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Round 2

The Sugar Addiction, and How I'm Fighting It, FINALLY

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Checking in with some interesting information...!

The last month has been ROUGH with my eating habits. We went to Colorado on a ski trip with my closest girlfriends and I decided since I was on vacation, I would just eat whatever I wanted. That led to lots of indulgence in SUGAR, SUGAR, and MORE SUGAR. My meals were awesome and on-plan - no gluten, pretty much paleo, but my treats (and there were MANY) were ALL SUGAR!!!

And I came back 3# above LDW, when we left I was 1# below. My weight would drop back down for a few days with BPIF and then shoot back up because I was still eating SUGAR!

Did y'all know that crap is 4 times more addictive than heroin?! I was shocked to find that out. And realized I really am addicted to the stuff. I knew dairy binds to the opiate receptors in the brain (Search for "casomorphin" on the web, you'll find more than you ever wanted to know) but had no idea sugar was truly addictive, and highly addictive at that!

Last week I read a post Grammy made about The Diet Cure by Julia Ross, M.A. You can get the gist of the book at her website - http://www.dietcure.com, but essentially she says that people crave and eat addictive substances (dairy, gluten, SUGAR, caffeine, etc) because of amino acid shortages in the brain. Eating the food meets the temporary need of the brain to get whatever it is deficient in, and taking certain amino acid supplements will break the food addictions because your brain is getting what it needs. The book is really good - she addresses undiagnosed low thyroid, adrenal fatigue, and other issues. The amino acid supplements coupled with other basic supplements (a really good multivitamin, fish or flax oil, magnesium, and some other things that I can't recall right now) and a very healthy diet (adequate fat, high protein, low complex carbs) will heal the body of its deficiencies and cure those food cravings.

The ideas made sense to me so I bought all but one of the amino acid supplements she recommended. Ever since I got pregnant with my daughter 7 years ago, I have felt exhausted. Seriously, always, always tired. I asked my doctor what was wrong and she said it could just be motherhood - small kids are exhausting! On Tuesday I started the supplements, and ate a real breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a couple of snacks, trying to get a minimum of 2100 calories in (her recommendation for women) and at least 20 grams of protein per big meal (not the snacks). I think I was 100 calories shy at the end of the day, and that was after eating a gluten-free english muffin with 2 T peanut butter! And I was UP .6 the next morning, to 136 - the highest I've been in a LONG time, and dangerously close to my LDW from the end of my FIRST round. I panicked. I decided I would return to the BPIF but would still take the supplements for a few days to see if they helped with the sugar cravings. I thought that I wasn't back in my safe zone by this past Friday (3/8/13), I might need to consider doing another round because at this point, my pants weren't fitting AT ALL - couldn't even get them buttoned or zipped. O.o

So Wednesday I had bulletproof coffee for breakfast, ate lunch around noon (couldn't make it til 2), had a reasonable dinner, and stopped eating before 8 pm. I was heavy on the supplements and they really helped with the sugar cravings.

Thursday, the scale showed a 1# loss - 135 this day. The eating plan was more of the same - bulletproof coffee for breakfast, lunch at 2, reasonable dinner, stopped eating before 8 pm. I didn't take as many supplements this day as I didn't really feel like I needed them. I also noticed that I had more energy than I've felt in YEARS. I was also a LOT more patient with my kids than I've been lately.

Friday, the scale read 133.8, down 1.2# from Thursday and 2# above LDW. Whew, back close to the safe zone. I managed to get a pair of pants on, buttoned, and zipped, but they were a little snug. I had BPIF for breakfast, beef jerky and tomatoes for lunch (it was a rushed, busy day), and an In-n-Out double meat protein style burger with mustard and tomato for dinner. No fries! I didn't even want them, which is a miracle. Usually I'm battling my self-control when I drive through there and sometimes I have come away with fries too.

Then this morning, the scale said 132! Another 1.8# down from yesterday and just .2 above LDW! YAY! If I don't drop any more, I'm happy with where I am. I had bulletproof coffee again, then I took my son out for a late breakfast this morning - ate egg and bacon tacos on corn tortillas with salsa. The sodium was probably pretty high because it's restaurant food (!) but since it was in the morning, I felt like I could drink enough water to hopefully flush the sodium out and not show a gain tomorrow. But if I do, at least I feel like it'll come back down again pretty quickly! Tonight's dinner was roasted chicken with carrots and onions, lots of butter and olive oil! SO good! Search for Ina Garten's perfect roast chicken to get the recipe. It's super simple, though I have my husband deal with the chicken because raw poultry makes me gag!

And let me tell you - the fact that I was willing to take my 3-year-old firecracker son out to breakfast says a lot about my energy level the last couple of days. I feel SO much more energetic, optimistic, and happy than I have in a very long time. I really do believe it's the supplements, because I haven't changed much about my diet except to stop eating the sugar. And I truly haven't even wanted it since Wednesday. My kids probably wonder what's happened to their mom - I'm much much more patient about little things that would irritate me in the past - I let them paint at the kitchen table this afternoon! And had the energy to clean up the mess afterward. This is such a blessing and I had to share it because I think probably a LOT of people could use the information.

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  1. belovedbyHim's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing. I found that once I reached P4 (Ok at my uncle's funeral a few days before) I ate sugar and just couldn't seem to stop. I'm ok on P2 because I force myself to be and I struggle with it in P3 but can mostly hold off but something about P4... I may have to read that when I get close to P3 this time.
  2. belovedbyHim's Avatar
    BTW-- Your photo is beautiful!!! Sorry we couldn't make things work to meet when you were out here.
  3. WaterNai's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I will certainly keep that in mind on P4. I might have to get that book.
  4. destinyave's Avatar
    That is fantastic! I have the book on my kindle and had to order the hard copy.Can't wait to look at it when I get home. Sugar is a killer I completely agree! It is one of the hardest things to kick if you ask me! Thanks for sharing you story! Happy for you!
  5. candi's Avatar
    Julia Ross also has a book that specifically deals with moods: depression, anxiety, etc. called Mood Cures. I have not read Diet Cures and figure that it may be pretty similar. But, I am reading her mood book right now and am planning on adding the amino acid supplements myself. Sugar is most definitely "evil"....best way to deal with it is to stay away!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience. It only double and triple confirms my commitment to shun all things sugar!
  6. candi's Avatar
    Julia Ross also has a book that specifically deals with moods: depression, anxiety, etc. called Mood Cures. I have not read Diet Cures and figure that it may be pretty similar. But, I am reading her mood book right now and am planning on adding the amino acid supplements myself. Sugar is most definitely "evil"....best way to deal with it is to stay away!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience. It only double and triple confirms my commitment to shun all things sugar!
  7. candi's Avatar
    oops..posted twice...erased!