Great to read this discussion. I don't have anything that would ever have been categorized as a clinical bulimia, but about ten years ago, I became constantly obsessed with eating more and more grains & sugars. Unfortunately I was convinced the whole grains were great for me, but couldn't figure out why I could never stop thinking about, say, granola or boxed cereal, or why I would do what I absolutely knew would kill me and binge on ice cream or cake or ...
3 years ago I switched to whole milk with my dried cereal and what a difference the fat in the morning made! My mornings stopped being a constant battle to keep from snacking (where I'd end up eating half or whole box of "whole grain, low sugar" cereal). A year or so later, I went grain free and upped my fats all around, bigger victory. When a long vacation led me downhill again, I fought the battle some more (skipping meals so I wouldn't gain weight like I always had, but failing against the weight battle, anyway - I always thought "if only I had enough courage" I'd purge, but never went that route), finally learning to add protein with all my meals - a full serving 3x/day. THAT was the magic key. No more thinking about food all day; in fct, I often forgot about food altogether between meals, for the first time I could ever remember! I also made my sweets consistent, a little after lunch & dinner, to steady my blood sugar more, cut out snacks,and gradually the drive for sweets & grains went away.
Once I was able to cut out the sweets & grains (instead of just *wanting* to), I finally stopped the bingeing except for rare, rare occasions when it would inevitably be brought on by half a roll one day, one piece of cake the next, etc. I really feel like this WOE is preventive and curative of the constant talking that grains/carbs used to do to me, and the bingeing. I've long wondered if it carbs might be the driving force behind bulimia in general. So this is very interesting.
Yes, it has eliminated my bingeing and eliminated the "voices" telling me to eat more of them. I used to think I was just obsessive or something, b/c I had constant urges to eat. Chucked the grains/carbs and the urges went with him. Bring 'em back and the urges come back. Like a switch I can turn on and off. Simply amazing.
FTR, I'm eating <50g/day and it feels great. I have to or I get bloated again. No side effects that I can tell of - I eat plenty of veggies, too.
One thing I'm curious about is that the only food I ever binged on that is not "carbs" is nuts. I always wondered if there's some type of sugar in there (like lactose in milk & some yogurts, which I do go crazy on, & fructose in really sweet fruits which can always drive me to too much).
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