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Curing binge eating and bulimia

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Please read this blog post from Oct.20, 2012 by William Davis about the healing power of eliminating wheat from our diet:

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CHRISTINASP 10/22/2012 1:51PM

    I read the article. I personally don't like it hen authors use words like 'bastardizing'. Apart from that everything that Paige wrote, could also point to her having emotional overeating problems if you ask me. So I wouldn't say that cutting out wheat is per se THE cure for binge eating. I do think it might help some, or many, individuals. But I believe that there is much more factors involved if a person has this type of problems.
Who knows Paige will report back after a few years to let us know if she tried cutting out wheat and if it helped.

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-LINDA_S 10/21/2012 8:42PM

    Thanks! Have a great week!

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/21/2012 11:47AM

    Very true...I wish my family would give that stuff up!!

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ADZY86 10/21/2012 9:00AM

    I wish I could stand at the edge of the earth with loud hailer and shout out loud that everyone should either read Wheat Belly or Gary Taubes' 'Why we Get Fat...'. Literally changed my life. I find it so sad to watch people struggling to lose weight and with cravings all the time, but don't want to give this way of eating a go because of all the bad press. I'm hoping to just live my example, because for me this is the only thing that has ever worked. NOT just for weight loss, but for improving my life all round

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ERIN1957 10/21/2012 8:05AM

    Thank you for sharing this information.
I wish everyone would get this message, read it and believe it!

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Day 7 of ultra-low carb

Saturday, October 20, 2012

My weight was 129.4 today.
I started the day with a cup of coffee and cream, a half cup of berries with 2 oz. yogurt and more cream and a few brazil nuts.
We had an early lunch with a friend at noon and I ate a big plate of leafy greens, radishes, celery, onion, peppers, walnuts, chicken, gorgonzola cheese, bacon and vinaigrette with lots of olive oil. I enjoyed 2 or 3 small pieces of dark chocolate and a cup of decaf for dessert.
Dinner was around 8 pm, a kale - duck egg scramble with hot sauce cooked in coconut oil with sesame oil. I love sesame oil for flavoring.
I still did not have much time for exercise except walking dogs so today was pretty much a rest day.
I further reduced my caffeine intake today and it did not bother me at all.
It's hard to believe that one week is already over. It will be interesting to see if weight loss will continue at any significant rate. I guess adding more exercise would really help at this point. My guess is that I will lose about another 2-3 pounds in the next 10 days.

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ERIN1957 10/21/2012 8:00AM

    You are doing so good. I am upping my game starting tomorrow adding more fat to my diet and see what it will do.
Have a great day!

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RUSSELL_40 10/20/2012 11:09PM

    Glad to hear it is going well. Walking dogs is exercise.

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Day 6 of ultra low-carb

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today I decided to start the day off with a little fruit. Breakfast was 1/2 cup of blackberries, 2 oz. yogurt and some heavy cream. I also had one cup of regular coffee with cream.
Throughout the next 6 hours I had a few small snacks of cheese and a few nuts and then a small lunch of 2 chicken drumsticks. In the early afternoon I had a second cup of coffee that was half decaf.
We had an early dinner around 6 pm. I was hungry and had a big salad with mixed lettuce and spinach, a few cherry tomatoes, lots of chicken breast and cheese, and olive oil vinaigrette.
After that I decided to have a cup of decaf with cream before we went to a concert.
When I got home tonight I had a small bowl of homemade vanilla ice cream. I'm really too tired to bother with counting carbs tonight but it must have been around 30 grams again.
Tomorrow we are going out to brunch, not sure where yet. I'm probably going to have an omelett, my easy go-to breakfast these days.

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-LINDA_S 10/20/2012 8:14AM

    Sounds like you're still doing great! Have a nice weekend. Omelets are my go-to brunch item also.

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ERIN1957 10/20/2012 5:47AM

    Sounds like you are doing good.
Have you ever tried chicory coffee?
We had some awhile back and it was pretty good with cream. I am thinking about drinking it again.
Have an awesome week end and enjoy!

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CHRISTINASP 10/20/2012 3:25AM

    I continue to find your reports interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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SAFETYSUE 10/20/2012 2:42AM

    Great job!

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Everything in moderation - why or why not?

Friday, October 19, 2012

This topic comes up on Spark from time to time and I wanted to discuss it in response to some of the comments on my last blog:
I understand the sentiment of everything in moderation, it sounds so normal and - well, moderate. I'd like it very much to be true. But EVERYTHING? Really? How about HFCS, trans fats, chewing tobacco? The question to me seems to be whether something is addictive and or damaging in small quantities for everybody. Some things are only toxic to the body in large amounts, some in very small amounts. The level of sensitivity may be different for each individual based on genetics and early formative habits that affect gene expression. For me sugar is most definitely addictive, for my husband it definitely is not, although he may be negatively affected by eating lots of it, too. I am convinced at this point that modern wheat is damaging to everyone, just like nicotine, even for people who don't have visible symptoms and for whom it is not addictive.
Alcohol seems to be addictive to a significant percentage of the population but not to everyone, judging by the fact that many people can drink in moderation without the slightest difficulty.
I assume that almost everyone consumes something that would turn out to be less than ideal for their health if we had the perfect screening tools. We need to find out which foods are the most dangerous/destructive to our body and be committed to eliminating them.
The argument that everything is ok in moderation could be based on someone's experience that they are not negatively affected by any food, at least not knowingly, a lack of information about nutrition or the justification of an addiction that has not been dealt with.
I guess we all need to decide for ourselves what the answer is.
Or is there another, better reason to say everything in moderation is ok that I have missed? Please feel free to comment or to blog about it and link your blog here so we can all learn more. emoticon

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GOPINTOS 10/22/2012 8:51AM

    Enjoyed this!!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/20/2012 3:56PM

    Everything is a lot like a couple other "buzz" words -- always and never -- that can lead to great angst at times. Glad when it becomes a positive learning experience.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/20/2012 3:50PM

    I will continue to enjoy the energy boost in starting my day with a little coffee. I sometimes move into the day with a little green tea, and white, herbal tea in the evening. I do believe there is definitely room for me to cut back on some of my poorer caffeine choices. Good to keep up on the current research. Thanks.

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/20/2012 12:54PM

    Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this discussion. I'm excited to see how many people have thought this through. Now we just have to reach the millions who are still shopping the middle of the grocery store isles. emoticon
Or maybe it's time for another post about this on the spark message boards.


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ONEKIDSMOM 10/20/2012 7:19AM

    Totally agree that we all have to figure it out! And then if we really want a healthy forever, we have to have the personal commitment to do "whatever it takes" for us as individuals. Good treatise on the topic!

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JSTETSER 10/20/2012 5:47AM

    You're right. I had to get extreme when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I gained the motto: "If I can't eat it, I won't cook it." It has saved me thousands of sugar filled calories.
Thanks for the post.

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KALIOPPE 10/20/2012 5:20AM

    In my pre Spark days, I heartily believed the 'everything in moderation' mantra, except of course i was indulging heavily in bad foods and a terribly sedentary lifestyle that made me fat and sick.

Now when I hear it - especially when someone is referring to my low-carb diet, which btw has done wonders for my spirit, body, constitution and weight, it makes me angry. Some of those foods I used to eat were so toxic. Why in the world would I EVER go back?? No way. Not me. I don't need them. I don't miss them. When I do think about occasionally eating something not in my current diet, it is ice cream, dark chocolate, rice, sweet corn (especially in summer), glass of white wine, maybe even the occasional potato or two.

Would I ever consider smoking or putting drugs in my body in moderation? Heck no. So why would I ruin it with terrible foods that are just as damaging? Can that junk even be called food?

I'm thinking about modifying the saying (which despite all the controversy is still a good one) to Everything GOOD in moderation. That way, I can have fruit but not so much that it makes me sick. emoticon Sorry diet coke, transfatty frenchfries and Doritos. You are not included in my future eating plans.

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CHRISTINASP 10/20/2012 3:55AM

    I agree with you about wheat being a problem for everyone also if they don't notice it (yet).
The only reason I can think of to have 'everything in moderation' (and I'm not talking about chewing tobacco here, lol) is if cutting things out clashes with the person's personality. If one's personality is so that they feel so 'deprived' when they decide to cut foods out that it will backfire and they will overeat the stuff, or get other problems and irregularities in their eating pattern, then 'moderation' is probably the best way to be as healthy as possible.
I haven't yet decided for myself if I have that type of personality or not.

I recently blogged about the topic here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p

and here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p

and here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p

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SAFETYSUE 10/20/2012 2:47AM

    Great post!

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KAPELAKIN 10/19/2012 10:43PM

    Great post! The "everything in moderation" mantra has started to drive me batty. There are many "foods" out there being manufactured that no one should eat, ever. If we all have a little bit of this and that and the other "in moderation" it squeezes out the room for all the good stuff that we should be eating, and we end up with a highly varied diet of junk food, all lacking in any nutrition save calories. I'm lucky to not really get addicted to stuff, so I can manage a little bit of sugar, and a little bit of wheat and dairy without going into a spiral, but I know I'd be better off not eating it at all, and know that there is no earthly reason why I need to have it "in moderation."

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    Certain things in moderation really do not work for me. Great post! Moderation a great concept, and worth always keeping in mind, but it will not work for everything. I tried less-than-moderate amounts of nuts recently, and it became a decidedly TMI moment about an hour later.

Pastries and other sugary Continental breakfasts -- no NOTHING from that spread! That one I get seriously uselessly dizzy over. When threatened with one, I eat hard boiled eggs in advance, and stick with the coffee. I KNOW better.

I may not be addicted to sugar, but I know what happens to me when that is what I'm faced with eating. Thanks.

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HEALTHY4ME 10/19/2012 7:22PM

    I agree For me sugar is just so addictive, so was/is bread, the slash is cos when I am doing well and being primal compliant I dont' miss it or care. Once I have a few no nos for me, then out comes the wanting for bread, but nothing as strong as it used to be.
Alcohol has no bearing on me, I can have one drink every fri or none for years. Doesn't matter at all. I know someone that can go to the bar sat eve, smoke and drink then not do it again for ages... no it isn't good for her but it is moderation. lol
So me I would say that sugar is truly not a item I can say moderation for me. It is truly an addictive substance for me. Which makes me sanely think stay away from it DUH!!! LOL
thanks for more to think about and I am making headway to healthy again. Yes it is an excuse but super stress right now , way behind renos, and moving dad in end month no matter if they are done or not. hubby is working as long and hard as he can.

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CNTRYGL1 10/19/2012 7:00PM

    Absolutely agree with you!

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GOTTAPLAN4U 10/19/2012 6:05PM

  Only My Opinion: anyone who thinks they are 'entitled' to eat any thing that some TV ad, corporation, grocery store, friend, restaurant, vendor, or rancher calls 'food' is following someone else's agenda for their health.

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GORIANA 10/19/2012 5:51PM

    Other things to consider are enjoyment and fequency.

The ocean is full of the wastes of 'sea creatures', yet it is vast. Mostly it's salt water, and I'll still go in and swim with 'fish poo'

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-LINDA_S 10/19/2012 5:36PM

    I think most of us have triggers that could seem moderate, but lead to immoderate actions. Like today I met a friend for lunch and a movie and we ate at a Thai restaurant. I stayed hungry throughout the movie and afterward, which led me to eat things later that I knew I shouldn't. I need more protein and probably fat and fewer carbs than I could get at this place, which is why I need to be more discriminating about where I eat, even if it makes me annoying to my friends on occasion. So no, for me and many others, everything in moderation is not viable.

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ERIN1957 10/19/2012 5:17PM

    There are some things I will not eat and haven't for over 3 years; sugar brown or white, powder too. White bread or white flour products. Junk pastries, like boxes of Little Debbies, Twinkies and so on. Packages pastries, cakes , cookies and so on. No way, not even a nibble. HFCS/sugar beverages. I am not even tempted.
I continue to clean up my act and demand quality....I deserve it !! emoticon

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 10/19/2012 4:51PM

    Wonderful post today! Thanks!

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Effects of caffeine on the body - does this one have to go too?

Friday, October 19, 2012

I think so, after reading an article that a spark friend of mine, Conradburk, posted today. I am going to work on eliminating caffeine from my body again.
Here is the article:

Here is the link to a good book on the topic:

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/23/2012 9:40PM

    Dr Oz had Chris Kilham, known as the Medicine Hunter on his show today (a form of alternative medicine). In addition to talking about the good effects of Tulsi and Reishi Mushrooms, red onions, curcumin (turmeric), and 5 yoga style positions, he talked about the health benefits of coffee with the following: “Coffee is rich in healthy compounds of all different types. WE know from decades of research that it significantly lowers the risk of colon and rectal cancers, it significantly lowers the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, it somewhat lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, it helps to stabilize blood sugar, and it has benefits to the cardio vascular system. Dr. Oz pointed out that some folks, himself included, have difficulty with the caffeine. Kilham said about fifteen percent of people are intolerant to caffeine and you can still get the benefits from coffee by drinking decaf. He recommends two to three cups of coffee a day, or about 300 milligrams of caffeine a day.”

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JALEPENOANN 10/21/2012 12:01AM

    I am another one who refuses to give up their coffee. I I don't drink a huge amount of it any more and I buy good beans that are a dark roast, so they have less caffeine than some of the cheaper supermarket types. I drink it black with no sugar and always have. I like the taste of it and yes, it gives me a bit of a pick me up. I figure there are a lot worse things I could be drinking.

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KALIOPPE 10/20/2012 8:19AM

    This sounds like the egg/cholesterol debacle. Too bad they can't make up their minds, Either way, I'm not giving up my morning cup of coffee! I've cut down my caffeine significantly over the past few years - going from 5 cups a day to 1. I really enjoy it too. I have it in the morning with a tablespoon or two of cream, no sugar and sometimes a sprinkling of cinnamon. Sorry, alarming reports. I'm drawing the line at caffeine.


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JSTETSER 10/20/2012 5:51AM

    I still like a small amount of caffine (green tea) in my waterpack. When I hike for 8-12 miles, the caffine keeps me moving.

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CHRISTINASP 10/20/2012 3:59AM

    I used to drink four to six cups of coffee per day. And regular tea. Don't do that now, haven't had coffee or black tea for years. Nor green tea as that contains cafeine too. I just quit 'cold turkey' and it wasn't much of a problem.

If you are thinking about quitting coffee, I'd say go off it for a while and then have one or two cups. You may feel so awful that from then on it's not hard to stay away from it. Only after you've not had it for some time can you judge just how (ill, restless, jittery, unpleasant) cafeine makes you feel.
I noticed this because a few times I was served tea that I thought was herbal tea but that turned out to have cafeine. Serve me one cup of green tea in the afternoon and I may have trouble getting to sleep at night.

I believe having coffee and regular tea frequently makes a person less sensitive. So having it will also make it harder to feel just how other foods impact your mind and your body, your health.

Comment edited on: 10/20/2012 4:03:30 AM

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/20/2012 3:01AM

    Interesting article!

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SAFETYSUE 10/20/2012 2:45AM

    I have gone to green tea and found some I really love! I buy it at the hair salon I go to that is all aveda products. They have it on their site.. Zplace.com.

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MJZHERE 10/19/2012 7:29PM

    I really agree with making up their minds. I am down to half caf, half decaf to make the pot everyday. When I have gone to totally quit,out comes another medical opinion that it
does have benefits. So my one to two cups in the morning are here to stay for now. I do wish they would agree on something though as I have found an energy drink that is all vitamins with a tiny bit of caffeine from gueva and I would really like to know if it is ok to order more of these. By the way, just now checked and the book is copyrighted 1998 - lots of research done since then and lots of the coffee benefits have been "discovered" after that date.

Comment edited on: 10/19/2012 7:31:37 PM

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RUNNERKDB 10/19/2012 7:15PM

    My doctor is a strong proponent of no caffeine and I trust her judgment on the conflicting research. In addition I had several incidents of my heart rate going up to 230! and staying there when drinking coffee right before running. That was scarey and since being off caffeine as the cardiologist recommended I have not had another incident. I drink decaf.

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TWAYGOH 10/19/2012 4:05PM

    I have to agree with MyLady4. It's too mixed for me. For example, see the following link describing the benefits of caffeine, some of which directly contradict the links above.


What really gets to me is the benefits against neural disease, which scares the bejeebus out of me.

For me, moderation too. I'm trying to kick my caffeine SOURCE which is primarily soda, because of the excess sugar. And I don't drink coffee without adding tons of sugar so it no longer tastes like coffee. Which leaves tea, like my mom Naypooie.

Interesting articles though, and worth the read.

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MYLADY4 10/19/2012 3:45PM

    I wish the "people" would make up their minds. One day coffee and some caffine is good for you and the next drinking it will lead to an early death. No wonder the average American trying to be healthy is failing.

My motto, everything in moderation and I will keep having my one (large) mug of coffee every morning on my way to work and remain pop free. Now, if I can just get the hubby to stop the pop, hmmmmmm.

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ERIN1957 10/19/2012 2:18PM

    I will be honest, I have absolutely no intention of stopping my coffee...none.
We have given up so much and we allow ourselves the treat it gives us. Not today at least.
Nope, to much to soon will defeat me. It brings me to much pleasure. My DH and I have a ritual we do; we shop for a new kind each week and we take such care in the hunt, the preparation and we enjoy a cup each morning together in bed. He grinds the beans and brings me a cup before he leaves and sits in bed and we start our day this way. Have for years and tried a few times to switch and it defeats us/ It is just to important the whole ritual...it is our thing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/19/2012 2:10PM

    crazy you posted this today. I was told by my doc yesterday to wean myself from coffee for breast health issues(#10). Thanks for sharing and I will be passing this one along:)

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/19/2012 1:38PM

I think you raise a valid question. I know that tea has less caffeine than coffee and even coffee varies tremendously. Even decaf has some caffeine. I think caffeinated pop is worse because it also contains sugar or sugar substitutes. I guess we are all different and by not consuming you'll probably know the answer as far as your body.
Thanks for the comment.

Comment edited on: 10/19/2012 1:41:09 PM

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NAYPOOIE 10/19/2012 1:32PM

    They don't say anything about amounts. They treat coffee and soda as the same, but I don't think they are. And they don't mention tea at all, which is my primary source of caffeine. How much in two cups of tea, and how much harm does that amount actually do?

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