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A question of cravings?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I started writing a short answer to the question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/84061/what-do-you-do-when-you-really-really-really-need-sugar-but-refuse-to-give-in but it soon grew into a more general answer to the subject as a whole.

I thought I would post my answer as a question perhaps in aid of stirring the thoughts of others. So the following "question" can be read as the answer to the question above.

I may get shot down for this answer but hear me out.

From personal experience it appears to me that there is a major link between my ability to choose to do what I am supposed to do, and choose not to do what I am not supposed to do, and my diet and overall well-being.

By that I mean that if i have regular planned good paleo meals over the day/number of days, I appear to be in a stronger frame of mind to make the right decisions. And the opposite is also true, that if I have a rushed week and resort to snacking or just grabbing high carb foods to fill me quickly, I end up being half the person I normally am and I make poor choices. Worse I end up being attracted to making the wrong choices!

The reason I am saying all this is that perhaps you should not look at trying to solve the carb cravings by looking at the cravings, but rather look at the greater part of the picture.

Why not start by planning out one day's meals, which will optimise you to have the ability to plan out more meals and do a good grocery shop, which will aid you in being strong enough to clear out your house of troublesome items and breaking habits, which will I believe continue giving you a greater ability to deal with your cravings.

Simply I think that the issue with a lot of these cravings/desires/habits can be curbed not by focusing on trying to resolve them specifically, but rather starving them of their importance. The key I believe is doing something small and easy first which will give you the ability to do the next thing, and the next etc. I do not just mean this in terms of behaviour I mean this in terms of being nutritionally optimised so that we physically have the ability to be emotionally strong. Eat right and the mind will be right, I really believe this. Get the mind right and we will choose to eat right. It's kind of neat like that. Compound nutritional interest.

I really hope this has not come across preachy but I read a lot of posts like this and I always feel there is a bigger issue behind the question then just a craving.

That our cravings are a bit like us wanting to run a marathon but feel we can't start training until we have the best running shoes, or socks, jacket etc and so we feel helpless and end up sitting still. The issue is not the gear but rather the training itself. The point is to start walking everyday and the rest will fall in place. It is the general not the specifics that matter. Get the general right first and I believe the specifics will sort themselves out.

I do hope this has been helpful, or at the very least an entertaining read. I await the paleohack slap-down. :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 18, 2011
at 12:49 PM

beating cravings is all about thoughts changing your behaviors to show you there is control of this by new actions. It has nothing to do with a weak mind.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 10:30 PM

I admire the work you do and it's worth it for the successes but we need to remember there's always a failure rate. Slow learners like me will need to try again and again if that's what it takes, and dismissing it as "a weak frame of mind" as some did on this question shows great ignorance of what we're dealing with.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 10:02 PM

I know, but it took 3 tries for me to get past the first 4 days; on the first time I wound up in a binge that took 2 weeks to recover from and I am a very stubborn woman in most circumstances.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 17, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Nance it can.....trust me I have several eating disorder patients who have had homerun results that will be launched on my site in 2012.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 07:26 PM

Absolutely correct as far as it goes, but if it were the complete picture there would be no smokers, no alcoholics/drug addicts. It's the battle between the rational mind and the irrational metabolism. For a binge eater, the leptin Rx can't always resolve the issue fast enough to lessen the cravings to levels an individual can fight.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 07:23 PM

The disconnect I keep seeing between members of PH is that food cravings and binge eating are puzzling to those who haven't had to kick an addiction (smoking, alcohol, drugs) and clearly understandable to those who have. Binge eating, and the cravings it includes, can be as crippling and overwhelming as the other 3.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 17, 2011
at 07:21 PM

@shah78 and @mash, please describe how you stopped smoking or drinking or taking drugs--those are the comparable experiences to a binge eating disorder. It's literally a life-threatening addiction as opposed to a bad attitude or habit.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 17, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Changing from boneless/skinless chicken breasts to grass fed runinant (on april 9th2011)was as instantaneous as you could get. I didn't leap out of my chair and do aCrossfit PR, but I could tell, and history proved me correct, that I had found the missing link that I had evaded my for decades. The rest of my diet was already pure enough Paleo to support such a opinion. Hunger was a thing of the past. It wasn't luck . I was looking for it.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 17, 2011
at 04:20 PM

sure sign of estrogen dominance due to a lack of progesterone in the latter half of your cycle. That is not too hard to diagnose or fix. And the cravings are a symptom that hormone problem.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on December 17, 2011
at 04:18 PM

Thanks shah. I wasn't feeling antagonism from you.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 17, 2011
at 04:13 PM

Wow. "Utterly stupid" wow!(again) True, not in every area of my life. I am not claiming a universal spiritual liberation. I'm claiming a "limited",VERY limited"nutitionally induced liberation from craving (hunger) Now take me out of my kitchen and away from my freezer and make me live at the Mall foodcourt and I will fall completely apart. So what? I don't live at the Mall food court! ...... Also I don't demand anything. I'm giving my advice to people who don't have my fifty five years of pre-Paleo failure.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Make no mistake, I am enjoying our discussion. Hope you are too. The internet prevents softening facial/ body language. We are on the same Paleo team.Like Brady and the assistant coach O'Brian last week ( pats/skins game.) It takes time to get to the realization perhaps, but once that realization hits the mindbody, there is no choice for the mindbody , but to act correctly. Temptation is no longer in the picture. At most picture in a museum.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 17, 2011
at 03:55 PM

I'm not denying the possibility at all, I'm just rejecting your utterly stupid assertion that there is anything you can change in your diet that will affect a complete and instantaneous change in all your 'bodymind' functions. If you are able to somehow luck into applying 'perfect' nutrition then of course it will affect the mind. But it doesn't rebuild the brain in a microsecond. It doesn't magically enable you to always make the perfect decision in every area of your life. Yes, the concept is a paradigm shift, but clearly not everyone is able to follow through in the manner you demand.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Its not a "state of mind". It a "state of bodymind". Work through the body by applying "perfect nutrition" and you can effect the mind Preping the mind for a week or two will induce nothing, but failure cravings, or an eating disorder.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:41 PM

wow!It is instantaneous! Once you get "it" it reorchestrates the entire mindbody. I know it's hard to imagine. I don't mean to rag you, really. but you're denying the "possibility" of ridding the bodymind of Psycho-hunger. There is no time dimension in this realization, because you either get it or not. It's like being a little bit pregnant. Peace

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:37 PM

Yep. Pretty much every decision you make is made subconsciously, and it takes some time and experience to learn that fasting is a better choice and that far from collapsing from hunger, you will actually feel better and more energetic. Make no mistake though, it's no malfunction that the brain wants the easiest and most calorie-dense foods it can get. The problem is with adapting so rapidly to an environment in which these foods are so available.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Making better choices is good. Not blaming yourself is good too. Hormone levels are varying, and we all know it always comes back to hormones. The food may be a distraction, may just change the hormone balance (making any change a good thing) or may genuinely signal a necessity. Serotonin is likely dropping along with estrogen, so chocolate or indeed anything you view as a treat is likely to help. Possible that if you're not getting any fish oil, that may help. Best thing to do is relax, maintain good sleep and habits as much as you can, and if you want to eat, eat.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:17 PM

+1 "physiology will always beat willpower eventually". ALWAYS. And the sun always rises to the east. You are a wise woman.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 17, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Also I wasn't talking about me. Congratulations on grabbing two ends of a stick and both of them still being the wrong end though.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:05 PM

I was actually agreeing with Mash, and merely pointing out that it is not the work of a week or two to develop a clearer and constantly infallible state of mind for many people.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 17, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Mash uses the term "stronger frame of mind".Strong is obvously an adjective here and not the noun. A "stronger frame of mind" is a clearer mind. Perhaps a distinction without a difference. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 17, 2011
at 02:43 PM

Props Michelle, you've turned the corner!Paleo "black belt "status awaits you. But it isn't mind over matter. Its preparation over hunger, is it not? The mind is not a muscle. It doen't respond to hormesis. The mind can be "clear", I don't think the mind can actually be "strong". What do yo think?

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on December 17, 2011
at 02:22 PM

@Stephanie i feel you...chocolate/sweet things are my go to when im on my cycle, which actually could explain this craving now that i look at the date, im about a week away from starting. However, i found that things like a high quality bacon or some good quality coffee (flavor roasted...go to a local coffee shop that roasts their own and see what they have) with cream can help with that deprived feeling. if not...i really like frozen berries. a half cup gives you something sweet, but since its so cold you have to take your time eating them and by the time theyre gone so is your craving

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on December 17, 2011
at 02:18 PM

@Mash thanks for taking the time to put your thoughts out to answer my question (+1 for that :]) you do have a wonderfully valid point though! i got to thinking (that stirring of thoughts you started) and realized that my high stress weeks when I have been "bad"...or at least not as good....i would give in to those cravings. this last week i tracked my food, eaten awesomely, had great workouts and was able to settle for coconut butter to fill me up that last bit (which in turn killed the craving) and not give in to the sugar craving. :] mind over matter for sure!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 17, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Also, why don't you have"absolute confidence in the direction your're taking"? Why don't you "even know which way to go?" My guess is that you haven't experienced that sweet spot of Paleo Bliss.I get is every time I eat the 1/2 lb. of grass fed ruminant plus extra fat, plus assorted vegetable matter. Peace. Eat meat and prosper.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 17, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Pleae Andy. "Sub-consconscious programming" and "lots of it" . Hogwash. Mash nails it. Preparation leads to a "stronger frame of mind ". The stronger frame of mind squishes all "subconscious prgramming". Subconscious programing is another name for "less than optimal" diet. Mash rules!

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on December 17, 2011
at 01:55 PM

@AndyM, I agree, this post was more a soapbox statement then anything else. I apologise I was sitting in a resturant waiting for a coffee and feeling pithy and opinionated. Paleohacks is a dangerous thing to read on an empty stomach. I should watch my impulsive posterings in the future. :) Oh and anyone else please feel free to doctor the post to make it more useful.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 17, 2011
at 12:29 PM

I was going to edit to make some kind of question, but couldn't work out exactly what it would be. I suggest you try and think of something to put at the end with a question mark though :)

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778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

on December 17, 2011
at 01:31 PM

I don't know if any of you are women, but my cravings always hit the week before the end of my cycle. Up until I get my period, for about 4 days, I am an eating machine. I don't care what it is, and I'm not ever satisfied. I try to plan ahead and have good left overs in the fridge for those times when I NEED something. It doesn't seem to mater how hard I plan ahead, I can't STOP. It is terrible, and I really don't know how to thwart it. Now that I'm not eating SAD anymore, I make better bad choices, but I know that it's the sugar that I crave. I eat a lot more fruit and chocolate at this time of the month. When I was on SAD, it was candy bars, chips, cookies, etc. I guess it's better now that I don't allow myself to eat those things, but I still feel so weak :(

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Making better choices is good. Not blaming yourself is good too. Hormone levels are varying, and we all know it always comes back to hormones. The food may be a distraction, may just change the hormone balance (making any change a good thing) or may genuinely signal a necessity. Serotonin is likely dropping along with estrogen, so chocolate or indeed anything you view as a treat is likely to help. Possible that if you're not getting any fish oil, that may help. Best thing to do is relax, maintain good sleep and habits as much as you can, and if you want to eat, eat.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 17, 2011
at 04:20 PM

sure sign of estrogen dominance due to a lack of progesterone in the latter half of your cycle. That is not too hard to diagnose or fix. And the cravings are a symptom that hormone problem.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on December 17, 2011
at 02:22 PM

@Stephanie i feel you...chocolate/sweet things are my go to when im on my cycle, which actually could explain this craving now that i look at the date, im about a week away from starting. However, i found that things like a high quality bacon or some good quality coffee (flavor roasted...go to a local coffee shop that roasts their own and see what they have) with cream can help with that deprived feeling. if not...i really like frozen berries. a half cup gives you something sweet, but since its so cold you have to take your time eating them and by the time theyre gone so is your craving

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 17, 2011
at 12:39 PM

Prevention or cure. I'd agree that a lot of these cravings are 'symptoms' of a body-mind state that is compromised. But while a little effort and some changes to diet can fix the physiological causes relatively quickly, I think it's important to accept that it will likely take quite a long time to sort out the psychological processes that have developed over many years.

Good nutrition will put you in a better frame of mind, but there's still a lot of sub-conscious programming that typically needs to be addressed. And that's a whole lot harder if you don't have absolute confidence in the direction you're taking. Even more so if you don't even know which way to go.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 04:13 PM

Wow. "Utterly stupid" wow!(again) True, not in every area of my life. I am not claiming a universal spiritual liberation. I'm claiming a "limited",VERY limited"nutitionally induced liberation from craving (hunger) Now take me out of my kitchen and away from my freezer and make me live at the Mall foodcourt and I will fall completely apart. So what? I don't live at the Mall food court! ...... Also I don't demand anything. I'm giving my advice to people who don't have my fifty five years of pre-Paleo failure.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 07:21 PM

@shah78 and @mash, please describe how you stopped smoking or drinking or taking drugs--those are the comparable experiences to a binge eating disorder. It's literally a life-threatening addiction as opposed to a bad attitude or habit.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:55 PM

I'm not denying the possibility at all, I'm just rejecting your utterly stupid assertion that there is anything you can change in your diet that will affect a complete and instantaneous change in all your 'bodymind' functions. If you are able to somehow luck into applying 'perfect' nutrition then of course it will affect the mind. But it doesn't rebuild the brain in a microsecond. It doesn't magically enable you to always make the perfect decision in every area of your life. Yes, the concept is a paradigm shift, but clearly not everyone is able to follow through in the manner you demand.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:41 PM

wow!It is instantaneous! Once you get "it" it reorchestrates the entire mindbody. I know it's hard to imagine. I don't mean to rag you, really. but you're denying the "possibility" of ridding the bodymind of Psycho-hunger. There is no time dimension in this realization, because you either get it or not. It's like being a little bit pregnant. Peace

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Its not a "state of mind". It a "state of bodymind". Work through the body by applying "perfect nutrition" and you can effect the mind Preping the mind for a week or two will induce nothing, but failure cravings, or an eating disorder.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Also, why don't you have"absolute confidence in the direction your're taking"? Why don't you "even know which way to go?" My guess is that you haven't experienced that sweet spot of Paleo Bliss.I get is every time I eat the 1/2 lb. of grass fed ruminant plus extra fat, plus assorted vegetable matter. Peace. Eat meat and prosper.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Changing from boneless/skinless chicken breasts to grass fed runinant (on april 9th2011)was as instantaneous as you could get. I didn't leap out of my chair and do aCrossfit PR, but I could tell, and history proved me correct, that I had found the missing link that I had evaded my for decades. The rest of my diet was already pure enough Paleo to support such a opinion. Hunger was a thing of the past. It wasn't luck . I was looking for it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Pleae Andy. "Sub-consconscious programming" and "lots of it" . Hogwash. Mash nails it. Preparation leads to a "stronger frame of mind ". The stronger frame of mind squishes all "subconscious prgramming". Subconscious programing is another name for "less than optimal" diet. Mash rules!

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:05 PM

I was actually agreeing with Mash, and merely pointing out that it is not the work of a week or two to develop a clearer and constantly infallible state of mind for many people.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Also I wasn't talking about me. Congratulations on grabbing two ends of a stick and both of them still being the wrong end though.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 07:23 PM

The disconnect I keep seeing between members of PH is that food cravings and binge eating are puzzling to those who haven't had to kick an addiction (smoking, alcohol, drugs) and clearly understandable to those who have. Binge eating, and the cravings it includes, can be as crippling and overwhelming as the other 3.

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on December 17, 2011
at 03:05 PM

I agree that good nutrition sets up a positive feedback loop that eventually makes each good choice easier and easier. After seeing this a few times you will choose to fast rather than eat the unhealthy snack if you've gotten yourself in a situation without good food available, because you understand the process of derailment that it can start.

For most people giving up sugar, there is still a ramp up period when you begin or after you have made a mistake in which you will feel a strong desire to eat it, and to get past it you simply have to do whatever tricks work for you.

Different people have different levels of response to sugar, in terms of how long their cravings will last, but also, what turned out to be important for me, is in how much they can tolerate. When I was eating about 25g of carbohydrate a day, I would have persistent carbohydrate cravings. It wasn't every moment, but it built up over time. At some point I realized I could no longer go for more than a couple of weeks without the cravings becoming so powerful as to dominate my mind. Physiology will always beat willpower eventually.

When I removed every possible source of carbohydrate from my diet and ate only meat, this completely resolved, along with other problems. I understand that ZC isn't for everyone, but anyone who suffers from carb cravings on an ongoing basis should be aware that they may be hyper-sensitive, and that ZC has given some people peace where they never believed they could have it. Just as some people cannot have one drink, some people can only get the flow described in the original post after removing all sugar.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:17 PM

+1 "physiology will always beat willpower eventually". ALWAYS. And the sun always rises to the east. You are a wise woman.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 17, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Make no mistake, I am enjoying our discussion. Hope you are too. The internet prevents softening facial/ body language. We are on the same Paleo team.Like Brady and the assistant coach O'Brian last week ( pats/skins game.) It takes time to get to the realization perhaps, but once that realization hits the mindbody, there is no choice for the mindbody , but to act correctly. Temptation is no longer in the picture. At most picture in a museum.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on December 17, 2011
at 04:18 PM

Thanks shah. I wasn't feeling antagonism from you.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:37 PM

Yep. Pretty much every decision you make is made subconsciously, and it takes some time and experience to learn that fasting is a better choice and that far from collapsing from hunger, you will actually feel better and more energetic. Make no mistake though, it's no malfunction that the brain wants the easiest and most calorie-dense foods it can get. The problem is with adapting so rapidly to an environment in which these foods are so available.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 17, 2011
at 12:56 PM

Cravings are a clinical symptom that our hormones are not in allostasis. Our homeostatic goal is to be in balance. Our brain will drive us to regain balance if it is not altered by inflammation chronically. And carb cravings are pretty simple to remove. The Leptin Rx is designed to do just that. Get you back to allostasis. The rest is relatively simple because if you eat macronutrients in a balanced fashion we are hardwired in our nervous system to make every attempt to regain allostasis.

The problem arises when the brain can not come back to allostasis because of chronic inflammation. The signaling becomes disordered and the hormonal response is dramatically altered and the results found on any internet nutrition or diet forum become the norm.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 17, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Nance it can.....trust me I have several eating disorder patients who have had homerun results that will be launched on my site in 2012.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 10:30 PM

I admire the work you do and it's worth it for the successes but we need to remember there's always a failure rate. Slow learners like me will need to try again and again if that's what it takes, and dismissing it as "a weak frame of mind" as some did on this question shows great ignorance of what we're dealing with.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 18, 2011
at 12:49 PM

beating cravings is all about thoughts changing your behaviors to show you there is control of this by new actions. It has nothing to do with a weak mind.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 10:02 PM

I know, but it took 3 tries for me to get past the first 4 days; on the first time I wound up in a binge that took 2 weeks to recover from and I am a very stubborn woman in most circumstances.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 07:26 PM

Absolutely correct as far as it goes, but if it were the complete picture there would be no smokers, no alcoholics/drug addicts. It's the battle between the rational mind and the irrational metabolism. For a binge eater, the leptin Rx can't always resolve the issue fast enough to lessen the cravings to levels an individual can fight.

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7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on December 17, 2011
at 06:46 PM

In my life I've experienced two different kind of cravings. The first are those that appear to be related to the quality of my diet. I have found that following a nutrient-dense paleo/PHD really helps with the vast majority of these cravings.

The second are the ones that are triggered by external circumstances ... these are the ones that ping my limbic brain in some way (aka ... my "fight or flight ... or food" response). These are primarily learned responses from a lifetime of responding to stress with food.

When I'm "on track" with my diet, the triggered cravings tend to be easier to spot and deal with as they are far less frequent. And my 60 sessions of neurofeedback (thank you Nora Gedgaudas!) and regular assisted meditation practice have enabled me to deal with all but the most difficult. But periodically the stressors overwhelm the system and I cave (there was that night with the 3 nips of Tanqueray and take out from Jerry's for example).

But there's also other things going on, like how exercise may influence impulsive behavior ... very interesting!

So ... I guess I agree that the idea of looking at the "greater part of the picture" is probably a good one.

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on December 17, 2011
at 02:34 PM

I am sure that the above posts are all valid in different ways. Even with your period- if you were more balanced you wouldn't be craving like you do. But...so what...you ARE craving and that is miserable. I have discovered that cooking with coconut flour and eggs to make muffins with nuts, spices and the occasional blueberry helps me. They are dense and warm and somehow help to shut down the yammering, MORE, MORE, MORE from my brain. Put some butter on them, and a dab of raw honey (if you must) and sink into satisfaction- particularly with a cup of tea. Happy munching! (Plus they are very full of protein)

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