My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


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Can Food Be Addictive? | NYTimes.com

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Can Food Be Addictive? – NYTimes.com

I absolutely believe food can be addictive.  I’ve gotten a lot better since I’ve been running, but I used to (& okay, sometimes still do) used food like an alcoholic would drink.  If I was sad or had a bad day, I ate.  If I was happy & had a good day I ate to celebrate.  The binges were always for sadness, loneliness, nervousness, the bad days.  I would eat till I was sick, & keep eating.  I ate things I knew were horrible for me.  Sometimes I would actually think to myself, “I wish I could eat till I exploded.  I want to eat myself to death.”  Regular exercise helps your body regulate sugar & I think that’s why the running helps so much with my eating, along with just generally making me feel better so I don’t need to eat that way as much.  I have far less cravings & binges.

Part of this uses a rat research finding I’ve blogged about before, but they’ve pulled in a few other articles.  A big take-home point for me is how deprivation affects us, which is how traditional dieting works.

…sugar-binging rats show signs of opiatelike withdrawal when their sugar is taken away — including chattering teeth, tremoring forepaws and the shakes. When the rats were allowed to resume eating sugar two weeks later, they pressed the food lever so frantically that they consumed 23 percent more than before.

I would say in my own experience that’s true.  One thing that really made sense for me, which is the opposite of the usual thinking, is from When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies.  They suggest that instead of restricting your access to the foods you crave, your trigger foods, you give yourself a plentiful supply.  Think about how much you could possibly eat at once & keep three times that much around at all times.  When you get over the initial spree of having it around all the time, it becomes mundane & loses its power.  It worked very well for me when I was able to do it.

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Sugar High: The Dark History and Nasty Methods Used to Feed Our Sweet Tooth | Food | AlterNet

I thought this would be of interest to others dealing with sugar addiction, etc.  It’s not going to make me give up sugar, but it does make me feel guiltier about eating it:)  But I certainly did learn some things about sweeteners in general & sugar in particular, its history especially.

It’s six pages long, so honestly I did not read them all.  I read the first two pages & skimmed the rest.  IMHO, the first page is the most interesting, but that’s how articles usually are.  If you put the best stuff at the end, no one would ever that far.

The comments had some interesting information regarding alternative sweeteners.

Sugar High: The Dark History and Nasty Methods Used to Feed Our Sweet Tooth | Food | AlterNet.


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Ready To Break The Sugar Cycle… Again

“Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.”
~Carl Jung (BrainyQuotes)

Sugar Addicts Cartoon

A very apt cartoon & accompanying article (click the image for the link) showing the power sugar has over us as a society, & how that might be viewed by outsiders. We are like well trained lab rats. Thanks to Mark Adams & NaturalNews.com for this.

I went over my points again today.  That makes me seven for seven days this week going over my daily points allowance.  Today was not so bad though, thankfully.  Today I only went over by exactly the number of points in the raspberry cheesecake cookie I ate at Subway.  Oops.  Damn, that’s a good cookie!  But it’s not entirely the cookie’s fault I went over.  I could have not eaten other things, but it was the one I could have, & should have, most done without.  But my body was craving something sweet & I caved.  I had a doctor’s appointment today, so skipped eating before it.  By the time I got out of there I was starving & weak:( Continue reading