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my name is valarie and AM I an addict?????


Friday, July 18, 2014

I am just so beyond ready to get back to healthy eating and eliminating the junk from my life and the toxins from my body.
And I will not be tricked by my mind into believing I am hungry when I know I am full and I wont give in to cravings for that junk.
It is a detox, they call it that for a reason, junk food is just as addictive as cigs and alcohol.
I have been listening to this singer named Jason Isbell, and he sings alot about drug addiction and recovery from that and alcohol abuse.
and while listening to those songs, I find the words inspiring to me in my struggle to overcome food abuse and self abuse.
Because ultimately, no matter what the vice is, addiction is real and why is it we give pity and understanding and offer help to someone who is a drug addict who is struggling, but a food addict, who back slides, is just a pig, or a glutton, we laugh at pics of overweight people in bathing suits, but not at the pic of the wino homeless on the streets.
The young kids who get addicted to their parents prescription pills in the medicine cabinet, we try to get them help, but the overweight children being picked on, who helps them??

I bet there is no answer to those questions that I havent told myself a million times.
well we just have to deal with our own demons. whatever the reason is that we eat, or gamble or cheat, or steal or get high for. Well, onto healthier thoughts------(we just try to ignore the elephant somehow)!
Last night, realizing I had red, yellow and orange bell peppers in the refridge, that had been there a week at least, I decided to make a nice sauce.
So, I added some oregano and some mushrooms and onions, and olive oil. I added some ground beef, and ground pepper, both black and red.
I put it all in the crock pot and let it cook.
Honey had a bowl of the sauce alone when he came in from work at 4am, but my plan had been to cook some whole wheat pasta and have it for dinner.
I think I like cooking sauces and other foods in the crock pot.
Next I am going to make some non-rolled cabbage rolls, adding basically the same ingredients as before, only with brown rice and cabbage, if you like added flavor, you can add spicy rice, and myself, I always add a can of some kind of beans, usually just Lucks pinto beans, but red beans or black works too.
After that, I am going to make some chicken breasts, I add the mushroom onion pepper mix, but leave out the sauce, although some people enjoy marinara on chicken.
I usually add veggies and chicken broth and make more of a soup.
And I add carrots to everything, sometimes celery, but always carrots!!
So, planning out all these veggie laden meals, I have to get my veggies in and sometimes I just add a big bag of frozen mixed veggies, although to me they taste too waxy, so I prefer fresh.
I plan on getting more than my 5 servings of veggies, I plan on focusing my meals around the veggies.
And today I plan to stick to my calories, I will eliminate alot of processed foods, such as the frozen dinners I have been having.
Not that I dont love them.
Pecan chicken is a favorite of mine.
Water, veggies and fresh fruit is a must for me. but I cant forget my protein right now either.
I guess I enjoy reading blogs and articles and researching foods.
Any helpful hints from friends are welcome.
Hope everyone enjoys the weekend.
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SARAHSTORY23 7/19/2014 9:46PM

    I've been struggling with similar thoughts. It's funny that I can actually ignore hunger pangs but can't seem to avoid eating when stressed. Hang in there, and thank you for your input. For me, and I think for many others, writing about the journey helps work things through.

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GORDON66 7/18/2014 2:42PM

  Obesity has finally been labeled a disease. That being the case the health insurance industry will find it prudent to help tackle the problem. With Obamacare being the law of the land, this should get interesting. Since comedians continue to make fun of people with weight issues, there will others who will not take the problem seriously. As for Dr. Laura, her statement is just plain stupid and insensitive. An emotional addiction to food is extremely complicated and takes a lot of work to conquer.

I seriously LOVE my crockpot!!! I use it all the time. Check the Cooking Light and Eating Well websites for tons of recipes and ideas.

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GREEN-EYED-LADY 7/18/2014 12:06PM

    Very interesting blog how addiction to food is as real as other addictions such as alcohol, nicotine, gambling, narcotics, shopping. I never really thought about it that way because we all need food to live but WHAT you eat or HOW MUCH you eat certainly can get out of control. Thanks for pointing that out. ANY addiction is certainly difficult to recover from. I don't think it's "easy" to just STOP. You HAVE to eat, right ? Dr. Phil says you don't just quit a bad habit, but rather replace it with a healthier option. Definitely all your veggies are the perfect option ! You are on the right track. emoticon

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/18/2014 10:50AM

    Oh yes, food addiction is very real. Like you said, we all have demons to fight. Your crockpot meal sounds quite yummy.

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CLAIRELINN 7/18/2014 10:34AM

    I too am trying to figure out what causes me to eat... For me it's mostly stress... To sate my stress I eat sugar and salty foods. Once I start on that train...it's hard to stop. But...like I heard on Dr. Laura the other day... "What do you do to stop something?" She says...'You just stop. It's just that easy." I guess Nancy Reagan wasn't so far off when she said..."Just don't do it." :)

Wishing you the best!

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