Some people have expressed an interest in learning more about the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet.
Like I said, I heard another patient talking about it at physical therapy and I was intrigued.
"This low-carbohydrate diet was designed by a research biologist and a research psychologist to treat hyperinsulinemia, a condition where normal carbohydrate consumption produces not satisfaction but even more hunger, especially cravings for starches and sugar." (from amazon)
The book has a questionnaire to help you determine whether or not you are a carb addict. (I fell into the severe addict range.) It explains that people with this problem have too much insulin release when they eat carbs, and lack the usual serotonin boost that helps us to feel full and satisfied after eating. Because we don't feel full or satisfied, we eat frequently (usually carbs), which only perpetuates the problem.
Basically, the plan is to eat two low-carbohydrate meals (breakfast & lunch), no eating between meals, and then you have a daily "reward meal." That means that you can eat whatever you want for dinner! (The only catch is that you have only 60 minutes to eat whatever you want.) Eating this way means that your body only has to process the carbohydrates once a day, getting you out of the escalating cycle and allowing insulin/serotonin levels to regulate.
I honestly thought at the start that I couldn't manage eating only 3 times a day, given my cravings, hunger, and lack of satisfaction. Surprisingly, that hasn't been difficult. I do find myself wanting to eat fruit or nuts or candy at times (especially when preparing meals for my children), but it's not that hard to put off cravings until dinnertime, when I know I'll be able to indulge if I still want it.
I'm on day 6 now and I've lost 3 pounds so far. I have found it was much more difficult to ignore my cravings since my period started, but I've managed. I'm going to have to figure out some breakfast alternatives, because eggs are getting old for me.
I'm hoping that this is a plan I can adhere to long-term, because I am already feeling better. I feel so much more in control and even than I did when I was succumbing to the constant urge to eat carbs! Wish me luck.