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Spring
Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 4:47am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Ribbit
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.


This is great, Ribbit!! I have always loved bagels, but they had to go when I started on the BTD. I lost 25 pounds several years ago on a low fat diet and bagels were my all-time favorite snack. ONLY one-half bagel at a time, though, and only twice in a day, but they thoroughly satisfied me. I think I could make farmer's cheese into something that resembled the taste of cream cheese to put on them - what a great snack that would make. Right now I'm still enjoying my amaranth pancakes made by your recipe with the flour substituted. They make a great snack too. But there is something about chewing on a bagel that is very satisfying!
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Saturday, May 3, 2008, 2:36am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I realize this is going to make not a few people really jealous, but hey--I've been off wheat 10 years.  I've done my time.  Quark is my new favorite cheese.  Quark and blackberry jelly on a toasted ww bagel.  Man.  I do luv this diet.


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Good for you, Ribbit! Amazing! ---I gotta come up with another word, I think I've worn this one out. Maybe "I'm speechless" would be more apt!
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Well I started this thread in April, having started the GTD but I was treating it as yet 'another diet' and for a person with addictive qualities, this is a death sentence to true sobriety.  

As many of you know, I am a sugar/junk addict.  I have surrendered to that fact.  I look like a normal person in society and no one would ever know that I have spent hours sneaking to the store, buying up lots of junk goodies (poisen) and eating it all in my car or stashing it at the house or office and secretly eating it all during the day.  Sometimes throwing it away only to dig it out of the trash later when my blood sugar and brain chemistry demanded another 'hit.'  

I had to put it in the garbage disposal if I wanted to make it through the day or night without going in and finding it again.  Sad but true.  Addicts will do anything for their hit.  

At any rate... the first true 60 days I ever made it on an eating regime have been on the GTD.  I did make it 4 months on Optifast twice losing tons of weight and then gorging over the period of about a month or two gaining it all back and more.  

Those first 60 days were the testimony in this thread.  Right after that, I failed again.  I cannot tell you what happened as the disease voice is subtle and sneaky like a snake and it bites before you even know you've been bitten - and so I fell hard back into the junk bins and shame and guilt.  The more I fell in, the more fear begin to grab my guy, heart and mind that I would never succeed.  I mean I had really felt the GTD was the thing that helped me and there I was once again, down in the disease.

62 days ago, at 2 am in the morning I found myself so scared that I did not know how to eat anymore.  I didn't know how to stay clean, I didn't know how to do life.  That I was going to kill myself with junk food and sugar.  That I was letting my life slip by me as I stayed in the 'obsession' and guilt and shame every single moment of everyday.  

I have posted what I did that night on another thread and on my blog so I won't go into again here, but the point if, that now I'm truly 62 days free of the 'disease.'  AND of the dieting mentality.

I'm going on with life.  I'm going on with love.  I'm going on with my work and the obsession of the disease has taken a back seat.  It's very hard to explain, but I know 100% that this time, it's different because I am working a program of sobriety and with that and the GTD and God's precious loving help, I know I'm going to make it now.  

I have posted my 62 day report on my blog (link below), and for me my posts there are a miracle.  

Thanks again all, Dr. D, and Becky Jackson for all your help and wisdom.  Your wisdom and help have become my lifeline to living a disease free life.  

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I'm going on with life.  I'm going on with love.  I'm going on with my work and the obsession of the disease has taken a back seat.  It's very hard to explain, but I know 100% that this time, it's different because I am working a program of sobriety and with that and the GTD and God's precious loving help, I know I'm going to make it now.

Good for you Funky!  "To err is human".  It's easy to get caught in that black and white mentality, where you think you can only be either perfect or totally debauched.  It's great that you can move beyond that, to picking yourself up and moving forward again.  One lapse in sanity cannot undo your 62 days worth of progress, unless you quit trying!
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VWD Funkymuse! But, if you do really have an "addiction" it might be a  very good idea getting therapy. Addiction is a mental thing...You're not doing this alone are you? Medical schools have therapy on sliding scales for families that can't afford it.
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Good for you Funky!  "To err is human".  It's easy to get caught in that black and white mentality, where you think you can only be either perfect or totally debauched.  It's great that you can move beyond that, to picking yourself up and moving forward again.  One lapse in sanity cannot undo your 62 days worth of progress, unless you quit trying!


Thanks so much  Drive.  

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VWD Funkymuse! But, if you do really have an "addiction" it might be a  very good idea getting therapy. Addiction is a mental thing...You're not doing this alone are you? Medical schools have therapy on sliding scales for families that can't afford it.


Already done it tons of it.  And Becky's book and workbook is fantastic for self help therapy.

But thank you Diana...

And yes, addiction is a "mental" thing... the first thing about it is bad brain chemistry from bad eating.  After one gets the eating going in a good direction (not bingeing, purging, etc.) then one can 'sanely' attack the emotions behind the eating issues.

Until then it's a vicious cycle of brain chemistry cravings that drive one crazy.  
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well done to the sugar fixing junkie,all too easy for women,esp with
PMT and hormones,I speak from personal experience,I had to give up chocolate for hormonal reasons,which was very tough,linked with caffeine at the same time,sought refuge in snack page raisins and herbal teas,so glad i did it though,keep it up,no doubt you're thinner too,keep it up!x
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you are very inspiring, funkymuse!  Thank you for sharing your journey!
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