I’m approaching five months to the day I first started posting daily on my progress towards being wheat free (in hopes of also becoming binge free), which would make it about six months since I started researching my carb addiction. I was hoping to be completely healed and healthy in a half-year’s time. Obviously, I still have a ton of work to do to get there.
But there has been some small progress. I can relate to this post on EDO in which someone shares they can stay binge free only for a day or two; that was certainly me back in January and February. I can now at least make it five days to a week pretty regularly, which should be just fine if you subscribe to the 80/20 principle! Unfortunately, it’s still not enough to see progress in meeting my weight goals. I’ve made it once to 14 days and have come close to a second 14 day streak, although it still eludes me.
I know that everyone is different, but I didn’t think the advice within the article on EDO was particularly helpful. You can have a healthy diet plan and change your habits, and still be faced with the uncontrollable urge to eat. If I could go back in time to about six months ago and tell myself what I know now, I’m pretty sure I’d have a few more Wheat Free/Binge Free streaks accomplished. Here’s a summary of the the biggest things I’ve learned from my own experiences in six months:
- Clean your kitchen. Don’t bring anything into the house that you know you are going to obsess over until it’s gone. Only grocery shop for healthy, satisfying foods that you know your family will also enjoy. Give to a friend, donate, or even throw away food that you know you will eat and regret.
- Have a plan for social events. If you know you won’t be able to control yourself around the food you are trying to avoid, then maybe be less of a social butterfly for a little while until you have a stronger prefrontal cortex. If you are obligated to attend, then bring a meal or snack that you will enjoy eating without going overboard or feeling guilty about later.
- Have a plan for the workplace. And most importantly, stick to it. My plan was to keep a Wheat Belly approved snack on hand for those times where someone might leave extra bagels or cupcakes in the break room. Well, I didn’t follow my own advice today and was faced with cheeseburger pizza at 3:00pm. I failed to resist and am back to binge free day zero. So, yes – develop your own plan and stick to it!
- Read. I suppose this is the one thing I have done consistently, and I’m glad I have. I think it has helped with my anxiety a bit to understand more about what’s going on with me physically, mentally, and physiologically. For example, this article helped me understand why it takes a little more than will power to avoid the foods I don’t want to eat anymore. Helpful to know my brain isn’t totally to blame.
Hopefully I’ll be saying something a little bit different after an additional six months have passed.