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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Thought I'd write an update - it's been more than one year since I last posted.

Am I cured from BED? Sadly, no. Have I stopped binge eating? Unfortunately, again I must say no.

In the meantime I can say this:

I lost about 7 kg last year doing the elimination diet. The outcome of that diet was that I know now that I have an intolerance to gluten and peanuts. I'm very thankful that several complaints I had have diminished or disappeared. I no longer have belly aches and problems with my intestines for weeks on end - as long as I avoid gluten I am FINE. If I do eat it I get the old cramps back within one or two days.
The spot of psoriasis on my elbow has disappeared. I think I have less foot and joint pain now that I avoid the foods my body doesn't tolerate well.

I have not gained back more than about 1 kg of the 7 kg I lost last year.

I've also gone from being a vegetarian to being a 'near-vegan': I don't eat meat, fish nor eggs. I do still use mayonaise (which contains some egg) frequently, because it's so much easier than making vegan dressings for my salads... but I hope to cut it out in the longer run. Dairy I'll only have on fairly rare occasions, maybe a few times per month. We don 't have dairy in the house.

I continue to be impressed and inspired by the work of Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I became team leader of the 'Eat to Live Sparkteam' here at Sparkpeople and recently also started a team to discuss the work of Dr. Greger.

I also feel that my tendency to have very strong emotions plays a role in my struggle with binge eating. While I can find it hard I continue to practice ways to be more calm and to focus on (inner) peace, using mindfulness-type methods, reading inspiring texts and taking a yoga class.

Since our last vacation abroad I decided to keep on striving to avoid refined sugar. I've had streaks of not eating sugar, the longest one was two months. I do slip at times and give in and eat it, often during, or resulting in a binge, but then I go back to cutting sugar out again.

The past 1.5 year have been the most difficult time of my life. I dealt with loss and with other very serious problems.
I'm thankful that at least I did not gain a lot weight and have been able to continue to work on handling food better and getting healthier.

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