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June 2, 2012 8:17 AM
it may sound weird but i believe i have an addiction to bread. I love bread. whole grain, 12 grain, flax seed, sunflower, it doesn't really matter. i do eat the "healthy" breads,whole grains and such, but i tend to eat alot of it. anywhere from 8-16 slices a day. and at 120 calories per slice it's hard to loose weight. now i say i an addicted cause when i eat bread i actually get a little "rush" or "high" like feeling. Is it just me that suffers from this? anyone know how to beat it? I've tried to just not have it...that didn't work to well. Any psychological advice? ways to think? tricks to help me not think about my next "bread score".

i'm seriously bamboozled

thanks all
  12762692
June 2, 2012 8:19 AM
By lousy bread. I buy the cheapest stuff money can buy, at $.99 per loaf, it tastes like garbage and I only eat it when I really, really want a sandwich or toast. But, it really is poor quality and you will not go around eating it all day.

It works. It's not for everyone.
June 2, 2012 8:21 AM
don't eat any at all? bread's one of my triggers so I avoid it as much as I can
June 2, 2012 8:24 AM
personally i would be ok with that but i have a 5 year old daughter that we need to have nice healthy bread for. nice thought though
  12762692
June 2, 2012 8:24 AM
when i decided to stop drinking sodas... i stopped buying it.

cant eat (or drink) it, if you dont have it... ?

i love bread, but not to that extent - i might have a couple of pieces in a week...

i dunno what to tell you - maybe try eating a piece of fruit when you are craving bread - it might fill you enough to curb that craving till you wean off it.... ?
  23564149
June 2, 2012 8:33 AM
I'm a sucker for bread too, I could eat a whole loaf in one sitting if I wasn't paying attention, and even when I was trying my hardest to be good I'd find myself going back for more and more. The ONLY thing that worked was I stopped buying it. Now I only get bread maybe once a month or so as a treat. We get tortilla wraps and use them instead for things you would normally buy bread for (you can put anything you'd put into a sandwich in a wrap). I have an almost three year old and an almost one year old. Yes, you need to make sure you have balanced healthy meals for your kids, but you don't HAVE to have bread for them, there are plenty other options. Brown rice, tortillas, and whole grain pasta are all other options to make sure your kids get healthy grains and carbs.
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June 2, 2012 8:35 AM
QUOTE:

By lousy bread. I buy the cheapest stuff money can buy, at $.99 per loaf, it tastes like garbage and I only eat it when I really, really want a sandwich or toast. But, it really is poor quality and you will not go around eating it all day.

It works. It's not for everyone.


Wtf? Why not avoid bread all together then? Forcing yourself to eat garbage is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard.

Just don't buy bread and don't keep it in your house. Its not a necessity. If you want a sandwich you can make a lettuce wrap.
June 2, 2012 8:37 AM
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personally i would be ok with that but i have a 5 year old daughter that we need to have nice healthy bread for. nice thought though


Your daughter doesn't need bread to be healthy either. Its not even a health food. Its basically a vehicle for other foods.
June 2, 2012 8:40 AM
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personally i would be ok with that but i have a 5 year old daughter that we need to have nice healthy bread for. nice thought though


But that doesn't mean you have to eat it. My weakness is candy and sugar. I've learned if I give in to a little, a have stronger unresistable craving the rest of the day. I'm better off not eating any than I am trying to have a little. It easier to say no to the first piece than it is to keep saying no.
  9633342
June 2, 2012 8:40 AM
Buy your daughter bread, and remember it is her bread and if you eat it, you are basically taking food away from your daughter. I had at least 24 oz of soda a day, but quit cold turkey. My kids still have soda, but every time I want one, I remember how bloated it makes me, and also the calories it costs me. Because it does not fit into my goals, I cut it out. You can too. Quit giving into the cravings. Bread is like sugar and you have to just force yourself to quit. The longer you go without, the easier it is! Good luck!
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June 2, 2012 8:40 AM
QUOTE:

personally i would be ok with that but i have a 5 year old daughter that we need to have nice healthy bread for. nice thought though


Not sure how "healthy" I would consider bread. It is a cheap source but nearly all micronutrients are added with same chemicals that are in cheap multivitmins. Check out the nutrient breakdown here: http://www.fatguyweightloss.com/why-i-eat-sweet-potatoes-and-not-rice/
  9289469
June 2, 2012 8:42 AM
QUOTE:

I'm a sucker for bread too, I could eat a whole loaf in one sitting if I wasn't paying attention, and even when I was trying my hardest to be good I'd find myself going back for more and more. The ONLY thing that worked was I stopped buying it. Now I only get bread maybe once a month or so as a treat. We get tortilla wraps and use them instead for things you would normally buy bread for (you can put anything you'd put into a sandwich in a wrap). I have an almost three year old and an almost one year old. Yes, you need to make sure you have balanced healthy meals for your kids, but you don't HAVE to have bread for them, there are plenty other options. Brown rice, tortillas, and whole grain pasta are all other options to make sure your kids get healthy grains and carbs.


I'm with this response. My kids do fine with wraps. I keep one loaf of light whole wheat low cal bread in the house and that is it.

If you feel it is something psychological, I would suggest starting with your primary care physician. You may be lacking a specific nutrient/vitamin or something from your diet that is causing you to crave bread. I would definitely bring this to a doctors attention no matter what.

If you don't want to see the doc or stop buying bread then I would suggest that you buy a brand like Sarah lee delightful whole wheat which is only 45 calories a slice and then limit how many you can have a day.

I suggest seeing you doctor above all else!
  17594844
June 2, 2012 8:46 AM
Normally, I would say not to buy it, but you've explained the problem. Could you try going to a nice bakery and buying a small loaf of bread that could be used for your daughter's sandwiches and one or two slices for yourself? Enjoy the experience in the bakery; inhale the baking bread smell.

Given your affinity, you have to treat bread like a treat food.

When you eat the bread, have it alone or with something healthy like a schmear (very think layer) of peanut butter. Eat calmly and deliberately and very slowly. Really savor the bread. You might want to slice it thinly; at times, food tastes better that way.

You could also try storing the bread in separate mini-fridge and putting a lock on it if you really can't help yourself. As someone else said, it never hurts to check if there's a physical explanation for your craving.
Edited by mfpcopine On June 2, 2012 8:50 AM
June 2, 2012 8:52 AM
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it may sound weird but i believe i have an addiction to bread.


At times, I've had cravings for raw pasta. How weird is that? I stopped a little before beginning to log here, but if I resumed I would hate to calculate all the calories.
June 2, 2012 8:53 AM
My husband is the same way, he can eat a good loaf of bread in one sitting. I used to make homemade bread, but I don't any more because then I want to eat it too. Now we use Heiners low cal wheat, its 35 calories a slice. And I think it is pretty darn good.
  21418234
June 2, 2012 8:53 AM
Well, here goes... Here are my (humble and decidedly non-scientific) suggestions for combating any specific food addiction:
1) if you absolutely must have bread in the house for others, ask them to put it out of sight. You don't need to be tormented with the temptation. Explain to them how much their support will help you reach your goal. I hope they will understand!
2) Give yourself a 2-slice allotment each day. Plan it in your food journal. Allow yourself to fully enjoy eating those 2 slices (truly savor them however it makes you happy), but when you are finished with those 2 slices, THAT'S IT for the day. It's helps if you remind yourself that there's 2 more slices waiting for you tomorrow.
3) If you slip up, don't abandon the whole process. Forgive yourself and just start over.
4) After so many days of compliance, reward yourself with something nice. (preferrably NOT a bread machine. bigsmile )
After about 14-21 days of consistent behavior (depends on who's school of thought you subscribe to), hopefully you have created a new healthier eating habit to replace the old one.

Good luck!!!

Edited for typo. blushing
Edited by AlwaysInMotion On June 2, 2012 8:55 AM
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June 2, 2012 8:55 AM
Hot to cure an addiction to bread?

Develop a severe gluten intolerance or allergy.

Worked like a charm for me.



In reality, however, it is simply a matter of self-control. Bread is not bad for you. Just make the decision not to overindulge and stick to it. Have a slice or two. Don't have 10.
June 2, 2012 8:58 AM
There's a brand of bread called Bakers Deluxe that is low carb and high fiber. I find that I eat one or two slices of it and I'm full up to my throat. That might help?
June 2, 2012 8:58 AM
OMG bread. Sometimes I huff the bread aisle at the grocery store. Because I cannot eat bread or I will eat the whole loaf.
June 2, 2012 8:59 AM
QUOTE:

By lousy bread. I buy the cheapest stuff money can buy, at $.99 per loaf, it tastes like garbage and I only eat it when I really, really want a sandwich or toast. But, it really is poor quality and you will not go around eating it all day.

It works. It's not for everyone.


I do this too! I can't not have bread in the house as my husband eats it so i tend to buy the only one i don't really like and i then eat a whole lot less of it.. I agree with the above post s also try the kids on wraps. You can get wholemeal ones too! Sometimes more fun then a sandwich
Edited by MinkyMoo13 On June 2, 2012 9:00 AM
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June 2, 2012 9:00 AM
Wheat addiction is real, and most that have it also have an allergy to it. I would try going off of gluten all together. This will be hard, but when you have made it passed a few weeks I would add gluten free bread back in. and if you want to see if it is wheat or gluten, then try a spelt bread and see what happens.
Good Read : Wheat Belly
  1210291
June 2, 2012 9:12 AM
let some bread go really mouldy, then force yourself to eat the whole loaf... dry...

$10 says you never want to see another crumb
June 2, 2012 9:13 AM
wheat addiction! It is pretty common and wheat does have addictive qualities. I would try cutting it and all forms of wheat (gluten) out for 30 days and see if your cravings go away. It will take a lot of willpower, especially if you are going to keep bread in the house for your daughter, but you can do it! Replace the calories with healthy fats and protein. Try some avocado, coconut oil, grassfed meats, whole fat dairy, etc.
  8684809
June 2, 2012 9:18 AM
QUOTE:

personally i would be ok with that but i have a 5 year old daughter that we need to have nice healthy bread for. nice thought though


yeah i have to have bread in the house for my son, i just have to try and avoid it myself
June 2, 2012 9:23 AM
Hi, I'm also crazy about bread and can eat a whole loaf if I don't pay attention.
Right now, I only buy real bread (not packaged) on the weekends, and eat 100 calories sandwich thins during the week.
What has helped me cut down on how much I eat is to slice the bread instead of just taking a piece, weigh it always and log every crumb. Once you see how many calories it has, it helps cut down. I still eat a lot, but a lot less than before.
Good luck!

PS: there's a connection between carbs and the release of serotonin, so what you're feeling is real!
http://www.livestrong.com/article/458114-carbohydrates-and-serotonin/
Edited by Papillon22 On June 2, 2012 9:25 AM
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