Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New food to abstain from at home, sigh, bacon!

Paleo FX 2015 breakfast at the hotel, with avocado to share

Special Note: I'm going to talk about abstaining, bacon, and food rules for my own food template. I'm food sober today because I set up some of my own guidelines around what I put in my pie hole. If that is not your thing, please move on to another blog. Moderation and intuitive eating blogs are all the rage, abstaining blogs are harder to find. Thank you for understanding!!

Oh yeah!  In my post binge eating days, I'm still running into foods that still trigger me. Yeah, bacon! I ate bacon on my travel in April and May. While I seemed to be okay with it traveling, bacon is probably one of those foods I'll have occasionally, while traveling, but not at home.

I just want to overeat bacon at home, in a binge sort of way when I'm home.

Even after 4 years, heck, the rest of my life I'll have to deal with this urge to want to binge eat. So, the "bacon rules for 2015" are now in stone.


While traveling = bacon is okay

At home = Abstain from bacon

At least I know myself well. For me, setting in structure and rules around food is a good thing. It helps me be well instead of in the food addiction. And, that is a good thing.

What's working

1. Abstaining from some foods, like bacon while.

What did not work in the past

1. Continuing to eat foods that trigger binge eating and make excuses why that is okay.

Alrighty!  Working on the Paleo FX 2015 recap posts. I should publish those later this week.

14 comments:

  1. Smart idea! Bacon has never been a problem for me. Ice Cream is my worst trigger. If there is ice cream in the house, I have no self control.

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  2. Ice cream was/is a huge trigger. Sugar and the guar gums. Second to only cereal on the binge scale. I don't miss ice cream. Thanks for stopping by , Mary Ellen

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  3. Ah, bacon. I see it talked about extensively in the "paleoshere" as a wonderful thing. And, yes, my taste buds agree, which is why it is an EXTRA SPECIAL treat in my house. I can eat and eat it. Maintaining a food safe environment is so important! Physical and Mental health preservation is key - way to go with recognizing and acting on this one, Karen!

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    1. Maintaining a food safe environment - yes, so, so, so important. Easy for my mind to tell me stories. Thank you, Jess.

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  4. a lot of paleoids DO make an outsized fuss about bacon.... sure, it's good, and some dishes aren't the same without it. and after we left the low-fat world behind it was nice to be able to eat plenty of it again, but it's now something I don't want as much of ... just like chocolate. :-) let's celebrate having power over the food rather than vice-versa!

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    1. Thanks, Tess. Just so glad to be deliberate about my choices.

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  5. Self awareness is a wonderful thing! It was a good day for me when I realized that abstaining isn't completely all or nothing in every sense...just in some. I love that you recognize bacon isn't an issue if traveling, but to have it in your home is a trigger. I am abstaining from milk chocolate and anything less than 70% cocoa...really 85% is what I like best because anything less causes triggers, but I can eat a square of the real dark chocolate (dove dark chocolate promises don't count!!), and it is not a trigger and I feel satisfied. I'm loving this "know thyself" part of abstaining...though I do wish I already came with a manual and knew exactly what all my triggers are...and will be...ha! Great job on identifying and abstaining from another one of your triggers!!

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    1. Hi Rebecca. Most foods are all or nothing. I may need to abstain from pork all together. I may be BS-ing myself on the bacon while traveling. That's what my slippery slope thinking does. Although the higher salt content does seem to help me in hot climates during travel. I'm one of those people that needs higher salt to not pass out, especially when it's hot. I found a cool pink salt shaker to carry with me in my purse. Time will tell :)

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  6. Another good post Karen ...and your 'What's working and 'What didn't work in the past' is always helpful to many.

    All the best Jan

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  7. You are not alone in having moderation issues with bacon. You are nearly alone in recognizing that you need bacon boundaries. I read a lot of blogs with bacon, bacon, bacon. It is like dark chocolate, dark chocolate, dark chocolate that I also read. I think none at home, okay away from home, when you are not traveling constantly is a good boundary. The only downside is away from home bacon is probably loaded, the real thing.

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    1. Vickie, yeah, bacon boundaries. Any food that causes me to want to food seek or go back for multiple times in an hour is problematic for me. With the 85% dark chocolate, I can easily take it out for a month or two and bring it back in with zero problems, that's how I know it's okay. I could live with it or without it.

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  8. I really like learning from your success with weight loss and maintenance Karen. I love that you found what works for you but I find it difficult that you often express your disapproval of "moderation" or "weight watcher" bloggers. No matter the path I find success on, I love learning from everyone. I don't think that just because someone is counting points, that they are smug. (I believe you used that term to describe those who practice moderation with success in a previous post)

    I actually feel a bit guilty reading your blog because posts often begin with, if you're not doing it my way (abstaining) then move along...which I interpret as, you're not welcome. I have learned a lot from you and want to encourage you to welcome everyone to learn from you and not only abstainers.

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    1. Hi divad. Thank you for your feedback.

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