Thanks fbnops.† Iím assuming that Dr. Bernstein recommends a lower carb diet.† Low carb seems especially important for diabetics.† It seems wrong to recommend otherwise as Iím assuming the American Diabetes Association does.
Thanks LittlePlum for detailing Zoe Harcombeís diet plan.† Not eating starch and fat together is definitely a good idea for lowering the addictiveness of foods.† Fat really accelerates the addictiveness of carbs.†
So far for me strong cravings = strong opioid addiction.† Perhaps there may also be a food intolerance component to some of the things that I crave.
I am not familiar with the deconditioning process you mention, but I will now beetle off and do some research!
I just made up the deconditioning process that Iíve been writing about.† But let me know if your research turns up anyone else doing something similar. UPDATE:
Things are continuing to go well.† These past few days Iíve been offered bread, rice, and noodles.† I had absolutely no desire for any of them.† This would have been unheard of for me before I started this non-addictive food diet.
I talked to my friend who had lost (and then gained back) a lot of weight on SLD.† She was inspired by what Iím doing and is going to give it a try.†
I realized recently that I needed to decondition combinations of foods.† For example, Iíve successfully deconditioned my cravings for peanut butter and have made good progress with chocolate, but when combined together they are still addictive.† I need to decondition them in combination as well as separately.† Heightened combinations of foods are almost like a completely new item flavor wise.† So this week Iíve been adding butter, cream cheese, or chocolate to all the foods that Iím deconditioning.
I also wanted to mention that even though I am very optimistic about being able to heal my life long addiction to sweets and carbs, I still have many moments of discouragement.† My level of commitment is really strong and Iíve had promising results so far.† I have absolutely no desire to return to what I was doing before.† But it is a long, slow, gradual process.
Also I feel a little bad writing this, but I havenít been completely happy with my weight.† Iíve been maintaining my goal weight of 120 pounds but my body composition is slightly more fat and less muscle than it was last year.† I havenít been exercising as much as I use to.† And I didnít exercise at all for a few months due to exhaustion from what turned out to be the parasites.† Also, Iíve been bloated all the time lately.† It might be from the heat (it has been a hot summer) but I think itís mostly hormonal.†
I was thrilled with my body and weight for an entire year.† I would love to get back to feeling that way again.† But I want to continue the non-addictive diet experiment without any pressure to lose more weight.† Also, right now Iím enjoying exercising purely for pleasure, not because I have to achieve some goal.† Iím not inspired to push myself to exercise more.†
Itís interesting how easily we forget.† Even though I spent almost all of my adult life being 15-30 pounds heavier than I am now, I honestly can not remember what that is like.† A new standard has been established, and now once again Iím not fully happy with my weight.† But overall things are good enough.†
I also started working on some emotional/spiritual conditioning.† Iím trying to condition myself to surrender more and not overreact to things.† Itís been an interesting process so far.† Perhaps Iíll write more about it when I have more time.