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Why carbs suck...and why bad carbs suck even more...for me!

Monday, April 29, 2013

So I've been pretty good at eating clean for almost a year now. Every now and then, I'll make an exception and have some cakes, cookies, & ice cream, because, well hey, I'm not a Monk!

One of the great things I've noticed since eating clean and not partaking in junk carbs especially, is how my appetite has stabilized....I pretty much eat only when I'm hungry and stop eating when I'm not hungry....what a concept.

I also know that with certain foods (for me it's carbs) I don't stop eating them...even when I "feel" full. When I eat veggies & proteins, something kicks in to my brain that says, "Stop, you're full"

But when I start eating bread (fresh, hot out of the oven bread, with some butter melting into all the crevices....Ahhhhh heaven), or brownies (worse than potato chips, can't eat just one!), or soft, chewy cookies, generously overflowing with chocolate chips (big hunks of dark chocolate), well I'm all in.

So I do best by just saying "NO"....and it's usually been pretty easy, especially once I got over the daily overload I had been so used to for years.

Today, my secretary, a wonderful woman, worth her weight in gold, who saves my bacon on a daily basis, brings in a batch of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cookies...soft baked cookies with a mini peanut butter cup baked right into them....still warm in their Tupperware container.

Apparently today was the last day of a 20-something front office intern/assistant and so she thought it would be nice to bring in some snacks....4 big fat Tupperware containers filled with these evil cookies.

Throughout the year, I've survived her Christmas holiday baking (chocolate peppermint snaps, Heath bar crunch brownies, chocolate almond brittle), her Thanksgiving desserts (Pecan Pie and Red Velvet Cakes), even her occasional "I just felt like baking this weekend" Monday surprise....each time I would just walk to the coffee bar, fill my mug with Joe, give a disapproving glance at her latest offering of baked goods, and walk back into my office chiding her for once again giving in to her evil desires to bake, bake, bake, and bake!

So I don't know why today, of all these times of just saying no, I just said, "sure, what the hell", grabbed 2 and chomped them down....then grabbed 2 more and took them back to my office....then 10 minutes later, on the pretense of sending a report back to her for corrections, I grabbed 2 more.

I was hooked...I am hooked....I'm a junkie and I know it....I'm not like normal people, I can't have just one and be done with it....carbs breed the desire for more carbs in my brain and in my body.

Thankfully I broke the cycle by breaking open my lunch bag and eating the grilled chicken breasts SWMBO made this weekend. (OK, so later in the afternoon I had 2 more of the peanut butter cup beasts.....the last two I must say and that put an end to the frenzy.) Finally, I drank my protein shake, then went to the gym to lift (heavy chest & shoulders today....I needed that after the extra 800 calories of frenzied snacking)

As always, it's a good reminder for me...I know my triggers, I know my habits, I know that the best path for me is to not cross the bridge that has dragons on the other side....I only get burned when I do!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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HANSBRINK 4/30/2013 6:54PM

  Its like a slippery slope.

I had one co-worker who would bring in red velvet cupcakes every Friday. He would insult me if I did not take one. Eventually, I would just take the cupcake, palm it, and then throw it in the trash in the lunch room. And I hate (!) wasting food. Goes back to the "starving student" days.

Sparkpeople's entry "How to Say No to Food Pushers" did not work with him. He loved to argue. So it became useless to politely say no.

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/30/2013 5:20PM

    At least you stopped...eventually. I don't even go to the baked goods section or bread aisle anymore, I just do not have them in the house because temptation will sneak up and sucker punch me. All it takes is one small slip and the carb frenzy begins.

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EXOTEC 4/30/2013 9:43AM

    makes "evil eye"

Oh, I can SO relate! My weakness isn't for the sweet carbs, but it's almost more than I can bear to go through a grocery's bakery - especially when something's cookin'! omg Or, gods forfend, family members cooking bread. mmmm slathered with butter ... ohhhh my....

but! you say:
"I'm a junkie and I know it....I'm not like normal people, I can't have just one and be done with it....carbs breed the desire for more carbs in my brain and in my body."
and that's where you're wrong! Carbs ARE addictive. Physically addictive, not just a result of conditioning. Carbs do indeed breed the desire for more carbs. Once I slip on that slope, no amount of eating them will satisfy the crave. Grains (of any kind, whether they append the "healthy" adjective to them or not) are NOT healthy, and are especially problematic (particularly wheat). There are factors in them which stimulate the same pathways in our brain that opiates yes, they are indeed addictive. Physically so. And, just like any other addict, you can't just limit them - you have to gather your resolve and just STOP. Try telling a smoker to just have a couple a day. Try telling a crack user to go to a party and only partake a tiny amount. Not happenin'. Doesn't happen for carb addicts, either.

Yes, you can limit carbs to a certain extent. But (like myself), once an addict, always an addict. I will have to guard against this all my remaining years. Hopefully there will be many of those left to have to guard through, now that I understand the foundation. Don't allow yourself to feel you've failed some test when you succumb to these types of attacks. You can't overcome metabolism with willpower. You just have to learn how to avoid allowing yourself to be put in situations where you're unlikely to win the skirmish. That's been the most difficult thing for me.

Kudos to you for managing it well most of the time! and don't beat yourself up when "these things happen." Pick yourself up and reset the resolve.
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MJLUVSANIMALS 4/30/2013 9:41AM

    You need a new secretary. One that is watching their weight like you are. This ones evil! lol

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EXOTEC 4/30/2013 9:26AM

    why won't they let us delete these! arrrgh!

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EXOTEC 4/30/2013 9:25AM

    so sorry --- this thing posted a zillion times - no idea why!

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PLMITCH 4/30/2013 9:03AM

    Makes you wonder if there is something to be said for the term "carb additct"? I know how you is amazing how the "bad" carbs call out and say "EAT ME!"

But the good news is you are aware of of the issue and I'm sure you have (as I have) come up with strategies to not let it become a daily habit.

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BEECHNUT13 4/30/2013 8:43AM

    Last night I had four pieces of pizza followed by three cookies and some gummy words. Pal, you are not alone. I cannot get near crappy carbs. They do me in.

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ADZY86 4/30/2013 8:39AM

    Ouch! That would be me all over, once I pop I just can't stop! So I can't even go there!

Just like someone else said though, it's so weird how that kind of food just doesn't interest me on a daily basis like it used to. The Partner in my office bought in 6 dozen Kripsy Kreme doughnuts on Monday for his birthday! 6 DOZEN! They were sitting in the kitchen all day, staring at me every time I went to make a cup of tea (which is a lot, mini green tea addict here). But they didn't appeal to me not one bit! In fact, the boxes were all open from where people had been taking them, but left them open, and I went and shut all the lids cos I kept thinking 'they're going to get so dry and hard if they're left out like this too long!'. That's it! They didn't look tasty or anything. RESULT!

But when I just decide I want it, for no reason whatsoever (as in, it's not that I'm craving it, I just decide I feel like it), that's when it all goes downhill.

Good for you for just picking up from where you left off. Hoping you won't have to deal with horrible cravings the next 24-48 hours.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 4/30/2013 8:12AM

    First, you need to put a warning at the top of this blog:

WARNING: This blog contains FOOD PORN - Read at your own peril

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I'm still drooling over your ode to the warm bread and of my triggers (with a mother who is full Italian and who loves to cook and bake like one...this has been a problem all my life!)

Next, you need to read the blog by NELLJONES entitled "It's not the Reeses but the obsession"

She is a great lady who has kept off 30 lbs for decades and she has some fabulous observations about Reeses and their addictive quality that you might want to look at....

Finally, you might consider giving your secretary a pay raise on the condition that she forever more donate the product of her baking obsession to the local hospital, church or food pantry.

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p.s. and agree with VALERIEMAHA - Kudos for doing really, really well most of the time!!

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GIANTMICROBE 4/30/2013 7:55AM

    I didn't realize we were talking about peanut butter cup COOKIES here. OMG. I would have just taken all the containers and locked myself in a closet and went to town. Peanut butter cups= ultimate weakness. Cookies= ultimate weakness. Put them together? Look out people.

While I am here anyway I loved your comment on my blog. I have a pin that says "If I pass out, someone note my time!"

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BERGBA7 4/30/2013 2:57AM

    As you can see by all the blog comments that state the same thing... you are like many normal people. I am still fighting this devil too. At least you are one step further than many normal people - you realize what is happening!

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STRONG_SARAH 4/30/2013 2:33AM

    I love those cookies! Yikes, it would be hard for me to resist also. You said "I'm not like normal people, I can't have just one and be done with it" but I think 'normal' people are like us. If having one and resisting the rest was the norm, most people wouldn't be on a diet!

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    I swear it's like you stole a page from my book here. Once I have 1 'dessert/treat' item I have a hard time stopping.

The less sugar I ingest, the sweeter fruits are, and the less processed foods I eat (I still love my cheeses and bacon!) the less I enjoy the taste of them. In fact, I hadn't had bottled salad dressing in a couple weeks and I had it the other day and went.... .... I swear I liked this flavour a month ago, but now it tastes really sweet and salty.

Oh, and I haven't been able to further test the 'higher limit calorie' theory I had going, as I am in the process of carb loading the 2 days prior to my long runs of 18k and over. That is a hell-beast in and of itself. 100ish grams more carbs/day, fewer protein and fat- I prefer eating lower carb but I have to admit to a SERIOUS performance improvement, better feeling throughout my run, and post-run recovery. Aaaah glycogen, the runner's energy. But the bloat, carb-hunger and scale-angst is the downside.
(note a marked difference in nutrient balance between this past Fri/Sat in the tracker vs pretty much any other day of this or last week)

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AUNTWILLIE 4/29/2013 11:23PM

    It could have been worse. I'm afraid I might have cleaned her out. I may have nightmares tonight. Awful.
Ok, you did give in and have some, but you regained your self control and did what you knew you needed to do.
You indeed ARE an unconquerable warrior.

Remember that the next time she bakes.

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 4/29/2013 10:59PM

    Oh, goodness! We've all fallen into that trap, though! This past weekend I just completely gave in. Had a HUGE brunch at Hash House with a friend, chocolate chocolate chip pancakes for dinner (homemade from scratch) and ice cream for dessert. I definitely felt it on my run today, so a fabulous reminder. It's okay to give in every now and then, though. And actually, the longer you eat clean the easier it becomes to NOT give in because the side effects are so much worse! lol

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IRISHBEANERGAL 4/29/2013 10:23PM

    Yep - 1 cookie and I'm hooked. As long as I don't start, I usually don't need to *finish*

During my new eating plan I haven't even wanted to eat, let alone eat crap... Funny, today I had to buy the office cheesecake (caramel pecan) and some other things - doughnuts, etc... basically crap. I brought it in, put it on the counter and walked out. Just not interesting to me. Weirdest sensation yet...if someone had bet me I would do that, I'd have lost because I wouldn't have bet on me... like I said.. very weird, and yet very empowering!

Stay strong - hope you enjoyed your lifting session!


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MYLADY4 4/29/2013 10:16PM

    Eating when you body tells you and stopping when full ROCKS!!!! The old "rules" eating breakfast right away in the morning and every 2-3 hours is so wrong just like the bad carbs you ate.

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ANASARI 4/29/2013 10:13PM

    Hey, nothin' wrong when you have an object reminder of why we're here, doing all this. Great that you just kept it to one day. You will bounce back in no time, and next time will remember the pain! lol :)

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SPUNKYDUCKY 4/29/2013 10:07PM

    I will also admit to being a junkie - chocolate is my heroin! Sometimes we end up being human...

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LISAINMS 4/29/2013 10:02PM

    I can keep walking by them... until I have one. Then all bets are off.

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VALERIEMAHA 4/29/2013 9:52PM

    It's a familiar story....Kudos to your overcoming spirit MOST of the time!!!

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WOUBBIE 4/29/2013 9:48PM


Oh, the cookies.....

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