Book: "The Diet Cure" (how to quit both dieting and binging)

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katzcurrent
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Book: "The Diet Cure" (how to quit both dieting and binging)

I first came across this book in 2003, long before my bulimia was anywhere close to being in remission. But it was a real eye-opener because it was the first time I'd read about the link between eating disorders and nutritional imbalances, neurotransmitter shortages, and blood sugar instability. A lot of what she says is completely aligned with the principles of bulimiahelp.com, such as the importance of eating enough food, eating throughout the day, and eating a lot of protein with adequate fats and carbohydrates.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Diet-Cure-Julia-Ross/dp/0140286527

I'm a big proponent of naturopathy - for some reason, I've had better luck with it than eastern treatments such as acupuncture. But, it's expensive. The supplements she recommends in this book are very expensive. Rather than buying every aminoacid she recommends (amino acids are simply the building blocks of proteins), I suggest getting a multi-variety amino acid mix.

I'm honestly not sure I would have been able to recover without supplements. And I definitely wouldn't be able to maintain a low weight easily if it weren't for my very carefully regulated, vitamin and mineral-fortified regime. When I stop taking any of my supplements, I start to notice see-saw effects both in my mood and appetite.

katzcurrent
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p.s. Clarification: When I

p.s. Clarification: When I say 'low weight,' I mean lower than my bulimic weight. I'm well within the guidelines of being a healthy weight - but I'm continually amazed that I'm thinner than I was as a bulimic. I've been this size and weight for a year now, and I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop and go back to where I was when I was BP. So far, I've stayed right where I am. My anorexic self would be disappointed with this size (luckily, I haven't been anorexic in over 10 years), but my bulimic self would have been delighted.

lindsay6
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Sounds interesting, I ordered

Sounds interesting, I ordered the book from amazon. Thanks.

When you are going through hell, keep going.

susan2012
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thank you.. i ordered it as

thank you.. i ordered it as well

i am a big fan of acopunture... do you think it can help with the ED? i know a very good doctor who practices is it..it is though japanese acupunture not the chinese one but i think it is amazing with health problems

katzcurrent
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Hi Gals, One downside of "The

Hi Gals,

One downside of "The Diet Cure" is the author's recommendation to eliminate wheat, dairy, and sugar. Frankly, I do find wheat and sugar to be triggering, but eliminating entire categories of food is even more triggering. My one rule about food is that I no longer create rules about food. :) Even creating rules against things like diet soda (which I try to avoid) is a setup for me. I immediately rebel against any rule I establish, and that can lead to bingeing.

Otherwise, the author seems to understand eating disorders really well. She provides sample meal plans, all of which are over 2,000 calories and include meals and snacks.

Susan, I do think acupuncture can help with eating disorders, definitely. But it depends on the practitioner. Too many acupuncturists have given me sedating treatments, which I dislike. Being groggy causes me to run toward caffeine and sugar. However, one of my good friends is an acupuncturist who knows me pretty well, and she gave me a couple of great treatments. I felt light and sparkly afterwards. I have not noticed long-term benefits, though. I think it's a matter of trial and error. Nothing works for everyone! :)

susan2012
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hi katz, i also believe that

hi katz, i also believe that creating food rules keeps the ED alive, at least in my case...i am too early in recovery to follow any rule

BUT i firmly believe that sugars and wheat (according to italian typical food: pasta and bread) are addictive and responsable for ups and downs of energy and their intake should be controlled . Whole grain wheat should be abolished..not too good for the intestine

Let's wait for the book to arrive..it will take a month to get all the way to italy..but i will need more recovery under the belt to begin to "eat healthy"

i know an excellent practitioner of acupunture here in italy...the only one i could ever trust.

any time i did it (he does not know about my ed..i did for other reasons) i felt so full of energy.. but unfortunately it is expensive :-(

lindsay6
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I have never been a huge fan

I have never been a huge fan of wheat and it is really easy to eliminate it. I often do for no good reason other than I am not interested in eating bread. I do eat oatmeal always though not sure if that comes into the equation. One of the things I did to attempt recovery previously is give up wheat, sugar, and milk and I did it religiously for 6 months. It didn't change a thing for me. The days when I don't eat wheat I don't notice any changes at all to how I feel, maybe this is just me but this is my experience. I am curious about the protein aspect though

When you are going through hell, keep going.

Rue
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I ordered the book and

I ordered the book and started reading it last night. I'm not done with it but really like it so far. I know dairy and wheat are problem foods for me but don't think I would ever cut them out entirely. Almost all of my bingeing and overeating while on SE has been dairy foods. Where might one find an amino acid mix?

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