Jacey posted this plea for help in gaining control over her wheat-induced binge eating:
I have read your book and have read the blog over and over again. I also attempted to eat wheat-, sugar-, and grain-free over and over again. I have a real addiction and I can’t get past a couple of days.
I’m at a loss and I am desperate to stop being a prisoner to food. PLEASE do not just tell me to stop eating it; if it was that simple for me, I wouldn’t have an addiction.
I binge, and I do mean binge. It’s not weekly or monthly – it’s just about daily. I can go a couple of days wheat-free, and then I cave. It only takes one pretzel, or a handful of popcorn, and I am done. I probably consume 5,000 calories, if not more, once I start the binge.
I do need some help here. I really want to lose weight and be healthier. Anyone out there who has the same problem I do and has overcome? How did you do it? I feel so hopeless at times.
If anyone has some good advice for Jacey’s predicament, please speak up. The two pieces of advice–not perfect, by any means, but possibilities–I proposed were:
–Find a doctor to prescribe naltrexone, the oral opiate blocker that 1) blocks the opiate effect of wheat, and thereby 2) reduces hunger. Downside: Naltrexone, besides being costly (usually borne out-of-pocket), will also trigger the phenomena of wheat withdrawal. So I view this strategy NOT as a first-line strategy, but one for those who have failed at all the usual methods (which is uncommon). Your doctor might also consider recreating the effects of the combination drug pending FDA application for weight loss that combines naltrexone with the antidepressant bupropion. Anyone who knows me recognizes that I am NO friend to drugs nor the drug industry; but, like an antibiotic for pneumonia, drugs are sometimes a necessary evil. For some, the power of opiate addiction to the gliadin in wheat is so overpowering that such help might be needed.
–Use the Wheat Belly recipes to create wheat replacement foods. You can still overeat and gain weight if consumed in large quantities, but at least they will not provoke appetite any further, will generate satiety more quickly, and not wreak havoc with health in all the ways that wheat does.
Recognize what we are discussing here: overwhelming addiction to food triggered by wheat (and perhaps corn, 2nd in line after wheat), the foods Jacey and all of us are told repeatedly to eat MORE of. You can sense the desperation in Jacey’s plea, as such binge-eating has real socially- and emotionally-disruptive effects.
Any further suggestions from anyone?