What I liked:
- Both Sarah and Stacey were very open in discussing their use in the past of Paleo Treats
- Both Sarah and Stacey are maintaining large weight loss and have admitted they also have experience with sugar/food addictions/food recreations/mental games.
- There are no rules or standards- personalize the approach for yourself.
- Paleo Treats drive traffic to blogs, fun foods vs health promoting, so lots of Paleo treat photos
- Check out the list of emulsifiers at the end of the blog post Most emulsifiers also induce binge urges for me
- I really appreciated Sarah and Stacey dialog and honesty.
How I deal with "treat photos" from post recovery-AKA my own standards. Remember, I am an abstainer.
I cannot put photos into my sight an/or look at Paleo treat foods without getting triggered. We are all different: different foods in recovery, different triggers. Photos of Paleo treats are just not something I can include in my life and count myself as being in recovery.
What makes me a decent hobby photographer also is a slippery slope for relapse for me.
- I don't follow Instagram Accounts that have more than 1 in 20 dessert photos
- I don't make "fun" or" gray zone foods". Even on my birthday, Food Addiction is not fun or gray. Food either makes me well or puts me back into food addiction.
- I google meat, veggies, and AIP topics and wind up on The Paleo Mom's site via a search
- I do eat 85% chocolate, maybe half or more days- one or two squares, or not. It doesn't trigger me.
Karen's take away: When you are getting food sober and getting off the Standard American Diet (SAD), get clean and free first. Really. High sugary foods -even real food and high carby foods all = sugar to your liver. Your genetics will determine your tolerance- IMO. Since I was battling life long obesity, fat storage was all my body could do to protect my liver, kidneys, eyes, and heart from the high glucose levels. I honor that!
- Don't bring the SAD with you, ( wisdom from Jason Seib, 2012 workshop, 2014 Facebook post)
- Make a clean break for a long time,
- Then when you are on solid non-binge eating ground , safely self experiment (n=1)
- Celebrate, we are talking gratitude here, what you can bring back. It's a gift.
- Realize everyone is triggered by different foods and situations
- Have some compassion for others, the disease of food addiction is life threatening and at the very least life degrading, recovery is tough. We are all in different phases of recovery.
- Being honest about your recovery is key. Some self reflection and action when you know you are "using" or "playing games" with your food.
- Make honest standards for yourself
|Wading into the food waters after addiction recovery|
Okay readers, how do you deal with Paleo treats? Do you have to unsubscribe from IG accounts? I know lots of people can have occasional grain free baked items on special days. There's no one right way, but 2-3 ways that are going to work a heck of a lot better than others. Leave your comments below.