Happy Herbivore Blog

April 13, 2013

This Week's Q&A (Talking Binge Eating, Energy Bars, Autoimmune Disease, Weight Watchers, Deficiencies)

You've got questions...


Q: I was wondering if you have any advice or resources or books about food addiction or binge eating. I think I am addicted to peanut butter and cereal. After dinner, I will eat so much of both even when I am stuffed.  I can't get them out of the house because they are staples in my husband's diet and he has no problem with portions. I have tried cold turkey but that hasn't worked. Do you have any advice?

Here are some blog posts:

Food Cravings and Food Addictions

Dealing with Food Cravings


Also, I highly recommend reading The Pleasure Trap and Breaking the Food Seduction.

You might also want to see if there is an Overeaters Anonymous group in your area. I know a lot of people who have found help in those groups.

Perhaps your husband can give up these foods for you, so they are not in the house anymore??

I'm allergic to broccoli, and my husband gave it up for me. Similarly, he cannot help himself around bread products and nut butters, so I gave those up for him :)

Q: I am an ultrarunner and have switched to a vegan AND no flour/no sugar/no wheat diet.  I can find recipes for vegan "Clif Bars" and such online, but I was wondering if you have an awesome energy bar recipe that you can share.

I just eat dates. Keep it simple!

Q: Any info you could give me on the vegan diet and how it can help with autoimmune diseases? Thanks!

Here is an articles that might help:

Milk Causes Autoimmune Disease

Q: On your meal plans , do you provide all the nutrition information on the meals or just the calories? I'm on Weight Watchers and need the fat, fiber, carbs & protein on their program. Thanks!

A: Yes, we have many users who are also on WW.

Q: I'm a new vegan (2 weeks or so) and I feel great, better than I have in a long time. My only doubts about being vegan comes from this whole B12 deficiency. If its something your body NEEDS, then is that a sign that we should be eating SOME meat?

No, see this article about B12 by Dr. McDougall

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