Sahara, those are two great links...thanks for sharing
Loops, sorry you're struggling again....the dairy addiction is something I've experienced for years
and I had no option but to avoid it totally when I was typed as a Teacher (who ironically gets
a lot of cheese), until I found manchego cheese for some odd reason doesn't set me up for dairy addiction.
I think the ONLY solution is not having the dairy in the house....Just do not buy what you can't
eat. Buy what you can eat and make sure you're one meal ahead of yourself. Although I've eaten
breakfast and calculated in my head that I ate a large amount of food, what I'm mentally preparing
for in my head is what I'll eat for lunch. Not enough fiber for breakfast, so I'm already thinking
beans/bean soup....vegetables....and knowing all of these foods will fill me up....Also thinking
ahead is my nuts.....and so I take a little cup and measure them out....getting them ready for
when I need to eat a snack. Remembering to drink enough fluid....have tea if I think I'm hungry,
because usually I'm thirsty and don't get the signal when I know I haven't had much fluid in hours.
I just pour myself a big pitcher of water in the morning....let it sit out and remind myself to drink
it up before the day is over.
You might want to try melatonin instead of ambien....I sleep well and take it 30 minutes before bed.
It takes trying a few different mg to see how much you need. I need 9 or 10 mg. My husband only
needs 6 mg.
You might want to just post your meals, one at a time on this thread until you get a handle on
self control. It doesn't take will power as much as it takes planning ahead and feeling gratified for
getting from point A to point B. That's the way I do it....going from meal to meal....It's not like
I'm thinking about food all day but it's one of the necessities of having food ready when you need
to eat. And with a baby, I'm quite sure you can't focus very much on yourself when someone else
needs so much of your precious time. While nursing a baby can be a relaxation time for you,
in all reality, unless someone else is helping you prepare food for yourself, I can see how easy it
would be to grab whatever is available when you feel the need to eat.
Start over again....just feel accountable for one day at a time....And try to get through one meal
at a time by thinking about your next meal while you're still on breakfast. Think out your snacks
and your liquid....and try to feel the sense that you're planning ahead. I'm generally not a planner
as I like spontaneity, but part of taking good care of yourself and feeding yourself right is being
Next time you go food shopping, do not buy foods you know will tempt you...I often freeze foods
I shouldn't eat....Most of my manchego cheese is frozen in little bite size pieces....Only a day's
worth is defrosted and ready to eat.
Sometimes you have to be your own policewoman....for your own good! Keep a food diary....
give yourself little smile-y faces when you've done a good job.
Just wipe the slate clean and start anew...
Don't let too much time go by without letting people on the forum know you need support. WIshing you the best of luck