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Old Sun, Feb-23-20, 01:12
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Lightbulb The end of food addiction forever

I stumbled on this article. I suppose we all have a similar story with one solution. It's interesting she found the answer, not from a book, or blog, but by self-experimentation.

https://www.365daysofawesome.com/th...diction-forever
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Old Sun, Feb-23-20, 04:22
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I am of the opinion that no addiction is curable.

Alcoholics, addicts, smokers know that one slip can become a slide worse than before. For addicts of all stripes, saying no to the urge is an ongoing process as the urge never really goes away - even if it fades.

I am just as addicted to carbs as an alcoholic is addicted to booze. One slip and it easily becomes a slide. Lately I have been dreaming about marzipan for some reason. The temptation is severe.
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Old Sun, Feb-23-20, 09:19
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I am of the opinion that no addiction is curable.

Alcoholics, addicts, smokers know that one slip can become a slide worse than before. For addicts of all stripes, saying no to the urge is an ongoing process as the urge never really goes away - even if it fades.

I am just as addicted to carbs as an alcoholic is addicted to booze. One slip and it easily becomes a slide. Lately I have been dreaming about marzipan for some reason. The temptation is severe.
I totally can get behind this. I've known about LC eating since my first successful foray in 1972. That hasn't kept me from convincing myself multiple times throughout the years that I can eat the way everybody else eats. It just ain't so.
PS: When I start obsessing about a particular carb, it's only a matter of time until I eat it. If I'm lucky I can control myself enough to make that the end of the story and get right back on plan. Substitutes don't work for me.
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Old Sun, Feb-23-20, 11:46
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I am of the opinion that no addiction is curable.

Alcoholics, addicts, smokers know that one slip can become a slide worse than before. For addicts of all stripes, saying no to the urge is an ongoing process as the urge never really goes away - even if it fades.

I am just as addicted to carbs as an alcoholic is addicted to booze. One slip and it easily becomes a slide. Lately I have been dreaming about marzipan for some reason. The temptation is severe.



TOTALLY AGREE.

Managing alcoholism would be easier than try to stay low carb. People are careful to not offer booze to an alcoholic, but think nothing of offering cake, or cookies to a carbaholic.

I was once able to get a 3# tin of almond paste. No sugar, had a to add all ingredients to make the marzipan. That store closed long ago. Maybe an online source ?

I go off the rails if too many carbs pass my lips.

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Old Sun, Feb-23-20, 12:32
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I have always know this. I was a smoker for 10 years and gave that up easily. How amazing life would be if I could give up carbs as easily as cigarettes.
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Old Sun, Feb-23-20, 12:47
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I have always know this. I was a smoker for 10 years and gave that up easily. How amazing life would be if I could give up carbs as easily as cigarettes.


I have always said, giving up cigarettes was the hardest thing I ever did in my life - but carbs come in a mighty close second.
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Old Mon, Feb-24-20, 07:45
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I am also of the mind that recovery is a never ending process, but so is the lady who wrote this blog post. It's really a matter of how she can best think of it. She cured her smoking addiction by never touching another cigarette and now she's cured her food addiction by never again eating sugar or refined carbs. I understand how she feels.

All of us self proclaimed carb addicts know the truth. We are cured in the sense that we can identify our problem. My husband has, in the past 6 weeks lost about 30 pounds by low carbing. This weekend he was very busy with volunteer stuff at school. At one point on Saturday afternoon, being sleep deprived and hungry, he ate a soft pretzel and that opened the flood gates to lots of carbage. He said to me this morning, "I guess I should have brought some Atkins bars with me to the school. Obviously, I can't eat pretzels anymore."

I know. I know. Atkins bars are crap. I don't eat them anymore either. But this was a HUGE breakthrough for him. He's now recognized the power that bread has over him. I never thought I'd see the day.
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Old Mon, Feb-24-20, 08:03
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Hurray!! He is getting it!

One doctor calls managing an issue "healing", not curing. Treating carb addiction feels like "healing" ,not curing. Addictions and other issues cannot be cured, just managed.
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Old Mon, Feb-24-20, 11:54
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But this was a HUGE breakthrough for him. He's now recognized the power that bread has over him. I never thought I'd see the day.


That is great news though. DH had similar when I tested his blood sugar after a frozen, heavily processed, MEAL.
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Old Wed, Feb-26-20, 07:23
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I found the article interesting and eye opening to something I am increasingly aware of: I just CANNOT eat even a LITTLE of foods that trigger cravings.

I can handle a small amount of applesauce, but NOT a banana, for instance.

I'm attempting to DELAY gratification. Just because I feel the urge doesn't mean I HAVE to act on it......that's a new experience. Will the urge pass?
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Old Wed, Feb-26-20, 08:54
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...Will the urge pass?

All things pass, even pleasant things, which for me is most important to remember, especially, while the pleasant things are happening.

But yeah, fortunately unpleasant things pass too. Hooray!
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