Back on the wagon

United Kingdom
April 1, 2018 7:40am CST
I've been eating like a pig for a few weeks and it's taken its toll, so yesterday I got back on track and I've cut out sugar and flour again. I knew there would be a couple of days of headaches, but I forgot about the brain fog and tiredness My food without sugar or flour is delicious and so much nicer all round than the unhealthy stuff I sometimes eat, but getting past the first couple of days is so difficult, especially when the headaches come accompanied by cravings stronger than I've ever had for anything else! The problem with food is that, when it becomes an addiction, it's one that is largely socially acceptable, so it's much easier to give in than it is with addictions to other things like illegal drugs, or even other socially acceptable things like alcohol or gambling. I've just had sausage casserole for dinner and I'll be having vegetable stew for tea - both are really nice, if I do say so myself but the pull of processed foods is really strong!
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
1 Apr
Did you have to reinforce the wagon any to carry you after all that? Of course, I can't really say anything, I haven't seen my toes for a long time.
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• United Kingdom
1 Apr
No but I did nearly split the zip on my coat when I moved too much I only just got back to fitting in that coat a few weeks ago after my efforts so far this year, so now I'm using that as a benchmark for when I've definitely gone too far
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
1 Apr
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• Philippines
1 Apr
Yes, what we had last holiday season had a great factor in our diet. I'm glad you talked about getting back on track because this also reminded me.
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• United Kingdom
1 Apr
Good luck! I'm ok once I get used to it but it's the first week that I find the most difficult.
• Philippines
1 Apr
@LilyBeBack same here, it's hard to say goodbye to those sweet cakes, yummy dinner buffets and soda.
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• United Kingdom
1 Apr
@MrsPumpkins That's right, I need to remember that those things are for special occasions
@Courage7 (6008)
• United States
2 Apr
Its very tough I know it Lily but that sausage dish looks really delish! I have been doing Keto now for the last couple weeks and have lost 4 lbs..yay. It is much easier for me than other things I have tried. I have also cut out sugar and flour. Keto is basically no or low carbs. Good luck. I am sorry for your headaches too. Here is an encouraging 59 second weight loss video
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• United Kingdom
3 Apr
Thanks I wish it was as easy as using a smaller plate Well done on your loss! I lost 13lbs in my first week of this, it's insanely effective and unbelievably healthy - all I need to do is get myself into the mindset that this is me, I don't eat sugar or flour and that's that. Any attempt at moderation just makes me give in completely I get addicted to things so easily, and unfortunately processed foods is one of my addictions, but I already went without it for two months this year so I know I can do it again
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@Courage7 (6008)
• United States
3 Apr
@LilyBeBack I know you can do it also..that is basically it Lily..that sugar and flour is the worst and soooo addictive..I understand that well. I wish I could lose that fast as you!!! Oh I know that guy with the bread plates haha
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• United Kingdom
3 Apr
@Courage7 It slowed down after that and eventually settled on 3lbs a week I'm making chicken satay curry tonight I think
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
1 Apr
If you continue with your no sugar/no flour diet then you will be feeling lighter in body and mind.
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• United Kingdom
1 Apr
Absolutely! I did it solidly for eight weeks at the start of this year and I lost 34lbs all together but now I've put 13lbs back on
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
1 Apr
@LilyBeBack So now you have to rid of 21lbs.Not bad.
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• United Kingdom
1 Apr
@silvermist True I want to aim to do it for eight weeks again this time, then at least I'll be lighter than I am now by the time I relapse again
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@Courtlynn (66134)
• United States
1 Apr
Hope you can get back to eating your heathy way, soon.
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• United Kingdom
2 Apr
I'm doing OK for now It's only been a couple of days but the first week is the hardest bit
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@Courtlynn (66134)
• United States
2 Apr
@LilyBeBack I've heard a lot of people say that.. goodluck
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• United Kingdom
2 Apr
@Courtlynn Thanks
@AmbiePam (49078)
• United States
1 Apr
It IS strong! When I got back on the plan I had forgotten how strong the cravings are, especially the flour, for me. I remembered how fatigued I had been, but not the cravings! I just keep reminding myself how satisfying it is to lose weight and know you feel good, but you really look good. I haven't been this weight since high school, and I want to keep progressing
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• United Kingdom
2 Apr
Yeah I'd definitely choose flour if I had to pick one out of that and sugar. I could eat pizza and pasta forever I ended up eating some chocolate last night that my Nana sent me for Easter, but today I've stayed on track whereas normally one digression would be a slippery slope for me, so I'm annoyed that I ate that but I'm pleased as well because I've proven to myself that if I do slip up I don't have to then eat everything I see for a month Well done on your progress! I'm trying to remember that my aim is to be at goal weight before summer ends, which is more than doable if I stick to the plan
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@AmbiePam (49078)
• United States
2 Apr
@LilyBeBack Did you take a picture of yourself at the start? It helps me to take periodic photos to keep myself motivated.I I'm going to have to talk to my dad. He sweetly brings me things like lasagna, and I can't be making exceptions because that's not how my stinking addiction works.
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• United Kingdom
3 Apr
@AmbiePam I did, and I keep forgetting to take another set of pictures I'll do that this weekend, I get weighed on Saturdays so I'll take my pictures at the same time and then I'll be able to see the difference from when I started I totally understand, it's really difficult to deal with the family side of it because they bring us food because they love us and so it can seem like we're rejecting them when all we're really doing is deciding to take control of what we eat! I find it really difficult to say no once the food's there in front of me, so at the start of this whole thing I told my mam what I was doing and I said please don't send me any more food, and thankfully she hasn't.
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@anikoonline (3166)
• Hungary
1 Apr
I do low carb diet mostly, but I need to have a break from time to time (once or twice a month). It is really hard to always keep the strict diet. As it is Easter, I have my break now, I've already ate some cake. I am sure that you will loose weight soon with your diet.
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• United Kingdom
2 Apr
I'd like to be able to do what you do - for now I have to be extremely strict with myself and try my best not to have any sugar or flour at all, but in time I want to be able to have treats for special occasions without hat turning into a month long binge
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• Hungary
2 Apr
@LilyBeBack Yes, it is very strict and it is easy to binge with this diet. But I am sure that cutting out sugar and flour is also very effective.
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• United Kingdom
2 Apr
@anikoonline It's essentially the same thing because it means I'm not eating any simple carbohydrates, just vegetables, fats, and protein
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@JohnRoberts (57008)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Apr
It's always time to cut back on the good stuff.
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• United Kingdom
1 Apr
Never a truer word spoken
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@Starmaiden (5931)
• Canada
1 Apr
I was out of coffee all week last week and nearly went stir crazy. This week Im drinking double my usual daily intake to make up for the loss. :-D
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• United Kingdom
1 Apr
I know what that's like I absolutely love coffee and love how alert it makes me but it causes issues with my skin so I don't buy it for the house I still have it whenever I get the chance outside of my house though
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@maezee (32269)
• United States
1 Apr
Nice. All good things. I agree when you go without sugar or the fattening foods it almost feels like a detox. But then you crave it less. Do you celebrate Easter? Just wondering as for me this is a day that is.. a lot of eating. Anyway best of luck! Let us know how it goes.
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• United Kingdom
1 Apr
I celebrate Easter in a secular way So for me it's like a small-scale Christmas, and as you say there's a lot of eating... On Friday we had fish and chips at my mam's house and then I started my diet yesterday morning, so I've had no Easter eggs or anything but I did have a takeaway to mark my final night Next week is going to be difficult because I'm going to be house sitting on my own while my family takes my son on holiday, and that's the sort of time when I'd usually eat a lot of unhealthy stuff
@GardenGerty (99351)
• United States
9 Apr
Your observation about food being a socially acceptable addiction are just right.