Welcome Firefinder And thanks so much for the encouragement. It's easy to forget that where you are now is often the place that you used to want to be. I've pretty much kicked the binging and most of my food issues; now it's really just a matter of getting my body composition to where I want it to be.
Originally Posted by FireFinder
So, how long have you been LC for, and how long have you been binging? Did you see there was a thread a few days ago called "On a low carb diet, do you binge?" I think severely restricting a macronutrient that you need will eventually result in the body overriding the brain and meeting the energy demands via a binge. It's interesting though, because some people binge if they don't get enough fat. My BED started when I went vegetarian. But definitely it was the worst it's even been when I was low carb. Carbs are definitely not the devil and are way more nutrieous than fat. I also never felt satiated on a high fat diet.
You mentioned in your PM that starch makes you hungry - can I recommend that you don't reintroduce it just yet? Stick to fruit and simple sugars (honey, maple syrup, white sugar). I also wouldn't go for grains.
Have you ever supplemented with gelatine? It's an amazing appetite suppressant, and it's also a source of protein that's great for your hair, skin, gut etc Do you like shell fish?
It's really interesting isn't it... the emotions / mind effect the physiology, and over long periods of time this becomes a permanent state (disease / illness) which effects the emotions / mind! In my case I went through a lot of sexual trauma and I think that's what fucked me up. What do you think gave rise to your anxiety? Was it family related?
Originally Posted by girlhk
And thank you - that really means a lot! I struggled alone with all this for 13 years - it was only with the support of the MDA community that I've been able to come through it! Support is crucial in healing. And the prism of other people's experiences give you pathways to explore other things. I know it sounds minor, but even after all the emotional work I did, giving up starch has been one of the biggest step in overcoming the ED
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat