I posed the question yesterday whether I should focus on rewarding a Wheat Free streak vs. a Binge Free streak. When I first implemented the reward jar ( wp.me/p1N36Q-71
), I said I would focus on rewarding NOT binge eating because that was the behavior that was more distressing to me.
However, that was two months ago. I now have an additional two months worth of reading and learning under my belt, including actually having the Wheat Belly book in hand. (Well, “on Nook” wp.me/p1N36Q-cy
). It’s clear to me now that I need to treat the cause, not the symptom.
Another reason I’m changing my focus – I did not make my 14 day streak. With only hours to spare, I gave in to my cravings for Macaroni Salad and Chicken Francese. At least I stayed away from the cake.
What. The. Hell. So, either way, I’m back to square one on both accounts.
While I do get a lot of helpful information from the Wheat Belly blog, there is one thing I’m frustrated by. Dr. Davis shares a lot of success stories, but all of them seem to be by people who have effortlessly cut out wheat. Am I the only one struggling to quit cold turkey? Given his post yesterday on “Re-exposure” -
and this one from over a year ago with a fairly vivid description about Re-exposure syndrome
– I believe I’m not alone.
Actually, just reading through some of the comments on these posts verifies it. It would be great if I could go back to “Barb” or “Erin” and find out if they were ever able to get beyond 4 or 5 days wheat free – and if remaining Wheat Free has been as life changing for them as I think it might be for me.
Perhaps I can find stories in other ways:
1. Online communities – SparkPeople “Teams” exist for just about everything people might want to talk about – including Wheat Belly.
2. Meetups – I mentioned before that I was excited to find a Gluten Free Meetup group near me. I have been debating going to the next meeting at the end of this month- it’s a Gluten Free cooking demo at a Health Coach’s office, and it’s $15 to go – not expensive, but I’d prefer to check out a free meeting first.
3. Nutritionist: Well, maybe this will help or maybe it won’t. I found out my health insurance will cover three appointments with a registered dietician. I found one that might work for me through a referral and am meeting with her next week – and, surprisingly, convinced my husband to come along to hear what she has to say.
And maybe this blog will uncover some stories from those who are struggling. If you happen to be yo-yoing with wheat as I am, feel free to leave your story in the comments section.