Toubes and Lustig should be tarred and feathered.
Its not sugar, its artificial foods. People say they binge on snickers, ice cream, etc. guess what. That stuff may be sweet but its also full of chemicals and fat. Try binging on fruit, nothing but fruit. Stop blaming sugar or carbs. By the way, binges are usually brought on by nutritional deficiencies (undereating/crash dieting), you body is screaming for some nutrient dense food and you interpret that as a signal for junk food and binge. Its a vicious cycle and one that can be broken but completely obstaining from an entire macronutriant is not the answer, long term. Very few people will ever be able to control their cravings forever because its your body wanting something. Fighting your body is always a losing battle.
I have binged on fruit before.
Originally Posted by Zach
I don't 'crash diet' or 'undereat'. I eat plenty of foods packed with nutrients.
Yesterday, during a binge, I ate three nectarines, five clementines and honey straight from the bottle. All of this only thirty minutes after dinner.
I think you are making some assumptions.
Edit: My point being that not everyone is the same.
Last edited by the_walrus0; 03-03-2013 at 02:01 PM.
I agree. Binging on fruit is easy!
I have, on more than one occasion, eaten 4+ cups of berries. I absolutely love berries. I've also binged on fairly dark chocolate. 85% I think. And it wasn't full of chemicals and additives. I really think it was the sugar because I eat 1 square of unsweetened bakers chocolate and it's delicious but I'm completely satisfied with one square.
Originally Posted by DeeDub
You ever try a fruit based diet? I eat %70~ of my calories from fruit and was able to lean out the last 20lbs doing it
Good deal! Keep up with the thinking and the PB. Sounds like your on track to improving both your mental and physical state. Don't mind the nay sayers. I been eating as a human should for three years now and plan on continuing to do so too
Originally Posted by the_walrus0
Last edited by Neckhammer; 03-03-2013 at 05:37 PM.
That's the problem I have with some statements that get made here though. The sugar gets blamed when it's more of a personal characteristic. Yes both sugar, fat, alcohol and other foods can be "addictive" but it's not the fault of these substances. I have problems with certain dairy food but I wouldn't blame cream for being overly appealing.
Originally Posted by magnolia1973
And the majority of times when people refer to "sugar binges" they are usually referring to "sugar, fat, dairy and other junk" binges, not apple, plain honey or white sugar binges. Snickers for instance have more calories from fat than sugar.
You can start to lose your tastes for sugar and fat by cutting right down on both but it can be rather fruitless activity that can lead to even more impulsive tenancies with these foods. It did for me, I knew there was something wrong with me when I started craving banana and banana flavored foods. lol. I have always disliked bananas.
Last edited by Forgotmylastusername; 03-03-2013 at 05:48 PM.
I think there are a lot of different views on the boards, which is wonderful, and I also think that sometimes people(like myself for instance) type things up excitedly or in a conversational way that oversimplifies things. I don't blame sugar. Well, I suppose I blame sugar for myself. In fact I blame sweet tasting things, not just sugar. Honey, fruit, agave...these things will all inspire me to binge. I know Lustig isn't popular with everyone here but he does talk about the reward center. I fully believe my reward center is triggered by these foods.
Originally Posted by Forgotmylastusername
I think that eating sugar doesn't help me. Cutting it out does help me. Cutting it out didn't help you. Obviously we're very different.
If someone cuts out sugar, stops binging, loses weight and gains some health does it really matter if they pinpoint sugar as the culprit? For most people, it wouldn't. Besides, the only places I really enjoy sugar are all the places I don't need to be looking anyways, which are mostly processed foods. I will say, in my personal experience, I can find very creative ways to eat white sugar when binging. I have, in fact, eaten it with a spoon. Anything for the sweetness of sugar. So to me, sugar is the culprit. All by it's lonesome. I don't eat salt out of the container or hunt for fat in my fridge. I want something sweet.
You say "Sugar, fat, alcohol and certain foods can be "addictive" but it's not the fault of these substances." Well, if someone has an addictive personality that causes them to overindulge and become addicted to the point of being unhealthy and the only really helpful thing to do is abstain then I would say yes, it is the fault of those substances, for those people and in their situations.
Anyways, those are just my thoughts. As someone who's been addicted to cigarettes, alcohol and cocaine I can tell you that this sugar "addiction" feels as much like any other substance addiction. You wouldn't tell a cocaine addict not to completely give up cocaine because there's proof that having a little cocaine here and there wouldn't hurt you, because that's silly. The cocaine addict can't just 'have a bump' because, like the AA saying, One is too many and one hundred is not enough.
Sorry if that's long and silly, but it's my thoughts. I figured this is the place to discuss them.
To the OP. Good on you for finding something that finally worked for you. I was in the same boat with bingeing until I went primal. At first, it wasn't 100% no bingeing, but they were much much less frequent. Then after a 6 month long binge I went specifically HFLC, and actually counted for a bit there. I never had the urge to binge since, and still have not.
But I do have to stay away from all sugar, even fruit as it does set up cravings for sweet things, and I am not ready to go there yet, but I do still have over 100 lbs to lose.
Good luck to you, and hope you are able to become totally binge free.
I don't know exactly what did it, but I feel so free now, which is huge after being a huge binger/low fat dieter due to all sorts of emotions for 12 years.