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Taming the Sweet Tooth Challenge - Blog 1 - Don't read if you're trying to avoid trigger foods!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

I've already admitted I'm an addict: wheat, gluten, potatoes, dairy, sugar, caffeine - all these foods are dangerous for me because once I start I can't stop, and indulging in 'a little' leads to wanting more again and again - another fix!

I took 18 months to wean myself off all these things - I lost 20lbs and felt great - so many health benefits (aches and pains gone, arthritis, headaches, body odour, piles, etc etc). But, guess what? because we live in a world where these things are presented to us all the time - along with emotional ribbons and bows - they've crept back in!

So, I've joined the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge - and one of the actions is to blog at least 3 times a week about my relationship with sugar et al.

Today I have (had to?) bought food to offer guests at tea time today. These are ALL trigger foods for me:
4 cheese scones
1 packet of choc chip cookies
1 pack butter

I know that I am likely to (a) eat some of these with my guests and (b) finish off the rest when they're gone.

I am contemplating the idea of throwing the left-overs away ................ this is a very, very painful idea - and I also know that I am capable of going into the bin later to get them out again! Help! This is a real addictive thing - the thoughts that make it possible to get that fix are amazingly ingenious! I really don't even want to share them with other people - even at the same time as I don't want to eat them at all, I want to eat ALL of them!

I will edit this post later and record what actually happened.

Later: My guests have gone, two scones went with them and I consumed one with my friend who stayed for tea (after our house-meeting). The biscuits are unopened - and I am going to take them to work tomorrow to share at the staff meeting (and not eat any of them!). One friend brought me two oranges - no problem. Another brought me a box of 8 cereal bars - 100kcals each sweetened with Maltitol......... I had one with my tea (with my friend). The ingredient list includes barley malt, glycerol, maltodextrin ............ sounds like sugar to me!

So - here's the plan

biscuits - to work for other people to eat
cereal bars - chucked 'em in the bin - I don't want to inflict them on anyone else after reading about Maltitol!
butter - keep to use moderately (I don't eat it on it's own or in large quantities)

I enjoyed the cheese scone with butter, and the cereal bar I ate with my friend.
The challenge now is to stay on the level.

I am going to do my strength training - then make myself a raw courgette (zucchini) meal with a vegan pesto, followed by an orange and a kiwi fruit.

Then I am going to have a footbath and pamper my feet before I go to bed.

I re-read an article I had saved in my 'favourites' from the wellbeing section - on starting my sentences with "I". "I am choosing not to eat the cookies, because I know that eating them would make me feel bad."

Even later: I DID do the strength training. I didn't do the raw meal. I opened the fridge and saw some lovely Spring Greens I'd got in my veg box on Friday - so I steamed a heap of them and ate them with three rashers of Cheatin' Bacon (vegan) and some pepper sauce - delish! Then I ate the fruit for dessert. (also tracked it all) Feel quite victorious!

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DS9KIE 3/18/2013 9:54AM

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JERICHO1991 3/17/2013 10:38PM

    Sounds like a good job sticking to your plan!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 3/17/2013 5:42PM

    I am wheat and gluten free with low dairy at the moment and it's tough, we are doing a weekly challenge on Sou'Westers, you would be very welcome to join us. I am doing dairy next week. Our week starts on a Tuesday. Have a good evening. emoticon

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INNERJETTIC 3/17/2013 4:14PM

    You're a brave lady for being honest. I can relate.

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MONGO2TEN 3/17/2013 11:14AM

    Good luck on your tea. I've found I have to keep away from sugar at certain points in my life. Other times it's not an issue. I've had a hard time of it since January, but hubby wants his sweets around. I'm good as long as I don't take that first taste!
~Nancy

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RAWCOOKIE 3/17/2013 9:31AM

    Thank you for your support. I just re-read an article in the psychology section on using "I" to describe what happens. It occurs to me that as a vegetarian I have no trouble at all in saying 'no' to meat, or in throwing it away! It's these triggers that are the demons for me! I know that the sugar/fat/wheat combo is now proven to be an addictive combo - so I'm not just a 'weak' person!
Anyway, your comments have encouraged me to deal with this today!
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KENTUCKYWOMAN 3/17/2013 8:39AM

    How about if you hate to throw the food away...and I totally am with you on that. Do you perhaps have a elderly neighbor that might enjoy these treats. Or send the stuff home with your guest. I do that all the time. Even if you have to throw it out, it is still better than your eating it and then hating yourself. Keep us posted.

Joan

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JGRAY76 3/17/2013 8:30AM

    It's painful to throw food away but sometimes that's what it takes to support your effort until you are strong enough to resist. But if you don't give or throw them away and you don't want to eat them, why would you let them stay in your pantry? Take them to work or give them to friends.

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