So I grabbed this book on Amazon and it was totally out of habit of reading everything "diet" it seemed like a new concept so I was all "giddy" (this is borrowed from Skwigg vocabulary I don't even know what it means lol)....so in the end it is extremely restrictive and based on 12 steps recovery programs....so I returned the book.
I just have one question though. Is there really any use to cut flour and sugar from one's diet? From a food addiction point of view? Just curious about whether the science is there or not. :-)
Hey! I also purchased the book, took a quick sweep, and moved on... It is hard for me to make generalized statements when it comes to nutrition, because every body is so wildly different. However, in my experience, the food wasn't causing the 'addiction', but rather, the thoughts about those foods caused me to feel out of control around them... Sugar was a big one for me. I had a very strong belief, for a long time, that sugar was addicting, and that even one small bite would make it very hard to stop. That I was somehow bound by its chains, and eternally doomed to sugar-binge hell. What that belief did was cause me to feel restricted around donuts, candies, and all things glorious, deprive myself of them, then, of course, once I got some - one bite was enough to send me spinnining. My thoughts about sugar being this out of control thing, led me to actually feel like I had less power over myself, and those beliefs, coupled with physical/emotional restriction, led me to binge on it, big time. Which, at the end of the vicious circle, reinforced my original process that I was indeed an addict...
So. Not. True.
I currently eat sugar everyday. I eat ice cream. Cakes. Cookies. I also have no desire to overdo them. I am on vacation in Italy and have been eating gelato every night, and at this point, just feel sick of it. We have tons of candy in the room, and it just doesnt call to me, yet I grab a handful of m&m's when I feel like it (had a bunch for breakfast today on-the-go, ha!). This never was the case. I was always holding back on sweets, but desperately wanting them at the same time... It felt like prison. It made me feel damaged, and like there was something wrong with my body/self. There was always this constant war in my mind.
That being said, is there any use to moderate or even cut sugar or flour from one's diet? Again, this is highly personal. I do believe that besides for medical testing for disorders such as celiac, and or, diabetes, self-experimentation is the way to go. However, I think that doing so from a place of freedom, with all foods being equal, is highly critical. And testing need not involve complete elimination in my opinion. For example, I had paprika -flavored pringles the last few days, and I started getting heartburn. Didn't have them yesterday, and today, and the heartburn is gone. Now, I kind of associate them with this yucky feeling. Its this inside-out decision of me not wanting them, not that I cant. Want vs Cant makes all the difference, but for this to happen, I need to feel no moral attachement to one side or the other. This comes from knowing I can have all the pringles I want, all the time.
I have been eating GF for the past few years, and am not celiac. I started because an accupuncturist told me it would be helpful hormonally. I don't really think it is doing anything for me at all, so I am getting ready to gluten-ize my body. I will go about this the same way. I just dont think that one book could possibly advise millions of bodies with such wide ranging differences, and preferences. Especially with such a huge ingridient/ food group, like sugar or flour.
Very good answer Natalie,
I am glad to hear from you and your being in Italy and being able to enjoy it! So true about the thoughts and perception. I would never do the no flour no sugar but the Bright Line Eating author seemed so knowledgeable and I am still so gullible at times! :-) I thought maybe some may benefit from it. Of course it is a personal decison and it does help many people that follow her lead....but it's probably all linked to their perception of being addicted to those substances.
Thank you Brigid! It is so beautifully freeing to come here and eat nutella for breakfast, and pasta and pizza plus gelato, for every other meal, without any thoughts of restriction or guilt. Makes so much more room to enjoy the breathtaking views, people, swimming, hiking, and weather!
Well, I'm glad I missed this book. :-) Natalie's answer was perfect. That's been my experience too. Sugar and white flour only ever felt dangerous and addictive when I was restricting them, or planning to restrict them in the near future, or believing I definitely should restrict them even if I wasn't at the moment.
That's true of all foods I've felt crazy around! If I'm free to eat them whenever, then there's only what physically feels good and what doesn't.
It's amazing how I actually notice now if eating something doesn't feel good. I love hummus but I rarely eat it. Too much makes me feel horribly hormonal. Must be something about the plant estrogens. Some cupcakes and baked goods are made with canola or vegetable oil. They may taste good but tend to give me a sour-stomach, heartburn sensation later. I'll pass. I like what Natalie says about the inside-out decision of not wanting versus can't.
LOL about "giddy." I tend to make up words but that's a real one. I'm not sure "quackadoodle" is in any dictionary, or "confuzzled."
Italy sounds divine. How nice to enjoy it without diet obsession.
Lol about hummus making you hormonal. Some store bought cake makes me feel like that lol, maybe it's the bad fats indeed.
I had this extraordinary vacation with my family and parents in Gaspésie (like Maine but in Canada)? The wheather was perfect for 12 days we were on beaches with extended family swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding and all I was doing great enjoying clam chowders, lobsters, fish and chips and other greasy dinner staples such as burgers etc...I was actually daydreaming of writing this great post on HE about how good I was at Happy Eating....but then I came back home, hopped on the scales and I was 2 - 3 pounds heavier and went back to diet books like a maniac. I knew from its release that Bright Line Eating was the most restrictive of all books so I went staight for it....crazy.
I can be a happy eater for weeks or even months and then all of a sudden get a huge relapse. I am back to my senses in that I did not take action on any of my diet thoughts.
I know a lot have talked about how to become an intuitive eater while thinking about losing weight and I have to agree with Skwigg and all the others that gave great answers. For me, if I want to work on intuitive eating I have to forget about weight loss for a while. If I want a little weight loss I have to follow more of a framework such as Lean Habits and make sure I get hungry before each meals and go back to some form of meal templates. So my reset will not have to be restrictive at all I have decided to go back to good old Lean Habits and lay off the extra snacks and ice cream cones taken on the boardwalk at night :-)
I think during my vacay I was the intuitive eater ....that wants to weigh 20 pounds more lol.
Oh and I want to share that all of Georgie's posts on FB were very inspiring for me as sometimes we just need to see what a healthy well proportioned meal looks like to get back on a 3 meals a day schedule.
There have been a few dozen times now where I've gained 2-7 pounds on vacation, done nothing, and they've gone away on their own within a week or three. Based on that, my preferred course of action is doing nothing. Any time I've tried to "manage" it, I've gone progressively more overboard at the next vacation, long weekend or holiday gathering. It's almost like pulling back a slingshot. The harder you pull on the correction, the more powerful the release next time you're out of your normal routine.
I don't see that you've gained any weight, since 2-3 pound daily fluctuations are normal, or had any huge relapse with the diet book adventure. Weighing yourself and scouring diet books is an old habit that doesn't serve a purpose anymore. You went down that old habit pathway again but didn't act on it. The more you do that, the more that not acting on it, not even thinking of it, will become the norm. It takes practice, so think of it as good that you're practicing. :-)
For me, the barely conscious assumption that I might need to take some sort of action when I get home would lead me to eat like a 20-pounds-heavier intuitive eater on vacation. Knowing that I can eat burgers and ice cream and fried things every day is what causes me to be indifferent about them. Knowing I can snack whenever and as much as I want is what makes it easy not to snack.
Be careful about making a distinction between happy/intuitive eating and post-vacation, weight loss eating. It's all just eating. You don't do one when you're good and one when you've been bad, or one on vacation and one at home, or one when your weight is down and one when it's up. If you think in terms of being "on" or "off" your way of eating, then it's the same old diet ride with different labels.
The cool thing about Lean Habits, or any other habits, is that they're flexible and portable. I find that I eat pretty much the same at home and in restaurants, weekdays and weekends, at work and on vacation. Not the same food, or even the same portions, but the same mindset. The principles of eating when hungry, enjoying my food, eating until satisfied, and not hurting myself go everywhere easily, so does the idea of balance over time. One big meal, day, or week is a small part of a very big picture, not a cause for concern.
Can I be your publisher? I am not knowledgeable in publishing but find one, put the posts together in a book named Happy Eaters and then you can ask Tamara to revise the text and then I could do the French version of the book ...and you would be really rich and we would all eat ice cream forever....:-)