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Old 02-16-2014, 05:26 PM   #1
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I have been on the diet 2.5 weeks. I am really struggling sometimes. and other times fine. I feel obsessed with food right now. I'll start searching for recipes of foods that fit in the diet and find myself off in desert recipe obsession on Pinterest looking forward to the day I can eat them, and wondering if I'll maintain cause I just want to binge. And I feel so much anxiety over all of this! This is the main reason I'm doing the diet to help me with my addiction and anxiety over foods. But it's so much worse right now. I want to quit so bad. I feel like a porn addict looking at all these deserts online
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:55 PM   #2
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Hmm that is all a worry. Its normal and probably a good thing to be a bit obsessed when you start out on a diet. I think its part of being focussed and having the resolve, but poring over recipes seems like something else - as you say anxiety.

Are you too hungry? Is that what's going on ? I'm reluctant to advise cause i don't want to mess up your plans.

On the other hand, your weight is not really great at the moment and i think you go need to address your anxiety with a counsellor trained in something like CBT or mindfulness. Anxiety needs to be addressed directly.

Why did you choose this particular diet approach?
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I have been on the diet 2.5 weeks. I am really struggling sometimes. and other times fine. I feel obsessed with food right now. I'll start searching for recipes of foods that fit in the diet and find myself off in desert recipe obsession on Pinterest looking forward to the day I can eat them, and wondering if I'll maintain cause I just want to binge. And I feel so much anxiety over all of this! This is the main reason I'm doing the diet to help me with my addiction and anxiety over foods. But it's so much worse right now. I want to quit so bad. I feel like a porn addict looking at all these deserts online
Congratulations for staying OP. The program doesn't provide a lot of explicit help for dealing with binge eating & food addiction issues, imo, though it does create a temporary, structured 'safehouse.' A lot of people have found this book really helpful: Brain over Binge by Kathryn Hansen. Also the Chicks In Control forum about binge eating has great threads.

Being on a rigorous diet adds to the obsession with food, though it can at least provide healthier alternatives to obsess about, lol! I have a tendency to binge eat and obsess about food. The book I mentioned helped a lot, and also getting off the computer and out of the house. Hang in there!!!
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Pinterest is awful! There are way too many unhealthy recipes on there and it drives me mental to see my home page littered with them. I try not to log into Pinterest very often anymore
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:17 PM   #5
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I have been on the diet 2.5 weeks. I am really struggling sometimes. and other times fine. I feel obsessed with food right now. I'll start searching for recipes of foods that fit in the diet and find myself off in desert recipe obsession on Pinterest looking forward to the day I can eat them, and wondering if I'll maintain cause I just want to binge. And I feel so much anxiety over all of this! This is the main reason I'm doing the diet to help me with my addiction and anxiety over foods. But it's so much worse right now. I want to quit so bad. I feel like a porn addict looking at all these deserts online
Instead of looking at Pinterest for recipes, look at recipes right here - the links in the first post of the daily/weekend chat go to tons of recipes that all fit the diet.

Keep checking in here - you'll find your very own cheering section!
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:33 PM   #6
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Thank you for your encouragement and advice guys. I'm learning some things, like don't do Pinterest, and find something to relax in the evening, and staying busy with other projects. Unfortunately I made some cheesecake from a recipe my coach gave me. I was aloud to have a piece once a week or tiny bite sized pieces once a day. Well, I had 3 huge pieces and ruined my ketosis. fortunately I have decided to stick it out instead of give up! Yay! thanks for being here for me guys.
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That's great to hear that you're continuing, PhotoGirl! You'll be back in ketosis before you know it. A suggestion for future challenges: consider allowing yourself to throw away triggering foods that are calling out to you.
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When i came back from France, (where i ate the most delicious amazing desserts all the time and didn't feel the least bit guilty because it was part of my french experience which i can't get at home), i came home thinking i will cook these amazing tarts but i will do it for my friends and family. I will just have one piece and give the rest away.

Alas i haven't done it but i think it is perhaps a good way of ensuring that one doesn't lose control, if one insists on cooking and eating sweet delicious things.

And that means if doing it for family, that it can't be lying around in my fridge. We have two at our place. The idea is to get rid of it asap but not down my hatch.

Oh actually i did make one tart and did give it all away except for one piece but i haven't continued with the cooking.

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Old 02-20-2014, 07:45 AM   #9
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Good for you for getting back on track photogirl! And I agree with mars - you should not feel bad about giving away or throwing away foods that tempt you, especially at first. Once you have your feet firmly planted in IP it does get easier to resist them but there's no point in torturing yourself.
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It's true, it does get better!

I'm just a little farther along than you (I'm on week 3) and I felt the same way. Also, at first, I had a really hard time having a bar or the soy snacks because it seemed as though they triggered my desire to binge. Now I can have one and feel pretty satisfied, but I do still fight the urge to eat several. Maybe stick with the packaged treats until you feel you have more control?

If you also google ideal protein diet recipes you can find blogs and IP registered websites that have lots of recipes.

I've also read a book called something like 100 ways to comfort yourself without food... and found it to be helpful.

Good luck! You can do it!
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:41 PM   #11
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I'm new to this website.....but have been browsing all of the posts and all I can say is what great motivation!!! I have never posted anything........tomorrow I weigh in for my third weigh in, I am down 8 lbs and hope to be more tomorrow! This program hasn't been easy, but it is easy to stick too, you just have to plan ahead! Looking forward to getting to know everyone!
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:22 PM   #12
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Welcome texaschic. You are doing great 8lbs in 2 weeks is Fab. it's day 4 for me. We have the same stats. Best of luck.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:56 PM   #13
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I look at tumblr food blogs. I save delicious unhealthy food on Pinterest. I don't know. It doesn't really affect me. I look at it and imagine what it tastes like but that's it and it doesn't make me want to eat more than I am. I've always had an unhealthy relationship with food and I don't think that's ever gonna change. I'm just now finding out how to manage it better.
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