Love the Lorax wrote:Nettie, You have mentioned more than once about being a complusive eater. Do you continue to have problems with this and yet you STILL managed to lose weight?
Yes, absolutely, but it requires strict adherence to the principles of McDougall regarding the KINDS of food I eat (as opposed to the quantities
, which are a different matter.)
Really, you can binge on potatoes, but it's hard to get "too much" of them, because you just flat fill up on them. Ten large potatoes is still only around 1500 calories, and you're not usually going to eat that many of them before you stop.
Love the Lorax wrote:..... Still, there are times when I just want to eat, eat and eat, even if I stay McDougall legal. Like eating the entire batch of soup that is supposed to serve 2-4..... not every day, but every so often I just eat like there won't be food around for the next month. Sigh....
Me, too. Don't worry about it.
Take last Saturday, for instance. I ate 2 servings of oatmeal with a banana, 3 strawberries, 1 Tbsp of flaxseed. Followed an hour later by a large tangerine.
A few hours later I had a large potato, very large salad & ff dressing, a bowl of homemade bean soup, and a large bowl of steamed turnip greens (about 2/3 of a pound pre-cooked weight).
Supper was a large sweet potato, 2 large steamed broccoli spears, and an apple. At this point I stopped and realized that I was very full and that I was just mindlessly eating/stuffing myself.
This happens to me pretty much every weekend
, when I have access to food. During the week I eat only what I bring for lunch so I'm limited to what I can get at. But weekends are another story: one meal sort of morphs into the next.
But here's the key: you absolutely must
stay away from refined, processed foods, i.e., white flour products, cereals (even whole grain, because they're processed too), crackers, chips, and all sweets
. They cause me nothing but problems because they increase my appetite and cause me to overeat, they bring weight loss to a grinding halt (because of the insulin response our body has to them) and can cause weight gain due to the caloric (but not nutrient
Really, refined carbs are, with a few exceptions, anti-foods
that don't nourish us but keep us coming back for more. They bring on a binge quicker than anything. Beans and starches don't. Rather, they satisfy.
So, if you must overeat, be sure it's the good stuff: starches, beans and greens. You'll be OK when sanity returns because you probably won't have sabotaged your weight loss. Over time, as you begin to deal with the emotional dimension of eating, those binges will be shorter in duration and will not ultimately derail your goal of a healthy body and normal weight.