One of the biggest challenges Melody faced was cutting down on sugar. She has always liked sweets and there was no food that would be too sweet for her.
When she worked in office, she noticed that it started to get out of hand. Every day she went across the street to a candy shop where she would buy jelly beans. She liked like likerish and cinnamon flavored beans that noone in her office liked. That meant two pounds of goodness just for her!
“Even though it made me feel sick and I swore I would never do it again, I did the same thing the next day.”
If you have ever done it, you know how disempowering it feels.
Melody decided that she did not want to be controlled by food and so she removed all processed sugar from her diet. No more syrups, jelly beans or sugar packets.
She thought that she could still eat dried fruit, which she loved and assumed that her low-tolerance for it (it would cause her stomachache) would prevent her to overeat on the natural treat. It was not the case. Like for an addict, one was too many and thousand was too little. Melody had to exclude even dried fruit and quit cold turkey.
She mentioned how first days were terrible, but each day was getting better until her cravings deceased. She would still have them but not so strong that she would run to the shop across the street to get sweets.
Four months later, she had a cake with friends and to her surprise, it did. It trigger her. Actually it felt even too sweet for her, who though that “too sweet does not exist”.
The topic of sugar and food addiction is very discussed and there are good arguments for the both sides. Personally, I lean to the group that food addictions do exist. Like Melody, I also experienced these cravings when I was exposed to the peanut butter. Two pounds tube was a dessert for me even if it made me feel sick afterwards.
But like Melody, I found moderation.
Many others share similar experience with sweets and peanut butter and also with caffeinated drinks.
If you cannot moderate a food, you might need to exclude it completely to avoid being triggered. Sometimes only for a certain period of time until you find how to moderate it. We recommend working with a professional who will guide you as there can be underlying mental issues.