** Trigger warning, I have a top trigger food in a photo at the very end of this post** I'll give you a warning before the photo arrives.
Here's what's working:
1. Glucose monitoring:
Waking up this pre-Christmas Saturday very thankful I didn't dive into the Standard American Diet at the Holidays. Holy Smokes!!!! I can promise you my fasting blood glucose would not have been 84 mg/dL before breakfast.
2. Full Fat Coconut milk: Home made special coffee. Recipe:
1/4 cup coconut milk
I found some cans of full fat coconut milk, Natural Value, Ingredients = Coconut Extract, water. Frasier Farms. $2.79. Typically I use the Trader Joe's light coconut milk $ 0.99 (not because it's less fat, because the ingredients are only coconut and water and it's cheap and easy to find.). Finding coconut milk without the guar gum or xanthan gum is difficult. Additives can trigger a binge in about 60 seconds after consuming.
* doughnut talk*
3. Reading Vera Tarman, MD,"Food Junkies" Book. I can totally relate! I had the book in my purse when a person dropped off 2 dozen shiny, glazed doughnuts in the break room. I whipped out that book and said "Hey look, those doughnuts are as shiny as the doughnuts on the cover of this book...."
We had a good laugh and a great conversation about the book.
I had several great conversations later that morning. Lots of people identified with it. What could have been a tough day was no big deal, because I don't moderate the foods of my addiction. Remission and recovery means I manage EVERYTHING I put in and on my body, including shiny doughnuts. I thank my higher power every single morning that I had clarity to own that practice. Food template, Every single meal. No matter how shiny those doughnuts were. (photo at the end of this post)
|I stopped binging on sugar in 2011, diabetes stopped!|
What didn't work in the past:
1. I didn't monitor my glucose: Except watching it go higher and continuing to binge on sugar. Starting to monitor at home, between blood draws is an awesome tool on a very silent disease.
2. Consuming additives that kept me binging. Yes, yes, I know that guar gum is "natural" but it totally messes with my brain. This additive = binge urges Forget it. I've had 40 years of binge eating. I'm done with knowingly triggering myself and to stay healthy, I don't consume these additives. Here's some more reading at Chris Kresser's site Interesting that I can tolerate soy lecithin, but not the gums. So glad to have been food sober long enough to ID and remove this substance.
3. Moderating sugar and grains, towing the WW moderation line:
Counting WW points and moderating shiny doughnuts just didn't work. Eating sugar and wheat = binge. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I really felt like I should make myself moderate. To diet harder. What I was really doing was going toward pre-diabetes faster. Yikes! Glad I stopped moderating sugar and grains.
Here's to doing what works, Holiday's last a few weeks. Here's to setting up 2015 for success. How are you setting yourself up for 2015?
**** Trigger food photo warning*******
|Using the tools in Food Junkies to navigate shiny doughnuts|