• Jen

    posted on August 13, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I have been cutting way back on sugar this week and yesterday in a pinch I grabbed a muffin for breakfast. I almost fell asleep at my desk an hour later and this morning the thought of eating anything even remotely sugary was so unappealing. It’s amazing what your body will tell you when you start to listen to it!!!

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    Amy Reply:

    I know – and I am thrilled that you are so aware of what’s going on with your body. It takes a real commitment but has a huge payoff.

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  • Sunny

    posted on August 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I too seem to have issues with sugar and flour but I haven’t made it to the point where I can completely cut it out. As soon as I start to get a grip, something happens, stress, period, whatever, and I just crave those foods…even when I’m not hungry!

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    Amy Reply:

    That happened to me too…food was a coping mechanism.

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    Sunny Reply:

    So how did you learn to cope in more healthful ways?

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    Amy Reply:

    I am going to address this in more detail in a future post but I had to learn how to identify my feelings, I had to start writing about how I felt. I also had to change my behavior. That meant putting down the food. A lot of times, as silly as it sounds, I just had to sit still and breathe until the intense craving passed.

  • Zmama

    posted on August 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I can totally relate to starving myself so that I can later eat a treat/big meal when dieting and also eating some sugary, chocolaty thing that I don’t enjoy but not stopping. I would do that with bread as well.

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    Amy Reply:

    It’s such an ugly cycle, isn’t it??

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  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on August 14, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Well I learned a hard lesson this summer. I started with a personal trainer, who like most personal trainers want you to count calories, fat, protein and carbs. I was advised to eat 20-30 grams of fat per day,

    I realized by doing that I was restricting my normal fat intake by over 50%. All I wanted was to take fish oil, have a few TBS of olive oil and some nuts, maybe an avocado, a little cheese and olives, but by doing that I was way over my allotted fat intake for the day. So I cut a lot out, and after about a week, I could no longer do my strength training, I was crying all the time, moody and forgetful.

    I realized that my body needs fat – and probably more fat than the average person. It has been almost a month since I stopped counting everything I eat, and got back to my normal fat intake, and I have lost some weight and am feeling much better!

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    Amy Reply:

    Thanks so much for sharing that. I get e-mails with people sharing more personal things about their weight struggles but I think it’s hard for women to be open in a public venue because there is such shame around weight.

    I have even struggled with it since writing this series – sometimes I think, “Gosh, I can’t believe I’m putting this on the internet for the entire world to see.” My deep hope is that we, as women, can let go of the shame around our bodies, our strive for perfection, and accept that we are absolutely enough just the way we are.

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  • Jessika

    posted on August 14, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for posting this series. It’s been very encouraging. I did quite well last year cutting these ingredients out from my diet-I felt better, I lost weight. But, and thank you for being so honest about what traps you previously fell into with various foods/habits, I find that just a little leads me to total breakdown and I’m back to my old ways. Today is my first day getting back to what I know works for me too.

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    Amy Reply:

    Thank you for your honesty. It touched my heart. I know how hard it is to admit – at least it is for me, even today.

    For me, too, just a little leads to disaster. So I don’t eat it. I was a quite worried about how my body might react when I started cooking gluten-free and sugar-free – mostly worried about triggering that craving. But it doesn’t happen. And I’m grateful.

    I’ll be thinking of you while you get back to what you know works for you . You can do it…just take one day at a time.

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  • Maria

    posted on July 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I just found your site today. I am really exactly like you in terms of your problem(s) with sugar and flour. I have been struggling for many years–over 30, I think. I vow not to consume the offending items–because I KNOW they are problematic–and yet, after 3 days or so of not consuming them–I eat them and begin the cycle all over. I don’t know why I cannot be consistent.

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  • Gabrielle

    posted on July 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Amy,
    I’m on holidays for 2 weeks, so I decided to take this gluten free and sugar free thing seriously while I have the time to concentrate on myself. So far it’s going pretty good. I’ve noticed that my sugar cravings are way down already. My sugar cravings were out of control. So out of control that my head would spin if I ate a muffin. I feel really good about myself right now. It made me laugh when you watched your husband eat a piece of chocolate cake and after one bite pushed it away. I don’t get it either, but at least it’s starting to make sense now.

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  • Kelly

    posted on September 3, 2010 at 5:10 am

    This is exactly my issue! In spite of being well-read about nutrition and knowing how to eat healthy (avoid processed food, eat lots of whole, organic, fruits and veggies, etc.) no matter how strong my resolve is I eat bad food compulsively! I am supposed to eat GF (after many health issues I was tested and told I was “gluten intolerant.” Also, both of my parents were diagnosed with diabetes in their 40′s (in spite of being at a healthy weight and excercising regularly). You would think that with both of those issues I would be motivated and be able to follow through on a healthy GF&SF way of eating. NOPE. I constantly “fall off the wagon” and then bing on gluten adn sugar laden foods. I really do feel like it’s a compulsion and an addiction. I beat myself up for failing and having “no willpower.” I think if I can stay “on the wagon” long enough to break the cravings it would be easier… I am so frustrated that even though I know the health risks to eating foods with gluten and sugar, I continue to do so- it gives me a new insight into people with substance abuse issues.

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  • Laura

    posted on September 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I have had a lifetime of issues with food and diet after diet. I managed to get my weight off and keep it off for over 20 years until my husband and I made a major move to the States about 11 years ago. The emotional eating combined with peri-menopause started the roller coaster of weight gain and increasing physical symptoms that I had always had started to get out of control, like my weight. 24 months ago, I was diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity and lactose and soy intolerance. I was on the Elimination Diet for 14 weeks and ALL cravings and symptoms disappeared and weight gain stopped and I lost weight! Then low and behold, more emotional upheaval and travels across the States, a non-supportive husband with my diet (at the time, not any more!)and off the wagon I fell. I am very much in a place now where I have no choice but to get back on the wagon after all of these months and stop the cycle. Amy, your articles are inspiring….and exactly where I am at the moment. I can’t handle the prison of rules anymore….you know, I’m thinking that I can do one day at a time. The gluten, sugar and lactose causes such bad symptoms….you would think this would stop me? It didn’t but I am finally at a place where things are looking possible again. I think this will be my new saying….I can do today and I don’t have to think about tomorrow. Thank you for your website, you are inspiring!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Laura, I still use “One Day at a Time” every single day. It works. Wishing you all the best on your new journey….and sending hugs.

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  • Anita

    posted on December 15, 2010 at 5:16 am

    I have been perusing your blog for about a month now. I really appreciate it. A lot of the glutten free issues are centered around Celiacs… and my issue with wheat isn’t that. I have gone glutten free on and off for about a year. When I am off I feel better, when I am on I feel worse. Weight loss is nearly impossible. I am now 9 weeks pregnant and found that glutten/wheat in particular was really upsetting my stomach. Nausea AND pain. So, I cut it out again 3 weeks ago. I have also lost a couple of lbs and feel just BETTER in general. This afternoon I will go eat ethiopian food with a friend, thankfully all glutten free! Thanks for the great resource!

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  • Heidi

    posted on April 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Amy,
    I found your blog a few weeks ago and am so excited I did. I was searching for the answer to the food addiction i’ve been struggling with my entire life and your story resonated so much with me. I know I need to begin going gf & sf but I am overwhelmed with the HOW!
    I am wondering if you could give some advice on how you started: simple things to eat, what to beware of on labels, what kind of sugar to avoid (ie. Lactose? Sucrose? Honey?), and also what things to watch out for with gluten in it, etc. I appreciate any advice and thank you for posting your stories and recipes that are helping the rest of us out!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Heidi, Hi Heidi!

    First – I am really big on telling everyone to figure out what works for them. Every woman’s body is different so what works for me may not work for you. And, know that I’m not a registered dietitian or medical professional so I’m not giving medical advice. This is just what has worked for me:

    Lactose is a milk sugar and I don’t have any trouble with it. It’s natural. I don’t eat anything with sucrose. That’s white sugar. Recently I’ve added honey in small amounts. When I started eating gluten-free I kept it really simple – no baking or anything like that. My diet consisted of the healthy foods we should be eating anyway – fruits, veggies, lean meats, beans, legumes, whole grains (that are gluten-free!), and lower fat dairy. I eat a lot of fresh, raw food but I don’t eat a raw diet.

    My book has a lot of simple to make recipes and great info on eating gluten-free – I wrote an extensive SS&GF Kitchen section that might help you.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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    Heidi Reply:

    This is amazing helpful, thank you for your response Amy! I am heading out to get your book first thing tomorrow ;)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Heidi, Enjoy my book! Let me know what you whip up in the kitchen.

    Hugs,
    Amy

    Heidi Reply:

    Hi Amy! I just wanted update you on what you’ve done in my life!!! I am so excited to tell you that a combination of this webside and reading the book “Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food” was EXACTLY the thing I have needed to be free from my addiction to food that I have had my entire life! Within the first few weeks I was eating things that I really enjoyed (pizza, pasta, cookies) but they were made g&sf so when I was full I STOPPED EATING! That was revolutionary for me! I am down 45 pounds and I was about 15 pounds away from my goal weight when we found out we were pregnant with #2! I have been able to pass my success story onto many others who are struggling with the same thing!

    I just wanted that thank you again for the impact have made on my life (and many others’ lives I’m sure)!!! Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your stories in order to pass the success onto others. Blessings on you and that little one coming soon!

    Heidi

    Amy Reply:

    @Heidi, Congratulations, Heidi! What an incredible success story. I am so happy for you. Wishing you a lifetime of balance with your food.

    xoxo,
    Amy

  • Hannah

    posted on April 25, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Thank you for sharing your story!!! It sounds a lot like mine. I have thought I was fat ever since I became a teen! No matter how much health food I ate and excersised it NEVER came off. But in reality I was never over weight. FINALLY I was able to get “self control”, and “Moderation” and slacked off on portions. Which led to more slacking off, wich made me feel empowered and led to starving through many meals. I ended up at 128 lbs and almost 6 ft. And still thought I could handle loosing a few more. I thought I was FINALLY beautiful. So then when the emotions hit and took over and everone was telling me to gain weight, it led to the reverse. Binge eating. Now 4 years later all and + some is back in all it’s glory. When it first started coming back I thought life couldn’t get worse than to gain weight and look like I did. The more I thought this way, struggled with food and tried to loose, the more I gained. No where was there victory, NO WHERE offered freedom. Most girls that I met who were thin and seemed “on track” were just as messed up about body image as I was. The emotional pain of all this is sooo great that people who don’t struggle can’t understand. BUT… by the Grace of God, through is love for me NO MATTER WHAT, I am slowly on the road to complete healing. I’m starting to see myself as a person who is uniqly made. Designed in amazing intriquit fashion. It’s definatly AMAZING FREEDOM! Praising God for this. I still have my days. And sometimes weeks. But I have been learning her lately about glueten and sugar fee. And it’s really peaking my interest. I would really like to be able to enjoy complete health in my new freedom. And if I could get rid of my cravings and battle with food completly, it would be amazing. I’m so glad I found this site. It’s sooo inspirational. I hope that I will be able to make this way of living and eating a habit. If I could get any advice from anyone on how to be commmited and coninual, even at holidays and other events, that would be awsome!!! THANK YOU!!!!
    In Chirst!

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  • Joy

    posted on September 16, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Your story is sounding very familiar to me. I have stopped eating gluten for 2 weeks now and for the first time in years I feel in control of what I am eating. The flour seems to lead to craving one thing after another for me. I never thought I could feel this good and so easily resist old temptations. Its good to hear that its not all in my head! I did not expect this reaction when I quit the gluten.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Joy, Most people don’t expect that reaction at all. It’s wonderful that you figured it out! It is so freeing, isn’t it?

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