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a carb addict's cry for help

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I knew I had a thing for pastries and cakes, but I didn't know that I am completely and absolutely addicted to carbohydrates. Even when I am not eating sweets, the foods I gravitate to are carb heavy. I know that is the reason my belly is so big. It has nothing to do with shape and everything to do with diet. I recently converted my old BodyBugg account to the new, more efficient Body Media software. After logging my meals today, I graphed out at 55% Carb content. That is ridiculous! I only had 19% of my meals coming from protein sources. That should completely flipped. I know I can't stop cold turkey but I need to figure out something. A piece of meat doesn't sound good without a potato next to eat. I was one of those kids that had a plate full of side items at Thanksgiving and only a sliver of turkey. I wish I could do better.
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    I feel ya. I could eat nothing but bread for the rest of my life and I'm pretty sure that I would be happy. Incredibly and ridiculously unhealthy, but happy.
    1732 days ago
    I'm a carb addict too -- especially an emotional carb addict eater.

    I visited my nuritionist yesterday to begin again. I defintely know carbs are not my friend as they lead to lots of over-eating, especially at night. Heck, even during the afternoon at work.

    We came up with a plan and began tracking again.

    I have about 30 pounds to lose.
    1732 days ago
  • ELMA1913
    Sometimes all I want are carbs - is this our bodies way of telling us something? Always wondered about that. I really need to be strict with my intake of them though, and when fruit and even some veggies (like broccoli and kale) have a high carb rate it means that I really need to limit the amount of potatoes or rice.
    1732 days ago
    That's so weird because, despite being a carb addict myself, my favorite part has ALWAYS been meat.

    Do more interesting things with your meat, make them full of flavor. Fiance and I love to marinade meat and then cook it up because it's so much more than just "grilled chicken" or "broiled fish" or whatever.

    Also, try more mixed dishes. SparkRecipes has this Mexican Skillet which is awesome--pre-cooked rice and ground beef (or turkey) and spinach and seasonings all cooked together in a pan. You watch what your carb intake in those types of recipes by lowering the carb content or uping anything else.
    1732 days ago
  • ADZY86
    I'm also a complete carb-addict! I just can't limit myself. Once I eat one carby thing, I just wanna eat eat and eat some more! Even just having a 'healthy' carb, like brown rice, leads to me wanting to devour crisps, chocolate and sweets emoticon I'm one of those people who will just need to keep an eye on it forever, otherwise I will eat myself into oblivion.
    1732 days ago
  • BECCA315
    Why is it that we crave the food or type of food that does the worst amount of damage? I, too, am a carb addict. And when I try to go cold-turkey, it ends up backfiring on me, and I lose all motivation for anything. The best I can do is try to fill up on healthy carbs first - freggies - and then eat the less-desirable kind... Becca
    1733 days ago
    FYI not everyone agrees that you need to consume so much protein. There are lots of professionals that think 20% is plenty for a non-bodybuilder.

    Perhaps you could just make your carbs the healthiest carbs and not think of them as bad foods.
    1733 days ago
    Good luck with cutting back on the carbs. I try to eat at the lower end of my recommended range by SP. I am not always successful but I keep on trying. If I could maintain a 40-45% range I would be so very happy. Now all I have to do is come up with a plan. Keep on trying and please share with me if you find the perfect plan.
    1733 days ago
  • SUMMER2203
    i am COMPLETELY addicted to carbs. i tried to reintroduce them in my diet last week, and it was a total failure haha. i get my carbs now from fruit and brown rice or wild rice rice cakes, and quinoa (rarely). these seem to be the only things that dont lead me to eating WAY too much.
    1734 days ago
    The problem is I can't eat carbs in moderation! I become a fiend. I like the idea of focusing on what I can add to my diet rather than take away. And I adore the idea of doing more soups because that will help me get my protein (with chicken, turkey, beans or lentils) and my veggies and it will help me stay full longer.
    1734 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    You don't have to give up your carbs. Just eat them in moderation! emoticon
    1735 days ago
    SparkPeople wants you at 50% carbs, but good carbs like whole grains and beans.
    If you go too low you'll have less energy, and then you start craving food to give you extra energy. So be careful with that.
    I've always loved meat and get way too much protein. Your body only need so much for muscle health. Now I eat more whole grain stuff. Still don't like beans, oh well....
    We're all different, so whatever works for you.
    Spark on!

    1735 days ago
    I agree with Merry Xmas. If it really bothers you, then maybe try and slowly cut back. Instead of crackers or chips with lunch(if that's your thing, but you get the idea), sub carrots and greek yogurt or something for that crunchyness. If you're still losing and feeling healthy, then I honestly see no harm in eating all the carbs you want, as long as you're getting other nutrition in too. I never meet my protein intake either, but never have a problem with carbs. Would I like to improve the protein? Of course. But some days and weeks, a girl just wants bread and cheese damn it. :)

    You're a rock star. You got this!
    1735 days ago
    You know, I think that this is a problem for a lot of us. Carbs- especially the naughty kinds are super addictive. I have a friend who did the GAPS diet to help with this dilemma. Its tough. Its one of those elimination diets except you start with one thing at a time. The main premise of the diet actually is to heal your intenstinal track and any mental issues (depression, bi-polar, etc). Her son is Austistic and they've noticed an extreme change in his behavior. Anyhow, she says that once she got on the diet for a while she stopped craving all those things. It starts with home- made soup and then adds on things as you go. At any rate, when I've had homemade soup every day, I've noticed that carbs aren't as big of an issue. Same with when I'm having fresh juice. At least not after the first few days. Sometimes I wonder if this huge cravings is actually our body's way of telling us that we are missing a certain nutrient and thus we crave carbs. Not sure...just a thought. Maybe take a total look at your diet and see if something is missing...
    1735 days ago
  • EMILY0724
    As a carb lover myself, I know where you're coming from. In the past, most of my carbs were of the unhealthy variety--sweets!

    If you track your food (and this REALLY helps), you will see where the carb calories are coming from. Set a goal to limit the sweets and bread. Sparkpeople emphasizes "all things in moderation" and "there are no bad foods." By limiting them, you can still have your carbs and lose weight.
    1735 days ago
    I concentrated on adding before I took away. They told me fiber would help keep me full, and so would lean protein. It helped physically, but it helped more emotionally/mentally. It made it easier to accept smaller amounts of carb overall for the day. I never did go no/low carb. Just less.
    1735 days ago
    I love carbs too, but have been trying to be extra careful and staying at the bottom of the range for them. I find I do well if I save my fun kind of carbs for later in the day, that way I am not tempted to overheat all day.
    1735 days ago
    The protein intake usually never meets the goal for me. I love carbs and I eat them, but with moderation. I chose to follow a nutrition plan that I'm gonna follow for the rest of my life and I know that eating less carbs would make me very very unhappy and unsatisfied.

    I have the numbers in mind and I try to make good choices, but carbs is a pleasure which I'm not willing to cut off...

    1735 days ago
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