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1/4/13 2:51 P

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Jacquiclaire,
if you have been able to quite alcohol and smoking before then by comparison wheat and sugar may not be as bad as you might fear. The key difference is that it is very easy to find substitutes for wheat and even grains in general, you can use nutflours and coconut flours instead, although more home-cooking is required because wheat and sugar are in every processed food. A healthier substitute for sugar is Xylitol.
Modern wheat, even more than sugar, has been genetically altered to hook into the opiate receptors in your brain to make you crave more of it, just without the high.
As the author of the book "Wheatbelly", William Davis explains in one of his blogs, eating wheat only occasionally is like have safe sex, but only on the weekend, eating only whole grain wheat is like smoking on filter cigarettes, not really much healthier for you.

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1/4/13 1:57 P

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Thanks Bapsann and Houndlover for your comments.

Houndlover I will definately go and look at that link. I have considered giving wheat and sugar up before but it seems so scary, maybe now is the time. Alcohol is the main thing to give up between alcohol and smoking becuase the only time I smoke is if I have a glass of wine. I have always given up smoking and drinking when i have been pregnant and breast feeding so I have been foolish to always start up again. I am so much more health aware now though and my kids are the reason why I want to turn my life around, so I will be around for a long time with them and also to be a healthy role model :)

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1/4/13 1:26 P

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Hello and welcome, take each day a step at the time.

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1/4/13 11:53 A

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You have a tough road ahead for sure and I agree you may not want to battle it all at once.
As far as food is concerned I have every reason to believe that wheat and sugar are the worst because they are the most addictive foods on the planet, just as addictive as cigarettes, you can't have them in moderation, so I would try to eliminate those first. The withdrawal symptoms will be there, but not last as long as for either alcohol or cigarettes, probably only 3-5 days and rarely more than a week. I would recommend getting anything with sugar or wheat completely out of your house. Most people already know that sugar is addictive but here is a video link that will explain why wheat of all forms is just as dangerous:
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Between the alcohol and the cigarettes I would think which is more dangerous is a matter of your habits and which one affects your kids more. While cigarettes can do a lot of damage in your body smoking is not as likely to affect your kids in the short-term because they don't alter your behavior as much as alcohol can.
Which one do you think is the more important one to tackle first?

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1/4/13 10:45 A

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Hi Lily spark :)

Thanks Getto for your reply, I binge on anything and everything but I do know some of my trigger foods. Peanut butter, that ran out yesterday so I will not be replacing it for a while. My son loves it but he is going to have to go without for a bit , Im sure he wont mind too much. Any kind of sweet stuff too.

My worst time of the day is around the childrens dinner time. Me and my husband dont eat with the kids at the moment. Hubbie doesnt get back from work until 6.30 and my youngest is only 18 months so this is to late to feed her, so I feed all the kids together at around 5ish. I am usually really hungry then and will end up eating their leftovers which then triggers a huge binge. So in reality I am probably consuming the same amount of calories as a main meal but then still going on to eat with hubbie at around 9.oo in the evening. Once my little one is older we will all eat together again but that wont be for a while. Soooo I have decided to try and eat an apple and a yoghurt at the same time they have their dinner to stop me having a full blown binge!

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1/4/13 10:01 A

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Hello, JACQUICLAIRE13. I think many of us can relate to binge and emotional eating. First...take a deep breath. Stressing about it is probably not helping at all. You can do this. You don't have to do everything all at once, but take one small step at a time. What is your worse food to binge on? For me, it was potato chips. I could eat an entire large bag in an evening while sitting and watching TV. So the first thing I did was allow myself to continue to have the chips, but not watch so much TV after work. Instead, I found other things to do of interest...and really...these days there isn't THAT much good to watch on TV any way (in my opinion). Sometimes I walk, sometimes I clean something in the house, or sometimes I call a friend or family member instead. Just something. By doing that one change cut down on the chip binges...I'm sure I conditioned myself that watching TV = eating chips. Next, I switched to baked chips. And only the vendor machine size bag, but every day if I wanted them. They taste OK, but not really my favorite. Before I knew it, I didn't even want them any more. Then I moved on to something else. It really takes small steps and then they snowball into something huge! You can do it!

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1/4/13 9:45 A

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1/4/13 8:09 A

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Hi, I am struggling with binge eating and emotional eating. I have put on 37 pounds in the last year through my eating issues and am depserate to take control but am really struggling and just cant seem to do it. I hope to lose 52 pounds this year and get on top of my eating problems.

Am really concerend about my health, I am officially obese and it worries me. I am also trying to give up smoking and drinking alcohol

I look forward to getting to know you all

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