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    Has anyone successfully conquered food addiction?

    I'm hoping to hear that it can be done and maybe even get some tips for success. A quick background - I am F, 40, 5'7", 180lbs. 5 years ago I was 315, a daily drinker and pack a day smoker. I managed to get sober, quit smoking and lose 120 or so lbs. I got stuck around 200 for a few years and then found Primal in April of this year. Things really seemed to click for me, I felt amazing, energetic, no mood swings, dropped 20+ lbs and seemingly ended the cycle of carb binge, starvation diet, carb binge etc.

    It was awesome, THE answer I had been seeking my whole life. And then it happened. One day I ate a cookie, and it resulted in a 5 day carb/sugar binge. I got back on track for another few months, but now it's happened again. I ate one sugary thing a few days ago and have been binging on junk since then. It's frustrating to keep doing something that its making me feel like shit both physically and mentally. Stopping booze and cigarettes was hard, but now that its been years, I don't crave it and don't think about it. Food is much harder in some ways. I have to make decisions about food multiple times a day.

    My goal here is to feel good and make choices that support that. I realize that ultimately it's my choice and my choice alone what i put in my body, but sometimes it feels like I'm on autopilot making bad choices even though it is literally making me sick.

    So I'm wondering if anyone else in this community has dealt with this with any success? What has worked for you?

    Thanks!

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    Yes and no. I'm no where as bad as I used to be, I can say no to sugary bad foods whereas old me would have said, "thank you sir may I have another."

    I do think it is an on going internal battle but I've found that using some sort of food tracker app or website helps. If you are always entering what you are eating you will be less likely to have something crappy, at least for me it works.

    What did it for me will be of no help to you at all but I lives in Africa for 2 years and just getting away from how westerners eat is what really allowed me to break a lot of bad relationships I had with food.

    It's a conscious choice you make on a daily basis. If you have crap in the house you'll eat it. Get it out. Go for a walk, call a friend and chat. Anything. A little distraction goes a long way


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    I'm so sorry to hear that Heather.

    I come from a long history of EDs: 13 years of BED with some periods of borderline anorexica. And I'll tell you - going low carb made my BED the worst it's ever been.

    Anyway, now my ED is pretty much gone. It was a long process but I:

    - stopped restricting macros (the BED began when I became vegetarian, and went to another league when I was low carb)
    - allowed myself to have pure, refined sugar in tea or coffee (I know this is contrary to Primal, but I don't believe white sugar is harmful, and I don't mean that it's okay to eat junk food)

    And... my cravings abated, which meant no more binging.

    BUT, I was still eating huge amounts of food because I was always hungry. Then I gave up starch, and my appetite got under control.

    I believe that in my case the BED was caused by unstable blood sugar, and macronutrient deficiencies.

    I need to make sure that I get adequate protein and carbs, a little bit of fat, and that I don't stress my body with the wrong kinds of exercise, and I no longer feel "bingey". I still have body hate issues (the anorexia mindset) but I've pretty much made a full recovery from the BED, so it can be done!

    If you want any more info please feel free to PM me.
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    "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

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    I used to eat every three hours, now I eat once or twice a day. Based on those cold hard facts alone, I do think so.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    In real life, I know people who have managed it, but I don't know anyone who has been able to walk away from it.

    And by managed it, I mean people like you. Fewer than 1% of people who lose 65 pounds or more keep it off for 5 years or more. You are a hero that has accomplished a miracle! If you have not registered with the National Weight Maintence Registry so that your success can be studied, I hope you will do so- National Weight Control Registry
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    WHat? There are tons of success stories!
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    WHat? There are tons of success stories!
    So now people not only have to be at a normal weight and have clean eating, they have to have perfect psychology to be a "success". Ugh, sorry not to have been born with the right synapses for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loafingcactus View Post
    So now people not only have to be at a normal weight and have clean eating, they have to have perfect psychology to be a "success". Ugh, sorry not to have been born with the right synapses for you.
    That's not what knife was saying. He said that there are plenty of people who have successfully conquered food addictions. Look at the post title!

    I agree with him. There are plenty of success stories.
    "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

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    [QUOTE=YogaBare;1303754]That's not what knife was saying. He said that there are plenty of people who have successfully conquered food addictions. Look at the post title!

    I agree with him. There are plenty of success stories.[/]

    So managing isn't conquering? You actually have to rip out your brain and replace it to be declared a winner? I think that's lame. If I meet an 80 year old woman in OA who has been at a normal weight for 50 years, I'm saying she conquered and hailing a mighty hero.
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    I've gotten to the point where "eating bad foods" doesn't set me off for days. I can eat something I know is "bad", enjoy it, forget about it and move on.

    I think the first step is getting your body renourished so you don't have wild cravings. It can take a while. At first, I'd binge on fat, then started craving carbs. By feeding those cravings with whole foods, I got "what I needed" and looked at it as topping off nutrients and not being a bad thing. Eating 3 bananas after a week of low carb isn't a moral weakness, it's probably a body needing some carbs and potassium! So I never freak out about overeating whole foods, but I stay aware that they can be overeaten. I've never had a long time trend of overeating whole foods.

    I fully admit that I still eat some crap, and I own it. LOL, I had a Cuban sandwich a couple months ago. It was awesome, I enjoyed every bite, and went back to eating normally afterwards. I wanted the bread and the taste of it, so I ate it. I've stopped justifying or excusing humoring my cravings. I don't obsess over hating myself or messing up or the impact on the scale.

    I always before I eat something "junky" I run through a few questions:
    1. Is this going to taste awesome? Store bought cookies? No. Home made éclair? YES If the answer is NO, I skip it.
    2. Is there a better option that will satisfy me? When I want a cheeseburger, maybe a lettuce wrap will satisfy me that day.
    3. How has my diet been lately? Have I been splurging too much? Yes, then it's a no go, No, then go ahead, enjoy!

    I don't look at it as a failure. It's just some food. For me, if I deprive myself constantly, I will way overeat other foods. Like when I gave up chocolate, I way overate nuts, which was stupid. At the same time, you can't just always indulge yourself, so you need to find that balance.

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