dunno where you're at now) and you'll hit that pretty easily.
[QUOTE=Derpamix;1182142]Go fruitarian for a few months(or less, dunno where you're at now) and you'll hit that pretty easily.[/QUOTE]
Why would you say fruitarian as opposed to raw vegan, since fruits are usually more calorie dense than veggies?
I've been toying with the idea of eating raw fruits & veg mostly with just a bit of meat here and there...