The purge

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sunday I got rid of my box of binge foods. I had reduced it quite a bit a few months ago but still couldn't let go of the M&m's, reeses and other "good stuff." I knew monday was a new start for me with the food, and I have not been indulging on the sugar like in the past, but it was incredibly difficult. I have several unopened bags of my faves...but i know the terrible torture I feel physically after bingeing on it. It is now gone. I have no binge food box! My house is becoming cleaner, wiping the smudges (metaphorically speaking) and letting the light shine in.

I do not begin to think i am "cured" I will always deal with this struggle. I still have nuts and SF ice cream in the house (also regular ice cream for hubby but i wouldnt eat it since I react so violently to sugar). Let me pose you a question:

Is this progress? or am in just substituting since I cant be trusted with the nuts?

I am seeing it as progress for today. Happy clean eating to all....pitter patter upstairs!
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    Woohoo! I think its great! I like the idea of filling the box with other stuff... Also add progress pix, pictures of fun activities you can now do that you are healthy, clippings that illustrate goals or fun things you WANT to do and need to stay healthy for....

    1914 days ago
    I think you should fill the binge box with something else - not food. Fill it with stuff that you can do when you feel the urge to binge. For example, put a book of crossword puzzles in there, put the phone #s of your friends and family in there, fill it with nail polish. Fill it with activities you can do instead of binge. How does that sound?

    I'm just like you with the nut butters. I can't keep them in the house because I will eat them out of the jar with a spoon!
    1915 days ago
    I think it's all progress, dearie!! I'm proud of you for removing temptation. It's just a stumbling block in your path to a healthier you!! I think you should avoid things that you know will cause you to overdo it (for awhile, anyway)... but if you can find a suitable substitute, go for it! As long as it satisfies the craving and doesn't awaken the monster.
    1915 days ago
    I have to get the nut butters with not sugar in them (sugar causes me sever intestinal pain), but i still cant trust myself withthem. Ill eat an entire jar. I would like one day to be able to eat these things in moderation, but i need to do a lot of mental/internal/soul searching work before I get there. So even having it in the house for me is like giving myself permission to binge on it when the time comes. But I am no longer bingeing on flour and sugar items since I have learned that I physically cannot tolerate them. Right now i am seeing that as progress. Thanks for the input!
    1915 days ago
    I see it as progress. There's no way a box of binge food would survive 24 hours in my house...I'd feel the 'need' to eat it I am VERY proud of your restraint and awareness!!!

    Awesome, you are such an inspiration!
    1915 days ago
    Be careful with nut butters though! Too much can be detrimental to the diet. They are so delicious though and definitely a great option in moderation.
    1915 days ago
    I would look at this as progress! I am one giant sweet tooth and it I threw out all of my guilty pleasures right now, I think I would die. Have you thought of some similar healthy(?) options as a stepping stone? When I need a caramel or chocolate fix, I eat one of the Skinny Cow Dark Chocolate Clusters packs--120 cal for like 5 clusters. Sometimes I only eat half!

    Good luck! Happy snacking!
    1915 days ago
    Sometimes you just need to totally let go of something to know that you can. Over time it gets less important. A few years ago, I noticed TV prompted me to sit too much and was talking about food so much that I was always feeling hungry. Now I read, go for walks, do errands...was that substitution or just finding a healthier lifestyle?

    We each need to do what works with our need to label it, just know we made changes that did lead to progress!

    P.S. if you love the taste of nuts - mixing nut butters half and half with canned pumpkin or greek yogurt gives you the flavor but with much fewer calories. Pumpkin goes with peanut butter very well and the yogurt I love with cashew butter.
    1915 days ago
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