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anybody else find themselves off of their food intolerances in daily life, but eating them in mass quantity in binges? I have posted about this before even but it's still happening to me, especially when I'm under more stress, I'll use food like a drug and stuff my face with things that will mess up my body and mind for 3 days afterwards. Then comes immediate regret, knowing how depressed and messed up my mind will be over the next 3 days... So why do I keep doing it? I've been gluten free for 2 years and my binges vary on what and when, but currently I have been going every 3 days for the last week, before that it was every 2 weeks, and before that maybe every month or two. The thing is that the food intolerances make me stress about everything/just living in general is hard, so I go to them again, and get stuck in weeks of just eating food intolerance stuff in mass quantity... Anybody else? Plus where do I post this/section who knows.

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sounds like ADDICTION.....which does happen so you are not alone. If you can not control these binges on your own you should seek professional help.. Wheat & gluten withdrawral can be for some as hard as stopping smoking or drinking.

By continuing this pattern you are wrecking your health...

I hope you find treatment so you can once again enjoy life....

hugs

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I agree with the previous poster. You could also try keeping a supply of treats similiar to your forbidden items but that are safe on hand. Or try going for a walk, excercising, or get on board here for support when you feel a binge coming on. We will help if we can.

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revenant this is normal and anyone being deprived of things they're addicted to are prone to rebelling. This book "eating less: say goodbye overeating" by Gillian Riley helped me understand the reason behind binge eating. I hope it helps you too if you ever decide to read it.

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I love cheese, but I do not eat a lot of cheese. Having issues with it, I avoid it mostly. Occasionally, my body takes over and eats me some cheese. I think these things have been a part of our diet for so long that it is hard to eliminate it forever.

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anybody else find themselves off of their food intolerances in daily life, but eating them in mass quantity in binges? I have posted about this before even but it's still happening to me, especially when I'm under more stress, I'll use food like a drug and stuff my face with things that will mess up my body and mind for 3 days afterwards. Then comes immediate regret, knowing how depressed and messed up my mind will be over the next 3 days... So why do I keep doing it? I've been gluten free for 2 years and my binges vary on what and when, but currently I have been going every 3 days for the last week, before that it was every 2 weeks, and before that maybe every month or two. The thing is that the food intolerances make me stress about everything/just living in general is hard, so I go to them again, and get stuck in weeks of just eating food intolerance stuff in mass quantity... Anybody else? Plus where do I post this/section who knows.

Your NOT glutenfree if your binging!!!Try and find SUBSTITUTES!!!I know its hard but its worth it!!! Gluten is addicting...God knows I've had the same problem ...BUT yourisk serious consequences, damaging yourself! Read more about these OTHER Celiacs andthePAIN they are going through...If you don't stop NOW...your body will only get worse! Years of undiagnosed celiacs has left alot of us with nerve damage and OTHER physical problems YOU DON'T WANT!!! Its ALL documented here on the forum...trust me/us...YOU CAN STOP IF YOU ONLY PUT YOUR MIND TO IT!!! BE STRONG!!! FIND OTHER MORE SATISFING things to eat...would you eat POISIN if ittasted good? you ARE! :ph34r:

YOU CAN DOIT!!!BE GOODTOYOUR SELF! :blink::P:D It will beworth it in the long run! B) ( sorry guys...mykeyboardisn't workingright tonight...its not me...and its Not letting me go back and seperate the words!...BUT YOU GET MY POINT!)

takecare :D you can doit...it gets better,,,whenYOU REALLY go gluten free!! you won't crave it as bad if at all, especially if you find something JUST AS TASTY to eat when something you can't have tempts you!!! Trust me...YOU don't want The kind of damage and consequences SOME of these people gothrough! GOOD LUCK! :D

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I may have mis-understood, but I think Rev is talking about other food intolerances besides gluten? Things like dairy, soy or nightshades etc.

Rev, The reason why you are doing this doesn't really matter. You know the answer is to stop. So that's what you have to do, regardless of the "reason" you are doing it.

There is some good reason to trial things every 6 months or a year. It is possible to get over some food intolerances in time. But if you do a trial of a food and it doesn't work then you stop eating it again. It's that simple. If you are telling yourself you can't do this then you need to stop BS-ing your self. You can do it and you know somewhere inside that you can.

All that aside, it would be a good idea to look at everything in your diet. Maybe you should drop back to a basic whole foods diet for a while until you get your issues resolved. If you are mal-absorbing due to gut damage from something that can cause cravings. So going back to a simple whole foods diet to see if something improves would make sense.

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You are messing with your head again :) You are using food as a substitute for not dealing with something else, like it's just easier to eat and make yourself sick than deal with what is really bothering you. Stop for a minute and think about what it is that you are really trying to deal with that you are substituting food as the problem for. This is what I see happening. You are too smart to do gluten because you don't want to mess yourself up that much, so you eat the things that won't harm you so much but will still prevent you from dealing with the real problem.

I am sorry the worries have come back into your life, and hope you can find a way to drive them off again. You were doing so well for so long :) Bonne chance!!

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Revenant, bravo to you for managing to eat gluten-free for 2 years! I'm trying to get through 2 weeks...

The foods that are worst for my body are often the foods I crave. (especialIy sugar & baked goods) sometimes binge on those foods. I feel great while I'm eating them, like my brain just got a hit of dopamine. . . but 10 minutes or 1 hour later, I feel lousy.

For some people, ceasing to eat foods we're intolerant to is not just a matter of summoning willpower. Our biochemistry can make it seem impossible to resist the temptations of certain foods.

When don't feed our bodies the foods we're addicted to, we can experience withdrawal, just like a someone who's addicted to opiates or alcohol. When I was at my worst with food addictions, I was desperately wishing I could check into a rehab center. I felt like an alcoholic.

When I am tempted now, I remind myself (1) my craving is not a character flaw, but a biochemical addiction, and (2) it does get better. Now I come here for support.

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Revenant, bravo to you for managing to eat gluten-free for 2 years! I'm trying to get through 2 weeks...

The foods that are worst for my body are often the foods I crave. (especialIy sugar & baked goods) sometimes binge on those foods. I feel great while I'm eating them, like my brain just got a hit of dopamine. . . but 10 minutes or 1 hour later, I feel lousy.

For some people, ceasing to eat foods we're intolerant to is not just a matter of summoning willpower. Our biochemistry can make it seem impossible to resist the temptations of certain foods.

When don't feed our bodies the foods we're addicted to, we can experience withdrawal, just like a someone who's addicted to opiates or alcohol. When I was at my worst with food addictions, I was desperately wishing I could check into a rehab center. I felt like an alcoholic.

When I am tempted now, I remind myself (1) my craving is not a character flaw, but a biochemical addiction, and (2) it does get better. Now I come here for support.

Welcome to the forum inspire... good for you! I like your additude! :D

It does get better...over time, but you CAN'T CHEAT! LOL! :rolleyes:

Like I said before ... you have to find a SATISFIYING SUBSTITUTE!!! :P It can be done!

The OTHER intolerances can be just as problematic...with dairy my jaw seisesup...I get severe migraines...severe eratic periods..severe hot flashes...bleeding gums ...dizziness...and soresin my mouth to name a few! Other intolerances can be JUST as damaging!Donethink I haven'tdone my share of cheating either...but after allthe throwing up and sideeffects...( the longer you give in to intolerences...the worse the semptoms get!there seems to be a saturation point...at leastwith me there was!!!)After a while...justlooking at the thing is aturn off! But it took some cheating to come to terms withit...once I knew what the culprit to my suffering was!!! there was aperiodof coming totermswiththe fact thatI couldn't EAT my favorite foods...almosta morning period! But youy get over it ...if you let yourself! BUT you have toexurt a little WILLPOWER!!! MIND OVER FOOD! :D

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I have known about my condition for a very long time, but I found ways to cope with all the ongoing issues caused by my allergy because I was the only person I knew with the problem and had no support from family or friends and being a teenager dealing with drug addiction as well it wasn't high on my priority list.

Now I am 6 yrs older and have been off all drugs including cigs for five of those years. I can quit everything else cold turkey but gluten is so much harder for me mostly because its in everything and haveing nobody notice how sick I am makes it easy to ignore.

I now have a boyfriend that learned of my condition about three weeks after we started dating he took it seriously and was super upset when he realized how I just ignored my constant symptoms. He convinced me to quit and he was willing to help get me healthy. I have been gluten free for 2 months solid once. Since then I go three weeks usually sometimes longer before I cheat or get careless and don't check lables. It is really really hard for me to be ok never eating gluten again. I wish I had worse symptoms currently when I cheat it doesn't really affect me so its easy for me to be ok with. I feel like a little child than needs constant supervision. I keep reading if I can go a year without gluten I won't have so many cravings and it will get easier to avoid. Is this true? I still get small cravings for drugs but drugs are hard to get unless your in the scene.

Gluten is usually in the next room, and almost free. If I am willing to go to anyones home or to a resturant it is free. I would love any suggestions on the best way to be totally gluten free for more than two months.

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I understand binging behavior as it applies to me, and only me....

I have Celiac, and then several other intolerance foods or ingredients.

When I've had a stressful day/week and feel like sitting it a dark cool room and eating for comfort as I watch a movie, I still can't even begin to consider doing it with a food that I know will harm me in the intolerance sense.

I know that sitting in front of the tube and eating pepperoni's with a piece of cheese for an hour is not good for me, but I do know it isn't going to hurt me the way a single cracker would.

The process you are talking about brings to mind something like cutting ones self.

Talking about it is good. Professional help may be better, but many therapists are ill equipped to do their job, so I stick with "talking about it is good". My inbox is always open.

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anybody else find themselves off of their food intolerances in daily life, but eating them in mass quantity in binges? I have posted about this before even but it's still happening to me, especially when I'm under more stress, I'll use food like a drug and stuff my face with things that will mess up my body and mind for 3 days afterwards. Then comes immediate regret, knowing how depressed and messed up my mind will be over the next 3 days... So why do I keep doing it? I've been gluten free for 2 years and my binges vary on what and when, but currently I have been going every 3 days for the last week, before that it was every 2 weeks, and before that maybe every month or two. The thing is that the food intolerances make me stress about everything/just living in general is hard, so I go to them again, and get stuck in weeks of just eating food intolerance stuff in mass quantity... Anybody else? Plus where do I post this/section who knows.

wow revenant... You are describing me to a T! This is so much like myself it is scary. I stay away from the gluten no matter what but I have other intolerances that I will stay off for a while and then binge. I find that I binge because I am feeling bloated and groose, and I binge on my comfort foods that I shouldn't eat. The mentality I seem to have is.. "well I am already bleated and feeling down anyway so I may as well eat these foods and enjoy them." And then I feel worse and eat more... its a viscious cycle. I completely understand. It's a mind over matter thing though I think. You need to convince yourself not to do it and try to remember how bad you felt last time. But just know that you are deff not alone in this one!

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Hi Larsky,

There has been research showing that gluten molecules can act like opiates in the brain. This means that they can actually cause withdrawal symptoms. You can search on gluten and opiate to get more info.

What that also means is that the longer you stay off gluten the less those withdrawal symptoms affect you. Eating it every couple weeks is enough to kick it back into gear though and start the withdrawl process over. So you need to just stop and stay stopped. Being gluten-free does get easier after a while.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-free,_casein-free_diet

The possibility of a relationship between autism and the consumption of gluten and casein was first articulated by Kalle Reichelt in 1991.[8] Based on studies showing correlation between autism, schizophrenia, and increased urinary peptide levels,[9] Reichelt hypothesized that some of these peptides may have an opiate effect. This led to the development of the Opioid Excess Theory, expounded by Paul Shattock and others,[10] which speculates that peptides with opioid activity cross into the bloodstream from the lumen of the intestine, and then into the brain. These peptides were speculated to arise from incomplete digestion of certain foods, in particular gluten from wheat and certain other cereals and from casein from milk and dairy produce. Further work confirmed opioid peptides such as casomorphines[11] (from casein) and gluten exorphines and gliadorphin (from gluten) as possible suspects, due to their chemical similarity to opiates.

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