Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How??

How is it that I can have a satisfying breakfast and snack, eat plenty of protein, stay very low carb, drink lots of water, walk a mile, have a huge mixing bowl full of salad with 1 1/2 chicken breasts diced up in it for lunch, and STILL all I want is a latte and a cupcake???

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

have you ever thought of upping your fat intake? like eating more saturated fat, along with protein? the more fat i eat, the less i crave sugary carbs.

Princess Dieter said...

Cause we're junkies and junkies have cravings (funny, just posted about addiction): http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/04/food.drug.addiction.same.to.brain/

The longer you go without the carbs,you well know, the easier it gets (though I will say that I could dive into a pizza and be back at square one easily).

You reactivated the habit circuits for the junk food with the recent bouts of bad eating. Now, you have to wait out the lessening effect of those circuits. It takes time.

Eat a bit more fat with the protein, totally agree with Anonymous. Cook the eggs in coconut oil and add olive oil to your salads and have full fat cheese. If you must add something to your tea or coffee, amke it a bit of REAL cream, with all the fat. Or coconut cream.

It will calm down.

Rachel said...

Because it's not about the food. *sigh* I feel ya.

spunkysuzi said...

I definitely have days like that and then I have days like today that are going so well and I have no idea why!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Lyn --

I know you've been struggling a lot lately, and I know that you fully endorse the Medi-Fast Program you're on, but I'm concerned that their low-cal, low-carb processed food substitutes are creating a craving for real carbs, as well as stalling your reintegration into a diet of 100% whole foods. I know part of their allure is that you "don't have to think" about portions, etc., but, again, I think it's just postponing the inevitable, as well as not leaving you with the same satiety that you once enjoyed at the beginning of your weight-loss journey. I'm very wary of this type of temporary diet, but I wish you luck as you transition out of it eventually. I also agree that adding some good fats back into your daily diet will help with carb cravings, as well as just giving yourself some time to get the sugar out of your system.

Best of luck -- it helps to read your blogs because so many of us are working on the same issues.

Lyn said...

Thanks... well... I know the real answer, it's because I ate cookies last night.

Anonymous~

yeah, I know, it is a temporary thing but I have always felt that weight loss IS temporary and maintennce is another issue altogether. Although right now I am not doing so hot on either! However I do want to say that when I was on Medifast without "cheats" my crvings did go completely away. The cravings and obsessions come from... cookies and junk. I have some, I want more, for days.

Anonymous said...

You seemed to have figured out the answer on your own, but it's because after slip-ups or whatever in eating, it takes time to readjust. One day of bad eating might take a few days, a longer bout will require more patience and hard work. Once you have a few weeks of normal eating down, the cravings tend to die down a ton. :)
-tamara

Mrs darling said...

To stay healthy and still get those fats that satisfy the appetite try adding 1 whole avacado to your salad. This whole diet thing is hard, I know. I don't pretend to have any answers, just a few tricks of the trade. :)

mrs darling said...

I just had a thought, why not do Atkins until the cravings go away and then gently switch into carbs or try the Carbohydrate Addicts diet which is eating protein all day and adding good carbs only one meal every day.

Anonymous said...

Because all in all as much as you would like to believe doing a low carb diet is going to help you. It's a diet, and diets DON'T work. Plus I've seen in the past when you've posted your calorie intake for the day...alot of the times it's less than a thousand calories...No wonder your starving!You need atleast twelve hundred calories a day or your body will go into starvation mode...You should eat more calories and exercise more. I know you have knee problems but perhaps a low impact cardio couldn't possibly do too much damage. You need atleast three miles a day at least three to four times a week.More cardio is a guarantee for weightloss. You should really consider strength training, I know as of now you don't do this but building muscle mass helps you lose weight easier trust me!! I was against it for years but it really does help! Plus it will help with your arm issues atleast a little.You should go to a nutritionist and find a healthier lifestyle.If you tell them all the issues you've been having with cravings and being hungry all the time I'm sure they would help you find the perfect diet. This obviously isn't working. It worked for a while because all diets work for a while but what happens is eventually the body rebels and IT needs carbs.

LHA said...

I have faced this issue so many, many times! The only way I have found to not crave carbs is not to deprive myself of them totally. Several years ago I went on a strict, carb-controlled diet and lost a lot of weight. I felt good, seemed satisfied with what I was eating and maintained my weight loss for over a year.

What happened? My carb cravings came back full force if I even inadvertantly ate something with sugar or flour in it, like a salad dressing that looked low carb and turned out to be sweet. Because I had limited my carbs so severely for over two years, I was unable to stop eating carbs no matter what I did. It was like slipping down a fireman's pole that was heavily greased! There was no way to stop it.

Because I want to lose weight and keep it off, I am working to include some formerly forbidden carbs at specific times in my diet and so far it is really helping. The kind of craving that you are experiencing from eating cookies last night doesn't happen to me much any more but I know it would if I limited carbs severely for any length of time.

Good luck! I am rooting for you, as I know how very hard what you are going through is! Thanks for an inspiring blog and to all the commenters for their ideas too.

Princess Dieter said...

I'd like starvation mode poster to back this up with facts. I believe eating a decent amount of calories is beneficial to get the needed protein and NUTRIENTS, not just for caloric sake.

I used to believe in starvation mode, then tried to find studies/research that is sound and backs it up. I came up short. So, I'd appreciate for that poster to give us links to the studies showing that there is a real starvation mode when protein/fat calories are 900, 1000 or 1100 so....

I eat at 1200 calories, but some days I do 900 or 1100 or 1400. I have had days of 900 calories with no hunger whatsover, and days of 2000 calories and more with wild hunger. I think it's the composition of what one eats that will determine cravings/hunger and the emotional/brain circuitry and stressors combined.

Still...please provide the studies, thanks...cause I would think starvation mode makes sense, but I can't find the documentation...

Sarah said...

Conjecture: Years of disordered eating.
Source: Personal experience.

Princess Dieter said...

There is actually some basis to what LHA posted. I try not to go too low carb, because doing so makes the body MORE sensitive to carbs when they actually are ingested.

Because you were on a very low carb plan for severeal months, when you went on a bender with carby foods, you actually would get a bigger insulin spike (meaning more appetite and harder for the system to handle, more weight gain, etc) than when you ate normal carb to high carb. The body adapts.

I try to eat LOWER CARB, and no to little starch. I eat fruit. I eat the carbs in fruits and veggies. I do not limit veggies. If my carbs are 100, fine. If they are 80 fine. If they are 120 fine, but I tend to lose less and appetite starts to go up over that mark.

But it's true: If you lower carbs a lot, then eat a carby food, the insulin spike can be astounding and cause all sorts of cravings, fat storage, etc.

One either must decide to forego and keep it foregone, or one must choose a moderate carb intake and stay at a moderate carb intake (with the attending possible increase in appetite and slowing of loss).

But sugar is a toxin, as far as I'm concerned, and avoiding it should be a high priority. If cookies are desired, then hit no-to-low sugar ones, like the Dixie Diner Everyday Gourmet Coconut Lime or Cinni-Apple ones. Or the Caveman Cookies. Or homemade ones with almond or coconut flour and stevia or applesauce or erithrytol or sucralose. Some fakey stuff, but less damaging than an all out binge.

Something like that is less of a trigger. :)

Be well....

Karin said...

I would offer up the suggestion of going "paleo" (no grains, sugars, starches) but I know you've got your plan you want to work out. I hope you find your way, I know I certainly go to that overwhelming place of constantly wanting at times...and it's usually from eating crap. You are so not alone.

Blossom said...

'Cause that's your brain talking, not your stomach! I totally hear ya.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, people check in with you all the time.. how about a different approach to accountability. Next time you feel like indulging..get on-line and talk to us first. I might help all of us. Sort of a free WW meeting.
Susan B

Anonymous said...

I meant to say "it might help" it is so hard to write with little kids screaming at you. LOL

Anonymous said...

I pick up 36 raspberry buttercream filled cupcakes tomorrow, for a Saturday celebration. They will be partially frozen, going right into my freezer. But, my daughter and I have made a pact to split one yellow and one chocolate, the rest in the freezer until Sat. morning. I will eat one Saturday, maybe more. This month has been bad for me with Easter, Mother's Day and now a graduation, but I will get through it and work on losing whatever might be gained. I just can't live a life of complete "no". Thank Heavens knowing I need the cupcakes for the party will keep me from eating them (except for the two we have plans for :-) ahead of time!

I can have most of my days eating fresh veggies, quality protein and fruits, but I do have my party days. I cannot eat simple carbs on most of my "non party" days, or the whole day would be lost.

Crys said...

Because cupcakes are of God. Jesus eats cupcakes.

Dinahsoar said...

Sometimes we crave things...and we need to eat them...or else they will eat us. How many calories and how much damage can a latte and cupcake do? Better to eat what you crave minus recrimination than to eat around it. In the end you will eat more.

I see a pattern. You want what you 'cannot' have. Nothing should be off limits when it comes to food.

Kicking the food police out is an initial step in freeing yourself from the bondage of food.

When you have your latte and cupcake, be sure to eat some protein, fiber and fat with it to lessen any cravings due to insulin/cortisol response.

I find if I eat my sweets/junk on the heels of a meal that has protein--NOT beans for example, but animal protein--fat and fiber I don't continue to crave.

definingmore said...

I had a piece of cake today at work. After lunch I grabbed a Dove chocolate from a candy bowl. I took it back to my desk and remembered I just had cake before lunch. I'm going to eat it tomorrow.

Theresa said...

lol
Oh goodness I hear you on that one. It's called comfort food. Eating our feelings instead of feeling them. You have been through so much it is not a wonder that you would like a cupcake moment!!!
hugs

rachel said...

Because food can be an addiction. It is proven that sugar triggers the same chemical receptors in your brain that heroin does.

LHA said...

I agree with Dinahsoar. For me, it is not the one cupcake that makes/keeps me obese. It is the deprivation of all food like that, leading up to the craving, eventually the caving in......then the incredible guilt and shame. This is often the set-up for a binge for me. This is just my experience. One that I want firmly in my past!

Autumnforest said...

I think it's like cigarette smokers. I have the same issue. I've gone vegetarian and found feeding myself is enormously easier not having to base meals on meat, but no matter what I eat and how diligent I am, at certain times of the day, I want my chocolate. It's like that cigarette when you have a drink. I think it just takes time to retrain your mind to not go down the cupcake lane at 2:30 in the afternoon. I now book up my schedule for the afternoon so my time when I always binged is too busy to get around to binging and by nighttime, I'm not in the mood because that's never when I binged before.

Anonymous said...

It takes time & gets easier. Wait it out, and think of them as poison, which is what they are for those of us who are carb-sensitive.

I agree with increasing fat intake. Fat doesn't make you fat unless you eat carbs with it, but fat contributes greatly to satiety. I use full-fat dairy and mayo, eat lovely beef, use oils (including coconut oil) for cooking and it doesn't affect my weight. Try it!
-KathyA

Marlee said...

Hey!! I'm a grad student studying to become a nutritional counselor, and my last blog was about weight loss from a psychological perspective, listing some things that might be holding you back that you might not be thinking of. Here's the link:

And I wish you the best of luck! You can do it, and just look at all the support you have!!


http://marleeindebt.blogspot.com/2011/05/ive-been-reading-lot-of-blogs-lately.html

Stacy said...

Howcome no one has stated the simple obvious?
A: because cupcakes and lattes are DELICIOUS.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I read your blog nearly every day. I am rooting for you girl! But I have to say - you stay at home taking care of your family. I know you volunteer and get out and have stuff to do. But if you had the distraction of a "outside" job - something really involved that challenged you - more than a blog talking about food - it might help. Or start on that book that's inside of you, writing about something other than food. You write about food - your day revolves around when you can eat food. You need to get away from that! I sure am not meaning to offend you here girl and I hope you see it that way.

Deb Willbefree said...
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Lynna said...

@Deb Wilbefree:
I found myself cringing for Anonymous whose comment struck me as something worth considering, even if slightly misguided in her assumptions about Lyn's life as you pointed out. "Swine" listen better to pearls when they are offered in gentle humility and respect. Anonymous, I thought you made a good point that we all need to have full lives that focus on more than our battle with food.

Deb Willbefree said...
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Deb Willbefree said...

Okay. Two deleted comments.

Lesson: One should probably not write comments when in the midst of serious indignation--even if you're right.

I deleted the origianl comment when I decided that if I had to explain it (commetn 2), it probably shouldn't have been written in the first place.

Deb

Sarah Williams said...

Totally can relate I can go all day eating great but the thoughts of "bad" food go thru my head daily and I fight off the urge, I wish the urges would just go away!