Carb addict!

Hi, I massively struggle with over consumption of processed carbs. I have a good understanding of health and nutrition but constantly fail to stay true to my word. I'm a slave to cravings. I'm very carb intolerant. I want out. I enjoy working out but since gaining 6kg since October last year I've struggled with illness and injury leading to lack of confidence. That has lead to a lack of motivation and here I am in a rut, a vicious circle I just can't seem to break out of.

I want to return to the better version of me and the happiness that brings.

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  • Hi timmyg,

    Welcome to the Healthy eating forum. I'm sorry to hear you've been struggling with illness and injury and that your confidence has suffered as a result, and I know you've gained 6kg since October last year, but I really hope that you can re-gain your confidence with support from the forums.

    I know you mentioned that you already have a good understanding of health and nutrition, so I'm wondering if perhaps you might benefit from the support of the NHS weight loss forum? They have regular weigh-in groups (which are free and very supportive), and many people are following the NHS 12 week plan, which is worth a look. You can find it in the NHS Choices website, but if you have difficulty finding it, let me know - and I'll give you a link.

    Do have a look around the Healthy eating forum too - as there are different topics, and the NHS Choices pages are informative and interesting - both in terms of food and also the exercise side of things.

    Wishing you all the best and hope to see you around and about in the forum.

    Zest :-)

  • The solution to this addiction is to replace the foods that cause highs and lows with those that don't.

    As you probably realise, even common-place foods that are touted as 'healthy' cause spikes in insulin/insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1); baked beans, low-fat yoghurt, potatoes, rice, cereals (including wheat biscuits, wheat that is shredded or cornflakes), bread, flour or sugar.

    The best sources of carbohydrate in controlled amounts are low Gi vegetables, barely-ripe banana, dried (preservative-free) apricots, bulgur wheat, quinoa, whole oats, barley, peas, beans from dry, lentils, chickpeas, whole milk, sweetcorn, sweet potato, berries and citrus fruits.

    Whilst above ground vegetables comprise the bulk of volume, most calories are ideally derived from natural fat; about 50:50 mono-unsaturated fat to saturated fat, in the proportions of our bodies' fat, with the added benefits of fat soluble vitamins and minerals.

  • Your use of the word "processed" lies at the heart of your difficulties but at least you know and understand this. Addiction is a difficult thing to break - addiction to cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, and processed foods (for this read "sugar" and/or other simple carboydrates). I don't know how to advise addicted people to break their addiction - but at least stay for a beginning away form those places where you are seduced by the addiction. For smoking and alcoholism it is pubs, clubs, bars, bottle shops - for an addiction like yours it is modern supermarkets, coffee/cake shops, etc.

  • I'm slowly ditching the carbs and finding I'm not really missing them also the sugar highs/lows have stabilised and I'm loosing weight too 👍

  • Hi there..i know that feeling! I'm about to embark on a 10 day detox for exactly that reason.i have just ordered all of the suggested supplements and will start in a few days..i will let you know how it goes or you can join me and start too! Dr Hyman's "The bood sugar solution 10 day Detox"..

  • Increasing your protein intake will keep you fuller longer hence miniseries cravings.

  • Distraction activities too. Change the bed, do the ironing , something active while the craving hits. Then remember it's on,y however long until your next planned meal.

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