RE: Carbohalic - help!
Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM
Ok, I know how important this diet is for my health issues, but I am so addicted to carbs (pasta, bread, cereal, etc.) that although I am not eating meat, dairy, salt or oil, I know my diet is unhealthy. How do it kick this carb habit?
You've got some great feedback here from Susan, Molly, and Deb. The commonalities are in the quality of the carbohydrates AND you'll also notice the nudge to be sure you are eating enough of the quality carbohydrates that are big time important in the satiety factor.
You are designed to 'crave' carbs. With that amylase enzyme so present in humans, along with our sweet - tasting dominating taste buds that are so happy to have starchy carbohydrates, it's when we don't meet the need that we start to crave and can easily OD on inappropriate carbs (processed and refined) because they are so immediately pleasing to the palate. The problem can be that they then hijack our taste buds, leaving us wanting more yet without the satisfaction of whole foods that will keep us sated and slim at the same time.
I often say 'craving carbs? Eat them!' and in light of what I've just described, can you see how it makes sense? I remember years of trying to cut out whole grain bread and potatoes and limiting even my brown rice, only to find myself face-first in a bowl of brownie dough. Heavens, if I'd only had the quality stuff, I'd think, I wouldn't be in this mess! Yet given the climate of carbophobia in our culture, it can be hard to over come.
Here is more that may be helpful to you:
How to break out of carbophobia, cut carb cravings, and derail your jones for junkfood
The 3 rules of satiety & why they are critical to your weight loss plan: Becoming naturally thin
7 reasons to get more starch in your diet
Autumn harvest: Where the happy herbivore meets the slim starchivore
It is possible to end the madness of being fat and hungry at the same time. That was my dream and you can do it with a whole-foods, plant-strong, low fat diet.
Thinking of you,