Struggling with Lyme disease

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No wonder all diets fail


After eliminating nightshades, my neurotic addiction to foods has gone away (see my post about the Joey Tribbiani food syndrome).  It only comes back when I slip up or encounter another food that causes the same reaction (ie.  Carrageenan).  Now that I’ve eliminated the nightshades, it’s very obvious when something pops up that causes the same reaction.

I was thinking this morning that it’s no wonder that ALL DIETS FAIL for those with a nightshade problem.  You can attempt to eat healthy but, if you’re consuming nightshades, the addiction will drive you back to those foods again.  For example… I thought for sure I was eating healthy by having a tortilla with turkey lunch meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and low fat mayo.  Yeah, let us count the nightshades and other addicting ingredients:  tortillas (potato flour), lunch meat (carrageenan), tomatoes, mayo (paprika).  ugh! 

After eating like this, I would come to a point where I could no longer resist the bad foods.  I was plagued by never-ending thoughts about the foods I shouldn’t eat.  I could think of nothing else until I found some way to rationalize eating them:  “Just this once”, “I’ve had a bad day, so the heck with it”, “I’ve been good this week, why not?” – the list was endless.  Then, when I slipped, it was such a high to eat them that it was impossible to stop.  I would go back to them the next day and the next.  I would then move on to the other foods I shouldn’t eat.  It was a fast downward spiral to misery.  Aaaahh, but the temporary high – what a rush.

I think about those poor people on the shows like The Biggest Loser and such where they are pretty much beaten down to attempt to resist bad foods when their addiction will always drive them back again.  I can’t even imagine the emotional trauma when you know that the food addiction is bad, but your body is driving you at them and there isn’t anything you can do to stop that unless you eliminate the addicting foods completely.  And, these things are in just about everything. 

No supplements have helped me with this.  Only complete elimination of the foods has worked for me.  It might be different for you, but this is how it is for me.

The “Joey Tribbiani” food syndrome (addiction, insanity)


If you’ve ever watched the TV series called “Friends” you’ll recall a character named “Joey Tribbiani”.  I think of my food issues just like his are portrayed.  He’ll eat just about anything and God forbid you get anywhere near his plate.  He does NOT share his food, ever.  He would even carry a fork in his coat pocket just in case he ran across some food he could eat.

My food issues were just like that:

  • Never full.  I could eat 4 orders of 6 potstickers from Noodles & Company and still be hungry for more afterwards.
  • When I get a food in my mind, I can’t let it go until I go buy and eat it.  I HAVE to have it.  There’s no stopping me.
  • What I see on my plate doesn’t look like enough food.  I need it completely full or else I might starve.
  • Don’t ever take my food, I don’t share. 
  • Don’t leave your food where I can see it.  That bag of Ho-Hos?  You leave it where I can see it and I’ll eat it.  I don’t care if it’s yours, and that it’s wrong to take it from you, but if I see it I WILL eat it.  So, put it out of sight.  (I tell my step-kids this all the time)

Now that I’m a little into the diet, my appetite has gone waaay down.  I can’t believe that a few shrimp and a little rice makes me full.  I never understood my ex-husband’s view of food…  to him, the only reason he ate is because he would die if he didn’t.  I used to hide candy bars under the couch and eat them while he was at work.  I wonder if I left any there when I left?  I suppose there’s some humor in that, if you look at it the right way.

I kind of understand that now, though.  Even my significant other said that he couldn’t believe how much food I could pile on my plate.  I had much larger portions than him and I used to cook huge amounts of food in big pots.

Do you think you have a food addition?  Then you probably do.  I think of this like a nicotine/smoking addition.  Ever try to take away someone’s cigarettes?  Just try it and see what happens then you’ll see what it’s like.

I’m happy to say that this has pretty much disappeared for me.  I do have days where I would love to eat some spaghetti sauce or some takeout food.  But, I’ve been good so far in avoiding it.  yay for me!