Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Step 5: MODERATED THE EXTREME SOLUTIONS
I strongly recommend "Beat Sugar Addiction Now!" by Jacob Teitelbaum. Unlike a lot of articles I've read on sugar addiction that basically just focus getting sugar out of the diet. This book focuses on getting to the root of the actual addiction itself.
- Gives 4 questionnaires whose responses may point to a cause
- Gives a profile of what that type of sugar addiction looks like
- provides some general guidance on sugar addiction.
- Points the reader to a more targeted solution based on which type they are
I can't vouch for the three types that I'm not. I can't vouch for the solution, because I haven't tried it yet.
But after taking the quizzes and reading the summary of what it looks like, it became clear that I had issues with candida growth. It described my symptoms and sugar consumption patterns to a T.
That being said, like every other solution, I was faced with an extremely restrictive eliminate-all-sugar cleanse, detox, fast from sugar (Been there, done that, failed repeatedly). Don't get me wrong, my endgame is to get there and do it. But going from 1600 calories to absolutely none was/is a burden that I couldn't/can't bear.
I remembered another site that had focused on candida as the issue (with just as regimented of a diet). But that one had a list of foods that the author referred to as candida fighting foods.
My plan was to really go heavy on those foods while not changing much else and then maybe try to drop my sugar intake 20-30 calories a week from 1200 or so down per day down to 100-150. I took those foods and others that she referenced on her site's articles and just started eating them a lot (they became staples in my daily eating).
In four days my daily chocolate calories fell from 1200 down to about 400 (I actually don't really like the stuff anymore). I've lost 6.8 pounds since I started doing this 4 weeks ago.
Over the Summer, starting next week, I'm going to monitor my chocolate calories closely and try to gradually drop my intake by about 20 calories each week until I'm down to 100-150 (give or take) and then try a full detox. That should be much more doable than going from 1200/1500.
I'll be totally real with you, You can Google "candida fighting foods" and you will find this list. Search the site you'll see the other foods. I'll blog about the list and provide the URL tomorrow, as promised.
That being said, if a candida build is not the cause of your sugar addiction it will not help you much, if at all.
My point of this blog series is to encourage you to:
- Address your sugar addiction if you have one.
- Stop vilifying foods.
- Stop leaning on guilt as a coping mechanism.
- Admit the problem without self judgment.
- Do some research on what you're struggling with.
- Identify realistic potential underlying causes and address them
- Don't bite off more than you can chew. Build toward a solution if you're not ready for it yet.
I don't know your individual issue with sugar or even if you have one. What I'm doing or the book I recommend may or may not help. Try, fight, research, learn, build. Talk to a medical or nutritional professional if that will help.
I'm not done by a long shot. I'm eating 1/3 to 1/2 of the junk food that I was and can actually stop. I used to think that I was stuck being addicted to sugar for the rest of my life. I have hope now that I can, in fact, eat 1-2 ounces a day of chocolate, stop, and continue to grow healthier.
For me THAT'S freedom.
- TD Out!
Monday, June 24, 2013
So after acknowledging my sugar addiction and making the decision to actually overcome it My next steps were...
Step 3: RESEARCHED SUGAR ADDICTIONS
I went online and looked for natural cures or whatever I could find that might help me overcome. There was a lot of information and a lot of possibilities (blood sugar levels, candida buildups, hormones, emotions, etc.). Each site/book with solutions. Almost all involving full-score sugar fasts and detoxes.
I was willing to do something like that, but had failed several times in the past. My goal was (and still is) to find a way to chop down the amount of sugar so that I could make it through a full detox or fast without crashing or getting really sick.
The key, though, was finding a program that I could do partially/gradually/incrementally until I could do the whole program.
Step 4: GOT A DIAGNOSIS
I don't think that I've ever recommended a book before, but I recommend the book "Beat Sugar Addiction Now!" by Jacob Teitelbaum. Rather than just talking about sugar addictions and giving an all encompassing detox, it gives four questionnaires that point to 4 different sources of the addiction. Based on which one(s) the reader scores highest it directs the reader to the chapters that give a profile of what that type of sugar addiction looks like, identifies the cause, and then provides a solution.
I took the four quizzies. on two types, I scored in the "possibly" range. One wasn't even close. One though was an absolute lock. Scored really high on it. When I read the profile it described my eating patterns to a T.
The solution was not well written. It would describe what to do but was ambiguous on amounts and dosages. The diagnosis, though, gave me great comfort. It gave the problem a name. I will write about it in my next blog.
I found what appeared to be the root of the problem (or at least a major part of it). It may not be the entire problem, but if I eliminate it and I still crave sugar I can look at something else. Only 400-500 calories a day of sugar though? I'm hopeful.
I refused to take a pat cure-all overkill solution that may or may not work. I got to the bottom of the issue (or at least one of the issues) and am now eating about 25-30% of the junk food that I was a month ago.
I BEG OF YOU:
If you struggle with a sugar addiction, take the time and do the research. Find possible reasons for it and their corresponding cures. With the sites, books, nutritionists,etc make sure what they prescribe will actually address what needs to be addressed. Make sure that they describe your symptoms
Wednesday, I will post what I have been doing this last month to cure what I believe has been causing my addiction. That being said, it will do you little if any good if the cause of your addiction is different than mine (It will actually be bad for you because it will waste your time and disappoint you when it doesn't work).
I know, way to sell my midweek blog.
- TD Out!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
For the past few weeks, I have been doing something that I've dreamed of for years upon years. I'm eating sugar/chips in moderation. I used to be addicted to the stuff and would eat 1200-1500 calories of candy/chips every day. Today I eat 400-500 calories a day and don't usually crave much more, if any.
I've promised my friends that I would tell them what I've been doing this last month that has worked regarding this (and I will this Wednesday), but it started way before then.
Step 1: ADMITTED THE PROBLEM
I had to face the fact that it was what was holing me back. Sure, I could eat a few more vegetables and whole grains. But my sugar and simple carb consumption was the elephant in the room. That being said....
Step 2: REFUSED TO FULLY ACCEPT IT AS A PERMANENT DISEASE
I saw a lot of people talking about sugar and chocolate as if it was crack cocaine, cigarettes or alcohol to an alcoholic (No way out. One puff or drink and it's over). I even bought into it to some extent.
At the same time, part of me was still unwilling to accept a life that meant that I could never eat anything with sugar again without relapsing into a 1500 calorie a day habit. It just didn't seem worth it.
If there were people walking the earth that could have a bag of chips and a candy bar at lunch without falling into an unbridled carb binge or bender then I wanted to be one of them.
Don't get me wrong, if that really was how it is, then so be it. But that was last resort. At that point, I probably would have just chosen to go with the addiction (I pretty much did).
I dropped the guilt. I stopped demonizing food and judging myself as a bad person for what I was doing. I dropped the "Rah Rah, this time I'm going to just do it" attitude with nothing to back it up. I stopped fighting a battle that I was unarmed for and decided to arm myself. My next blog will be about that.
I BEG OF YOU:
If there is a problem/issue or pathology in your life that you have accepted, question that you need to accept it. I'm not talking real medical issues, medicines that your doctor has prescribed or even legitimate addictions (sugar may be for you, I don't know).
But if there is something in your life that is a burden, check to see if there is a way out. Don't play dead for it. There may be a way out. There may not be. Either way, at least you'll be at peace one way or the other.
- TD Out!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
So this week was the week where I decided to reduce my intake on the foods that have been killing my sugar cravings. Saturday through Monday I ate them as usual and my body wanted about 300-450 calories. Midweek weigh-in looked good on Tuesday. From then I reduced the amounts of the foods.
Though the quality of my food dropped dramatically, my calorie intake stayed pretty level. Had one day where I hit the 3000 daily calorie mark, but's that's still not that far over from a long term perspective. My sugar intake went as high as 800 kcals (still about half of what I was eating a month ago).
Yesterday morning, I went back on the foods and the sugar intake was back down to 400 without a hitch. Ate a few hundred total calories short of my recommended intake.
**THE PLAN (NEXT FEW MONTHS):
So regarding this, to make this permanent, I realize that I have to:
- Keep doing what I've been (eating the foods in the quantities that I have been)
- Slowly taper the sugar from 400 per day down to about 50-100
- Do an actual cleanse and program to finish the problem off.
As promised, I will blog about what I've done to get here this week (Tuesday or Wendesday). Speaking of here........
**THE NUMBERS (pounds @ bodyfat%):
Goal Weight: 195.0 @ 15%
Jan1 Weight: 217.8 @ 25%
May 25: 212.2@23% (The week before I started addressing the sugar addiction)
June 01: 207.4@24%
June 08: 208.2@23%
June 15: 206.4@23%
Today : 205.4@22%
- Down 1 pound since last week
- Am finally below 23% body fat (22% baby! Whoooooo!)
- Down 6.8 pounds since this time last month
- 0.6 pounds from my last minor weigh milestone (below 205)
- 4.6 pounds from going below 200.
- 10.4 pounds away from my goal
My midweeks have been showing the bodyfat% steadily improving. For some reason, that's not ended up getting reflected in the actual weigh-ins.
Though I am well aware that one doesn't lose weight as I have been without facing a plateau at some point, I still think I might be below 200 by July 20th or 27th (the 3 year anniversary of last time I first dipped below).
Today, I'll keep dancing like I'm 22%!!!!
Thanks for reading.
- TD Out!
Monday, June 17, 2013
** It's been a while since I posted the first one of these
So, I�ve asked many questions on this site. Tough questions. Deep questions. Ones that challenge the mind and spirit of one�s very being.
Questions such as:
- What's stopping you from reaching your goals?
- How does one overcome set-backs/plateaus!?
- Why WAS 6 afraid of 7!!?
- Can drinking too much coffee make someone see DEAD PEOPLE!!!???
Today though, I ask an even more pertinent question:
** What beach should Trentdreamer go to next Summer? **
I�m now about 10 pounds from my weight goal and am seeing the results. Looser belts going, down a jean size etc.. I haven�t been to the beach in about a decade. OK, I�ve been to the beach, but never felt comfortable actually doing beach stuff (catching rays, playing Frisbee, etc.).
I would go to the local beaches and sit on the benches, eat at a restaurant with a view of the water. Maybe walk the beach in cargoes and a t-shirt. Never actually enjoy the beach gong experience (swimming, try surfing, etc.).
**Next Summer I've decided to actually "go to the beach" and am planning a week's vacation around it. The question is which one(s).**
So, I'm looking for a really top rate beach. One with a good single population (vibrant but not tacky). Relatively clean beach itself. Good local shops and restaurants either right on or near the beach. Good nightlife, but good hotels 5-10 minutes away from the action.
If you know of any in your area or have vacationed at, please let me know. It doesn't necessarily need to be one beach (if there�s an area that has a cluster of 2-3 beaches that are really good, even if not great, I can make a week of it). I will look into any recommendations.
So, What is your favorite beach or best beach you've vacationed at?
- TD Out!
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