How to Say Goodbye to Food Cravings

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Do you really want to be free? How to say goodbye to food cravings for good.

This is Part 2  –  Read Part 1 Food Addiction! Do You Have It?

Do you really want to be free? How to say goodbye to food cravings for good.

How to say goodbye to food cravings

Great news and the not so great news – 

The great news first is that food addiction and/or a bad relationship with food can be changed, its power can be broken.

One man who was desperate to break his bad relationship with food took some drastic action,  he ate nothing but potato for 12 months.  Andrew was always trying different diets, losing weight and then putting it back on.  Then he realized that his weight problem was a symptom of his wrong relationship with food.  His aim was to be able to maintain his mental and emotional health without relying on food as a prop. Surprise, it worked.  He lost over 50kg and is in better mental and physical health than he had ever been.

Some people have bariatric surgery – for various reasons, the result is they cannot eat enough to maintain a bad relationship with food.

There is a much easier way to break up a bad relationship

I will expand on this below.

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Make health your goal

It is wonderful to lose unwanted weight, to receive compliments, and to fit into smaller clothes. However, it is better to set your goals far higher for long lasting results.  Set your goal to change your lifestyle in order to experience better heath outcomes. The side-effect of being healthier is often weight loss. Weight loss is not the end goal – health is!

Diabetes II

Diabetic sufferers receive so much miss information. They are being told they have a chronic disease with no cure that keeps getting worse with terrible consequences leading to death. The truth is that many are turning diabetes II into a thing of the past.

My son was taking the maximum dose of Metformin (diabetic drug). One doctor told him the sooner he gets onto injecting insulin the better he would be. My son thought that he was doing well dodging the bullets of being a diabetic, his blood sugar tests were never great but he did not feel or show the diabetic damage that is always talked about. He had a very bad relationship with food and had been diabetic for eleven years.

Examining his eyes, the optometrist said it was like looking into a window of what was going on in his body. The capillaries were breaking down and bleeding into his eyes and other tissues.

It often takes about ten years after diagnosis for these nasty things caused by diabetes to start coming to the fore. Blindness, kidney disease, loss of circulation, dementia, heart disease etc. are common nasties.

At this time, I was also given the wake-up call that I was pre-diabetic or what is called metabolic syndrome. A slow developing silent condition that involves increasing levels of Insulin and eventually developing diabetes. Higher insulin levels also result in weight gain.

Our diet change

My son and I adopted a diet that was used 100 years ago to treat serious illness, in particular, drug-resistant epilepsy. It is still used today.

We went on a lower carbohydrate diet. Therefore, our daily food is made up of 20-40mg of carbohydrate along with some protein and more healthy fats.  What we went on is called the ketogenic approach. (Not the Atkins diet.)

This is how I explain it. Following the guidelines, I set about teaching my body to use fat for energy instead of relying on carbohydrates. The body needs some carbohydrates but if you have stored up fat, why not use it for energy.  So when I use fat for energy, I lose weight. My liver is turning fat into fuel by making ketones.  My brain loves using ketones for energy making me much more alert and creative.

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Of all the diets I have been on, including eating only 500 cals a day, this eating plan is no harder to implement than any others.  I am not limited by calories, I can eat until satisfied but not to eat if I am not hungry.

Say goodbye to food cravings

Learning the ketogenic way

Do some research so that you understand the workings of the plan. How does it work, why does it work? The more you understand the easier it is to stick to. I will leave you helpful links at the bottom of this post.

 

Planning change

Learn what you can and cannot eat.

Clean the pantry of temptation and old cooking habits.

Go shopping with a totally new shopping list. At first, it may cost a little more to get set up but when you have the basics in the pantry this food plan will cost less.

Look up recipes, then with a little confidence you can make up or adapt your own recipes.

Don’t be caught without food to eat – prepare ahead.

Join a support group, I belong to one group with over 74,000 members and there are many other groups.

Some of the outcomes of this eating plan

Here are a few benefits from Dr.Axe.com

  • fast weight loss
  • reduced hunger
  • better control over insulin and blood sugar
  • enhanced cognitive performance
  • lower risk for heart disease factors
  • reduced risk for certain types of cancer

My son first decreased his Metformin by half and then after his routine  A1C blood test, his doctor told him to go off all diabetic medication because he was not in the diabetic range. (Imagine hearing that after 11 years of bondage to food.) UPDATE: My son tells me he was diabetic for 13 years. He also has had a follow-up blood test that confirms that he is no longer in a diabetic range.

He was able to go off all high blood pressure medication. This is a common nice side-effect of a ketogenic eating plan, you can see why drug companies don’t like the diet. Ceasing the need for Cholesterol medication is another benefit. No longer purchasing these drugs is a huge saving. Although you may have to use the savings to buy some new clothes 🙂

It would take too much to expand on the eating plan in this post, it is not a one size fits all. Educate yourself on the basic plan and listen to your body to adjust it as necessary. Don’t be too quick to make changes it takes time to adjust and get used to how it works.

 

Summing up

A bad relationship with food can be broken. You do not have to be under the spell of food cravings.

Make health your main goal.

We have proven that diabetes can be turned around.

As listed above there are many benefits to this eating plan.

My fasting insulin dropped right back to normal, the doctor was excited and gave me a high five.

The not so great news

To those who keep procrastinating on making significant changes to bring about a healthy lifestyle, I have bad news.

My son and I did not know that our bad eating habits and lack of good exercise were causing silent slow damage. Silent damage will be happening to all who neglect a healthy lifestyle.

While I am so thrilled to have halted diabetes and reached my ideal weight, my doctor is finding other areas where damage has already been done. I can only hope that the positive steps that I am taking will at least slow, if not turn around the damage.

My son has signs of other damage also.

My take home message

Today, we know so much about the state of our health, with more being revealed every day.  Don’t procrastinate, don’t put your head in the sand, get it out of the too hard basket and take advantage to stop the silent damage. Tell your doctor you are interested in preventing damage.  Take responsibility for your own health.

The secret to learning and change is the will to change.

Links – The road to satisfaction without craving –

The Diet Doctor  – The next two links are also from this site, it is a membership site but has loads of free information

A Ketogenic Diet for Beginners – 

Low Carb Recipes

The next links are to Dr. Jason Fung a Toronto based nephrologist where he treats diabetics who have kidney disease.

Intensive Dietary Management  –  Some of Dr Fung’s papers are better suited for those with a more technical interest.  His Youtube videos are simple and eye opening.

Dr Fung – Youtube I love all of his videos for learning.

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26 thoughts on “How to Say Goodbye to Food Cravings

  • Michele
    Twitter:

    Kathleen, your diet is very similar to mine. When I reduced the amount of carbs I was eating my cravings disappeared almost instantly. My nutritionist also insists that I not eat a carb without a protein. She says balance is key.

    • Kathleen (Owner) Post author

      It is so good and a relief to have those cravings in check. You have done so well on your diet and I know you feel heaps better for it and the exercise you do.

      Kathleen

  • dgkaye
    Twitter:

    I picked this blog to visit and didn’t even know it was yours Kathleen, lol. Wow, great post. I’m quite familiar with this ketogenic process. Which diet specifically is this? 🙂

  • Julie
    Twitter:

    Thank you Kathleen for such an informative post. I’d heard of ketogenic diets but frankly had no idea what it was. I feel much better in a lower range of carbs but a total absence of the makes me feel awful. I’m going to check out the links you provided and incorporate this into my meal planning.

    • Kathleen (Owner) Post author

      I am so very pleased that the post helped you. I agree zero carbs is not the way to go. A lot depends on your reason to go low carb, just how low you go. I kept it within 20-40 mg a day. Now that my insulin and weight are in control I probably go up to 60 mg daily.
      All the best Julie, if you have any questions I will be happy to help if I can.

      Kathleen

  • Julie S Pit Stop Crew
    Twitter:

    Wow I stopped having food cravings the minute I made the decision that my body was my responsibility and it is well. with good meal plans, timing, healthy living I dont need to crave or stuff my face 🙂 Loved your article 🙂

    • Kathleen (Owner) Post author

      Julie, you are right about taking responsibility for your own body and an all round disciplined approach. When damage or problems have taken hold more specific actions are needed to correct or limit the damage.
      Thanks for your helpful comments.
      Kathleen

  • Sara Beth
    Twitter:

    Hi, Kathleen.
    Wow, is Ketogenic like the Low Carb diet?
    The Low Carb Traveler is a blogger who has been eaten this way for a long time.
    I think I understand (in theory) how this works but my mind can’t get over the fact that I should eat so much fat.
    What do you think of Fat Bombs? They sound very unhealthy – my husband always says, everything in moderation and Fat bombs don’t sound very moderate.
    I’m so glad to hear that your son (and you) were able to reverse diabetes diagnosis. Sadly, I know too well the silent damage years of unhealthy treatment of the body does.
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    • Kathleen (Owner) Post author

      Hi Sara, thanks for your comments and questions. We and most doctors and nutritionists have promoted the low-fat diet. This promoted diet was an unsubstantiated lie by someone trying to make a name for themselves. Many many studies since have found no benefit in this diet. We were all convinced and change is slow. If you are interested here is one of the many articles “Low-fat lie one big diet cover-up” http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/lowfat-lie-one-big-diet-coverup-dr-joe-kosterich-20151125-gl7got.html written on the subject. Keep in mind though that some fats are bad like trans fats and highly processed vegetable oils. I have not come across fat bombs. One needs to take a look at the whole diet and not just fats.

      I hope that helps, also some of the links in the article would help.
      Kathleen

  • Wendy
    Twitter:

    What AMAZING results you and your son have had, Kathleen! Thank you for sharing those – it’s always encouraging and motivating to hear someone you know attest to the benefits of a healthy change. My biggest problem is allowing myself to run out of healthy options. When the house is stocked with the right foods, I do pretty well. This post is perfect timing because I’m in the process of cleaning out my pantry and making a grocery list for a fresh start.

    • Kathleen (Owner) Post author

      Yes, it was quite amazing Wendy. My son just had another blood test that confirmed he is not in a diabetic range. I said he had diabetes for 11 years, he tells me that it was 13 years. One of his local doctors heard about his success. She asked him to come and make an appointment with her so that she could see his blood tests and learn how to turn diabetes around.
      You are right about keeping the right foods in the pantry and being prepared, all the best with a fresh start. I know you seem to have lots of guests and that is hard to keep the menu healthy. Once your new way is established you can serve a healthy meal and the guests won’t notice.
      Kathleen

  • Fabiola Rodriguez
    Twitter:

    I agree no one should ignore the slow, silent damage that an unhealthy lifestyle does to the body. My dad was diagnosed with diabetes nearly 20 years ago, and although he took medication, he slacked off on improving his diet and getting more active. Now, his eyes are damaged, his blood pressure is through the roof, and his kidneys have started failing. I know I’m prone to diabetes too, so I’m really focused on watching my diet and exercising. So far, my glucose level is normal, and I hope it stays that way. Health is the real wealth!

    Greetings from the Blogger’s Pit Stop! I will be sharing this post on Pinterest and Twitter.

    • Kathleen (Owner) Post author

      So true Fabiola, ‘Health is the real wealth!’ well said. Fasting Blood sugar usually only rises when diabetes is established. You need to ask your doctor to do fasting Insulin tests a couple of times a year. If Insulin levels are raised most likely diabetes is on the way, this will show well before blood sugar. You do a great job watching your diet and exercise.

      Kathleen

  • Charlotte
    Twitter:

    For me the worse part about an unhealthy lifestyle (as you say) is that it is silent and takes a while before you notice it and the longer you leave it, the harder it is to come back out. It is so important to make healthy changes and not give into the food cravings!

    • Kathleen (Owner) Post author

      You have done an awesome job changing your lifestyle. Especially important now being pregnant and looking after the health of you and the little baby.

      Thanks for your helpful comments.
      Kathleen

  • Jean
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    Kathleen, congratulations to you and your son! I don’t count carbs or calories or fat grams; I just avoid all sugar substitutes and limit my sugar intake to not more than 6 teaspoons a day and make sure to eat protein throughout the day. Of course, someone with food addiction or diabetes has to take stricter measures; but this works for me. I have no cravings and don’t even get close to my self-imposed sugar allowance on most days. I feel very fortunate. Wishing you continued success on building health and well-being. Thank you for sharing your story.
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