Originally Posted by better health3
I've noticed when I have eaten my calories for the day that I don't feel like bingeing. Especially, when I eat more than the
That is exactly what happened to me when I switched to a Whole Foods diet back in 2004. I wouldn't have called it a whole foods diet at the time, and giving up sugar was just a happy byproduct of what I was doing, but my endless, restless, bingy craving feelings went away entirely. That kind of feeling where you open all the cupboards, look in the frig, wanting something, anything to eat - that is GONE, completely. I used to eat a ton of junk and fake foods, I figure my body was just endlessly looking for NUTRITION that it needed. Now I eat so well, my body has no urge to pilfer through the cabinets, it's satisfied.
I also figured out I had issues with sugar/white flour/crispy/fatty/salty products. When I eat one oreo (for example) I IMMEDIATELY want another oreo. I want to stuff a second Oreo in my mouth while I'm still chewing on the first Oreo and then stuff in a third, fourth, etc. It is a very weird "cram" feeling that I never get when I'm eating whole foods (whole wheat tortillas, brown rice, etc).
I used to think I was a no will power loser, but I used to try to "diet" with stuff like fat free Snackwells without realizing it was the processed sugary Snackwells that made me binge, not me (if that makes any sense, I do know it was my hand that put the cookie in my mouth). If I stopped eating food like that, I stopped binging. When I ate the right foods, I could lose weight without binging and feel successful.
I have come to love and appreciate myself - thousands of years of evolution made me a human being that gorges on high energy food when it can find it, that's a well-designed body for any period in human history BESIDES our immediate present in an American super market. I'm a genetic lottery winner, able to better sustain myself in times of famine and restriction - I cant blame my body for doing what I would WANT it to do if I were really starving.
Understanding my body and my triggers helps me to be more successful. Loving myself and forgiving myself if I eat something off plan helps me be successful. I understand that I am weak for Ritz crackers - therefore I will try not to eat 1 Ritz cracker!