Originally Posted by Bunti
I have all sorts of negative responses to certain carbs. (Edema,muscle pain, fatigue, joint pain, swelling,. But unlike Kaplods, the foods I crave are the very ones I shouldn't have. But I am working on it. Pain is a pretty good deterrent, fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it.
I didn't say that I didn't crave the foods I shouldn't have (far, far from it). It's just getting less tempting over time - not that it isn't tempting).
I was just saying exactly what you're saying "pain is a pretty good deterrent," unfortunately not a perfect deterrent.
There are a lot of foods I eat, because I forget the damage they do. The worse the damage, the better I am at remembering, but it doesn't mean I always do.
The only way I know that my wheat reactions are getting worse, is because I'm stupid enough to keep sampling foods that contain it.
Every year I overindulge in Ranier cherries during their short 3 week season. I always end up with terrible, terrible intestinal issues (I have IBS) from the overindulgence. It's like a bad hangover, but I do it every year, and every year I vow to be more sensible the following year (by which time I'll have forgotten just how bad the stomach cramping was).
Call me a slow learner where food is involved, but practice helps, and so does my hubby reminding me when I've forgotten that something I want (because it looks so good), has wheat or way too much sugar in it.
I don't know if I'll ever get to the point that I can say I've conquered cravings. At best I've been able to call a temporary truce.
The worst mental games I play with myself has been trying to find the symptom threshhold. Can I eat a small enough amount to escape symptoms?
And unfortunately the answer is sometimes. One bite of bread doesn't usually trigger an observabe reaction (but it sometimes does). More than two bites almost always does. Pasta I can eat about a 1/3 cup before I'll see a reaction.
I have no doubt I'd feel better if I never overdid problem foods, and I'm getting better, but I am still very much in "progress not perfection" mode.