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Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, April 9, 2007, 1:50pm
I really would love to hear from previously 'sugar or alcohol addicted' O's who have had success with weight loss and finding BALANCE as far as feel good feeling from good brain chemistry balancing, and if anyone did anything special other than being compliant.

I'm having such trouble with cravings and getting through those.  I'm able to be 100% compliant for several days (two weeks at one point!), and then I start having awful cravings for chocolate or something to make my brain feel better.  As soon as I give in to one of those things, boom, I feel like a million dollars, (so I know it's brain chemistry), and then of course I crash and have to feed the demon again.  This has been going on in my life since I was a kid and I want to truly STOP IT.  

That is why I've been asking about depression and natural brain chemistry adjusters like Rhodiola and L-Tyrosine, etc.  I'm going to try the Rhodiola today and see if that starts to get me stable.  And of course I'll be back on the good eating regime.

I came from a family of addicts, sugar, meth, alcohol, pot, etc.  I only ever have been stuck on the sugar addiction wagon, like my Mom... but my Sis and Brother and all other family members went deeper into drugs, ect.

So stories and experiences with brain chemistry balancing from O's who have delt with deep addiction issues with sugar or booze and have found balance would be appreciated.  Of course I know that getting this right will bring me to weight loss as well, so any success on that front, I would love to hear about too!

Thanks so much in advance, I'm so looking forward to finding support and understanding with this deep seated issue and working to find the light at the end of this 48 year tunnel of struggle.

Posted by: koahiatamadl, Monday, April 9, 2007, 2:20pm; Reply: 1
I've just looked at your most recent posts and I can't see any info about your current exercise regime anywhere.

The one key thing for Os to balance their system is strenuous exercise several times a week.  The lift this gives you is unbelievable!  Anything will do as long as it lasts 30mins + and you get suitably exhausted.  Read Suzanne's blogs for inspirations on exercising in all kinds of situations including on holiday.

I would also recommend you try to do some exercise when you get bad cravings - exercise does have a huge and immediate impact on your brain chemistry.  If, for some reason, you cannot do any exercise when a craving for chocolate hits you try eating some beneficial protein (carry some beef jerky round with you if you are not at home).  This will also help.

It is really a case of replacing established behavioural patterns - feel bad eat chocolate - with alternative ones - feel bad go for run/swim/bike ride/walk up a hill/use rowing machine or whatever...
 
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, April 9, 2007, 2:41pm; Reply: 2
Quoted from funkymuse
I really would love to hear from previously 'sugar or alcohol addicted' O's who have had success with weight loss and finding BALANCE as far as feel good feeling from good brain chemistry balancing, and if anyone did anything special other than being compliant.

In the immortal words of the tacky-yet-somehow-classic Meatloaf song:  Stop right there!  You have just described what I feel is the crowning glory of the BTD:  its ability to balance you systemically.

As an O, in addition to compliance, I find that ensuring that I eat enough protein at, ideally, each meal, but at least each day and whenever I am going to have grains or refined carbs, really helps keep me steady and in balance.  It is flirting with cravings disaster for an O (especially an O non like moi) to just eat a grain or other refined carbohydrate and not eat protein with it.  In other words, it is dangerous to eat refined starch or grains (or other refined sugars--I say "other" because grains and starches are sugar) as what I have labeled "unopposed carbs".  You must oppose them, counter them, with protein.

If you do that and are compliant, you should do very well most of the time with cravings.  It can get tricky for us gals around the time of our periods, as hormones are not to be trifled with, but again, protein, protein, protein and try to get your carbs during those challenging times from veggies and fruits versus refined starches...although that will be the time you want refined starch *lol*.  So, if you have some, just have some protein with it.
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I'm having such trouble with cravings and getting through those.  I'm able to be 100% compliant for several days (two weeks at one point!), and then I start having awful cravings for chocolate or something to make my brain feel better.

Giiiiiiiiiiirl, I am much the same (although chocolate is never what I crave, give me POTATO CHIPS, higher glycemic index than white sugar--wuuuu HUUUUU!), and again, I just emphasize to you to "oppose" the starch (or sugar/chocolate) with protein.  You won't want the protein with the chocolate, but in the meal you eat before or after the chocolate, be aware of protein and ask yourself if there is enough (or any!) in there.  If not, you need to change that sitch.  Protein is your friend.

Now, once you find yourself in the grip of cravings, if you can get yourself to ingest some WILD SALMON (canned is just fine), it will help.  It really will.  It will stop the cravings (omega 3 and keep it coming, yeah, dawg!).  Another trick I've found and maybe this one is just me, but if I eat a grapefruit:  craving GONE!  Salmon is the best, though, in terms of really turning your brain chemistry around for the better.  Grapefruit is like a quick fix that doesn't last more than a few hours.  Salmon is forever *lol*.  No, not forever, but it will right you when you've jumped the rails, brain-chemistry-wise.
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I came from a family of addicts, sugar, meth, alcohol, pot, etc.  I only ever have been stuck on the sugar addiction wagon, like my Mom... but my Sis and Brother and all other family members went deeper into drugs, ect.

Are you sure you aren't a non-secretor?  Hmmm...well, I come from a family of alcoholics and the wonderful Dr. Christiane Northrup says that, in her anecdotal observation of her patients over the years, if someone is a child of alcoholic parents, that person will either be an alcoholic herself OR a carbohydrate addict.  Interesting.  Alcohol and carb addiction have a lot of similiarities.  I find it fascinating.  Don't understand it fully, but am fascinated by it.  Don't need to understand it fully, though, because if I just will follow my blood type diet, everything falls into place, balance-wise.  And since I seem to have the brain chemistry balance issues inherent to my family, I gotta lay in a supply of SALMON for the rough patches.  Which by the way I don't have any at all right now, so thanks for reminding me...but I digress.

You will learn over time what "emergency measures" like salmon or grapefruit work for you.  And, frankly, sometimes you, if you are like me, will jump the rails and it will just take time to get back on track.  Sometimes you just have to ride out the wave, I find.  But I have learned how to get back on track much more quickly in many cases, and how to prevent myself from getting off track in the first place most of the time.  Practice makes...well, NOT perfect, but better and better and better...

Keep at it, girl!  The BTD is the most profound diet and protocol in general for brain chemistry balancing, imho.
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, April 9, 2007, 3:03pm; Reply: 3
Exercise.  Done it all my  life.  Used to be fanatic about it - absoulutely obsessed beyond it being good for me.  Now I'm down to the following routine:

45 min to 1 hour of ellipitical
35 min of step aerobics with some arm weight work, situps and leg work
35 min infered sauna

and of course stretching always.

I alternate these weekly... so first day elliptical, 2nd day step, 3rd day sauna and so on...

As far as protein, it does seem to help out and I make sure I eat it to try and get back on track once I fall off.  This morning, I'm having steak and eggs - no toast.   I haven't tried the salmon thing yet.  I'll put it on my grocery list.

I have completely cut out wheat - only eat spouted grain breads and occasionally spelt.  

So I'm really trying!  I do need to take time to get in more vegies.  I get lazy there....

But please keep writing.. all your suggestions are helping me immensely.  

Taking your time like this to write to me is a huge gift.  Thank you for giving... thank you...
Posted by: Don, Monday, April 9, 2007, 3:46pm; Reply: 4
When you crave chocolate you might try supplementing with magnesium to see it your craving goes away.
Posted by: 312 (Guest), Monday, April 9, 2007, 3:46pm; Reply: 5
Hi FM,
I have also related to much you are talking about, my family of origin has carbo problems, weight problems, and I guess
I have to admit we like alcohol, although I'm not sure about it as addiction.  Hey, then there's the caffeine for me,
biggest problem/addiction.  I think that catchecol seems to help me. At least with energy in the mornings, also to avoid
too many carbs.  I've dabbled with 5thp, some help, but I think I needed the tyrosine in the catchecol more.  
I've read "Potatoes, Not Prozac" and Dr. Schwarbein, both have dealt with these areas, but then I like to tailor the food
to be mostly beneficials.  I just spent a week in NJ with my parents and brothers.  None of them follow any special food
plan.  Dad is diabetic, losing his sight, obese....it's so sad to see.  I tried to eat as much on the btd as I could without
hurting their feelings.  I couldn't really go there with them, they are very rigid in their own ways.  Interesting though.
But I would recommend the catchecol, also Polyvite has good b's that seem to help me.  Also, I was wondering if
you have candida/yeast issues?  That always makes my cravings worse.  When I take antifungal supplements, I seem
to crave a lot less, especially the alcohol.  I think it's an underlying problem for many O's......
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, April 9, 2007, 3:58pm; Reply: 6
What is your Rh status funky?  If you are Rh-, then you don't get to use the Tier system; food values are as is, and you get one less serving of grain per week and 2 more protien.

I've found eliminating grain completely has a dramatic impact.

I've also found that following the more restricted guidelines in the Health Series books to be part of the puzzle.

There is also the habit/emotional component of self medicating.  Have you looked at what you are currently dealing with in the moment when you have a craving?  
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, April 9, 2007, 4:11pm; Reply: 7
Yes self medicating is a huge deal for me.  I go to OA meetings for that and as well have been through many emotional/mental therapy programs.

This sorting and trying to figure this out has been going on for YEARS and years and years.  And of course until I found the BTD, I most likely was eating incorrectly with diets and fasting, etc.  And then it took me a few years to stop just dipping my big toe in this program, and really work toward getting compliant!  

Since my life is very very happy now with a new husband - precious man - and things going well... I'm down to the nitty gritty of really working on the hormonal and brain chemistry part of this.

I took 200 mg of Rhodiola this morning and do seem to have more alertness.  

I do take the BTD supp's, and the valerine supp I take at night has magnesium in it.  Sometimes I'll do L-Glutimine to ward off the cravings like Dr.  D suggests in ER4YT.

I got off caffine just about two weeks ago and due to my horrid experience with it really throwing my cravings into complete and utter OVERDRIVE, I have finally been able to say no to it, so lately it's been reaching for the chocolate when I'm in craving mode.  Used to reach for donuts and wheat based items but they REALLY MESS ME UP BIG - no HUGE, so I have managed to not dip into that stuff too much anymore when cravings hit.  

Don't know the Rh status... I'm a secretor so do I need to get this tested as well to even work toward more benefit? And if so... how do I go about that?
Posted by: Don, Monday, April 9, 2007, 4:46pm; Reply: 8
Instead of chocolate you might see if plain cocoa in hot water will satisfy your craving. Dr. D suggest this drink in one of the Health Library books.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, April 9, 2007, 5:23pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from funkymuse


I got off caffine just about two weeks ago and due to my horrid experience with it really throwing my cravings into complete and utter OVERDRIVE, I have finally been able to say no to it, so lately it's been reaching for the chocolate when I'm in craving mode.  Used to reach for donuts and wheat based items but they REALLY MESS ME UP BIG - no HUGE, so I have managed to not dip into that stuff too much anymore when cravings hit.  

Don't know the Rh status... I'm a secretor so do I need to get this tested as well to even work toward more benefit? And if so... how do I go about that?


Congratulations on getting off caffine!  WooHoo to you!  I know that addiction can be very hard!  

I agree to try MoDon's suggestion about the cocoa in hot water. You could at the same time, try this: When you start to get a craving, just start writing down your thoughts.  Free flow, and try to get in touch with what you are feeling while going through the craving.  Since you are in a happy marriage now, it could be feelings coming up that you were not aware of, and/or it could just be a habit that you've gotten into, and need to be more aware of.

Best of luck to you funky, in dealing with this issue.  I know it well.

To find out Rh status, that requires a blood test.   You might try your doctor's office first, to see if it's in your records.  There are some occasions where, it is on a birth certificate.  Have you ever donated blood?  If so, the Red Cross would know your Rh status.
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, April 9, 2007, 6:09pm; Reply: 10
I've recently been giving blood and the paperwork says O+, is that it?
Posted by: Don, Monday, April 9, 2007, 6:09pm; Reply: 11
Yes

You may want to add that under your type O secretor avatar.
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, April 9, 2007, 6:13pm; Reply: 12
Can't figure out how to add the Rh status on the Member Center link???
Posted by: Jane, Monday, April 9, 2007, 6:14pm; Reply: 13
It took me a long time to give up the coffee.  When I finally did, I did notice that I craved chocolate more so I guess it's the caffeine in the chocolate that I was craving.  Dr. D recommends l-glutamine to calm the cravings.  I take it in the morning but maybe I should take it mid-afternoon because it's the time right after I get home from work that's the worst for me.
Jane
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, April 9, 2007, 6:55pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from Jane
It took me a long time to give up the coffee.  When I finally did, I did notice that I craved chocolate more so I guess it's the caffeine in the chocolate that I was craving.  Dr. D recommends l-glutamine to calm the cravings.  I take it in the morning but maybe I should take it mid-afternoon because it's the time right after I get home from work that's the worst for me.
Jane

Good post, Jane, thanks for the reminder about the l-glutamine.  Well, I suppose now is as appropriate a place/moment as any for me to confess the following.  Ya know how, long about the February before last, I gave up potato chips?  Well, ever since I did that, it seemed that everything went haywire.  Your comment about giving up coffee and then craving chocolate reminded me (although I think chocolate is far, far better for you than coffee, so in your case you did the right thing...but in my case, well, read on...).  The first thing that happened was that I suddenly, out of the blue, got this double ear infection with severe vertigo.  Okay and all righty then, detox, thought I.  But then (and, in fairness, the kitchen went south on me by the time I got to this "but then", so maybe it would have gone better if I had a KITCHEN at that time *lol*) I got on this rice cake jag that you wouldn't believe.  You wouldn't think you could go nuts on rice cakes but if you put enough olive oil, salt and other stuff on 'em, well, HEY!  Yeah, babe.  I don't know, I just started going haywire on carbs and haywire and then I found myself, finally, at the end of the summer-ish, weighing more than I ever have in my life.  So now I have gone back to eating the one brand of chips (Kettle, plain--which are just potatos, monosaturated safflower oil and sea salt) that I feel don't have cr*p in them (other than the horrible sitch created by deep-frying them...but we just don't think about that), always with protein (like tuna salad or chicken said or whatever).  I find that I do so much better allowing myself a little bit of this one particular avoid that is my achilles heel than I did trying to cut it out altogether.  I wanted to cut it out because not only are potatoes an avoid, and a classic one (lectin alert!) at that, but also because I quite clearly and definitely have an addictive response to them, no doubt about it.  And my view is, if one is addicted to something, one cannot have "just a little", as one will then go crazy and have "just a lot".

But, thing is, cutting them out led to just eating every other refined carb in sight and much more of same than I do of the potato chips.  They were compliant, but I just went NUTZO on it, whereas, ever since I learned to eat protein with the chips before I ever gave 'em up, I don't need to go too nuts on the chips.  Anyway, it isn't ideal, obviously, that I have gone back to them, because I am addicted to the dad-blained things, but I have found that, if I don't indulge my carb addiction with the one carb I really want, I will somehow go even more nuts on the ones I don't really want that are just as bad, specially if you eat enough of them to feed a small village.  It turns out that the innocent-seeming rice cakes were really WAY worse than the Kettle Chips could ever hope to be, seriously.  I think they gave me candida or something because, for the ear infection I was put on azithromycin, which turns out to be a weird-a** antibiotic that probably should not have been prescribed (hello, amoxycillen is more effective and MUCH cheaper--that was nudoc, the first and only time I went to her).  So I must have had my normal flora all killed off and then I started eating all these rice cakes and, well...I literally have not been the same since.  I still think my flora situation is all OFF.  I probably have raging candida, but *shrug*.  Eventually I'll do a round of acidophillus or something and contend with that.

I guess my whole point is that if you have something that you really just CANNOT give up, try to:

1.  Get the purest, high-quality, best brand of whatever it is.
2.  If it is a refined carb, eat protein with it.
3.  Try to eat beneficials with it.  Like for me, sardine spread with the chips instead of tuna salad.
4.  Try very hard not to go too nuts with it.  Just have enough to satisfy your taste for whatever the thing is, then try to pick up the shattered pieces of your life and go on *lol*.

Ever since I went back on my Kettle Chips, all has been right with the world again.*  Probably politically incorrect to say that, but thar ya go.  I guess the point is:  if you can't give something up, at least try to mitigate the damage.  And if you do give it up but find you are compensating with other things to the point of the overall sitch being WAY worse than it ever was with the "original sin", then go back to your sin-o-choice.

To close on a positive:  Brig and I are going to institute "the summer of smoothies" and be each other's support system on all things smoothie-related.  If history is any guide, once I truly get into my smoothie jag, THEN and only then might I be able to really jettison the chips because fruit for me is really the carb I should be eating to take care of whatever needs I am not really meeting with the chips.  Just like Jane really should be eating a high-quality chocolate like she is in order to take care of the needs she was attempting to meet with coffee.

Hope the above made any sense.



* edited to add:  'cept that the candida overgrowth that I think I've had ever since the antibiotics for the double ear infection is still with me, I think.  Why?  Well:

1.  My tummy is bloated.  NEVER had a fat tum before.  ALL my fat goes to my butt/thighs/upper legs, I never, ever had a fat tummy before, even at my fattest.  I think it is all the candida hanging out in there!

2.  My ears are still funky, a year and two months later.  I'm not sure the infection is even totally gone (and I am NEVER going back to that doctor again, although the one I went to afterwards did say the ears looked like the infection was cleared up, so I guess it has, but they've never been the same).

3.  Nunudoc had found that imbalance in ye olde vaginal flora long about this past September, remember (God, is there anything we don't share with each other on this board *LOL*?!!!)?  And I wouldn't take the dang flagyl she prescribed for it, 'member?  To which she said, okay, that's fine, 'member?  Anyway, I'm convinced that lot is all because of that azithromycin, too.  I'm telling you, I never had any sort of "floral imbalance" before that antibiotic--never.  NEVER!  ...Did I mention NEVER?!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, April 9, 2007, 7:11pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from funkymuse
Can't figure out how to add the Rh status on the Member Center link???


Here's how you do it funky:

Go to your member center and click on "Profile Information"

At the very bottom of the page that comes up is

"Personal Message"  

The Personal Message information is what will appear under your shield when you post.

Hope this helps!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, April 9, 2007, 7:13pm; Reply: 16
Oh, thank goodness!  I was just in the "Where Is?" section of the site, and I saw that KK was fixin' ta reply in this thread.  I thought, uh oh.  I'm gonna get it, re:  going back to the chips.  But no, dodged that bullet...so far *lol*.

KK, hope you still love me, even though I'm such a frustrating, tough-to-impossible nut to crack on the carb addiction front!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, April 9, 2007, 7:18pm; Reply: 17
You're doing great, FM, by looking your demons in the eye.  When you (we) see them for what they are, then you (we) can really begin to vanquish them!  

I also recommend switching from chocolate candy to unsweetened cocoa dissolved in hot water and drunk like a cup of black coffee.  You get the benefit of the mood enhancing properties of chocolate without the sugar to imbalance your insulin.  I do 1 level Tb per 8 oz of water.  Sometimes I'll add a tsp. of ghee, and I usually add a little lecithin for creaminess.  Mix the dry ingredients in a small amount of hot.water first, before filling the cup.

I keep noticing and going back to the grain (especially the bread) that you eat.  I personally think it is not helping your cause, and encourage you to try and live without flour of any kind.  Many O's have found that they feel infinitely better without grains of any kind.  But especially flour can flip the emotions into Crazy.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, April 9, 2007, 7:23pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from Edna
Oh, thank goodness!  I was just in the "Where Is?" section of the site, and I saw that KK was fixin' ta reply in this thread.  I thought, uh oh.  I'm gonna get it, re:  going back to the chips.  But no, dodged that bullet...so far *lol*.

KK, hope you still love me, even though I'm such a frustrating, tough-to-impossible nut to crack on the carb addiction front!


LOL!  What are you worrying about Twisty? :D  Got some misplaced guilt going on there?

What's that ol' saying?  You are what you eat? Can we change your name to twisty chip now?   J/K!  :K) :K) :K)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, April 9, 2007, 7:39pm; Reply: 19
Unfortunately, when it comes to me and chips, I am forced to quote Chuckie Heston and say that the only way they will ever be wrested from me is:

"From my cold, dead hands!"

*sigh*

However, you will be glad to note that I do, contrary to popular belief of everyone in my life, actually listen to people and take their advice (on occasion!), as it was you who suggested I read the Hellers' work on carb addiction and that, in tandem with the BTD of course, has actually helped me to kinda keep this thing (namely, carb addiction) down to a dull roar.  I don't follow the Hellers' diet at all except for the kernal of wisdom about eating protein with refined carbs.  That one I have filed in ye olde brain and it seems to have taken hold, thank goodness.

I hope that this summer, when Brig and I do our smoothie thing, I will get to an ideal place as I was in around 2000, wherein I am actually grain and chip-free.  But I don't kid myself at this point and I'm sure I'll probably never be able to say "never" when it comes to chips.  There are those times I'm just plain gonna go for 'em.

Sad but true.  At least I go for the good ones and not the supermarket brands with transfats, MSG, hydrolized whatever, artificial flav, color, corn sugars, etc.  No, just the holy trinity of fried potato, oil and sea salt for me.

Still, if I could manage to stick to steak and kale, that would be so fab.  And I love both steak and kale.

Maybe ER4YG will get me straightened out fully.  For now, I remain mainly straightened out with just a few kinks yet to be worked out here and there.

:K)
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, April 9, 2007, 7:46pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from Victoria
I also recommend switching from chocolate candy to unsweetened cocoa dissolved in hot water and drunk like a cup of black coffee.  You get the benefit of the mood enhancing properties of chocolate without the sugar to imbalance your insulin.  I do 1 level Tb per 8 oz of water.  Sometimes I'll add a tsp. of ghee, and I usually add a little lecithin for creaminess.  Mix the dry ingredients in a small amount of hot.water first, before filling the cup.

I keep noticing and going back to the grain (especially the bread) that you eat.  I personally think it is not helping your cause, and encourage you to try and live without flour of any kind.  Many O's have found that they feel infinitely better without grains of any kind.  But especially flour can flip the emotions into Crazy.


Yah this morning I did without my sprouted grain toast and had a banana with my protein instead.  

Also what about using compliant soy or almond milk for that hot choc?!  I never tried the ghee!  I've used flax seed oil and it is great also.

Where can you get lecithin?  Is it powder or granuals?

Also.. hey I'm not alone in this "caffine going to choc. routine!"  Man... we are getting down to the brass tacks on this with all these posts!  

Great stuff!!!

Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, April 9, 2007, 7:50pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from Edna
Still, if I could manage to stick to steak and kale, that would be so fab.  And I love both steak and kale.


Hey PT...

How about the name 'chip twist?'!  ha...

Listen... when I crave chips, I just crunch a few (JUST A FEW), over my salad or in the case of steak and kale... they would be great over that too.  Takes care of my craving and makes the child in me feel like I'm not deprived of such a 'fun' food.  Unfortunately on the other side of the coin, if I eat too many, man my thumb joints hurt bad (the site of my osteoarthritis).  

Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 12:28am; Reply: 22
You can get inexpensive lecithin in bulk from natural food stores.  I prefer powdered lecithin and this brand is from non-genetically modified soybeans.  It's fine for all blood types:  CLICK
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 12:33am; Reply: 23
Pep,
How about Solea Sweet Potato Chips made with olive oil?  hmmm??  :-)

CLICK
Posted by: md, Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 12:45am; Reply: 24
Quoted from ironwood55
Instead of chocolate you might see if plain cocoa in hot water will satisfy your craving. Dr. D suggest this drink in one of the Health Library books.


I like to put cocoa powder in my peppermint green tea.
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 1:29am; Reply: 25
By the way Victoria... which part of Oregon do you live in?  I'm up in Zig Zag near Mt. Hood.
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 1:37am; Reply: 26
I am happy to report that with all of your help today on the forum I made it through compliant!  Maybe not as perfect as I could as far as adding lots of vegies, etc., but hey I made it!  Here's what I did:

First thing I took one 200mg Rhodiola

Breakfast:  1-1/2 Applegate chicken apple sausages; 1 egg and egg whites, 1 banana.
Snack:  Grape Juice cocktail with Harmonia, Proberry, freshly squeezed lemon and stevia.
Lunch:  Steak and papaya.
Snack:  Green Roasted Rice tea with Stevia and Soy Milk; ER4YT Choc. Cherry Bar
Dinner:  Stir fry with chicken breast, leftover Applegate chicken apple sausage, compliant mushrooms, onion, red and orange peppers, kale, agave nectur and miran.

Then I did my step exercise video, floor work, and stretched.  

It was a tough day as I had to lay down twice from sugar/choc. withdrawal (fatigue, fogged in feeling in the brain); but overall I think the Rhodiola helped me alot!  I had a sort of mental clarity and motivation I haven't had in along time even in the midst of the withdrawal symptoms.

So thank you all and tomorrow is another day to work toward being even more compliant with more beef!  And tonight I should sleep incredibly well!

Christina


Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 2:11am; Reply: 27


One day at a time.  Celebrate each day you achieve a goal.  

Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 2:57pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from funkymuse
Hey PT...when I crave chips, I just crunch a few (JUST A FEW), over my salad or in the case of steak and kale... they would be great over that too.

Hey, is there anything they wouldn't be good over?  I try to de-emphasize the chips and emphasize the other stuff I throw in there, in terms of amounts of each.  Like you said, the chips should be an "accent", not the main event.  I try to make the protein the main event.

Hey, last night I cooked up something for lunches through Thursday.  In keeping with my "add water to collard greens" discovery (hey, what can I tell you, nothing gets past me!), I tried a similar approach with green beans in a casserole dish, added a little water, put Shelton's turkey sausage on top, sprinkled on some spices, some olive oil, and some chunky tomato marinara, put a lid on, cooked for an hour and a half, then took the lid off, turned the oven down to 325, and cooked for another 1/2 hour to an hour.  omg, it all turned out so GORGEOUS that you can't believe!!!!!!!!!!  I can't wait to have this for lunch today!

Meanwhile, it was someone's birthday, so "Temptation Island" (TI), right outside of my cubicle at work, has been in full swing all morning with all manner of refined, bleached flour, sugar, transfats, artificial colors, corn syrup, yada yada yada.  They are all a'twitter about some sort of "pancake casserole" involving about a truckload of Bisquick or some such, and then they brought in faux maple syrup (i.e., brown corn syrup, i.e., Aunt Jemina's) to go on top.  All this does not interest me at ALL, as I am so psyched for my gorgeous green bean, turkey sausage and marinara affair that I am soooooooo NOT tempted to go for cr*p!  I so prefer real, satisfying food to the utter empty, sugary, floury cr*p that these people are so in love with!  Yesterday, this one co-worker I really like who isn't in our dept. came over late in the day and said "Sorry, Edna", as he placed a Publix cake there (he knows how I truly feel about TI), "I need a repository for this.", and off he went.  Well, it was a Publix (supermarket bakery) "Chocolate Avalanche Cake" and, again, I'm lucky because I truly don't like chocolate cake, but you should have heard everyone carrying on over this cake.  Apparently, this was just the best thing ever created.  But when I took a peak at the ingredients, it read like a science experiment instead of anything approaching a wholesome baked good.  Once again, I was so grateful to be livin' la vida BTD!

...Now, had Dan come over and said "Sorry, Edna, I need a repository for this" and plopped down some potato chips and sour cream dip...well...that would have tempted me.  But I will say this for myself, for many years now into my beautiful BTD journey, I have not turned to "mainstream" chips to quell my addiction.  I truly am off those.  I only get the "pure" kind (keep telling yourself how pure they are, Edna...).  However, if someone up and places the transfat-laden, MSG-infused, totally junky kind in front of me, I can't say they aren't sometimes tempting.

But chocolate avalanche cake?  No thanks, I'll stick to my green tea.  "Paula Dean's French Toast Casserole?"  No prob resisting that.  Let's see, what else do we have out there besides the french toast casserole and the pancake casserole today?  We have a Publix cake (they are big into Publix cakes), some sort of sandwiches encasing sausages, some sort of muffins, a very faux-seeming "cheese spread" and Ritz crackers, guava pastries, and some other stuff I haven't figured out yet.  I'm not as up-to-speed on what is out there as usual.  Falling off on the job.  People are asking me, what's this, what's that, and I'm like "I have no idea, sorry."

And do I care?  NO.

Can't wait for my BTD-licious lunch!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 2:59pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from Victoria
Pep,
How about Solea Sweet Potato Chips made with olive oil?  hmmm??  :-)

My HFS no longer sells those.  I think they weren't selling well because they are SO expensive.  They are a high-quality, pure brand, though.

I'm thinking about making my own sweet potato "fries" (in the oven) and also parsnip "fries".  Ummmmmmmmm.  ...Still, sometimes...

Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 3:00pm; Reply: 30
Quoted from funkymuse
By the way Victoria... which part of Oregon do you live in?  I'm up in Zig Zag near Mt. Hood.

There is a place called "Zig Zag", Oregon?  I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!  That is as good as my fave place name here in Florida:  "Howie in the Hills".  I swear, I'm not making that up!

Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 12:37am; Reply: 31
glad you passed that "Temptation Island" test!!
good job!!
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