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funkymuse
Thursday, April 24, 2008, 3:57am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Testimony... testimony... testimony!!!  

Well an amazing thing has happened... but I'll backtrack a little.

In November of last year.. hubby and I decided to really get serious about the BTD.  No more toe dipping.. we really started to become compliant.  We both saw weight loss and increased health.  But still I would find myself binging on sugar, caffeine and junk, and having morning brain fog and fibromyalgia symptoms.  My osteoarthritis knees would also flare.  

Well then the GTD book came in the mail in late December, and we jumped on the bandwagon.  It was mostly super foods and some diamonds in the beginning with several black dots here and there as we made the transition.  But we were excited at the new food choices even though we were baffled by the loss of others.

I found myself still falling into an occasional binge and on 2/24/08 after a couple of days of flirting with a binge, I had a big one.  I remember writing about it here on some forum thread.

However, 2/24/08 was my last binge.
I have been two months clean from binging.  Two months out of my entire lifetime.  From childhood on when I first discovered I could eat like a huge man and not gain weight, until I turned 18, I got into what would be considered bad habits!  I began to treat food as love... as comfort... as a companion... as a stress reliever... and I used whatever the current food dieting fad was as well.  So at a certain point.. for years, I used the high carb, no fat, no protein model.  Lots of bread, pasta, tomato sauces, vinegars, milks, yogurts, on and on.  A total group of foods I wouldn't touch today if you paid me because of the science behind the GTD.

At any rate.. this high carb/low fat type of eating also allowed me to eat a lot without gaining weight and in fact losing... so the old habit of being able to eat a lot continued.  

But I was continually sick.. lots of colds, feeling run down.. tired ALL the time.  At this point I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and my knees hurt.  My skin was bad... but by God I was thin!  HAAA!!! (actually not a very funny HA.)

And in between all the dieting slowly the binging would come and go.  I could make it three weeks and then boom... 3 or 4 days or a week would go by with my head in junk and shame and guilt and body horrid body image.. hiding in my 'fat' clothes.  

So to have two months clean... without sugar, caffeine, bread, chips, junk... and to slowly, during those two months, get rid of almost all black dot foods and concentrate more on diamonds, has been a miracle.  A lifetime miracle.  

From someone who was never rid of cravings.. who would literally shake physically if I didn't get a sugar hit... going to someone who has had her taste buds changed to not craving junk at all, is some kind of testimony to this new GTD science. (I really related to the 'Best Breakfast Ever' Blog).

As well.. my knees DO NOT hurt.  My fibromyalgia is all but gone.  I sleep well.. I hardly worry... If I do want to eat more... I eat more of a super food or a diamond.  Yes the weight loss slows down when I do that... but my healing does not stop because I chose good foods to overeat on not junk.  

I'm going into the change of life (perimenopause); so I do have symptoms happening there... but I expect it to be smooth sailing as I continue on this GTD.

So I just had to share on my 2 months of sobriety and receive my 60 day chip (as they say in the Program!)

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart Dr. D for all your hard work bringing this science into my life and into the life's of many others who are being helped by what you and your  Father have done.

You just don't know the years of emotional and physical suffering I had on the roller coaster of addiction with c**p food.  I would lay in bed and cry because I couldn't stop.  And now... just amazing.

And thanks to everyone here for your warm support, fantastic ideas and forum cyber friendship.

Hugs all around...

Christina


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What a wonderful thing to hear, so encouraging.  I'm so happy for you and thank you for sharing with us.  Wishing you all the best for continued success and good health.

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All right Christina!!! As Isa would say "Super Dooper"!!


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Hi Christina,

Loved reading your thread and  testimony .   Thanks for sharing so  much.. I know it takes some time to  write it all down, but it's such a GREAT help to hear how successful  the diet is and how WORTH  IT is is to stay compliant and not give in...  it takes  a lot of will power!  
Good for you....
So has your husband been able to  see such great results too?  And what type is he?   Has he recovered from any particular ailment?  I'd love to know....

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Hi Christina,

Loved reading your thread and  testimony .   Thanks for sharing so  much.. I know it takes some time to  write it all down, but it's such a GREAT help to hear how successful  the diet is and how WORTH  IT is is to stay compliant and not give in...  it takes  a lot of will power!  
Good for you....
So has your husband been able to  see such great results too?  And what type is he?   Has he recovered from any particular ailment?  I'd love to know....



Thanks so much everyone.  I wanted to write it because it was really a milestone for me but also because I hoped it might help others who know the place I talk about.  That awful addiction place whether it's a big addiction or a small one.

Hubby is a Hunter like me and has seen results as far as feeling better.  He will not go totally black dot free and very occasionally has an avoid.  BUT when he does, he gets sick!  I'm secretly glad because this puts him back on track to 'no avoids' for awhile.

Hubby does not have any ailments that are showing up right now.  He get fatigue now and then in the afternoons and feels a bit of depression, but I think it's cause he drinks to much coffee and crashes in the afternoons.  I've talked with him about it and he pays attention and usually he'll start in with Yerba Mate after a full pot of half decaf coffee.  

His white lines are not nearly as bad as mine even though he ate bread for years.  Tons of it.  He loves it.  He's half Italian/half Spanish.. so again we have our genetic differences from our different 'family lines' and their genes and tendencies.

As far as willpower... after that last binge I prayed hard (and it's not like I hadn't prayed before believe me!)... but something happened.  Between the prayer and the GTD adherence... I was able to slip past the cravings.  I think the food on the GTD gave me needed balance in my brain chemistry and so I was able to say no when I got a craving in that initial period.. which was sketchy but I made it.

I think two things really helped me during my initial period - dates and chocolate.  I discovered dates!  Never had one in my life.. but they are a diamond for the Hunter and so is chocolate.   Someone had posted about mixing chocolate and agave... that became a fix.  As well.. and I think this is a crucial thing.  Fish oils.  Cod Liver, etc.  I wasn't ingesting these before because Cod Liver Oil was not good for O's.  But I think it's CRUCIAL for brain chemistry balance.

Thanks again all and I have to be careful because like any addiction alls it takes is one bite and the addict is off and running... It's a sneaky disease.  


Anyway.. I'm rambling again.  
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you never  ramble!!

It's so good to hear all of your positive experiences....
I can't  tell you how much  this inspires me
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funkymuse,  What an inspirational story!  

Joy, happiness and peace that comes right through your words can only come from a place of healing (I believe)!  

Thanks for sharing,
Tea Rose  



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Christina, if I didn't already know how life-changing the GTD is, I would be tempted to think that even though you are posting under the same name, you are actually a different person from the one I first begin to know on this board!!! It is so incredibly wonderful how the right foods can do such miracles! And you ARE a different person!! If your post doesn't make Dr. D.'s day, I don't know what it would take!! I am so very happy for you! And don't you ever worry about rambling - I was gobbling up every word of your post!!!
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Great job girl! I know how it is giving up wheat..sugar...caffeine..

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WOW, what a heartfelt inspirational story.  Thanks so much for sharing.  

AND you get your "60 day chip"...Solid GOLD!


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I read your testimonial last night before retiring, but my connection failed when I responded!

I think it s brilliant you have shifted to such compliance and are reaping the benefits!
great job!


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Keep "rambling" Christina - it's wonderful to read of your success - yay!  


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hey girl, that's quite a testimony!!! I'm so jealous too.
If ONLY Rich would get on board, things would be so much easier. and as SheriBerry, for taking the time to write all that out. It really does inspire others when they read of someone elses success!!





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Thank you all for your kind words!  I'm glad my story inspired others.  In the old days, the children were taught by the Elders from their stories...

An almost lost gift in our society.

I believe we need to tell our stories.  They are inspiring.  They give hope to others and they free our souls.

Gosh Italy where do you get all those fantastic Smiles?!  wow...
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Gosh Italy where do you get all those fantastic Smiles?!  wow...


They are soooo cute!
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Telling our stories helps others learn.  I think our "elders" have done us a grave disservice by not sitting us down around a campfire and telling us their experience.  We have to learn by reading books instead of day-in and day-out living.  It's a pity.

Thank you for sharing. As the others said, it's not rambling.  I soaked up every word too.

Speaking of addictions, here's a recent thing I've noticed for myself.  Not only am I not craving sugar, when I have a tidbit, it no longer sparks the intense desire to eat more.  Same with wheat.  I used to be addicted to wheat.  I didn't like spelt because it didn't give me the "high" that wheat would.  Wheat would even bother my brain (and give me constipation to boot) on the BTD.  But now that I'm on the GTD, for some odd reason that I can't figure out, I can tolerate wheat again.  I ate a whole wheat bagel this morning.  A bagel!  Never in a million years would I have ever eaten a bagel before.  I'd be regretting it for days, not being able to use the bathroom....not to mention the depression and fog-brain!  Now it's no problem.  And not only that, but eating a bagel doesn't give me intense urgings to eat more bread.  I enjoyed it and then ate something else for lunch.  I didn't go back and eat 4 more bagels for a mid-morning snack, then finish off the bag at lunch, which is what I would have done 6 months ago had I stupidly bought some.  I am one happy Warrior.


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Telling our stories helps others learn.  I think our "elders" have done us a grave disservice by not sitting us down around a campfire and telling us their experience.  

I didn't go back and eat 4 more bagels for a mid-morning snack, then finish off the bag at lunch, which is what I would have done 6 months ago had I stupidly bought some.  I am one happy Warrior.


Oh my... I'd have to eat 4 more.  I have to be very careful around wheat, gluten, etc., being a Hunter.  The only thing I'm currently eating is rice which is a super food.  Spelt is a Black dot but I can't touch it yet.  Sets me off.

As far as the Elders doing a dis-service.. I think it goes both ways.  I had a friend who taught English in Japan for years and she observed that the youth there had one dream 'to get to America' and be like the Hollywood stars here.  They didn't want to listen to their Elders anymore and wouldn't.  

So I think overall the traditions are being lost.  So the changes one embarks on in life, i.e. going from being a boy to a man, a maiden to a women, or even career changes, divorces, moves, etc.... the honoring/grieving/celebrating, of any type of change - one has to take on and handle alone.  The 'community' is all but gone.  

We all have to self-initiate and somehow find our way through.

  
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I just read something in Mothering magazine (my favorite!) about this.  She said women have viewed being a housewife as drudgery and a chore, and they tended to throw motherhood into that mindset also.  But she pointed out that it's not motherhood that's the problem, it's isolation and single-family units that's the problem.  I so agreed with that.


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There has to be some "community" left or else we all wouldn't be here  

Thanks Dr D for establishing this community.

Ribbit, I totally agree with what you are saying, isolation and the family trying to cope without support is SO HARD.  We need our parents, grandparents, and extended family to be more involved in teaching and helping.

I SO want to do this for my 2 daughters and hopefully at least they will not feel like they are "going it alone".  I want it to feel natural that mum and dad help out and are there for them.

ooo I've really gone off-topic - sorry  


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I SO want to do this for my 2 daughters and hopefully at least they will not feel like they are "going it alone".  I want it to feel natural that mum and dad help out and are there for them.



it's interesting because for awhile kids seem to need to go off out there into the woods and cut down every tree in their path!  At least I did!  ha..

And I didn't have a strong family unit growing up.  I think that is the key to having the kids eventually come back for your support and love and 'stories' at a certain stage.

I'm working very hard to heal with my Mom.  We were emotionally estranged when I was growing up and I separated from her bitterly when I was 17.  She left my Dad when I was 5 and he totally disliked me anyway.  So it was a strange beginning and stranger still as the years went by and Mom got involved with other 'not so healthy men' who certainly were not good Step Father material.

But all that taught me to have a deep giving streak.  What it didn't teach me was how to receive.  Now with my present loving husband I am learning that.  BUT I still cannot go to my Mom for advice or the kind of love a daughter should always receive from her Mom.  But I love her anyway and accept what is there.  She is the 'only' Mom I have and I want to cherish her while she is here.

So if you have a young family you are grooming, I think it is very very important to establish bonds and trust.  That way they will always know they can come back when they need to.

It's wonderful to hear you speak of wanting to care for your daughters in that way.  

And... I'm WAY off topic and I started it! opps!!! ha...
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You're not really off topic.  We're talking about being clean and sober from sugar and junk.  I say leaving painful pasts behind is sort of like coming clean from junk.  Going from "white sugar" relationships (or maybe black walnut shell relationships) and changing to agave relationships is hard, but it's sweet and better for us.  

At one point in my life there was a music group that scratched just the right spot emotionally for me.  It's called Vigilantes of Love, and one of there songs has the phrase, "It's hard to taste the wine when you're drunk on the tears."  But once the tears go away and you're not so drunk on them, you can taste the wine, and ain't it great?


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Hi funkymouse are you able to write out a few days of your typical daily diet as a hunter?
I have always had the same problems with bingeing.
& always feel sick.
I start my days with coffee and smokes and I crash with depression too.
I have been eating dates and chocolate too which has been nice.
Im afraid of putting on weight though.
Thanks for your sharing.
I pray that God will help me with it too.
Thanks funkymouse


Eat your heart out


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Bravo Funkymuse !

I cant wait to give my testimonial towards the end of May  ..


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Marie, how about switching to green tea and ditching the coffee?


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