And what do you want to be free from? I hope that many will read this blog, and I am no magician, only a dietitian. What do you want? What is your goal? A million dollars? A house on a hill? Or freedom? Freedom from being the wrong body weight? Freedom from constant thoughts about food? Freedom from the obsessions? The cravings? Freedom from being distracted by conscious thoughts about what to eat?
Or do you want for the positive: Peace of mind? Peace of heart? The right body weight? Energy? Joy? Being able to think clearly? Being able to use your mind and heart and body to create a life you love? Transforming yourself into the person you have always wanted to become?
Take a minute right now and write down three things you want your life to become. (If you aim at nothing, you are very likely to hit it!) What are three real goals for you?
We have been talking about food addiction and how it messes up our lives. I want you to look at the list below. What are the foods that are problems for you? Which foods, when you start to eat them, make you want to eat more and more? Which foods live in your mind and offer themselves as solutions to your feelings?
Which are the foods that make you want to eat everything that isn’t nailed down and doesn’t bite back?
Which are the foods you crave and want more and more of?
When you don’t have them, which are the foods that you long for, have headaches about, that live in your brain and make you able to think only of them?
I call these your drug foods. Your body is uniquely sensitive to them or to a substance in them. First, let me help you identify the categories:
Sugar analogs Chocolate
Sugar alcohols Nutrasweet
Flours of all kinds Sugar substitutes
Wheat, gluten Volume, just more
Fat and fatty food Creamy texture
Salt and salty food Crunchy textures
Dairy products Chewy texture
Caffeine and stimulants
Sugar comes by many names. If you don’t have it yet, call or email me and I will send you 137 names for sugar. The purpose here is to identify which foods or groups of foods, cause you the most trouble. If jelly beans and gummy bears are your choice of binge food, sugar is the problem.
If ice cream is your problem, we’re looking at sugar and fat and maybe chocolate. And do you like little crunchy things in your ice cream or do you like it smooth? That’s a texture issue.
If pizza is your problem, is it the wheat, the gluten, the dairy, or the fat or creamy texture in the cheese? Or certain toppings?
Think carefully here. Be honest with yourself about your preferences and behavior. What are your best binge foods? Write them down.
People often tell me that it is easier for people with other addictions, because the objects at issue are clearly defined. That can be true, but indulge me here and see for yourself what your real drug foods are. I promise this will help long term.
No, you may not want to give them up. With your own power, a greater power, and the right support, you may, at some point, choose to kick them out of your food plan.
Our goal of course is your freedom.
Now I want you to make a commitment to yourself. I want you to make the decision that you will read the ingredient list on every food you buy and eat. If you are unwilling or unable to read the ingredient list, I don’t want you to eat the food! If it contains the foods you just decided give you trouble, do not buy or eat it.
If the food contains ingredients that you know you shouldn’t have, what are you going to do? That is your decision for right now. But this is what I want you to do this week. Here are seven rules:
- Drink 84 to 104 ounces of calorie and artificial sweetener free fluid per day.
- Eat 3 fruits, 6 ounces each, every day.
- Eat three cups of vegetables, raw or cooked, each day.
- Eat within two hours of rising, and every three to five hours after that.
- Speak politely to your body; if you would not say it to your boss, your child, or your best friend, you are not to say it to yourself.
- Get all your binge and drug foods out of your house, your office, wherever you are, all day. Hide whatever has to be there.
- Avoid your binge and drug foods by every way possible.
Pick a rule to follow every day. Pick one rule for every day; follow that rule. Follow as many rules as you can every day. Why? It will begin your moving forward, give your body nutrients, give you some success.
Soon, I am going to offer an online course, to help you with this, and we are going to keep working on this, but I have a few other things to tell you first.
Have a wonderful week. Please write a comment and tell me your thoughts about this.
Blessings to you,