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    Quitting grains is like quitting cigarettes

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    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.

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    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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    Yup. You'll go through withdrawal too.
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    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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    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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    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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    As someone who quit both, quitting smoking was a hundred times harder in my experience. Just my opinion.

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    Quote 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.
    Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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    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.

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    Quote 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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