Sugar Addict

I met with a nutritionist on Monday since OA literature writes that you can choose a plan of eating with the help of one, and I really want to get going with this.  Although my therapist says I should take it slowly and not jump in and then run away. Key takeaways:  food has been my most enjoyable pastime since I don’t know when, and it seems like I’m addicted to sugar.  The nutritionist recommended that I remove added sugar from my meals and snacks as much as possible, but that I shouldn’t see it as all of nothing.  I’ll take it one day at a time, and get right back on the horse if I fall off.  Ah, cliches.

She also recommended that I write a list of things that I like to do other than binge and eat sugar-laden foods that make me feel good for a minute or two.

So far here’s my list (seems pretty solitary):

  1. Biking
  2. Knitting
  3. Reading the New Yorker
  4. Reading OA stuff
  5. Blogging

Then I just read on Ashia‘s blog Save Yourself Serve Yourself that an OA member recommended that she do a doing a red/yellow/green light food list.

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Here is the start of mine:

Red: Chocolate, Candy, Hazelnut wafers, Cookies, Nutella

Yellow: Chips, Rice & beans, Pasta, Cheese, Hummus

Green: Vegetables, Quinoa

Seems a little unbalanced, huh?

2 thoughts on “Sugar Addict

  1. Thanks for the shoutout. I am starting just with sugar abstinence, though many of the members of my OA group do flour or even all grains. I’m not there yet. I am losing weight by just giving up sugar and binge eating, and it’s easier to give up bingeing if I give up sugar. I may change my list over time. Good luck!

  2. Thanks! I had several days of no binges and low sugar consumption, but I slipped up yesterday and had hazelnut wafers and 4 chewy chocolate chip granola bars (in two minutes!). I don’t know why I keep buying those things for my girls when I end up scarfing them myself. Oh, the nutritionist also suggested putting the girls’ snack foods in a separate cabinet or shelf and telling myself that that shelf is “off limits” for me. Our apartment kitchen is small, so it’s hard to think how I’ll manage that…

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