Sunday, June 01, 2014
A while ago there was a special report on the morning news about new research and thinking on alcoholism and how, now, some think that alcoholics can at some point return to occasional social drinking. They interviewed a local specialist who totally disagreed and thought that this was not only not true but very dangerous to the recovering alcoholic. Then he said something that really stuck with me - " an alcoholic doesn't WANT one glass of wine; he wants FIVE." In the past I have said that I have a lot of willpower. I quit smoking! If I could just quit eating then it would be easy for me to lose weight. That's what makes dieting so hard-you always have to eat.
But now I've come to realize that you have to give up a certain KIND of eating. I related to the above quote because I can say that I don't WANT one bowl of ice cream; I want FIVE. One book I read (thanks to Kanoe) Called this "thrill eating". There is a scene from " My 600 Pound Life" that shows a woman eating doughnuts and it is almost too difficult for me to watch because I can totally relate to the experience - the taste, the textures, the sugar rush. I taped it so I can remind myself what thrill eating is and what I have to give up.
I think that is what makes a trigger food a trigger food- you don't really want that food per se you want the experience of over eating that food. There are plenty of foods that are good and satisfying in normal amounts. If I keep myself satisfied with them, and don't get too hungry at anytime, I don't have the urge to binge. If I start getting really hungry my mind starts to roam to bad foods.
They say that you should never ban a certain food, but I think you can say I choose not to eat certain foods. I don't want it vs I can't have it.