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    How to derail temptation: My best advice.

    I wish I could give everyone here a gift - my wheat and gluten allergy.

    Stay with me on this - I'll explain.

    I have seen so many posts lately saying "How do I deal with temptation??" or "I'm binging on sweets!" and I think - well, if it weren't for the immediate and painful (and long-lasting - up to three days!) reaction I get when I eat wheat or gluten, I might be posting those as well. But it's amazing how big of a deterrent that level of pain, swelling, and stiffness really is. I don't ever, ever want to go there again.

    So I don't even see sweets or grainy foods as food anymore. I just see them as "this is the stuff that makes me hurt like wow, and no thank you!" It's almost a visceral reaction. And it makes it really, really easy to not even consider eating those things.

    This may color my responses to people who say "I just can't seem to stop eating cookies" or "I still have bread/pasta/cake". For me, it's just a no-brainer: wheat=AGONY, and why would I do that to myself?

    I wish I could give everyone here who's struggling that same wheat and gluten allergy. I know it sounds odd, but it's one of the best anti-temptation tools I have in my arsenal.

    But since I can't give you guys that tool, here's what might work almost as well: visualization.

    Robert Schuller reported that he lost weight by visualizing unsterile, unsanitary conditions in the Twinkie and Little Debbie factories - people returning to work after not washing their hands in the bathroom, cockroaches and other icky bugs falling into the batter, stuff like that. And it caused him the same kind of visceral reaction I'm talking about when he saw those frankenfoods. And it worked. So that's my suggestion to the folks who don't have my luck to have a wheat allergy - imagine the grossest prep conditions you can possibly imagine in the factories that produce those frankenfoods. If you do it right, and often enough, you'll stop thinking of them as food.

    Anyone else have a "best advice" for derailing temptations, for our newbies and those who are struggling?
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    There are two separate issues we all need to keep in mind. One is insulin response/resistance, the other is inflammation. I think the focus is often on glucose/insulin and what our limits are there, ignoring the inflammation issues brought on by wheat and other grains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aktres View Post
    There are two separate issues we all need to keep in mind. One is insulin response/resistance, the other is inflammation. I think the focus is often on glucose/insulin and what our limits are there, ignoring the inflammation issues brought on by wheat and other grains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aktres View Post
    There are two separate issues we all need to keep in mind. One is insulin response/resistance, the other is inflammation. I think the focus is often on glucose/insulin and what our limits are there, ignoring the inflammation issues brought on by wheat and other grains.
    Those probably are not two separate issues. Dr. Kurt Harris (and others) have argued it's the inflammatory diet that is probably causing insulin resistance.

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    I guess it's kind of akin to what Griff said, but mentally repeating the phrase "I'd as soon drink sludge from the toxic waste pipe" has really helped stiffen my spine on occasion -- especially when truly noxious things like birthday cake at the office are involved.
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    "Is it REALLY worth it?" Is it worth being set back for however many days? Is it worth the physical and mental pain? Is it worth the abdominal discomfort? Is it something you'd be willing to report to someone else as having eaten?
    Also, this is one case where I DO let my imagination run wild. Hence, that chocolate cake at the office turns into a stack of cowpatties, that ice cream turns into maggot cheese, that bread turns into styrofoam (seem my sig.) I wouldn't eat any of that, would you?
    I also imagine what would get done to it by a food photographer: shellac, pins, paint, styrofoam props.... not exactly what I'd want in my mouth either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naiadknight View Post
    "Is it REALLY worth it?" Is it worth being set back for however many days? Is it worth the physical and mental pain? Is it worth the abdominal discomfort? Is it something you'd be willing to report to someone else as having eaten?
    Also, this is one case where I DO let my imagination run wild. Hence, that chocolate cake at the office turns into a stack of cowpatties, that ice cream turns into maggot cheese, that bread turns into styrofoam (seem my sig.) I wouldn't eat any of that, would you?
    I also imagine what would get done to it by a food photographer: shellac, pins, paint, styrofoam props.... not exactly what I'd want in my mouth either.
    I'd probably try the Casa Marzu... but probably qualify as a little esoteric in my predilections for food that a lot of people avoid. (I <3 offal and other bits and pieces)

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithpowers View Post
    I'd probably try the Casa Marzu... but probably qualify as a little esoteric in my predilections for food that a lot of people avoid. (I <3 offal and other bits and pieces)
    I'd actually try the Casa Marzu too. I was referring to some cheese a neighbor left out on the counter during a vaction years and years ago. That was some NASTY stuff. It was 3 types of furry, maggotty, and liquefying.
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    Indeed there is definitely a duality. I've been writing up all I've learned in one essay so I can keep all the ideas and references in one place and that aspect comes over time and again.

    Wheat - the double whammy - inflammation/gut disturbance and immunity reduction and insulin surges. Dairy is beginning to come into that category too the more I read ... check out this link ...

    http://www.canibaisereis.com/download/milk-promoter-of- chronic-diseases.pdf

    I don't have a problem with temptation either Griff, in fact like you I simply don't see those items as food any more, and as Art DV put it, just heaps of brown! For me I have told myself I am allergic, and I am, because eating them caused me bipolar, not eating them and I am recovered. I never want to go back to feeling suicidal ever again and although I miss some of the manic high adrenaline rushes I don't miss regretting all the mad stuff I did whilst on them ... put it this way it's a good job Mr Grok is such a wonderful man!

    In fact 14 months in and I'm discovering how wonderful it can be to live life restfully and at a pace that allows things to unfold at their own speed. Quite delicious, way more than any pastry ever was.
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    After seeing my weight loss, a lot of people have asked me about the diet and started their own. My advice to them is don't get hungry (at least at first). Eat fat, eat when you're hungry, and keep approved foods nearby. The hungrier you are the worse the temptations will be.

    Of course coming from a Marine background my real answer is suck it up, use a little bit of willpower and move on.

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