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Alcoholism in the News Related to Dieting

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.
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    I think that if there are certain foods that make us lose control, then we should avoid them instead of trying to control our intake. You hit the nail on the head when you said we don't just want to eat these foods -- we want to OVEREAT them. Yep, a trigger is much more than a food we like...it's a food that affects us like a drug.

    1306 days ago
    Excellent blog and very insightful! So true about "don't want it vs can't have it." After several attempts (several days to several weeks) I'm officially off of wheat 100% as of June 1. I feel great, all cravings gone, and no longer require any snacking because I'm satisfied for 4-6 hours at a time. The book 'Wheat Belly' explains the why's- although I don't look at that book/author (or any) as a Bible- just a reference point. I disagree with several of his beliefs. (oats and quinoa are fine for me) I also don't think EVERYONE needs to go off wheat (or whatever) as the author suggests. I just know for ME I feel like a new person when I'm off it. My husband does not have the sensitivities or food issues that I have, so he can have his wheat and does fine with it. I'm doing this for life and in stages, so I have a planned date for several other items that set me off (corn is next) it involves so much more than an ear of corn- corn is used as a filler and junk carb in many gluten free and other foods. Good job YOU on listening to your own body and doing what works for you! HUGS.
    1323 days ago
    emoticon There are definitely trigger foods. I think the way you are looking at it is spot on. " I don't not I can't" Important to remember.
    1328 days ago
    It isn't just the food, it is the reason we go to them which is the suppressed thoughts and feelings we don't want to deal with which are surfacing. Food is avoidance. Food is a drug. The word "food" here is in error because what is eaten during this time isn't food - it's chemicals, fat, sugar and salt all rolled up in a neat little package.

    Plant based diet is the best thing on the planet to truly feed our bodies.

    Dealing with the suppressed thoughts of guilt, fear, abandonment, despair that surface is the best way to nip a binge in the bud.
    1328 days ago
    good insight - worth thinking about!
    1328 days ago
    "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. "

    Wow! I'd not thought of it this way, but it sure resonates with me, too! Thanks for the thought.
    1328 days ago
    That is a great analogy. And so true! With me it Is"all or nothing" - there is no in between.
    1328 days ago
  • THIN133
    What a great blog !!! It's all so true & relatable ! Thank you for sharing your knowledge & thoughts ..it's truly insightful & helpful !
    1328 days ago
    I can really relate to your comments. There are certain foods that also trigger overeating even when I know I'm full so I agree it's not about eating one (or until full) but the eating itself. emoticon emoticon
    1328 days ago
    Well said! It's true, we must all eat. However, at some point, the eating becomes discretionary, and many of us get into trouble.
    How fortunate I am to be a person who has access to so much food! emoticon
    1328 days ago
    Well said! I'm a former smoker and I know darn well that I can never have just one again. I kind of like the idea of applying that principle to a few specific foods. You've given me something to think about.

    1328 days ago
    What an insightful blog. I have to agree with you - when I go to a buffet, I don't want to sample a little of everything - I want to sample a LOT of everything. That is why I try to avoid buffets...
    1328 days ago
    Excellent blog! I agree with your viewpoint! Thanks for sharing!!!
    1328 days ago
    emoticon I've never binged on apples! There are certain trigger foods that I enjoy out, or with others (pizza) and there are foods I choose not to eat at all. I do best when I keep my foods simple and "eat clean" as few additives as possible. Basically that means minimal processed foods. No, we can't give up food; as others do drinking and smoking. But we can give up those that are harmful to us, that's pretty simple, but it's not easy!!
    1328 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Very interesting blog. Thanks for sharing that perspective. There are so many kinds of eating disorders and people never think of obesity as an eating disorder but obviously it can be an addictive type of problem.
    1329 days ago
    I quit smoking 8 1/2 years ago it took many attempts but I'm mostly never think of it there are times I have (sad to say) so I would say an alcoholic should not drink and I struggle with Coca Cola and sweets more now which is strange because I hardly ate these things being young and thin. As far as food I would take overweight anytime over smoking, but have to admit eventually weight has to be dealt with. emoticon emoticon
    1329 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That was well said and so true. I also have given up many kinds of trigger foods. Like you I would not be happy with one bite..but would want many more. There is a definite correlation to being addicted to alcohol. I also learned that staying away from these foods led me to finally stop bingeing. I am glad the book helped you. It helped me as well.
    1329 days ago
    Unfortunately I have experience with alcoholics and one of the things they tell families when a member is in rehab - think about you and your diet, then think about their struggle. So one is too many and 1000 is not enough
    1329 days ago
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